So it is the time of your life where you have decided to put a new life into your home. Many people choose to recondition their homes because of many reasons instead of buying a new one. Some like to stay in the same neighborhood. Some do not like the change in their environment, or many would not leave the house because of attachment towards the property.
Renovating a house is a detailed job. You are required to deal with a lot of issues before you can turn your house into a dream home. You might plan to do a renovation in some parts, but when you to start to do it, this job can extend to many parts of the house. You have to keep in mind any hidden cost may come up as well.
Making your House Ready
Paz Group will ensure that your house is ready within the time. We mostly aim to finish all the renovation work before the deadline and try to solve all the issues on the way. Fixing complications as soon as they arise is our policy, and we don’t leave a burden of problems to deal with at the end.
Step by Step Guide to Renovation
Here we will take you on the tour of renovating a house. We will explain to you all the aspects and areas of renovating, including any hidden cost or problem that may arise during the renovation.
Difference between Remodeling and Renovation
Builders and homeowners often use words of remodeling or renovate for the same purpose, but you will be amazed to know that they have entirely different meanings.
Renovation is a job where restoration is done. Renovation word is used where you are bringing something to its original state. While remodeling is used where you are making changes in the building like extending or changing the layout.
Most of the work done in homes is the combination of these two words. In some areas, you might want to renovate while, on the other hand, you might want to decide to change the layout of your kitchen.
Plan Everything in Advance
We recommend a complete visit of the property before starting the job. Houseowner and the service provider should make a list and plan everything about renovating. A list of work is a fundamental thing in the renovation. Although sometimes the work can go beyond the list, that is not always the case.
This list of work will define every job from start to finish. You might want to add the option of knowing who is doing which job and how much is going to cost you by breaking down the cost according to the list.
Here we are providing you a typical list of work while renovating a house. Your list can be different from the one below, as it all depends on the homeowner and builder what jobs they want to do or not.
- Current condition assessment
- Stop further decay
- Grants/Tax concessions
- Statutory consents
- Structural stability
- Demolition work
- Dealing with damp
- Site access
- Major building work
- External works
- First, fix
- Drying out
- Fixed flooring
- Second fix
- Final clean
Do you Need Planning Permission
First things first, there are few things you need to check before you go ahead with the plan of renovation.
- Planning permission
- Building regulations approval
- Homeowner Consent
Always start the renovation of your house with the projects that do not need any approval. By doing this, you can save a considerable amount of time. Keep in mind that even the jobs that require approval can be started with 24-hour notice of the intention to comply.
Always get in touch with your local building authorities to make sure you are entitled to make the changes you planned.
Save Original Features of the House
Many owners would love to renovate or remodel the house, but at the same time, they want to keep the original feature of the house intact. The original feature adds the character and charm in the building.
Unfortunately, not all the renovation process can go without changing or damaging the original aspects of the house. Sit down and think thoroughly about which parts of the home you want to keep in the original state. It might cost you extra to change the plan, so work out with your builder what is more relevant to you and decide accordingly.
Renovating or Remodeling the Plumbing System
You can either replace some rusty or damager parts or install a new plumbing system altogether according to your lifestyle and convenience. Updating the heating and plumbing system will add value to the house. You can add underfloor heating instead of radiators if you want to add new features to the home.
Removing or Changing Walls
Most of the renovation or remodeling will involve a change of structure in the house. This means it will be necessary to remove or add a wall in the house to make it suitable for modern-day living. Some homes are build in a way where rooms are much smaller and to add more rooms, people do not consider the importance of space.
Removing some walls to make space will be necessary. Garage conversion, or extending the size of the kitchen might need space.
Choosing the Right Flooring for Your Home
If you are planning to bring a wooden floor in the house, then the plaster needs to be dry before thoroughly. It can be dry from 2 to 6 weeks, depending on the time of the year. The longer you leave plaster or any new screed to dry, the better it is. Drying removes any chance of moisture leaving behind that can cause problems with the wooden floor later on.
Some homeowners choose to lay flagstone or fixed flooring. This is not a good idea because of several reasons. If you decide to go with this flooring, then you will not have the flexibility to change something in the future.
Paint Gives a New Look
When you are planning to recondition your house, go for a new color. Paint does affect lighting in the house, and choosing the right shade will make your room and hallways brighter. If you have a good amount of money, then go for shades in different areas of the home. If your budget is low, then choose to get black and whites shade, this will give your home a sober and sophisticated look.
Make Small Rooms Look Bigger
If you have small rooms and you are short of space, then a classic technique is to use mirrors in the house. It is quite affordable to do, and it does make your rooms look bigger. This technique has been adopted by some of the famous architects of the time.
Importance of Windows
It is a famous saying that half of the experience living indoor is looking outdoors. So try to install large windows where you can in the house. There might be a problem if your budget is low, then you will not be able to replace all the windows. In this situation, try to use a lighter shade of paint in the house to reflect all the light coming into your home.
