So, you have decided to renovate. Now what?

You have made the decision to renovate, this could just be the scariest decision that you have ever made. Maybe you are still looking for the perfect property, or maybe you are trying to make your property into the perfect one for you. I often find where do I start is one of the most common questions that we get asked. This blog is going to feature one of the most important steps in the renovation process PLANNING!!

I know what I was like when we were renovating our homes. Just wanting to get to the finished product. There is nothing more motivational than living in a home that is in desperate need of a renovation and we have lived in a few of them! There are two big ticket items that spring to mind, what you want to achieve and how much is it going to cost. There are just so many little details in between that it is important a plan is mapped out along the way. From personal experience and that of our clients I know there are two things that happen when items are changed or missing from a plan, it takes longer and costs more!

So, what steps can you take to create a picture of exacly what you want and get an accurate quote for the works?

1. Don't Rush

Now not everyone has the luxury of time, but if you do, it can be a big benefit. If you can, live in the property and think about how you can make the space work best for you. Everyone has different styles and ideas and I found myself changing my mind a number of times on what I wanted to do. Use this time to get creative, map out these ideas until you find something that you are 100% happy with. It is often when all the little details are thought about and discussed that changes are made and costs and time start to mount up. As a building company we do our best to give our clients an accurate idea on the total costs for their project, but if the goal posts keep moving, this becomes impossible.

In building everything needs to happen in a certain order. For example a client decided to change the location of their TV. The TV points were already installed, the house plastered and painted. This meant the electricians, plasters and painters all needed to return to the house to relocate the points, patch up the walls and repaint the entire wall. Our clients would have saved money and time if this location was in the original plan.

Of course our clients are always entitled to change their minds, in the end this is going to be their dream home and we are more than happy to accommodate if required.

2. Research

Ok, so now you know what it is that you are wanting to achieve. Maybe it is something small like a new bathroom or kitchen or a complete block style overhaul. The same concepts apply. There are some great resources available online to help build your story board. I would recomend the following sites:

www.houzz.com

www.pinterest.com

Save images of what you like for each room and share these with your builder for discussion when he is creating your quote.

Inspiration for this kitchen design was taken from from completed projects on Houzz. The hexagon bulkhead, built in cupboards and pressed tin ceiling where in the original design plan. The black oven was inspiration from a magazine article on kitchen designs.

There is nothing more exciting than seeing your ideas come to life!

3. Create a list

This is the final step to a well established plan, or at least the start of one. Go from room to room and make a list of everything that you would like to see changed or kept. Simple things like, reuse bath, new vanity, new mirror, keep antique light will help achieve an accurate quotation. Don't worry, your builder will also offer you some expert advice on what can and can't be done and options to save on costs.

I always started with a big list of all the things I wanted included but ended up with the reality list at the end. Having a budget and inclusions list will help set a realistic goal for your builder to achieve.

Next blog - Time to meet with the builder!

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