4 Ways to Prepare for a Home Remodel

New year—new space! Embarking on a remodel is a huge undertaking, one that involves countless decisions, logistics, and even temporarily uprooting your family. Today, we’re sharing four steps you can take to ensure a smooth process before the demo begins!


PHOTO: Leclair Decor design team meeting at Leclair Decor Ottawa office.


Set Your Budget


Getting an understanding of how much your vision will cost is an important first step. If it’s been some time since you last purchased home building materials, finishes, or furniture, start by researching and comparing prices. Prioritize the pieces that are most important to you both aesthetically and practically. You’ll want to balance the look you’d like to achieve with your overall budget. Keep in mind that splurging on a few well-made, long-lasting solid wood furniture pieces or cabinetry will be well worth it in the long run.


PHOTO: LA Project, Leclair Decor | Shop the Look


Define Your Style


Once you’ve established your budget, it’s time to define your style and the interior design aesthetic you’re naturally drawn to. We recommend creating a Pinterest board or gathering inspiration from Instagram or design magazines to build a mood board. Look for commonalities amongst the images to see where your style lands.


PHOTO: Big Rideau Lake House Project, Leclair Decor


Start and Finish a Space


It’s so important to start and finish one space before moving on to another area of your home. It can be tempting to let your inspiration run wild, however, that can prevent you from adding the finishing decor touches to your original space that will make it feel complete. Finishing one space will also help you stick to the budget you set before starting the project.


PHOTO: Team Bull, Leclair Decor


Consider the Professionals

Our final tip is to consider enlisting the help of interior design professionals. Full-service designers spend months planning, specing, sourcing, and installing to achieve a custom, elevated look. You may simply not have the spare time to devote to a major remodel project—professional knowledge and expertise can go a long way in simplifying the process, finishing your space exactly how you’d envisioned, and taking the pressure off you.


PHOTO: LD Shoppe materials and drawings at Leclair Decor design office in Ottawa



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