House renovation is one of the inevitable steps of owning a home. If you have built an old structure, you may need to plan it at the very beginning. Others, who have built a house brick by brick or installed a prefabricated one, may need to do it some years later. But it is unavoidable – a “necessary evil” if you may like to call it so.
Timely renovation of a structure improves its life and increases its charm. Some refurbishments like patching up the walls, sealing the fissures, giving the interior a fresh coat of paint, taking care of the wood flooring etc are periodic. A few other renovations like fixing electrical wiring, mending the curtains or doing minor repairing in the kitchen cabinet can be an annual affair.
However, most of these are routine affair. So, even if it involves quite a lot of headaches, do not feel so helpless about it. Keep yourself calm so that you do not commit a beginner’s mistake while planning for the entire process.
If you are planning to buy an old structure and redesign it to your liking, then you would need to survey the property and make an estimate of the amount of work to be done. It is better to seek an expert intervention here. A person who has knowledge and experience of the kind of task at hand can effectively guide you through the entire process and save some crucial money.
At this point, you can consider hiring a renovation contractor and hand over the entire task to him or her. By doing so, you can save yourself from a considerable amount of hassle and also ensure a quality finish to the interior and exterior of your building. But to reap such benefits you will have to choose the right person suitable for the work.
Apart from skills and experiences, take into account his or her professional reputation. Try to find out if that person is suitable for translating your visions into reality. There should be a written agreement signed between the parties and constant communication between you and the renovation contractor entrusted with the job.
While restyling your home, try to invest in quality materials. Choose such items that are comfortable, durable, sustainable and elegant. It is better not to buy any product based on the ongoing fad. Bring home such items that have a lasting appeal and will add value to your home.
Before setting out to work, chalk out a detailed plan. Make thorough plans for every corner of your house. Do not keep halls, terraces or corridor decoration as an afterthought. Decide on a budget and try to stick to it.
Even before you start thinking of kitchen renovation, make sure the space is brightly lit and well ventilated. Choose the right kind of layout that is functional and easy to work with. Decide on the amount of storage you would need for this space. Decide on the flooring, wall décor, worktops and furniture. Decorate the space with materials that is long lasting, stylish and easy to maintain.
Your bathroom renovation should begin with fixing any kind of underlying structural weaknesses. Sort out the plumbing and electrical wiring. Choose fixtures and storage according to the available space. Try to build a space that is bright, airy, hygienic, and clutter free.