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Spring 2018

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Television often portrays renovations as costing much less than they do, so it's important to determine what you want to spend and what your dream design will cost. Starting with a realistic and honest budget (with padding for emergencies) will help you and your designer avoid big surprises later that can end up halting your plans. Make sure to check with local building codes, inspectors, condo or neighbourhood boards (and the like) to make sure your dreams are possible. This can take just 1 week to 3 months, depending on your site conditions, so it's smart to start early. GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT S T O R Y YA N I C S I M A R D Looking to renovate a room or two? Want to refresh your space before a big event? No matter the size or style of project you're planning, this guide will help you know how long you really need to achieve your home makeover – and trust me, it's nothing like what you've seen on television. RESEARCH PHASE: 1-5 MONTHS Knowing your goals and limits will help you set realistic goals and avoid major hiccups that can derail your timeline. 1 5 Start by gathering lots of ideas. Save images from magazines and blogs – the more you collect, the easier it will be to figure out what elements you are drawn to again and again, and which are fleeting trends. Give this 1-2 months at the very least to find ideas that stand the test of time. Gat her lots of ideas t o help determine what you are drawn t o most. PHOTO: TARA CHATTELL 90 | ourhomes S P R I N G 2 0 1 8 design ideas

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