After undergoing a top-down renovation of a 1920s house, Morgan Hutchinson writes for Vogue on eight tips she would give to avoid the 90-day headache she had while renovating her now home. Hutchinson gives clear advice to homeowners looking to renovate, from communicating effectively, prioritizing, and keeping perspective. With a new client, give them Hutchinson's list of things to consider so that they know what to expect and how to best tell you how they want their vision to be realized.

Though the chaos continued for weeks—as of mid-February we still have a decent-sized punch list—I can honestly say that I would do it all again. To take a 100-year-old home and bring it back to life with your own ideas and creativity is nothing short of a blessing, and I am so grateful that my family has what I know will one day be a beautiful place to live, and that we’ve gotten to go through this incredible experience together. But blessing noted, it still would have been nice to have a 90-day seamless experience. We didn’t—but perhaps with my tips, you can stay sane when you embark on your own reno.
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