• For those intimidated by the notion of remodeling design, a simple step can help get one's ideas off the ground.

  • A great way to break the ice with design is to look at remodeling magazines and cut out examples of things you like.

  • Keeping a file of magazine clippings can also come in handy for communicating your ideas to your contractor.

Donna Merritt is Office Manager of Merritt-Nelson Custom Builders. To reach Donna Merritt call (707) 336-2997.
How to Break the Ice with Design

ROHNERT PARK − When planning for a remodeling project, many homeowners find design to be the most intimidating aspect. Fortunately, for those who don’t know where to begin, there’s an easy and effective way to “break the ice” when it comes to composing your vision.

One of the best ways to get the ball rolling with design is to look through home remodeling magazines and cut out pictures of things that catch your eye. Keep a file of the images you collect—as you continue to accumulate them, you’ll start to develop a more crystallized vision of what you’d like to see in your remodeled space. Furthermore, this file of visual examples can be a great tool for communicating your ideas to your contractor. As a tangible reference point, the images will help your contractor understand what you’re looking for, which will make it easier to translate your vision into reality.

Donna Merritt is office manager of Merritt-Nelson Custom Builders, a Diamond Certified company since 2008. She can be reached at (707) 336-2997 or by email.

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