renovating older houses

The In’s and Out’s of redesigning a house

Renovating or redesigning your house is a major, yet very exciting project. It is always better to live in the house for a while before you decide to renovate. Even if you are moving into an old house and want to renovate it, live in it for a while and you will be able to decide better how to go about redesigning it to your preference and to realise your dream home from this old house. It is not always possible to do so but if you can, it always has its benefits. It is best to have a concrete plan before you start your renovation and if possible and if you can afford to do so, move out of the house until the project is completed. You still need to that the work is progressing according to your plan as sometimes what you envision may not be what the contractor understood. An efficient plan will help implement your design effectively.

Make an Inventory of required modifications:

To begin with, you need to pay attention to each and every part of the house but should have the bigger picture in mind as well. Make a list of each and every part of the room to see where repair/replacing/redesigning is required. If you plan on changing the landscaping of your garden, include that in your list as well so that you can plan your budget for the renovation better. You can enlist the help of an architect for this exercise or do so yourself and hire the architect for the execution part. It is more beneficial to improve the energy efficiency of the house as well, instead of only improving the aesthetic appeal of the house.

Budget Planning:

We always want the best and the most convenient utilities and materials for our house but it does not always work that way because of budget constraints. After the list is prepared, you need to check and see what you can afford and how much you can spend on each one of the items on the list. It is good to have a budget planned in advance before the inventory is made. Redesigning your house is very exciting and it is normal to go overboard with the inventory unless you have a fixed budget in mind.

Research the options:

You need to do a thorough research on each and every item on the list and work out all the options for each item. For example, if you want to redesign your living room, you can change the floor tiles, the wall paint, the furniture, electrical fixtures, curtains or other decors. The next step would be to ascertain what options you have for your floors and what you can afford. In a similar fashion you need to go through each and every room of the house and plan. You can make this process easier if you hire an architect at this point, but if you need to save money, you can do this research yourself and give an exact plan of what you envisage to your architect. The architect can then give you his actual plan and project cost. You also have the option of buying the materials needed yourself from online stores, thrift stores, etc. to limit the expenses. If money is not an issue for you, you can relax by telling the architect what you want done and have him or her do all this work.

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