In the Part 1 of this blog series, you learned the importance of planning your renovation and setting a budget from the onset, along with how to save money long term by applying sustainable design principles to your home. The next step is to make sure that you have a design that works without spending more than what you planned and without compromising on quality.
Here are the most important things that you should take into consideration:
Building the right team for your reno
As the leading provider of building design and drafting services in Australia, we can’t stress the importance of building a team of renovation experts for your project.
Start building your dream team well in advance to get the job done right and on time.
Building designers can provide you with a design that complies with the building codes and will pass inspections. They help you understand your home’s quirks and inherent issues — and help you solve each one.
Draftspeople to produce the planning drawings required to obtain council approval, development approval, and building approval.
You will also need the help of many consultants, depending on the needs of your project:
- Land Surveyors
- Structural Engineers
- Civil Engineers
- Mechanical Engineers
- Thermal Performance Assessors
- Heritage Consultants
- Bushfire Consultants
- Fire Engineers
- Environmental Consultants
- Geotechnical Engineers
- Acoustics Consultants
- Access Consultants
- Building Certifiers
- Town Planners
- Waste Management Consultants
- Traffic Consultants, etc.
Of course, it’s the builders and tradespeople that make your renovation happen, while Interior decorators help to improve the appearance of every room.
Lastly, arborists and landscape designers help to spruce up the front garden and the backyard.
Depending on the complexity of your project some of these consultants will be required for your project.
Here at Superdraft, we understand that building your own dream team will take a lot of time and effort. It’s almost impossible to do if you are a busy person. This is the reason why we offer to organise all the consultants you need and help you gather quotes from various builders. We take this tedious task off our clients’ hands, removing any unnecessary stress and freeing up your time to focus on deciding which materials, finishes and fixtures and furniture best suits your project.
Our services do not stop at helping you organise the consultants and builders. We also make sure that your project is well-coordinated.
All Superdraft clients Project Coordinator, free of charge. It is part of our mission to provide a seamless solution to the design and project coordination of renovation and build projects.
The Project Coordinator communicates the progress of your project to you and ensures that our partner designers, builders, and consultants tasks are all running to schedule, .
You might ask: why is building a dream team and having a project coordinator important from the onset?
Simply because they are renovation experts who can help you create a foolproof plan and guide you through the renovation process. These two things will not only save you time and money but also from emotional stress during your home renovation.
Additionally, it would be nice to get the job right from the beginning to avoid any rework, which incurs extra costs.
Flexibility with home design choices
Another effective way to cut costs is to substitute expensive finishes with a more affordable option.
Let’s say you want a marble kitchen and bathroom, but you can’t stretch your budget to purchase marble slabs. To achieve the same look for less, consider using porcelain slabs with a faux marble design or reconstituted stone.
A great building designer and interior designer can help you make these kinds of design decisions. Knowledge about this comes from extensive experience and from networking with various product suppliers.
Repurpose and to save money on your reno
Not everything in your newly renovated house should be new. Often existing furniture pieces and materials can be reused.
If your bathtubs and sinks are still in good condition, clean them thoroughly and reuse them in your new bathroom.
If your kitchen cabinets are still intact, refresh them using paint and new hardware.
Reusing what you already have will help you save money.
Another thing you can do isrecycle. There are places where you can buy used cabinets, flooring, sinks, light fixtures, decorative tapware, furniture, and much more. Look for ‘going out of business’ sales across the metro. Check out garage sales. Go to thrift stores. Search for secondhand items on Gumtree and eBay. You might find something worthy of your new home.
Buying second hand is not only cheaper than buying a new one, and you are also helping your community reduce the volume of landfill.
In the next part of this blog, we will discuss more ways to help you save money and cut costs on your renovation. In this section we discuss bargain hunting to save money on furnishing your home, understanding your skill levels when embarking on a self-managed project and the advantages of working with a design professional,
Plus, don’t miss our Bonus Tips section: 15 Extra Ways to Cut Costs on Your Reno.