We’ve spent a lot of time at home in the last couple of years, which has led to a lot of us taking the time to improve the spaces that we live in, whether that’s with a new coat of paint, taking part in some DIY projects or a complete transformation with a renovation. If you’re planning on renovating a space, there are many things to consider from structural plans, down to last-minute additions to make your home more comfortable like heating and lighting designs, convector radiators or designer radiators for example, as well as colour schemes, and accessories that can make your renovation a success. Here are 7 essential steps to achieve a great home renovation.
The end goal
When you’re thinking about taking on a renovation project, it’s always best to have a clear idea in mind with regards to what you want the renovation to achieve, whether that’s more space, more modern facilities, or space to fulfill a specific need, such as a home office or dining room. Having an idea in mind is helpful when it comes to planning, as it allows you to focus on how you’d like the room to look and can be helpful when it comes to sticking to your budget.
If you’re new to renovating, making sure you research before you begin is essential. You can research other renovation projects for ideas or make sure that you have everything in place before you begin. Researching is also great for helping you to generate design ideas when it comes to finalising how you’d like your space to look. Research can also reveal potential problems that you might face before you start, so you know what to expect and can act if there is anything else you need to have in place.
When budgeting, it is important that you set yourself limits. Try not to overestimate your budget as this could end up with you spending more than you can truly afford. Instead, keep your budget underestimated and see what you can achieve. You could also make a requirements list – a list of things that are the most necessary and total them up. This is a good way to see how much you have leftover for things that you’d like but don’t necessarily need, to make the space feel more like home.
If you’re looking to renovate a whole property, or maybe just one room like a kitchen or bathroom, for example, you will need to appoint either a residential architect or a builder to help you with measurements and drawings.
These drawings help to give you an idea of what your room or property will look like when it’s completed and discussing it with an architect means that you can explain your ideas and as professionals, they can help you to achieve them or let you know if they think the idea will not work.
Mood board your designs
Once you’ve taken care of your budget for your renovation and you have an idea of how you’d like your new space to look, making a mood board is a great way to visually keep track of your ideas and put them all in one place. You can make a physical mood board with materials, paint colours, drawings, and floor plans, or keep it virtual. Make a mood board or folder on your phone or laptop that you can add inspiration to whenever you come across an image that you think might be helpful.
Making rooms look bigger
If you’re renovating a house or space that is small, there are tips and tricks that you can use to make it look bigger and more spacious. It doesn’t have to mean knocking walls down! One of the most inexpensive ways to create an illusion of a larger room is to use mirrors. Mirrors help to bounce light around the room, making it seems brighter and airier, lighting up darker areas, and giving the room more depth. Natural light is also a great way of creating the illusion of a bigger, more spacious area.
Create a renovation-free zone
When you’re renovating, everything can become a bit of a mess with building materials and half-finished rooms – it is easy for your home to feel like a bit of a building site! Before you begin to remodel, make sure that you have a designated area away from all the mess, dust, and noise, somewhere that you and your family can relax and most importantly, somewhere that is functional and stress-free.
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