YOU'VE FINALLY MADE the big decision to renovate that tired old bathroom or even to build your dream house on a hillside view lot. What do you do before you call in the architects and contractors, before you take out a second mortgage?
Simple. You design it yourself.
With the help of a series of home design kits from Stanley Tools called "Project Planners," even if you can't draw, you can still produce a detailed guide that will show the professionals exactly what you have in mind.
The kits are an inexpensive means to create plans in four categories: homes, kitchens, decks and landscapes. Each kit, priced from $19.95 to $29.95, includes a scale ruler and hundreds of drawn-to-scale peel-and-stick symbols--doors, appliances, fireplaces, furniture, shrubs and lighting fixtures. The symbols attach to a board with grid markings for scale; the kitchen kit is three-dimensional so you can stack cabinets and appliances to check the effectiveness of your design.
Perhaps the best feature of the kits is the flexibility of the models; they are a real plus for those who can't quite visualize just how close their favorite sofa will be to the swinging kitchen door. The peel-and-stick symbols can be put anywhere you want; if that location doesn't suit your fancy, just move it.