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How a Master Plan Saves Remodeling Time and Money

12 min read A Mid-Century Master Plan isn’t just the right idea to keep your design goals on track, it will also save time and money as you remodel!

Nothing is more expensive in a remodel than changing your mind after construction is underway.  It will tank your timeline too.  The best way I know to avoid both of those problems – to save time and money as you remodel – well (Surprise) it’s a master plan.  

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Who needs a Master Plan … I bet YOU do!

13 min read Do you need a master plan to get the most out of your MCM remodel? I think that the answer is YES in just about every case. Here’s why…

I work with three distinct types of mid century homeowners who each need a master plan to make the most of their home update … for different reasons.

Which one are you?

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Where to find Great MCM Remodeling Ideas

12 min read Don’t try to reinvent the wheel for your mid-century home when you can borrow from other people’s plans! Here’s where to go for great MCM Remodeling Ideas!

There are upwards of 15 million mid-century ranches houses in America.  There is just no need to re-invent the wheel looking for MCM Remodeling ideas.  

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Turn Scrolling MCM Instagram into a Remodeling Action Plan

16 min read What if the time you spend doom scrolling MCM Instagram could help you plan your dream remodel. It can! Here are some practical tips and tricks to make it happen!

I suspect you might be a little like me. Do you find yourself scrolling on MCM Instagram more than you mean to these days!  This is where we catch up on news from our friends. We check out all the latest pictures of the little ones in our lives. And … we bask in beautiful midcentury imagery!

With a smart phone in your life it’s pretty hard to avoid sometimes just mindlessly clicking into Instagram or Facebook to see “what’s new”.
We all do it.

But anytime of the day, and especially if you’re thinking about any home update projects, you could be putting some of that social media scroll time to really good use. Try using it to effectively plan and brainstorm for your remodel.

Wouldn’t that be nice?

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Design your Remodel BEFORE you set the Budget

11 min read Why you should master plan your remodel before you set the budget. You’ll love the results more … and it might even save you money!

The common wisdom is that you should save up money for a remodel and then plan one that fits your budget. I want to pitch an alternate plan. It can be better to let the design drive the budget, rather than the other way around. Let’s talk about diving into your master plan before you decide what your home update should cost.

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Smash the Patriarchy: Take the Lead on Your Remodel Like a Woman

15 min read Take a sledgehammer to the patriarchy by leading your remodel like a woman. Use these straightforward methods to gain confidence and clarity for your home update.

Psst. Can I tell you a secret? While today’s episode is all about how lead your remodel like a woman, it is also universally good advice for anyone planning to take on a home update.  If you want clarity and confidence to direct how your remodel can go … this is what you need to do!

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It’s your House – Now make it your Home

16 min read The Dream stage of remodel planning is the essential first step to tailor a house you live in into your home. Today’s interview shows you how.

What do you think of when I tell you that you can personalize your home?

Does it call to mind choosing furniture, painting the front door, and perhaps eradicating the color “mint-green” from a house that still feels a bit like it belongs to the previous owner? Those are all great things to do.

But I’m what I’m talking about here is adjusting the house – sometimes its very layout and structure – to meet YOUR family’s particular needs.  So much of what you see on HGTV and in shelter magazines is just cookie cutter updates. They focus on making a standard house more luxurious or bringing up to date in cookie cutter ways. 

If you are going to take the time, and spent the money and live through the stress of a  home remodel, I want you to end up with a house that makes your home dreams come true. 

For a perfect example of what I mean by that, today I’m going to chat with my little sister who’s been busily customizing her new home ALMOST since the last time we spoke to her on the podcast last fall.  

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Your Remodel needs a Master Plan not a Floor Plan

14 min read Too many people skip over essential steps in planning their home remodel … and it shows. With the Master Plan Method, you take the time to plan your remodel right, right from the start.

A great home remodel needs more than a good floor plan. It needs a master plan.

Having a master plan is more than pinning a bunch of things you like. It’s more than having the furnace guy or the roofing guy come out and say, ‘Oh yep. Your home inspector was right. Plan for a remodel.’ And it’s more than having a perfectly tidy, organized blueprint for your house.

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Quick Kitchen Update Ideas to try Right Now

13 min read Don’t have time or the budget to plan something big for your kitchen right now? Create a kitchen you love with a Level One quick kitchen update while you wait.

Don’t have time or the budget to plan something really big for your kitchen right now? You can still have a kitchen you love while you wait with a Level One quick kitchen update.

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Spot Your REAL Kitchen Problems … then use Design to Solve Them in a Mid-sized Remodel

14 min read Make sure you’re solving the RIGHT kitchen problems with your remodel! Let’s talk about common underlying MCM layout issues and solve them at the right scale.

Is your kitchen actually too small or does it just feel too small?  What Kitchen problems are you really trying to solve with your remodel?  Let’s make sure you know the answer!

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