The beginning of something is always hard, especially when it comes to home renovations. Deciding how and where to start when all you have is a dream for your home, makes it even harder. For this reason, we’ve created a guide to help you with those first initial steps for planning your home renovation. Once you actually get started on the renovations, you’re on your own, but for now, read on to help you get started on planning your home renovation.
- Make a wish list
Making a wish list is the best way to get dreaming for your renovation. This can be especially helpful for those of you who don’t really know what you want from a renovation. Take a walk through your home or flat, and start taking some general notes about what you like and dislike about each room.
In your lounge, think about the way the space fits your lifestyle. Do you spend much time in it? Is it where you like to gather in the evening as a family? If so, you might want to think about adding double glazing windows to keep the room cozy and warm in the winter.
Don’t forget about your outdoor potential renovation space as well. Are you thinking about adding a spa in the near future, or space for an outdoor fireplace? Make sure there’s plenty of room in your yard to allow for these dreams as well, especially if you’re expanding any rooms indoors which could use up valuable outdoor space.
- Create some visuals
Now that you’ve made some notes and nailed down your wish list, it’s time to start visualising the wish list. You can do this in a few different ways, old fashioned or new. An old fashioned way that is still tried and true is to create a vision board. When you see something you like in a magazine, or a pattern in a shop, ask for a sample of it or cut it out of the magazine and place it on your vision board. This physical way of dreaming up your renovation can really help you start putting together what you want out of your renovation.
Basically an online version of a vision board is an online board where you can keep things you see online in one place. Try using something like Pinterest to get you started, and branch out to other websites as you fancy.
Another exciting way to visualise your renovations, using technology, is to use different renovation planning apps. Take a look at this list of planning apps to get you started. The great thing about these apps is the ability to plan out exactly how much room you’ll have pre and post renovation, and to arrange your home without tearing down any walls quite yet.
- Visit showrooms, get quotes from various designers
Okay, so you might be a little bit sick of the dream and vision board stage of your home renovation, but bear with it for a little bit longer. This is the part where you get to see things in action. Go visit designer showrooms and designer furniture stores. Even popping down to a local shop like an IKEA, if you have one nearby, will help you start visualising how a room pulls together in different ways.
Another really great benefit of visiting a showroom is being able to meet with interior decorating specialists. You can obtain quotes from them for any decorating you need, or assistance with planning your renovation, and maybe even get some free advice. Developing a network of designers and builders can help you get a better feel for costs and timelines.
- Consider relocating any major appliances
When you’re getting a rough idea of the renovations you’re going to make, start thinking about where your appliances are situated. Especially important for a bathroom or kitchen renovation, you’ll need to be aware of where and how your pipes are situated, or if you’ll be needing to move something like your heat pump or air conditioning unit. Knowing where your appliances and pipes are, and if you can move them, will help you make some big decisions for your kitchen and bathroom renovations.
- Make a budget
Time to get down to business. How much money can you afford to spend on this renovation? Part of the problem with budgets is that you can’t really create one until you know what you want to do, but you might already be invested in what you want to do before you create the budget. This can mean you’ll have to make some sacrifices on your wishlist to fit your newly created budget. Avoid this by making a budget as quickly as possible, once you have your basic renovation ideas in mind.
- Decide on separate contractors or a building company
Your next decision, once you have a budget to work with, is to decide who to hire for your renovations. If you’re rather handy, and have a good background of successful renovations on your own, you may just want to hire out a specific contractor for work you don’t know how to do. If this is your first renovation project, you may find it easier to go with one renovation business who organises the contractors for you.
- Organise the after renovation work
Once you’ve started work on your renovation, you’ll want to make sure that your home and furniture looks beautiful and new after the work is done. Stay on top of this by organising post renovation work to be done immediately after. For example, hire some painters to come in and paint your new room or touch up the walls where you tore something down.
If you’re dramatically changing a room, you might want to think about hiring an upholstery specialist as well. A reupholstered couch, for example, can completely change the tone of the room and tie the new renovation together, without having to purchase brand new furniture or update your flooring.
Once you’ve completed these seven steps, you’ve made a significant leap forward to finishing your home renovation and enjoying it. Keep the momentum going by meeting with potential renovation builders and contractors, and get started on the home of your dreams!