It’s Friday night! You deserve some time out! Let me tell you how this night can begin your remodeling adventure on the right foot!
Here is where you need to go:
This is what you need to grab:
Bring your spouse or a freind. You might need help carrying them all. Pick-up every magazine that looks like it might even remotely have some house stuff that interests you! Don’t worry, I’m not going to suggest you buy them (well, not ALL of them).
Find the part of the store that looks like this, find a table, dump your armload of magazines, and get yourself something really nice to drink.
You might even indulge in a pastry!
Just sit down and start flipping through the pages. It’s more important that you look at the pictures than review the content of the text. Look at the ads and the photography in articles. Both are equally great sources of inspiration.
Make two stacks (sometimes I’m overflowing onto the floor at this point, and you will generate some stares). One stack for the losers (nothing inspiring) and one for the winners (the ones that made you suck in some air or spit out your coffee blurting “oh my!”, or “Wow!”).
Important Note: Don’t let the annoying little voice that says “you might as well stick that in the “losers” pile because there ain’t no way you can afford that, honey!” have any say at all. Shut him/her up however harshly you need to. This is a creative excercise, not a budget meeting!
Go through the winners again, more slowly this time, and pick out a few that really get your heart pumping. It doesn’t matter if the pictures you love have any resemblence to the project you want to do… you might find an outdoor kitchen you LOVE when you’re thinking you want to do the guest bathroom…no matter. Ignore that. Buy the ones you love.
It may cost a few bucks. My average is $100.00 when I do this! But you, being infinitely more sane and reasonable than I, should be able to get out for less than half that! This is a worthy investment and very likely to save you thousands in the long-run!
After you’ve read the magazine and you’ve finished it, go ahead and cut out the pictures that inspire you. Use sticky-notes or a Sharpie to make notes as to what, exactly, you love about the photo. You’d be surprised how often you can look at a picture in three months and not be able to remember what it was you liked… “maybe it was the little legs on the cabinets…” won’t help you later!
Put it all in a file labeled “Remodeling” … feel free to add “Guy” if you wish!
This is important stuff and it will play a huge role in my upcoming article: Part One of Developing Your Dreams.
I’ll show you how these pictures will impact every aspect of your project, from architecture and interior design, to budget and contractor selection.
If you decide to be a DIY crew, then you’ll be REALLY glad you took this first step.
Besides, you can get a great cup of coffee and enjoy a night out!
Now THAT is Homework!
Thanks to Julia at Hooked On Houses for letting me link-up to the “Hooked On Friday’s” blog party so I can spread this crazy additiction to magazines.
Oh, one more thought, maybe two: If you can’t make it to Barnes & Noble or someplace similar, many of these magazines have great websites and you can do this same excercise in the comfort of home…but it really doesn’t work as well. Second, I’m still trying to get the word out about RemodelingGuy.net, so if you think others might like this blog, please use the ShareThis feature just below (green button). There, you’ll find options for emailing, twitter, StumpleUpon…more stuff than I would know what to do with!