Ready to remodel your home but don’t know where to start? That’s the biggest reason people end up never really having the home of your dreams. At Unique Home Building, we cover your needs spectrum, from small changes to building a home from the ground up. The secret to getting from idea to realization is the same, no matter what the project.
You always get there with one consistent step at a time. The truth is, there are two parts to that secret. Taking steps and taking them consistently. The biggest mistake you can make when wanting to create the home you love, is to imagine these lofty visions at their greatest without planning the steps to get there.
In our experience as professional contractors, we’ve worked with many families and individuals in the greater Dallas area, and we’ve seen some patterns and habits worth noting.
Start with an easy and workable to-do list. Many people fall head over heels for the latest apps and gadgets. But I have found that so many people do much better with a simple sticky note or day planner list. It doesn’t mean you’re lazy or unintelligent. All these different tools can leave you spending much more time trying to organize or consolidate your list, leaving many of your items undone.
Keep it in 3’s. I remember seeing a Tony Robbins talk about being overwhelmed with too many things to do. But many times though our list has 10 things on it, it’s likely they can be grouped into 3 (or 4) groups. Home, family & work. That’s the first step. Once your list is organized into categories, you may find that you can narrow it down even further to your top 3 priorities and then another list of 3 secondary things to do. At the end of the day – you’ll likely get 6 things done! But at the very least, you’ll get the most important things done first – leaving you feel accomplished and at peace with your performance.
Have an idea book!
This is the number one idea we have. Paper, phone, moleskin, iPad… whatever. little things you remember, ideas & responsibilities should all go to one place. You know how it is – an idea will come to you and you love it! …. but then you forget it. With an idea book, you can reference this list at the end of the day an organize them accordingly.
Keep your ideas organized.
Your life is busy and organization is what keeps it more simple. That capture pad is able to keep you from forgetting the important tasks and ideas that pop into your head. At the end of the day place tasks on to your categorized to-do list and ideas either into your work planner or artistic/idea outlet space. …which brings me to another point-
Make your heart your home and a place in your home for your heart.
In the hustle of life, it’s important that your home not just be a place you live, but a place you grow. What moves you? What makes you feel good? Make sure your home accommodates for your needs, interests and personal development. In your idea book, make sure to include a section of what you enjoy. Do you need an art room? A fitness area? A reading nook? Take care of your needs during your planning.
Color holds a lot of influence in the making of your home. Bright reds can cause stress or creativity, depending on where they are placed and how they are combined. In most cases, blues are calming and nurturing, but add too much grey in them, and they will feel cold and empty. Start to notice how colors make you feel, which ones make you happy, motivated, sad, tired or relaxed. Write that down. See the patterns.
Simple or busy?
Are you a minimalist or do you prefer a lot of knick-knacks and memorabilia? There’s no wrong answer here, it’s just important to be honest with yourself and see what really nurtures you. I’ve known many people that are minimalists at heart but just don’t know how to let go of their decor, and it really adds stress to their home.
If you are ready to make some changes in your life, you don’t need to be overwhelmed by the process. As long as you know and are consistent with the basic steps, you’ll be on your way to a better home in no time. Be sure to call the contractors at Unique Home Building today and see what steps would be needed for your home project!