Mak­ing your dream a re­al­ity needs a plan

Truro Daily News - - SALTWIRE HOMES - Paula Hunt­ley Sell­ing your home or just look­ing to re­fresh your cur­rent space? Home stager and de­signer Paula Hunt­ley de­liv­ers the lat­est trends in Mar­itime home dec­o­rat­ing.

Find­ing a vi­sion for your home — one that will add to the hap­pi­ness you al­ready have — can be chal­leng­ing some­times. You want to give it a face lift, ei­ther big or small, in­side or out, but where do you be­gin?

I like sparkle and the colour black, and if there is a way to in­cor­po­rate pieces of those two things I am happy. But there are a few things that need to be con­sid­ered be­fore you start — and th­ese things are the same no mat­ter if it’s your rst project or your 10th. One of the most im­por­tant — you need to de­cide if you are go­ing to in­volved or not, and if you are, what is your role? e more in­formed you are, the smoother things will go.

Vi­sion: Be spe­cific on what you want, whether it is built-in book­cases in your hall­way, a new bath­room in the base­ment, or just sconces on your walls. It re­moves lots of wasted time.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion: Lis­ten to the ex­perts when you need guid­ance be­cause two heads are bet­ter than one — and they most times are trained and have been at it longer than us.

Re­search: Shop­ping is fun but you need to do re­search about nd­ing the per­fect fab­rics, ma­te­ri­als, wall cov­er­ings and even the right trades peo­ple. en you can shop.

Or­ga­ni­za­tion: Know­ing who is do­ing what and when is key to the suc­cess of a project, es­pe­cially if you are not in­volved.

Bud­get: How much money are you al­lot­ting to make your vi­sion a re­al­ity? And re­mem­ber, a small pool of money should be put aside in case you come across a prob­lem or hic­cups.

Time: Are there win­dows or cab­i­net or­ders in­volved or are you or­der­ing of new so­fas or chairs? Re­mem­ber, just be­cause de­liv­ery dates are given, things can go side­ways fast.

Now that you have a path to at least start, why not do a walk of your home, out­side and in­side, make a plan, and look to see what is pos­si­ble with your dream.

PAULA HUNT­LEY

There are a few things that need to be con­sid­ered be­fore you start any home im­prove­ment project — and th­ese things are the same no mat­ter if it’s your rst project or your 10th.

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