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3-D remodeling on a budget

Visualize room layout, natural light pre-construction

For most people, sometimes even experienced designers and contractors, the toughest part of a remodeling project is visualizing what the space is going to look like afterward. A set of plans is a great first step, of course, but they often don't give you the three-dimensional perspective you need to really see the room and experience perspectives, traffic patterns, light, and all the rest. So, once the demolition is complete and the room is bare, do some simple experimenting. This should occur before anything goes back in, including wiring, plumbing and drywall, since this is your one opportunity to make changes in the original plans if you catch something you don't like. Get it on tape The easiest place to start is on the floor, with masking tape. Refer to your plans and tape out the major immovable components of the remodel, such as walls and cabinets. By doing this full-scale right on the floor, you'll see firsthand how the room begins to close in certain areas and ho...

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