7 Questions You Must Ask Yourself Before Redesigning Your Home

7 Questions You Must Ask Yourself Before Redesigning Your Home

The following contribution is from another author.

If you’re planning on redesigning your home, one of the best things you can do is ask yourself a lot of questions beforehand. These questions may seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised at what you could potentially miss out if you don’t sit down to figure them out. Grab a pen and a piece of paper and write your answers down – by the end of these 7 questions, you’ll have a very good idea of what you want to do with your home. 

How Do We Use Our Home?

Think of the ways you currently use your home and how you’d like those activities to carry over into your redesigned space. You may also want to consider the ways that are not ideal so that you can potentially eliminate them in your redesign. 

How Would We Like To Use Our Home? 

Now consider the ways you would like to use your home. What would you like to do in your new space that you can’t really do in your current one? Perhaps you’d like a big family room where you can play games, catch up, and host movie nights. Maybe you’d like a dedicated games room, or maybe you’d really like a reading corner full of your favorite literature. Your home should be entirely personal to you, so make sure you consider this carefully. 

What Is Our Budget? 

Of course, your budget is unlikely to be unlimited, so figure this out. Knowing how much you have to spend will help you to prioritize what is most important to you and things you could potentially leave for a later date. As a rule, you should always assume that things will cost a little more than you have estimated just in case something goes wrong. 

Do We Need Help?

Redesigning your home yourself can be very satisfying, but if you don’t have the right knowledge and skills, it could all go wrong. This will end up costing you so much more time and money in the long run. You could get help from a company that is skilled in creating custom homes – although this will be more expensive, you can expect a faster and higher quality result. 

Do We Need More Storage Space?

How is your storage space currently? Do you think your family or belongings will grow? Needing more space could eventually mean having to move! 

Do We Have Enough Natural Light?

Natural light is a mood enhancer, so you should attempt to have it wherever you can. 

How Can We Limit Upheaval? 

You don’t want the disruption of this redesign to turn your lives upside down. How can you limit it? 

It will also help to remember that function should always come before style when redesigning your home. Yes, you want your home to look nice, but none of that will be any good if you can’t use it the way you want. Always go for function first, form second. Do you have any advice you’d like to add? Leave a comment below! 


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).