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Planning Home Renovations

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Home renovations can be a costly and time consuming endeavour, but for most homeowners the payoff more than justifies any hassle they may encounter.  Nevertheless, careful planning of home renovations help to ensure that your project stays on budget and on schedule, while also helping you to avoid unnecessary and sometimes costly mistakes.  So what do the experts have to say about planning home renovations?  We asked a group of professional renovators about their design and planning advice, and here’s what they had to say.

Ask Yourself Why

Before you start any renovation project, you need to ask yourself why you are doing it.  Are you addressing particular problems?  You might need another bedroom to accommodate an expanding family, or maybe another bathroom.  Most renovations are instigated to solve practicality issues, but you may even just want an updated look in your home.  Regardless, knowing why you are renovating will help you identify your needs more clearly so you can draw up an accurate budget and plans.

Evaluate your Home

Your renovator can help you evaluate the current condition of your home and list repairs that may be required in the near future or even over the long term.  Since you’re already planning a renovation, you can use this opportunity to make essential improvements, even if that means foregoing some of the lifestyle changes you were hoping to make.

Consider your Strengths

Knowing the features of your home and its strengths will help you save time and money on renovations.  For example, some older homes may have beautiful hardwood under carpet that was laid much later.  You can refinish trims or moldings, resurface cabinets, or repurpose furniture.

Don’t Overcomplicate

Keep your renovations simple.  Complex design not only requires extensive construction, but the opportunities for problems are also greater.  No matter how big or small your renovation, you should consult with a professional to determine the most effective and efficient methods for achieving your goals.

Renovation is an Investment

The initial costs of renovations can overwhelm homeowners at times, but you need to realize that these projects are ultimately an investment in your home.  Still, you should carefully consider the time, energy, and money you put into a renovation and compare it to the overall costs of maintenance as well as the renovation’s impact on your home’s value.

Follow your Own Trends

Home design trends come and go, so when you are planning your renovation you really should think about what you want and need.  What colours and styles do you like?  What changes would make you happy?  Plan your renovation around your own comfort and ease of living and you’ll be happier with the results.

Careful renovation planning is the key to a successful project, but it will also help you envision your completed renovation.  More importantly, planning ensures your renovation is affordable and effective.

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