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Local architect walks through remodeling process

For locals looking to remodel, Menlo Park architect David Terpening offers a few quick tips. He recommends first setting a budget for the project. That helps the architect and contractors supply you, the homeowner, with attainable ideas. Secondly, browse for what you want. This might include images from the Internet, photos ripped from a magazine, a descriptive narrative — really anything that conveys the desired style.

Once the budget and style are in hand, list out must-have features. This allows everyone involved to know what elements hold priority. Next, go out and see and touch. Terpening says that showrooms give the homeowner a chance to experience the products they want to incorporate into their home, and they can also talk to experts on the material or appliance.

Lastly, Terpening says, "Come to the process with an open mind."

By considering these steps from an architect with 25 years of experience, a homeowner will start their next remodel a few steps ahead.

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This article appeared in print in the Fall Home + Garden Design 2015 publication.

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