Remodeling a house -- or even just a room within a house -- disrupts daily home life and requires hard work and money. It's worthwhile to plan the project thoroughly before you begin. A good plan reveals problems before they happen and suggests solutions that might not have occurred to you otherwise.
The first part of developing a remodeling plan is to put together a program. A program is a list of the results you would like to accomplish by remodeling. Be as objective as you can when working on the program. If you start out listing "more closet space," you are likely to be locked into developing a plan for closets. If, however, you list "more storage space," you may discover a better, more workable solution than an additional closet provides.
Once you have your program, draw a floor plan of the existing space and make copies of it using tracing paper overlays. Sketch in ideas that accomplish the goals defined in your program. Draw each idea on a different copy of the floor plan to compare or combine them.