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August 29, 2007

Help with Home Makeover Plans

One of the hardest parts of any home makeover is visualizing the finished product. While many of us can answer questions about which colors or styles we prefer and what feelings we want our home to invoke, we're less conversant when it comes to describing a cohesive transformation.

Home makeovers can be expensive and owners who are unsure of what they're getting in the end are likely to put the brakes on major renovation plans. The thought of finding, choosing, and paying architects for plans that may or may not be used turns many new renovators off before they begin. But the renovation community is getting wiser, and delivering services that cater to people who just aren't sure of exactly where to start.

“We’re finding that homeowners are tired of just waiting. They want to do something but just don’t know where to begin,” says Todd Hallett, a Detroit-area architectural designer.

To help homeowners get their projects off to a quick start without making a big financial commitment, Hallett created the  website He uses his architecture and home building experience to create custom redesign sketches of any home’s exterior for $129.95.

He’ll do the same for an interior bedroom or bath addition, but the cost for this varies per job.

“People send me photos of the ‘before,’ describe what they want for the ‘after,' submit a realistic budget and I give them a custom designed sketch. It gets them started and when it comes to home redesigning that’s half the battle," says Hallett.

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The first paragraph of this post drew me in. After reading just a few sentences I was ready to suggest that people hire someone to do drawings. Turns out that was where this was going! Good advice, couldn't have said it better myself.

Posted by: Rachel - Staged Makeovers | Sep 10, 2007 11:02:59 PM

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