What to ask yourself before your renovation journey begins!
To make sure you get exactly what you want from your home renovation, here are some essential questions to ask yourself before you begin.
The better you communicate with your designer, architect or contractor before you start your renovation, the easier the process will be. If you take the time to consider what you really want from your renovation before the demolition begins, it will end up saving you time and money. Here are a few questions to ask yourself for a smoother process, and for results that are more likely to meet your vision.
1. What rooms do you want renovated or what spaces would you like to add?
This one seems like a no-brainer, but bear in mind that renovating one space will affect the adjoining spaces as well. If you renovate only your open kitchen, for example, will the dining or living area connected to it feel dated afterwards? If you want to extend up, where will the stairs be positioned and what room will that affect?
2. How much can you realistically afford to spend?
Does your budget include appliances, floorings, lighting fixtures, window coverings and furniture? Do you require air-conditioning? These are costs outside of your construction budget that you won’t see from your contractor.
3. What’s your design style?
Do you like modern, transitional, contemporary or traditional? No sure? – Do your research to see what appeals to you so you have a firm idea in mind.
4. What are your accessibility considerations?
Does anyone in the family have a disability, or do you envisage staying in the house for a long enough time that mobility issues might one day come into play? If so, it might be better to factor this into your renovation now, rather than have to deal with it later.
5. What’s your flooring preference?
The flooring underneath your feet is vital to the look and feel of your home. There are so many options these days; how you use your space will dictate which is the best option for you & your family.
6. What are your storage requirements?
Storage requirements are important to consider at the start of any renovation, since it can be difficult (requiring a lot of reconfiguration) and expensive to add storage solutions at the end of a project.