Top 10 Tips for Extension & Renovation of your House
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Do you believe in improving your old home through renovation or conversion rather than moving to a new place?
Well, that is a great way to create a unique home based on your requirements rather than going through the location change.
Isn’t it better to sip your cup of coffee at your newly designed balcony and enjoy your surroundings rather than conducting the removal process? Of Course, it sounds great!
But this stage is not reached without a sound plan and design philosophy. You can hire a structural engineering service to layout the plan for you and if you are short on money, you can plan it yourself.
Yes, the task will sound overwhelming and daunting unless you possess a nerve of steel, psychic power, engineering degree, or a huge budget. But that does not mean the task is impossible to perform.
On the contrary, we can help you plan your renovation in a way that can save you the extra cost of plumbing, partitioning, and other charges that make for renovations.
So if you want to meticulously plan the renovation while saving some dollar, follow the tips mentioned here:
- Start by Assessing the Property
It all started with taking a rundown of property and conducting a general check that you may have ignored for years like loose plaster, tapping walls, etc. this way you will have a checklist of remedial works that you need to perform.
By this time you will get an idea of how difficult the task can end up being. If you think this is not your cup of tea, you can fix a meet up with a structural engineer for inspection to discuss how you can enhance your home based on the current layout.
It’s wise to contact them at the beginning rather than regretting later after spending your hard-earned money.
- Set your Budget
Since you are planning to renovate your entire home, you need to calculate the expenditure associated with the activity.
You may not be able to get the right estimate of the renovation in the beginning as these things come up with sudden last-minute costs, but you can at least have a vague idea to start your plan.
Also, you will know your expenditure limit and adhere to the budget somewhere rather than blindly spending on things. The best way to create a reliable budget plan is by requesting detailed quotes from all the tradesmen you will deal with.
- Research and Plan
You need to have intensive research and planning as you are not just going for some minor repair or improvement or just painting the wall.
This stage may take longer than your execution phase. Keep a well-defined plan considering all the details.
Usually, people focus on the bigger picture that they tend to forget the nitty-gritty. So if possible get it checked from a structural engineer as what may now seem like a trivial thing can have serious effects in the long run.
To design your new home, you need to start with brainstorming the end goals and based on that create a renovation plan for every section in the house. This should start by giving equal importance to the bigger and smaller part of your home.
- Stay Focused
Keep in mind that you may see some significant growth in the initial structural work but towards the end, there can be a slow-down.
This usually happens when a carpenter creates dust while painters are trying to create a flawless finish on the decoration items. Here you will need to choose one service over the other for the time being.
You should take your decision based on what you think is on the priority list. If you don’t compromise here, you will soon be haunted in your dreams by the wood pricks stuck to the glossy shine of the beautifully decorative eggshell.
- Don’t Compromise on the Doors
The first thing anyone notices in your home is the door. This is the place where people enter and creates the first impression of your home.
You shouldn’t compromise on that when your renovation plan is on. So even if you think your doors are in good condition, you can repaint them.
The foremost thing you need to know is that doors affect the lightning of the room. And for the best interior design, we need to play with the lightning of the room and optimize it using different shades of color. This brings us to our next point which is creating the illusion of space using light.
- Light and Space go Together
A well-charted floor plan can convert a small space to look spacious and light-filled. For that just replacing windows to a sliding or bigger version won’t work.
You need to think about how you can put the natural brightness to make the best use of space.
- Think of the First Impression
While renovating, always think of creating a first impression. The main areas that can help you achieve a starking impression are your entrance, garden, driveway, hallway, windows, and facade.
At times just a stroke of paint can work better rather than having some patterns.
- Look for a Builder
A builder will make your life simple. You can take references and recommendations from friends and family who have conducted a renovation in the past.
You can visit their property to see their work and get an understanding of their work. This way you can be sure of getting the best value for the money you spend on the renovation.
- Buy from Supplier located Nearby
Of course, you will have to shop around for the material that you will be used in your project. We recommend you to go to suppliers as their cost is lower than the local shopkeepers.
So these are a few tips that will help you when going for the extension and renovation of your house.
We would recommend you to take the help of a structural engineer if your budget allows you. This will ensure the safety and your hard-earned money will be put to good use.
At times things may seem expensive in the beginning but eventually in the long run it comes out to be the wisest decision.
Lastly, we would end the blog with an additional pro tip: move out of your house when conducting renovation.
Not only will you be spared from living in a stressful condition, but it will also get the work done quicker in the empty property.
With this last tip, we hope you will find the blog useful. Let us know if you guys are planning to renovate your house shortly and how you are planning to implement the above-discussed tips?
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