|First, some broad questions:Off the top of your head, what are the three topics that come immediately to mind when you think of your remodel project?Have you worked with a remodeler/designer before? What was your experience?
Are you planning to remodel the entire space (interior / exterior) or partial, such as kitchen or bathrooms? (We have separate specialized worksheets for kitchen and bathroom.)
Do you have a budget in mind?
What is your timeline?
THE SPACE – WHO WILL USE IT & FOR WHAT
Permanent residence or vacation home (perhaps eventual permanent residence)?
Will it be used in a rental program?
Household Members: How many adults, children, pets?
Any special needs? Counter height, door width, disabled, elderly, very young?
Is entertaining important?
Our entertaining style is: formal / informal / both
How many guests, typically?
Entertaining type? Meals, music, games, watching TV, indoor / outdoor, other
What cooking facilities are required? Standard / professional
Does more than one person cook at a time?
Where do you like to eat meals? Dining table, kitchen table, kitchen counter, family room, other
Hobbies? Reading, entertaining, cooking , TV / home theater, music, crafts / sewing, sports, other
Any technical needs? Computers, wireless, DSL/satellite, surround sound, home theater, other
Home Office? Necessary? If so, any special needs (lighting, soundproofing, computers, etc.)?
Lighting? (Please check any locations that need additional lighting): Bedrooms, bathrooms, office, kitchen/nook, living room, family room
Storage needs? Multipurpose furniture, books, closet storage / organizers / garage storage
(Note these choices may be restricted by the HOA)
Exterior features that are most important to you? Patio for dining, covered patio, Pool, Spa, Fire pit/fireplace, BBQ, Sun deck/private spa, putting green, bar/outdoor kitchen, outdoor dining, fountain/water feature, courtyard garden entry. If these already exist, will you want to change or upgrade?
Do you want to add balconies, windows, window seats or patios?
Do you prefer higher ceilings (11’ plus) or lower ceilings (8’ to 10’)? Coffers / soffits
Do you want to alter doorway sizes? Higher / wider / lower / narrower
Do you want to change / upgrade the front door or entryway?
Do you want to display artwork or collections? In wall niches, for example. Does this need special lighting?
What interior features are important? wet bar with seating, basic wet bar, dry bar (no sink), refrigerator in bar, fireplace in living room or great room or bedroom, whirlpool/soaking tub in master suite, separated closets in master suite, guesthouse/casita, other? If they exist are they to be upgraded?
What fireplace treatment do you have in mind: New mantle, surround, hearth?
Do you want to add a fireplace, sitting area, or outside patio in the master suite? If they exist are they to be upgraded?
Are there any other amenities that you wish to change/add in the master suite?
Do you want to add bedrooms or bathrooms?
Do you want to add a “snore room” to keep the peace at night? It could double as a gym or reading room or den.
Do you want to enlarge rooms to create additional space?
Do you want to move / alter partition walls to create space / light?
Would you like to provide extra space for visitors such as a guest or entertainment room, attached suite, or detached casita?
Do you want to add: formal dining room, formal living room, breakfast nook, den or office, air conditioned storage, home theater, wine room/storage, butler pantry, exercise room, other. If they exist do you want to change / upgrade?
Do you want to change the lighting in your home? How much lighting control do you wish to have?
Do you want to add a central vacuum system?
Do you want to install sound systems?
Do you want to add an automation system? If so, what functions should be automated, Audio/video, lighting, drapes, awnings or sunscreens, security screens, gates?
Are “Green” objectives important to you? Will you weigh cost and benefit?
Is heating /cooling adequate?
Are there adequate electrical sockets, telephone / cable outlets?
Is lighting adequate? Where does it need to be improved? Do you need more natural light? Would you add solar tubes or skylights?
Indicate items of interest: energy efficient air-conditioning system, energy efficient appliances, indoor air quality items such as low VOC (volatile organic compound) in paint, lumber and glue, low “E” or dual pane windows, shaded windows, covered entrances, new insulation, duct sealing. If these areas are important we can arrange a Home Energy Audit.
What effect, mood or atmosphere are you seeking to evoke? casual, formal / defined, spacious, clean lines, warm / cozy, open / light / airy, elegant, sophisticated, lived in, welcoming, romantic, contemporary
In what style? Tuscan, Beach Cottage, Old World, Mediterranean, Country Cottage, Art Deco, French Country, Asian, Tropical, Early American, Mission style, Southwestern, Modern minimalist, Chinese, Mexican, European classical, American country, Modern avant-garde, other.
Does bringing indoors outdoors or vice versa appeal?
Color and tone preferences: lighter / darker, whites, blacks, burgundies, pinks, greens, teal, orange, reds, blues, yellows, peach, grays. Warm colors, cool colors, subtle, bright, neutral, earth tones, bold, pastel, other
Colors you dislike:
Hard materials you like:
Hard materials you dislike:
Flooring / accent preferences: wood (hardwood, cork, bamboo), carpet, laminate, marble, natural stone, stamped/etched concrete, ceramic tile, Saltillo tile, combination, other.
Counter / vanity preferences: granite, quartz, marble, tile, wood, other.
Window treatment preferences: custom draperies, blinds (verticals / horizontals / roll), sheers, Bermuda shutters, curtains in fabrics, metal, wood, security, other
Door hardware preferences: knobs /levers / pulls, bronze, chrome, brushed nickel, other
Cabinet preferences: styles are numerous. Any you like? Do you want dovetail built drawers, self closing drawers / cabinets.
Do you have magazine clippings, photos, websites that illustrate your likes or dislikes? We suggest www.houzz.com.