Home improvement stores run the gamut from giant warehouse-type mega-stores to tiny shops specializing in just one aspect of the home. In between, there’s something for everyone.
Looking through decorating books, magazines, and even visiting open houses in your area are great ways to get the big picture but you’ll likely want to visit a few home improvement stores, too. At these stores, you’ll be able to see all the parts that go into achieving a certain look and you’ll be able to make a pretty workable estimate of time and expenses required as well.
Home improvement stores always showcase the latest materials, designs, and techniques so don’t think of them as mere hardware stores where you go just to grab the hammer, nails, and paintbrush. Browse the aisles and make note of the products on display.
The larger home improvement stores probably offer the best prices but their stock is limited to that which is most popular and mass produced.
If a more distinct style is what you’re looking for, consider the smaller specialized home improvement stores. Items in these stores may be a little pricier than at the larger stores but they are likely to be one-of-a-kind items or of limited production. Using items from these shops will help make your home unique and different from all others.
Once you’ve spent some time shopping home improvement stores, show your finds to your perspective remodeling contractors. See if they are willing to incorporate these treasures into their services. You’ll want a contractor that can get the job done your way, using the personal touches you select.
The contractor you select may also have a few home improvement stores on his or her list of favorite places to shop, too. After all, these stores are fun for the professionals and the amateurs alike.