The most important part of any home improvement project is research. Research can save you a lot of time and money - mainly in what to pitfalls to avoid. Research involves (but is not limited to):-
- understanding how colour affects us psychologically and even physically. There's a vast difference between a conceptual design you see in a magazine that has shocking pink walls, and the functional spaces of the house you live in. The decor of your house should work in harmony with your mood. Garish colours may look good in print, but not on walls.
- materials. Researching the paint, carpets, furnishings (etc) you need will allow you to develop a budget.
- professional help. Unless you're very competent at DIY - or the home improvement project is very simple - hiring professionals is a safe bet. Research here involves getting quotes and also cavassing ideas. Invite professionals to your home and see if they might provide decor ideas that you might not have thought of. Actually, hiring professionals usually means getting the materials at a discount since they can use their tax-deductable trade accounts to purchase the goods.
You will then need to consider how long a living space is essentially "unusable" while it's being worked on. If a bedroom is unavailable for a week (as it's being decorated), then you will have to plan for that. For considerably large projects that might involve knocking walls through and complete repaints, you might even need to consider living at different premises for at least a few days while the professionals carry out their work.
One consideration you may not have thought of is to think how functional the new design will be. Will it create less space in a room? How accessible will the new design be in terms of being able to move around? It's not all about aesthetics, but functionality too.
DIY home improvement projects are fun and can provide you with the satisfaction of a job well done. But you still must follow the necessary safety steps and guidelines, and above all else, have fun. The process of putting something together, whether it's a chair or a sink or a new fence, is exciting and fulfilling. Keep in mind that the success of your DIY project does not necessarily depend on how much time and money you invested, but instead on your willingness to enjoy the experience. With the right tools and a little planning, your new DIY project can be a source of enjoyment.