Where Do I Start with Home Remodeling Plan?

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Q: My wife and I are thinking about an interior remodel of our home, but don't know where to start. We have a good idea of what we want done, now we just need to know who to call first to really start planning it out. Contractors? Home improvement guys? Architects? Structural Engineers?

We'd like to turn a full wall into a half wall in order open up the main area of our house (living room and dining room):

We have a 1940s Cape Cod in northern New Jersey. We love the house and the neighborhood, but now that we have two small children, things are feeling cramped. We think that opening up that wall will make things feel bigger and more roomy, especially when family and friends stop by.

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Editor: Jason, I might be biased, but I would call an architect. They are trained to help you solidify your ideas and bring them to fruition. Chances are that if calling an architect is your first call, it will be one of very few calls you'll need to make. They will likely be able to source necessary consultants and contractors for you. Happy renovating! Readers, please leave your suggestions for Jason in the comments - thanks!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.