Fantastic design solutions and seamless project management can lead you to a beautiful interpretation of home.

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Q: What are the keys to taking on a whole-house remodel?

A: You want your home to reflect you, and you want to enjoy every aspect of your experience there. If something doesn’t reflect you, if there are things about your home you wish were better, change them!

Many homeowners agonize and anticipate for years before beginning a remodel and breaking down that first wall. And living through a remodel can be an unseemly experience — an indecorous and unseasonable expression of home sweet home.

Rest assured, however, that fantastic design solutions and seamless project management can lead you to a beautiful interpretation of home. To get there, consider these guidelines for a whole-house remodel.

Your goal. Decide what your motivation is with a whole-house remodel. Remodeling may be less stressful than selling, moving and buying a new house. And further, if your home is located in an established community or a prime real-estate region, it makes sense to continue investing in your current property.

Other reasons why you may choose a whole-house remodel are pretty obvious: renewal, improving functionality and flow, maximization of space, preparing for retirement with age-in-place features, going green with energy-saving options, creating a kitchen-focused home, or simply for beautification or modernity.

Your budget. A good guideline for your whole-house remodel budget is to determine the difference between what nearby homes are selling for in top condition versus the current state of your home. Then plan your remodel budget between these two values.

Repair needs. Be prepared for the possibility of hidden damage. Once demolition commences, wear and tear within the building envelope and the systems in your home may become apparent. Electrical or plumbing may not be up to code, and outdated materials may need to be replaced for health, safety or efficiency.

Getting started. Take some time to build a photo montage that sparks your interest. If a picture says a thousand words, a photo collage will speak volumes. With Pinterest, it is so easy to compile a collage of images that inspire you — these images can feature the finished projects of others, parts or pieces of design, products, appliances, or even illustrate emotions and life experiences that you want to convey at the end of your own remodel project. After some time in reflection, you will likely have a vision for how you can remodel your spaces.

Working with pros. Keep your goals, budget, needs and vision in the forefront of your remodeling plans and share this with construction professionals. Building contractors, specialty service providers and designers harbor a wealth of experience and wisdom, and can provide additional solutions to consider. Look for compatibility and a sense of alignment to the business’s philosophies and processes. If you are going to share your life with these folks, it’s a good idea to be sure you like being around them.

Megan Pardi is the marketing coordinator at Rainier Custom Homes and a member of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, and HomeWork is the MBA’s weekly column. If you have a home improvement, remodeling or residential homebuilding question you’d like answered by one of the MBA’s more than 2,800 members, write to homework@mbaks.com.