Top 5 Construction Tips When Building or Remodelling Your Home
When it’s done right, a home remodel is oh-so-rewarding! But like any big project we undertake in life, for it to be successful it needs to be well planned and well executed.
We get it: the thought of ripping out part of a lot of your existing home and rehashing it can be quite daunting. And for many Londoners, just knowing where to start is mind boggling! And that’s where we can help – the team at Combit Construction, specialist builders in North London, care about you and your home remodel, and that’s why we’ve taken the time to share some of our top tips for remodelling your home to ensure that your project is done right, first time around.
‘Well begun is half done’ – we’ve heard that cliché hundreds of times, but in the case of your home remodel, it couldn’t be truer.
We understand that planning isn’t the most exciting part of the project but believe us when we say it’s probably the most important. Time spent researching, planning, and preparing for your renovation is guaranteed to be well spent.
A clear vision of what you want to achieve is super important – make a list of what you love about your current home and what you need to change to achieve your goals. Remember, functionality before form: be creative when it comes to improving workflow and practicality, and don’t forget the aesthetics.
There are home renovation ideas everywhere: look online, check out magazines and visit showrooms. Talk to family and friends who have completed successful renovation projects. Of course, there are as many opinions as there are people to give them, but it pays to keep an open mind and be prepared to think outside the box!
Involving the experts from the get-go might prove to be a very wise decision – an architect can help you come up with a design that maximizes space and efficiency, as well as ensuring that you comply with any council regulations which may apply to your property.
Plan for Problems When Renovating:
Believe it or not, we suggest that you plan for problems when renovating – now that sounds weird doesn’t it?! It’s important to understand that renovating an existing property is a totally different ballgame to building from scratch, and that more than likely you’ll come up against a few issues that you didn’t bargain for. To avoid nasty budget blow-outs, we suggest that you allow a 10 – 20% buffer in your calculations to cover any unexpected expenses.
2. What Renovations Increase Home Value Most?
If you’re like most North Londoners, your home is probably your biggest investment. And that’s why its important to remember that any renovations you undertake should add to the value of your property.
This is one of the most renovated spaces, and it’s a sure-fire way to increase the value of your home. Open plan kitchen/living/dining zones have become popular in many family homes across the UK, so look at ways to open your space and create a multipurpose zone.
First impressions count and improving the aesthetics of your home can boost its overall value. If yours is a period home, think about how you can renovate without sacrificing the property’s traditional charm. Landscaping, driveways and fencing all contribute to the kerbside appeal too.
The bathroom is another make-or-break area when it comes time to sell. Think neutral tones, light colour schemes and organic finishes – the bathroom is a high traffic area which is used by everyone, so choose an overall theme which will be universally pleasing.
With many of us spending more time than ever before in our own homes, outdoor living is a concept that’s become more popular across North London. Creating that seamless harmony between your home and the big outdoors isn’t as hard as it might seem – with some careful planning and a bit of elbow grease, it’s not hard to create a stunning outdoor living zone.
A Coat of Paint:
A coat of fresh paint throughout your home will do wonders to lift the overall look and feel of your property. Again, light colour schemes and neutral tones are always beautiful, and they don’t go out of date.
3. What Should You Not Do When Remodelling a House?
Quality home renovations don’t come cheap and there’s far too many half-finished remodel projects out there because homeowners fail to set realistic budgets.
If you’re not qualified, don’t be tempted to do dodgy DIY fixups to save a penny here and there. Buyers don’t like shoddy workmanship, and this is guaranteed to lower the overall value of your home.
Don’t go Too Trendy:
Choosing colour schemes and finishes that are timeless is important when considering property values. If you opt for products and themes that are super trendy, they’re likely to date quickly.
Don’t Ditch the Charm:
If your home is an old gem, it’s important to make sure that your renovations compliment the traditional charm of your property. Talk to your renovation team or architect about what features to preserve and what can be removed/replaced.
4. How Can I Cut My Home Renovation Costs?
Your home remodel is an investment, however, when it comes to parting with our hard-earned cash, none of us is eager to spend more than necessary! Here are a few ways you can help to keep your renovation costs down:
Re-use and Sell:
Re-use building materials wherever possible. Timber, roof tiles, cabinetry… be creative and look for opportunities to either re-use or sell materials from your original home.
Don’t Move the Services:
If possible, avoid interfering with the plumbing and electrical plans. Installing new plumbing and electrical systems is expensive, so plan your remodel around the existing wet areas and electrical setups.
Involve the Experts:
An architect or specialist renovation team such as Combit Construction can help you save a pretty penny by suggesting areas where you can cut back and areas where it’s better to spend a little extra.
When planning your remodel, it’s important to think long-term. In the case of high use items such as hardware and floor coverings, cheapest isn’t always best – in the long run you’ll end up spending more if the cheap options don’t wear well.
5. Understanding is Everything:
It’s important to understand each stage of your home remodel and what’s involved. Talk to your renovation team about each step of your project and discuss the relevant costs and disruptions involved. Prepare yourself physically and mentally for what your project involves.
You may wish to do yourself a home renovation planner – physically jot down what will happen when, and make plans to minimize the disruption to your everyday life. For example, a few home-cooked meals in the freezer ahead of time will be handy while your kitchen is being renovated.
The team at Combit Constructions, specialist builders in North London, is here to ensure that your home remodel is 100% successful. Call us today on +44208 457 2772 and let’s get your project started!
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