Renovate your Kitchen
One of the great ideas is to maximize your storage space while you are renovating your kitchen. Your storage problems can be reduced by using all the available space in the kitchen area. Try to make cabinets and storage overheads wherever possible.
Nobody knows your house and kitchen better than your self. If you are on a low financial plan, then you can go for recycled material to be used in cabinets and storage spaces.
You can minimize the expenses by choosing what to replace and what not. Keeping the original windows and floor only will save you a good amount of money. A significant thing to remember is that if you have the plan to sell your house in the next decade, then do not even think about spending a considerable amount of money.
Always go for cosmetic upgrades if you have the plan to sell the house. Replacing everything from A to Z will only cost you, and you will not be using any of that. If the last thing is to leave the house and move into a new one, then save money for the next house instead of spending all the capital on the current home.
If you are unsure about how you can use all the space in the kitchen or you want to give a new look, then getting the service of an architect is always the safest option. It might cost you extra, but it will be worthwhile in the end.
Renovate your Bathroom
Unfortunately, many homeowners seem to ignore the importance of ventilation in the bathroom. What the do not know is proper ventilation system is essential to the bathroom, especially when to want to keep your renovation long-lasting for the upcoming years.
There could be a number of problems in your bathroom if you do not have ventilation. The build of mold and mildew is the most common problem people face, and this could be highly devastating for the expensive upgrades you will make in the bathroom.
Get a Fan with a timer. Getting a top quality fan in the bathroom will ensure a good flow of air, and it is worth spending money on it. Avoid placing the fan inside the shower if you have a steam shower or low ceiling. The air would not circulate in this situation. Try to find a fan that comes with a one-hour setting. If you have money to spend, then get a motion sensor fan or a remote fan for your ease.
Consider a Heated Floor. You might want to think about having a heated floor. This might cost you extra, but in chilly morning stepping on a warm floor will give you a nice feeling. If you are planning to do it, then make sure to use a heating panel that can be used in the shower. We can certainly help with that.
Maximize Space. If you do not have a good amount of space in your bathroom, then you have to think of the ways to make it look bigger. Glass door in shower and tub is a genius way to open up space in the bathroom. Try to install a pedestal sink as it takes little space. Use towel racks to save up some space on storage cabinets.
Think About the Future. Again, if you are planning to move out of the house in the next few years, then there is no point in spending so much money on renovation. Cosmetic upgrades, just like we mentioned earlier, is the way to go. If you are here to stay, then design your bathroom in a way that will suit your preference and liking.
Remodel Your Garage
The new floor in the garage is one of the best things you can do to give it a unique and appealing look. Most of the garages have concrete flooring. This is all good until it gets cracked. On the other hand, concrete is quite dull, so think about painting it to spice up things a bit. You can use the foam floor mats to park your car on it. This will look good and protect your concrete for a long time.
Once you are done with the flooring, move on to the painting of the walls. Try to choose the right color, so it is not clashing with the floor. Insulation is extremely important, even if your garage is not attached to your home. Keeping walls insulated will help the regulation of temperature.
If your carport is not attached to your home, that does not mean you do not need insulation as you may still want to keep the harsh weather outside and not invite it into your garage.
If your garage does not have windows, then it can be beneficial to install some. Windows are a source of natural lighting, and it will help to eliminate the darkness that we usually find in most of the garages. You can always open the windows to get fresh air, and you will undoubtedly have more light to work with.
Speaking of lights, install some bright lights in there if you are a person who stays a good amount of time in the garage. After sundown, you will need bright light, or you can go for the motion sensor lights that come on every time someone moves.
A garage is not only to park your car. You can always change your garage into a new room or office. You might have to make a few alterations before you can turn your garage into an office. A new supply of electricity needs to be provided if it is not already there. You will have to connect the garage with the central heating so that you can stay warm in there.
If you are a fitness freak, then it might be a good idea to convert your garage into a gym. You might want to install a water line for this purpose. Make sure that you are allowed to do that, and there are no hurdles by local authorities.
Creating a sustainable home might cost you extra, but it is for you and for the generations to come. It is quite simple, and even a low flush toilet can make your home eco-friendly. An eco-friendly renovation will cost a lot more, but you will save money in the long run on electricity, and you will make the world a better place to live.
A home that has a green certificate has more value than other houses in the market. Your lifestyle will be cleaner, and your home is more likely to sell a lot faster than other houses. Think of it as an investment rather than an expense.
Think outside of the box when your home is going through renovation. Things might not always go your way, and you might have to fix more than you asked for. Always keep the budget for unwanted expenses. You might not need to spend it, but it is better to be on the safe side.
Renovating or remodelling a house is a big decision, as it will take some time to shape it into your dream home. But if you have plans to spend a long time in the same house, then it will be all worth it in the end. Make sure to plan thoroughly and remember renovating a home is a DIY thing. You will surely need a professional hand in many places, and that is where Paz Group comes to the rescue.