Renovating your home can be a daunting and confusing process, and it’s not surprising it has a reputation as being stressful.
From finding the right trades to complete the work and enduring the apparent chaos of the building process, it isn’t always easy! However, there are many positive reasons to renovate, such as increasing the value of your home and avoiding the hassles and costs of moving to a new house. Recognising the adaptability of your current home and changing it to suit your needs can help you to fall in love with it all over again, as well as give it a new lease of life.
Not only will your home look great, but the sense of pride and accomplishment you will feel with the finished result can make the tough parts worth it – you may even find yourself enjoying the process! The trick is of course going in prepared, so here are a few tips and points to consider for your next renovation:
Educate yourself. Research some ideas and know roughly how you want the space to look and feel. Have a chat to your friends and family, speak to professionals or pin thousands of ideas on Pinterest until you have a good understanding of what to expect and the best options to suit your needs (and budget!).
Be prepared to wait. Just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, a renovation doesn’t happen overnight. It can take weeks for specific items to arrive or be manufactured, or sometimes an unforeseen plumbing or structural issue can cause unexpected delays. Planning ahead can help reduce some of the typical renovation delays or at least some of the avoidable ones. For example, try selecting all your fittings and fixtures well in advance (especially if they need to be ordered in), and be aware of turnaround times for things like cabinetry and bench tops.
Expect your routine to be temporarily disrupted. There will be dust and debris, you will be without power and water at times, and there will be tradies coming and going almost every day. You can prepare for these sorts of things by hiring appropriate waste disposal (eg skip bins or an industrial vacuum) and arranging for an alternative place to cook or shower temporarily. If you can’t take time off work, you may need to consider a lockbox or a friendly neighbour that can help with access to your home while you’re not around.
Preserve a space of calm and order. Your home is likely to be a flurry of activity and debris, which may start to get on your nerves eventually. To preserve your sanity, try and maintain one room or an area of your house where everything is clean and in order so that you can escape from the chaos as much as you need.
Try and focus on the end result. Your house may look like a bomb has hit it and you’ll wonder why you ever embarked on this journey. Try and have faith that the finished product will be so rewarding you may even want to renovate again!