There may come a time when the home you originally purchased is no longer the house you have dreamed about. At some point, you will want to change the layout or update the old appliances that came with the house to once again make it feel like a home. Without keeping a few things in mind, a home renovation can be riddled with mistakes and take way longer than it should.
Here are five things to keep in mind for a successful home renovation:
1. Due Diligence
Think about the building in which you live. Is it historic? Contemporary? What was the original design like and how has it been changed over the years? If you are moving into some place with a clean slate, how can you make it even better than it already is? For example, if you can change some fittings to be more energy efficient, you should.
Be sure to also discuss the renovations with any neighbors who may be affected by the project, especially if you are living in an annexed building, condo, flat, or something similar. Research the rules and regulations for renovations in your area, as well, so you can ensure you are doing everything correctly and can avoid any offenses.
2. Hire a Professional Renovation Contractor
Renovations are not easy. You might find yourself in over your head once you get started, so it is best to start off on the right foot and with the right people supporting you. Hire a professional renovation contractor. It doesn’t matter if you are redoing the basement, the bathroom, the kitchen, or the entire home. Professionals will have the tools and expertise required to do everything properly the first time around.
Look for a contractor with experience, credentials, references, an informative website, and who keeps a clean and clear line of communication with you.
Whether you are changing just a few simple things, like finishing the basement or updating your kitchen, you should always consider personality. That is, the personality of you and your family or house mates. You might want to make more space for watching movies if that is what your family enjoys. You might prioritize comfortable seats by the windows if you are a bunch of book readers.
There are plenty of things to think about when you renovate your home, but the ideal scenario is that you can add functional design that makes your life easier. While it might be an expense, the more comfortable you can make your house, the more it will feel like a home.
4. Remember Lighting
A lot of people tend to overlook how lighting will play into their new designs. You may fall in love with a particular color or layout, but if you cannot illuminate the space with natural light, the walls may end up looking unnecessarily dark or it could dampen the energy of the area. Consider where the sunlight enters your home, the purpose of the space, and what kind of mood you want to for the room you are renovating. If it is within your budget, you may want to consult with a lighting specialist or interior decorator to assist with selecting lighting.
5. Budget and Plan
By knowing how much money you have set aside for specific changes, such as x-amount of money for new appliances, you will be able to pick and choose the renovations that have to happen immediately and those that can wait. Failing to budget is setting yourself up for failure, since you might become too overzealous with designs and wind up falling short in finances to complete the project.
In other words, plan out your renovations carefully. Again, having a professional contractor there to help you with figuring out the estimated costs, the duration of each separate project, and the overall deadline will streamline the entire process.
By keeping these five things in mind, you can have a successful renovation. It all starts with envisioning what you want, having a budget in mind, and remembering the little conveniences that make life easier.