The idea of remodeling any portion of your San Antonio home undoubtedly brings about a myriad of mixed emotions: excitement, stress, worry, and confusion. (Hopefully, you find yourself back to excitement in the end.) So much of the emotions that are not wrapped up in excitement occur because a client feels confused about where to start, what to expect, worrying over the finished product, and so on. So, we’ve put together a list of websites that offer excellent opportunities to search for and help whittle down your ideas by seeing finishes, layout, and design, etc. in action.
Houzz is our number one pick when referencing ideas to our clients. Pro’s share their work throughout the site, enabling the viewers to search for very specific examples of design, layout, finishes, flooring, cabinetry, etc. Items can also be purchased through the site with occasional links connecting finishes used in the remodel to the Houzz website shopping cart. Click here to view MM&I’s profile on Houzz.com.
It probably comes as no surprise that HGTV would be a wealth of ideas. Our San Antonio clients have used this site to search for general design ideas, trends, editor recommendations and so much more. One of the best aspects of HGTV.com is the sheer design of the site. The organized categories help even the most overwhelmed of clients to navigate the site and determine their style and desired aesthetic. HGTV is well known for the entertaining hosts that offer up incredible before-and-after reveals. The design styles of these hosts run the gamut, which helps clients see possibilities ideas come to life.
Better Homes & Gardens website/magazine
Web based design and planning are still relatively new to the average homeowner looking to do some remodeling. While these avenues are becoming increasingly more popular, there will always be a place for the tried-and-true method of “magazine clipping”. Previous generations did not have the instant access that the modern generation of homeowners does. So when it came to planning a dream kitchen, homeowners clipped scenes from Better Homes and Gardens magazines, and the like. BHG stepped up their game though, and also offers a beautiful website, enabling those who prefer to do web-based planning.
If you’ve ever heard someone refer to a “mood board” then you’ll get the idea of Pinterest. This site (and app) allows the user to create and endless array of interest “boards”. These can range to include a broad spectrum of interest all the way down to very minute details. Pinterest will also offer up suggested subsets based on the user’s search. It is an easy-to-use application that will manage the ideas of a user and then easily allow those ideas to be shared through numerous avenues (the app, text, email, etc.).
These are all great starting places for our San Antonio clients to begin their search and plan for a remodel. The best part is that if you can’t find what you’re looking for on one of these sites, then move to the next. Once you’re seeing options that excite you, it’s incredibly easy to branch off from any of these sites and take your ideas further because of the ever-growing options online.