When done right, the outcome of home renovations is extremely rewarding. Here are a few home renovation tips from the experts in Superdraft. If you are managing your own build, these tips will help you keep everything in order and keep your project from turning into a disaster.
1. Get the family’s opinion
Unless you’re living alone, you need to get your family’s opinion. These people live with you and they might have important input on your home’s design. What you can do is call a family meeting, ask everyone about what they want in the house, particularly in their rooms.
You don’t need to grant everything they wrote on their wishlist. If you have time, read the things they wrote and take note of doable things (e.g. colour or theme of the room etc.)
2. Stick with your home’s architecture
Many homeowners forget this. On your upcoming renovation project, make sure that the style of the new parts of your home is consistent with the old ones.
A great designer treasures your home’s character. He/she does his/her best to improve what you currently have. If you want a home that looks totally different from your current home (i.e. a Queenslander to a Post War home), then you must consider demolishing the old house and build a new one.
3. Make the most out of the available space
The number one goal of a renovation is to have a home that‘s lovely to be in. The best way to achieve this is to get a designer on your team… someone who considers the space requirements before he/she draws the plans. Of course, get someone who’s creative and can make the most out of the available space.
4. Prepare a rough cost estimate
A huge part of managing your build is budgeting.
To create a realistic budget for your project, request a preliminary quote from your designer.
After the design planning stage, ask their help in calculating the construction costs. This computation helps you see whether the project is within or way over your budget.
Understand that the two are not the total cost — only rough estimates. A good estimate is itemized. It shows all the costs involved in your project. These estimates also help you see how much work is required to build your dream home.
Superdraft has a super accurate construction costs calculator. Try it.
5. Inform your neighbours
Regardless if you’re friends or not, we highly encourage you to inform your neighbours about your home renovation project weeks before construction starts. Let them know about the potential noise disruptions and apologise for the inconvenience that they might experience. It’s common courtesy and your neighbours will appreciate your politeness.
Talking to your neighbour is necessary, especially when there are issues that need to be discussed and resolved (e.g. sharing fences, solar access, building height restrictions, etc.). You do not want an angry neighbour. Disputes delay the renovation project and you don’t want that.
6. Keep everything organised
The secret to managing your build is to keep everything organised. Home renovations are messy and confusing in nature. When you have zero organizational skills, it could turn into a disruptive experience.
Tip: An architect can assume the role of the project manager. If you need help in managing your build, your architect can help you.
In addition, home renovation projects might hinder you and your family’s day to day activities. If you’re handling a full-blown renovation, we highly recommend moving out of your home for a while or until the builders are ready to turn over the house.
For more inspiring tips for your next home renovation project, speak with the expert team at Superdraft today!