Lisa Knight started her design career back in 2002 out of her home. Her business, Lisa Lynn Designs is now in its eighth year in the heart of Middletown, with a 6,500-square-foot showroom, design space and resource center for your home and retail needs.
Each of the designers on her award-winning design team specializes in any size project, from a simple paint consultation to a full renovation on a home. Speaking of full renovations, Lisa has tons of tips for your next design project. But, before starting the deisgn process, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Lisa says to remember that the process from concept to completion of a home remodel can take anywhere from three months to a year. “Prepare your family for this short-term lifestyle change and be sure to schedule your start date at a convenient time of the year.”
“Remodeling can be overwhelming, due to chaos in the home, unexpected expenses and the length of time to finish the project. Being prepared for the process and expecting bumps in the road will help you prepare mentally for the undertaking ahead.” Just remember there is always a solution and a great professional will find the best route to take,” says Lisa.
Included in your plans should be a budget for home furnishings and décor. “Don’t forget to budget for the icing on the cake,” Lisa says. “Beautiful additions, kitchens and bathrooms are always a great way to freshen up and increase the value of your home, but it’s the next phase that makes it complete. Adding new textiles, furnishings, art, window treatments and accessories bring added beauty and comfort, making it feel like home.”
5 TIPS FOR HOME REMODELING
1. Research, research, research
Always research professionals that have a good reputation in the business and someone you can build a trusting relationship with when taking on a large project for your home.
2.Hire a professional designer
A designer can help bring your vision to reality and save you time and money in the long run. It is important to feel comfortable with the designer you choose. Your designer should ask lots of questions and should be a good listener.
3. List your likes and dislikes
Make a list of what you like and don’t like about your current home. Create a wish list for the remodel, even if you think it’s not possible. Your designer can tailor your remodel to create a functional space that is aesthetically pleasing.
4. Communicate a budget you have in mind and be prepared to make changes
Your designer will work diligently to provide selections to meet your style and budget, but often clients are not aware of material and labor costs.
5. Finally, try to enjoy the process.
Take lots of before and after photos. Lisa says. “There is nothing more fun than having friends and family over to show off your com- pleted masterpiece and reminiscing on how far your home has come. It is such an exciting time.”