Planning A Home Project or Renovation

Ever wonder how some people get their home projects done in no time (like weeks) compared to others who are just dreaming about the space and potential that their home could have.

Well my friend, if you nodded yes – I want to teach you how to plan a home project or renovation the way a contractor would.

This way you can plan, renovate, and get it done on your schedule.

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The Method To Planning

I use a 3 step method that helps me get from A – Z with any and all projects I do. Whether that’s building a small bench or doing a full kitchen remodel.

I call this method the PRO method and it stands for:

  • Planning / Prioritizing
  • Research
  • Onboard

By splitting my home project into these 3 phases I can accurately set a deadline and determine how much I’ll spend and how long it will take me.

I go over this method and how to use power tools so you can do it all on your own in my program DIY Dream Space

I want to go over the first part of my 3 step method Planning with you today.

Planning Your Next Home Project

Before you start any home project you really should decide and figure out a few things.

  • What ONE area will I work on
  • How often does this area get used
  • Does it require electrical, plumbing or demolition work
  • Can I do this myself
  • How much am I willing to spend
  • Do you need a permit to do it
  • How can I stay motivated
  • Can you make a room board

Once you have answered these questions you’re planning phase can get a little easier.


Choosing one area that you will focus on is key when you first start your home renovations (or if you are a beginner who hasn’t done many home projects).

Focusing on ONE area at a time will help you feel less overwhelmed. It will also make it easier for you to start and finish your project.

Take Action

Now that you have some info on the project you’re wanting to do –

  • start by creating a room board
  • answer the questions from above
  • Make sure you take measurements and write them down
  • start researching

Creating A Mood Board

Creating a mood board before you start your project is great in the planning phase because it does two things:

  1. Gives you momentum to keep going when you’re in the messy middle
  2. Helps you identify your style esthetic for the project

What is a Mood board

A mood board is a digital or physical board that you make that displays colors, textures, fabrics, collage pictures of items all meshed together to create a vision that you work towards.

How to create a digital room board

During your planning phase I think it is super important after choosing the one thing you’ll work on to make a room board (if you’re doing a room of course).

Now that you created your room board – go ahead and do the rest of the action items under the planning phase and you can move forward in your home project and go into the researching phase. And yes they are two different phases that are necessary to avoid constructors remorse lol.

In the next section I’ll show you how to create a digital room board.

Want to watch the Instagram Live where I explained how to do a room board go here –

How to create a digital room board

The first thing you want to do is to answer a few questions and before you answer these questions take a deep breath and then answer these:

  • What do you want the space to feel like when you walk in
  • What do you want the vibe to be
  • How do you want people to feel
  • How do you want it to smell
  • Is there something like this that you want to incorporate

Once you answer these then and only then can you create your room board.

Go to Canva . Com

You do not need a paid account – using the free canva account will do just fine.

  1. Go to
  2. Hit the search bar at the top of the screen and search for document A4
  3. Click blank template
  4. Then you will go ahead and click TEXT on the left side bar and name your document
  5. Then go into the left side bar and go to photos – in the search bar start to look for things that answer the questions from above.

In my example I will write: Kitchen Remodel

I want it to feel bright and warm – so I’m going to search for white backsplash.

Then I also want it to smell like lemons and summer – so I’m going to search yellow kitchen and find an image I like

Then I can just keep searching for things I know I want – like pendant lights, rugs, etc..

If there is an image you know you love like a specific furniture piece and it is not in the CANVA photo sections – you can go to google and look it up and download it into the CANVA in the upload sections.

Now you have your room board done and you can save it to your desktop or phone and pull it out when you are in the messy middle of home renovations and you need to remember what you are working towards.

Want to learn the other 2 phases and how to use power tools to get every home project planned, budgeted and done yourself? Sign up for the program Home Renovators Blueprint (where you learn to do it yourself)

Now that you have your room board done – go back up to the ACTION items under the planning phase, and get your home projects done.

Want to remember this planning method? Pin the image below to your favorite Pinterest board to come back too.

how i plan every home project like the contractors do it