In the remodeling world, we often see an interesting situation: Once people who have lived with the same outdated kitchen or bathroom for years decide they want to remodel, they can’t seem to do it fast enough! Now that they’ve seen their room in a different light, they realize they want new cabinets, new countertops, new fixtures, new floors, new lighting… the list seems to never end. Then, all of a sudden, the project they were so excited to start becomes overwhelming and grinds to a halt.

To avoid “project paralysis” when planning to remodel your kitchen, bathroom, or basement, we recommend following these steps:

1. Make a list of everything you want

Throw in literally everything you can think of, including the kitchen sink! You’ll whittle the list down later, but this is the time to list out all the elements you think you’ll need, from new granite countertops to fresh outlet covers.


2. Prioritize your list

What are the things you must change, and what are nice-to-haves? For example, if you’ve never liked your closed-in kitchen, you might feel it’s essential to break down a wall and install a bar along the outer counter. But maybe in taking another look at your floors, you realize they’re not so bad after all, and in fact they might look fine once the other items in the room get updated.

3. Start your research to determine a budget 

It will not come as a surprise that granite or quartz countertops cost more than laminate countertops, but there may be plenty of other material choices that you are less familiar with that have comparable quality and lower cost. The internet is full of information and TV is full of flippers and renovation projects, but be warned, those budgets are not always real. Establishing a realistic budget for your project will take research and talking with a reputable professional. Your remodel project can consist of an investment of your time and your actual dollars – it’s good to think about how much of each of these you are willing to invest.

4. Visit a showroom for inspiration

Now that you have a basic idea of what you want and need for your remodeling project, it’s time to make it tangible. Browsing online is a great start, but nothing replaces visiting a showroom and seeing the layouts, materials, and features for yourself. Bring your list and see how the “real thing” compares to your expectations. Upon seeing an undermount sink with a fancy faucet, you might realize this is now a must-have, and perhaps instead you can keep your current oven to make up the cost difference.

5. Speak with a professional

By the time you get to this step, you’ll have a pretty good sense of what you like and dislike. Talking with a professional is a great way to turn that thinking into an actual remodeling project. At DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Springfield, guiding you through the self-discovery process is one of the best parts of the process! We ask you questions about your preferences and offer information and recommendations suited to your tastes. We never try to sell you something you don’t need—we are happiest when we’ve helped you discover the perfect style to fit your needs.

We know how tough it can be to make these decisions. Remodeling your kitchen, bathroom, or basement is a big project and is something many people do only once in a lifetime. That means you won’t necessarily be familiar with the latest trends or all the terminology. At DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Springfield, our team of experienced designers is available to guide you through the process and take you from “decision overload” to “project kickoff.”

Give us a call today or stop by our Design Center to see how we can make your dreams a reality – all while keeping your tastes and budget in mind.

If you are planning to attack a bathroom remodel, a kitchen remodel or any other significant remodeling project in your home, chances are you will have some decisions to make regarding updating the lighting in the space. More than likely, you will be looking at some LED lighting options as this has just stormed the residential world in the last 5 years or so.

So what are the positive characteristics of LED lighting?

  1. They are so much more efficient than the incandescent bulbs of our younger years. In fact, they use 75-80% less energy to produce the same light! That means savings for us, the consumers.
  2. Because they do not have a filament, they aren’t as fragile which adds to the life of the light source.
  3. LED’s may cost more on the front end, but they will last many, many, years. Getting just a little geeky – expected life can be anywhere between 25,000-100,000 hours. If you had a light turned on 10 hours a day, you are probably looking at anywhere between 7 years and 28 years.
  4. They emit very little heat making them a practical choice for more applications.
  5. Lastly, they are so, so small in size as compared to our now historic options. This alone makes them even more flexible to meet more lighting needs in small spaces.

Here at DreamMaker, we work hard to keep up with all the technology and new products heading our way and LED lighting is just one piece of this home remodeling puzzle. We are using LED’s in almost all lighting in the home projects that we work on – can lighting, under-cabinet lighting (just a ton of options here), fixtures with bulbs, interior cabinet lighting and more. Many new lighting choices and technology can be seen right here in the DreamMaker Design Center. Plan a visit and let us show you around!