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How to Organize Your Remodel Ideas

by Don Vandervort, © HomeTips

As discussed in Where to Get Ideas for Your Remodel, remodeling ideas can come from a variety of sources, ranging from magazines and books to home tours and designer showrooms.

One of the tools available to you on RemodelGuide helps you upload, organize, and maintain inspirational images and scans. If you have the ability to shoot and upload digital photos and/or to make digital scans of favorite ideas in magazines, books, and brochures, great! This is an excellent way to keep everything in one place and accessible from any computer. Of course, you will also want to keep physical files.

• Use file folders to organize photographs, tear sheets from magazines, and photocopies from books. Depending upon the nature of your remodel, label folders according to rooms and/or by elements, such as “storage,” “windows,” “doors,” and “floors.”

• Also, set up folders for manufacturer brochures, paint chips, wallpaper samples, fabric swatches, and other flat media. Be sure to include the necessary identifying information for samples, including the dealer’s name, address, and contact information.

• Set aside a dedicated box, basket, or drawer for collecting magazine clippings, carpet samples, and other materials. If you gather entire magazines or idea books, be sure to bookmark the pages of interest.

• Keep your resources up to date. As you pinpoint your choices, discard samples and ideas that no longer apply.

• Professional designers often put together a sample board that includes final choices of tile, carpet, or other flooring; fabrics; paint colors; and the like. This allows you to see all of your choices in relation to one another so you can see if they are complementary. Consider hiring a designer or decorator to help you with this.

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