Idea And Wish List Pictures

Idea and Wish List Pictures.

This is fun and can be a family activity that is combined with your prioritized written wish list. Most people have saved at least a few pictures over time. Now is your time to start a visual portfolio of your dream home. The question I often get is ” how many pictures and how detailed?” The number of pictures will vary depending on the size of the home. I think it’s better to think through categories of rooms and details. Important: you do not need find pictures of everything, just a few pictures to help convey the general style and any specific wish list items. My typical client initially arrives with 7 to 10 starter pictures with a few clients having as many as 20 for larger homes. I did have a client that had been saving pages from magazines long enough that she had filled at least two 3” ring binders. This is certainly information overload and very overwhelming. If you find yourself with too many pictures or images on your web account, I recommend thinning things out. If you find that hard to do, sit down with your designer or builder and discuss which items probably don’t fit in your budget.  There are lots of pretty pictures out there that look great but create construction challenges that can be expensive. For your photos, some specific examples that will be needed include:

Kitchen and master bath pictures that show cabinet doors styles, room layout, ceiling designs,


Doors and trim pictures,

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Exterior ideas that show elevations, materials (brick, stone, siding, etc), details (lighting, accent corbels, colors) and even landscaping

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Room details like ceilings, window arrangements, fireplaces, mantel designs, built ins,


stair handrail designs, light fixture styles, general color schemes or feel of a room and more. Again, not every little detail. There will also be items on your wish list that you won’t need pictures for.

Most of the time you will be selecting from items from showrooms or catalogs that are currently available unless you are fortunate enough to have a budget that allows for importing or craftsmen to custom make them.  I would like to highlight the importance of making notes on each picture as to exactly what you like about the picture. An example story, I had a client who saved an ad from a stair company for her handrail design. We bid the project based on the main picture which showed a standard wood design, but what she really liked was the small image of a custom wrought iron example off to the left. There was a huge price difference. Another example, you find a kitchen picture that you love the hood design, not the rest of the picture. Be sure to note that detail.

The final step in compiling your picture file is to organize into categories of rooms (kitchen, living,  garage, etc.) and details (doors, lighting, etc.). The online idea books offer this option as well. This information along with your finished plans makes shopping for selections much less over whelming by having options narrowed down by style before hand. As a final note, you will vary likely be adding pictures as you through the design process as questions are asked from your designer or architect. These added pictures are used to make details workout and for budget clarifications.

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