The Importance of Planning in Design-Remodeling

There is a reason we place such a strong emphasis on planning in design-remodeling. In fact, we live by the mantra that if you don’t plan your remodel, you’re planning to fail. 

Once you know why you’re remodeling, and you’ve taken time to choose your design-remodel team, the next big step isn’t going to be about tearing out carpet or pulling down the drywall.

Yes, you will be excited about your home remodeling project, and you’ll be eager to get the ball rolling. But there are so many reasons why it’s beneficial to slow down and take your time during the planning phase. We promise that at the end of the project, you’ll be glad you did! 

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Why Planning Matters in Design-Build Remodeling

At Nip Tuck Remodeling, we believe that the planning phase is the most important step in any design-remodel project. We appreciate that we have time to work with you, get to know you and your family, and get to understand how you use your home. The planning phase is critically important in design-build remodeling for several reasons:

Clarity of VIsion

During the planning phase of the design-remodeling project, we are able to establish clear objectives for your project, ensuring we are all on the same page regarding the expected outcomes. This phase also gives our designers a chance to help homeowners articulate what they don’t like about their home design, even if they don’t know exactly what they do want.

Budget and Cost Management

By spending more time on the planning phase, not only determining the layout and creating the blueprint, but actually selecting your materials, appliances, and accessories, we can be far more accurate with your estimated costs and adjust your plans to fit within your established budget.

Managed Risk

During the planning phase, we have time to identify any infrastructure issues with your home and address any regulatory issues that will need to be addressed prior to the start of the remodel.

Time Management

By fully planning your entire project with all of the key stakeholders, we are able to provide a much more accurate project timeline and ensure that you will have your new space on time.

Coordination and Communication

Our extensive planning phase sets the tone for the entire project in which we prioritize transparency, communication, and integrity.

We encourage our clients not to rush this extraordinarily important part of our process. You may have waited a long time to get to this point but taking a little extra time to get it right will reward you with a huge payoff for many years to come. 

We will be renovating some of the most personal spaces in your home, whether we’re working in your kitchen, your bathroom, or completing a whole-home remodeling project. Because it is such a significant investment of time, resources, and emotions, it is important to make certain that your remodel plan is completely right for you, your lifestyle, and your budget.

What We Do During the Planning Phase of Your Design-Remodel

Instant gratification in remodeling rarely has the desired result, but during the planning phase, you can accomplish a lot, including:


  • Choosing materials
  • Scheduling time to obtain special-order materials so that you don’t have to settle for something less than perfect
  • Establishing your budget
  • Recognizing structural limitations to your home and developing plans that work around those limitations
  • Ensuring that the design and aesthetics of your project make you happy

During the planning phase of your remodel, we get to know a lot about how you use your space. For example, some people see the primary bedroom as an escape from the world, but it doesn’t yet feel like the oasis they need it to be. Others need part of the bedroom to function as a quiet place to hold office hours. 

Some people only use their formal dining room for occasional entertaining. For others, the dining room is the hub of the home, where homework, family meetings, and game nights take place. 

It’s important for us to understand how you live in and move through your home so that we can give you the functionality and flow you need to make it work better for you.  That’s why planning is so important.

Nothing Successful Happens by Accident

Many well-intentioned professionals move too quickly through the planning phase of your design-remodeling project in an effort to get a project underway. But planning is the crucial difference between a project that brings you joy versus one that brings nothing but surprises, upset, and cost overruns. Rushing through the planning phase is often the source of the remodeling nightmares we’ve all heard so much about.

For Nip Tuck Remodeling, planning the design and planning phase must:

  • Deliver a floor plan you love
  • Provide for the aesthetics that will bring it to life
  • Be customized 100 percent to your desires
  • Be attached to a budget that you feel delivers great value
  • Be completely safe to achieve given the  limitations of your home’s infrastructure

We can’t wait to help you dream big. If you’re ready to take the next step in your home remodeling journey, let’s plan together.

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