istock_91701307_xxlarge-220x220When a group of professional renovators were asked what design and planning advice they most often give to their customers, here is what they said.

Know why you want to renovate.  What problems are you trying to solve?  Most renovations begin with practical issues.  For instance, your bathroom may be cramped, you need more storage space in the kitchen, or there is nowhere for the children to play or do homework under your supervision.

Evaluate the structure, systems and general condition of your house.  With your renovator, list the repairs and replacement likely to be required over the next two, five and 10 years.  If necessary, be prepared to make tradeoffs between lifestyle improvements and work needed to keep your home in good shape.

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