When you move into a new place, or you want to redo the house that you’ve lived in for years, it can frighten you a little. There’s just something about the idea of working on a big renovation project that can be incredibly overwhelming. Maybe it’s the cost, maybe it’s the sheer amount of work that needs to be done – either way, you can often be put off from doing anything because of it. And that then means that you’re left with a home that you’re not so in love with! So, isn’t it better for you to just jump the gun and start with your decorating instead? Now, sometimes, you still won’t be convinced. So it can be much easier to think about when you know exactly what you need to do. So you’ve come to the right place.
If you’re someone that really wants to transform your house, then it’s going to help you to know exactly what this involves. Yes, the money can sometimes be a bit of a hurdle, but if the reason you’re not starting just yet is that you have no idea what to start, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you want to renovate an entire house before you move in, or do your current home in stages, this process will work out for you. Just take a look at the very simple steps you need to take to really get your home together. Then, you can work out a budget and get started on your home project.
Before you begin, you need to think about what you want to do with the entire space. And this will always start with the structure. So think about when you want to extend your home to get more space. If you have the outside space to do it, then it could be a great idea to give you a good shape to work with.
At the same time, do you want to convert any of the rooms that are already here? If you have a garage built in, then converting this into living space is an option. But not only that, you may also want to do the same with your attic and the basement, if you have one. This will give you more room to play with from the start.
The next step is to hire an architect or a designer. They are the professionals that can do the drawings for you to help get planning permission passed if you need it. They will also supply your builder with the designs that will then need to be completed.
While you will always need the architect or designer to do the drawings for you, you may want to start on some of the renovation work yourself. It is possible. But if you want to go with professionals for everything, then now is the time to hire the builder or other tradesmen that you need.
Then, the building work can begin. Even if you’re doing this yourself, or you’re not doing any major changes, you will want to start off with the structure. So here, if any walls need moving or building, or you are extending or converting, this is what will take place. But at the same time, if you need any work doing to your roof to secure it, it should also be done at this stage.
While this is all happening, or if you’re not doing any major works, it’s time to pick out the fittings and fixtures that you want. So make sure that you take a look into some kitchen designs to work out what you want for your counters and cabinets. But not only that, you’ll also need to look into bathroom design ideas for any that you have around the house.
Then, you have more choices to make – namely with paint colors or wallpaper designs. And you’ll need to pick everything out for the entire house. Choosing paint colors can be harder than it seems, so make sure that you take your time to get it right. You should also look to include your flooring choices by room, as well as any tiles you want for the kitchen and bathroom here too.
At this point, when you have all of the main building and structural work done, it’s time to bring in the electrician. This isn’t always something you will want to do yourself. But electrical work will need to be done in any new spaces or rooms that have been converted, or even moved in existing rooms in the house.
Following on from that, you’ll also want to nail the plumbing too. Again, this may be work that is already completed as part of your agreement with the builders. If not, make sure that you get the plumber in at this point to install any plumbing work that needs to be done in the kitchen and bathroom, as well as for your home heating system too.
Next up, you’re going to want to make sure that you tackle the walls. If you’ve got tradesmen in doing the entire project, this is something that they’re going to work on when all of the utilities are done – around the time your fitting are going in. But if you’re doing this yourself, you’re going to want to get to work on plastering the walls in the rooms that are done on electrics and plumbing. And your kitchen and bathroom when your fitters suggest its best for them.
Now you can also make sure that your kitchen counters and cabinets are all installed, and that your choice of bathroom suite is installed too. This is something that you will need to be finished before you can do any tiling in each room, or get the walls ready around all of the work. But that’s not all. If you want a fireplace installed or any wall trimmings added, now is also the time to do it.
Around this time, you’ll also want to be working in your windows and doors. So make sure that you picked out the styles that you want. And while it’s natural to go for PVC, you don’t have to automatically do that. Take a look at the different designs that could work out for you, and see which appeal to you the most.
Then, it’s time to decorate! And this is the stage that you’ll know and love. Get the walls, doors, trims, and frames painted, or put up your wallpaper. Then also make sure that you get your flooring or any tiling done at this stage too. And yes, you will feel as if things really are coming together.
At this point, many people will feel as if they’re done. They painted and laid the flooring, so all that’s left to do is put in their furniture and everything is done, right? Wrong! This is often why you can feel as if the house feels a little bit unfinished. Because really it is. There’s so much more to decorating than just painting. So think about art work, picture frames, soft furnishings, and more. All of these pieces can really bring the look together. So look for inspiration online and work in some sweet finishing touches.
And finally, as much as you may feel that those finishing touches are the last step, they’re not. Because now, you need to work on the landscaping. This is always what you’ll want to do last, because you’ll need all of the footfall and work to finish inside before you can get the outside looking great. So now you’ll want to work on bringing your landscaping ideas to life. But the good thing is, you can take a break after your interiors are ready before you begin this if you really want.
So there you have it! The fifteen steps you need to take when you’re really looking to transform your home. At first, this can seem quite intense. Because when you’re looking to redo your entire home, it can seem like a lot of work. But it really doesn’t have to be. As you can see, you can really start off slow during this process. And, the best part of all, a lot of the work doesn’t have to be done by you. So if you are living in another home while this work takes place, it won’t overly affect your everyday life. But at the same time, you can be as involved as you want to be. So set your budget, find your tradesmen, and get to work on renovating your beautiful new home.