7. Be prepared for your project to evolve
Often the best solutions to tricky renovation challenges don't present themselves till work is underway. One of the most important and beneficial changes made during our 1998 Watertown project was dismantling the home's three staircases and rebuilding just one in the center of the house, vastly improving the floor plan of the 1886 Queen Anne. The modification was made possible by good communication, careful planning, and close collaboration among our pros and the architects and craftsmen involved.