We're exactly like you at the start. We are realistic of our reno budget and make sure we don't overspend. Keep to the essentials. Do away the frills. Nice to have but not practical.
And you know what? Patrick is really down to earth. When we suggest doing certain things that seem far-fetch, he will tone us down and explain why he wouldn't encourage.
For reno ideas, we do homework by browsing at different home decor magazines. We go to library. That's the best coz we don't have to spend money to buy.
If we see something we like to do for our house, we scan, print and file it. We email the softcopy to Patrick and give him a rough idea of what we want. So far, so good.
Ideas don't come straightaway for us. We too learn from trials and errors but we are teachable. We made some mistakes on the reno concept, ideas and etc but we remind ourselves not to be overly upset.
We try to stay as candid as possible and laugh at our own little mistakes. Yes, we maintain good humour. Otherwise, life would be too demanding.
We appreciate Ptrick for being encouraging. He reminds us that the house he's renovating for us has to be comfortable for stay. He doesn't wish to see us sacrifice the next few years with a house reno that doesn't seem right. Isn't he sweeeeeet?
So you see, no need to ponder anymore. Go for HO BEE! We are HO BEE's satisfied customer and real life testimony!