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Saturday, January 22, 2011

DIY Home Renovation Tip #1

Thinking about doing some DIY home renovation? 
It's quite the process if you are doing it yourself.  However, DIY can save you tons of $$$.
We are done with ours for now, but I thought I'd pass along our tips for all that goes into successfully renovating a home.
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Every week I will be posting a tip, advice or a "how to" on home renovation. Trust me, I have tons of inspiration left from our home to post for several months. After that, who knows when we'll begin another project? :)


Tip #1
Before you begin, make sure you have a vision of what you want your home to look like. 
"Where there is no vision, the people parish"Psalm 29:18
(replace the word people with kitchen, living room, bathroom, house, relationship, etc. It applies to all of those, don't you think?)
This is extremely important if you and your spouse are remodeling together. 
Just make sure you are on the same wavelength with what you want.

A vision is where it all starts. 
Daydreaming about what our home would one day look like is what kept us going during those long, messy, and sometimes, floorless weeks.

It even helped to draw out our vision. 
Jordan did our kitchen here (scroll to the end), with paint. 

Since then, I have found floorplanner.com.  
This website is amazing, it lets you sketch your entire home or even just a room. You can move furniture around, add appliances... just about everything. This website could be great for rearranging as well!
 (You can check ours out here).

What is your vision?



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