A Guide for House Renovation

before and after kitchen renovation
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One of the most exciting and rewarding things one can do is renovate a house. Whether it be renovating a dilapidated property or giving the house you currently live in a complete makeover, there are quite a few crucial steps you need to implement and execute properly for your house renovation to be a complete success.

The key to renovating your house on a budget is to plan the entire process effectively, without overlooking a single detail.

Luckily, we’ve put together a step by step guide on how to go about this process, and how to come out on the other side content and excited about your renovation.

1. Establish a budget

Before you do anything, you need to set a budget. So, think about how much you’ve got to work with and then add 20% on top of that for any miscalculations, errors, or spur-of-the-moment add-ons.

Trust us, you’ll most like change your mind about something, whether it be the colour of the paint for a certain wall, or maybe the tiles you chose don’t look as incredible as you thought they would.

To be safe, budget for that. Even if you don’t spend that extra 20%, it’s comforting to know that you won’t run out of money a third of the way through, because that’s the last thing you need.

If you don’t have the cash up front, consider some of the financial solutions out there. Some financial service providers allow you to leverage your home equity to finance renovations with a reasonable interest rate.

We’ll touch on this more in our next step but compiling a Wishlist for your finished space and then gathering estimated pricing for every item/idea is a great way of seeing what you can and cannot afford.

2. Planning & design

This is where you get to explore all your ideas. As fun as this part is, it’s also worth being as realistic as possible when approaching the design and plan.

This is the step in the process that needs to be thorough and detailed. This is for the sake of avoiding any hiccups happening later in the renovation procedure, which will save you a lot of time and money.

renovation architectural site map

This can be done by compiling a list of everything you’d want and then slowly going through the possibilities and practicality of each idea or item. This will establish the objectives of your development process.

We recommend bringing in professionals from the start to help guide you through the entire operation. You’re going to need to translate your requirements and vision into an architectural concept and hiring a project manager or architectural team can make this first step much easier.

3. Construction

Unless you’re a DIY genius or tradesman yourself, this is where you’ll definitely need assistance. Especially if you want the process to be as swift as possible.

This is when all your all project goals, functionalities, and specific details are implemented by a team of construction workers. If you’ve opted to work through a renovation company, then their team will usually be run by a project manager.

This is the step in your renovation where you need to be more hands off. The project manager will brief their team on the project plan, managing all their activity and ensuring the project runs steadily according to every single detail, with your vision at the forefront of every task.

before and after home renovation

Your project manager is also there for quality control so that your concept is brought to life, exactly how you envisioned it. Our aim is to meet and hopefully exceed the project specified quality requirements.

If you’re capable of running the project yourself and are keen on playing the role of Project manager, then you need to be extremely organised, composed at all times and strategic.

It’s also a full-time effort because someone needs to be on site continuously. A poorly managed project can cost you time and money, and you may not achieve the results you were after. A professional project manager will take care of everything and allow you to relax, knowing you’re in safe and capable hands.

4. Finishing up the renovation

Whether you’ve gone with a company or have executed the project yourself, this is most certainly the most rewarding step in the process of house renovation.

You’ve gone through weeks, if not months of having people in and out of your home, seemingly endless rubble and dust, but now the day has come, your build is now complete. If there are any finishing touches, you can do these gradually yourself.

If you’re looking for professional building services in and around London, call us for a no obligation quote.