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 family.

Goal-setting projects that will take more time:

  • Organize all your visions, goals, and priorities into a file to share with your architect or designer and your building team.

Create your own Priority Table (see example below).

One Family’s Priority Table

Remodeling Goals

Priority

Improvement

Location

Improved roof structure

1

Operations/maintenance

All

Improved heating system

1

Thermal comfort

All

Easy, affordable maintenance

1

Operations/maintenance

All

Tight building, increased insulation

1

Resource efficiency

All (?)

Wine storage

1

Function

Basement

Food storage: produce (cool/dry), meats (cool/moist), other (refrigerated/frozen)

1

Function

Basement, elsewhere?

Historic preservation: retain leaded windows

1

Aesthetics

1st floor front

Flexibility of use: kitchen

1

Function

1st floor rear

Flexibility of use: living spaces

1

Function

1st floor rear

Water conservation

1

Resource efficiency

1st floor rear

Recycling area

1

Resource efficiency

1st floor rear

Improved connection between kitchen and garden

1

Function

1st floor rear

Kitchen storage: cookware, containers, glassware, casseroles, etc.

1

Function

1st floor rear

On ground floor: library/guest room/future bedroom

1

Function and future proofing

1st floor rear

Accessible full bathroom

1

Future proofing

1st floor rear

Beekeeping supply storage

1

Function

1st floor rear and garden

Gardening supply storage

1

Function

1st floor rear and garden

Redesign for aging in place

1

Future proofing

1st floor rear, 2nd floor rear

Minimal fossil fuel usage; accommodate changes to electric in the future

1

Resource efficiency

n/a

Accessible space for mechanical equipment

1

Function

?

Install house water filter

1

Operations/maintenance

?

Improve daylighting, esp. in kitchen

1.5

Resource efficiency

1st floor rear

Reduced summer heat gain

2

Thermal comfort

All

Covered car storage

2

Function

Exterior

Better kitchen work flow, more work space

2

Function

1st floor rear

New bookcases

2

Function

1st floor rear

Free up dining room fireplace flue

3

Aesthetics

1st floor rear

New greenhouse space

3

Function

1st floor rear at garden

Shop area: storage for tools, equipment, boxes, auto supplies

3

Function

?

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