When remodeling beckons, the urge to do something is almost irresistible. Some homeowners grab their tool belts and start swinging the crowbar or the hammer with scarcely a thought about their ultimate goals. But the wiser course of action often begins with planning.

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Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet. Ann Edminster, Green Building Press, 2009

The Home Design Handbook: The Essential Planning Guide for Building, Buying, or Remodeling a Home. June Cotner Myrvang and Steve Myrvang, Holt Paperbacks, 1992

Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green House: Bringing Your Home into Harmony with Nature. Carol Venolia and Kelly Lerner, Lark Books, 2006

The Northwest Green Home Primer. Kathleen O’Brien and Kathleen Smith, Timber Press, 2008

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Consider a Phased Master Plan

If your budget won’t let you do everything at once, a master plan for future improvements can be invaluable. Having a phased master plan allows you to do what you can in the short term while looking forward to making more improvements later. It also…Continue

Started by Home Energy Saver Feb 11, 2013.

Consider Your Lifestyle

Once you’ve identified and prioritized your family’s goals, consider them in the context of how you all spend your time:How much of each person’s time is spent at home?Indoors? Outdoors?In what rooms or spaces?Doing what?At what times of…Continue

Started by Home Energy Saver Feb 11, 2013.

From Dreams to Goals

Planning for a remodel often starts with discontent, which breeds desires, which in turn give rise to dreams and visions. You probably have plenty of those by now! The trick is translating those dreams and visions into goals, plans, and physical…Continue

Started by Home Energy Saver Feb 11, 2013.

Do Today/Do Later

Goal-setting projects you can do today:Make notes on what everyone likes and dislikes in your home.Start a file of ideas you like clipped from magazines.Bookmark web sites that show appealing projects.Discuss your hopes and expectations with your…Continue

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