If you are about to embark on a a full-scale renovation or even just a refresh of a single room, you'll need to start with a design brief. This helps create a vision for the final product and you can review your original goals and objectives to make sure things stay on track.

1. Write Your Goals and Objectives
First write down a list of what you want the final design to include. Creating an ultimate list will help you explore what is possible, or perhaps enable you to work in stages as money allows.

2. Create a Schedule and Budget

A full renovation will need to include not only product costs, but tradesman costs and possible council fees too. If you are doing a simple refresh of a space, this may just involve researching products online and in stores. Scheduling is also an essential factor - bad planning can quickly push up costs.
Be realistic with your budget and scheduling needs, and ensure you understand the time and costs involved with each step of the process so the budget stays in check.

Use online tools, such as mood board creators to help get a sense of themes and ideas for your project.
3. Come up with some questions

Formulating a list of questions or grabbing a design questionnaire from an online resource is a great way to create a project checklist.

Having a clear understanding of the project will help you negotiate and navigate your way through the more difficult parts of a renovation.

Understanding when to bring professionals on board as required can make or break the outcome of a project, so balance the DIY with professional help and advice to ensure a stress-free outcome.

Source and full descriptions of each step: stuff.co.nz