The Logistics Of A Interior Home Renovation Project
Switching up your interiors for something brand new can be a lot of fun. It’s a chance for you to explore your creative streak and get something that you really want.
But, as with any project, there’s a practical side too. Home renovation ideas don’t happen by magic. Instead, they require the efforts of a large team of people, carefully planning for the final product.
The trick here is to implement all of the stages of a home renovation in the correct sequence. When things are in order, work usually goes to plan. When they are not, then it leads to increased costs, changes in design, and many other problems along the way.
Interior design work requires the designer, architect and you to be in sync with each other. You need to make sure that you hit your budget while getting the design that you want as well. If stakeholders aren’t on the same page, it can create all sorts of problems later on – including not quite giving you what you want.
Pick A Budget
The first step of any home renovation project is to choose a budget. With sensible material choices and clever planning, you can often create luxury interiors without having to first spend a fortune.
If possible, look for opportunities to use existing themes in your rooms. Perhaps you could refurbish your crown molding to bring out its innate beauty or maybe you could upcycle some of your existing furniture.
Once you have a budget, you’re then ready to go to a designer. They’ll be able to create something for you that roughly comes in at the asking price.
Create A Plan For All Your Interior Systems
The next step is to create a plan for how you’re going to manage all your interior systems, such as the lighting and plumbing. Does it all need ripping out along with everything else? Or can you repurpose it for the new room?
In many instances, such as kitchen renovations, you need to rip out all the old lighting and start again. Modern homeowners typically want spotlights – a lighting solution that simply wasn’t installed in the past.
If you’re redoing the bathroom, you may also need to fiddle around with the plumbing, adding sections if you’re moving the toilet or shower. You’ll want to plan out precisely where new utilities will go before you move ahead with your plans.
Choose Your Fittings
The next step is to choose the interiors themselves. This includes interior and exterior doors, carpentry, cladding and other integral parts of the room.
If you can, create a so-called “wall layout” in advance, showing you precisely where everything will go. Thrash out the final details so that you have a good picture of which colors work and why.
Plan For Waste
Renovation work entails a lot of waste. It’s not uncommon for a kitchen or bathroom fit-out to generate a couple of skips’ worth of discarded material.
Trying to fit it all in your regular bit generally won’t work. It is much better to use a waste removal service that can handle the kinds of volumes that your project is liable to generate.
Usually, you can get guidance from waste removal companies on the type of solution you need for your project. They’ll be able to give you an estimate for a suitable skip size and the number of collections necessary and so on.
Bring Everything Together
The final stage is to bring everyone together – the architecture agency, contractors and ancillary services. If it is a major project, you might want to hire a manager to oversee the process. Their job is to make sure that painters, decorators, equipment and other items arrive in the correct order. For instance, you ideally want to do the plumbing in a bathroom renovation first before you start tiling. Making sure that it is functional is the priority.
When you complete a room, you’ll also want to prepare the finishing touches. Even a professionally decorated space can look cold, clinical and uninviting without the right accessories.
When you bring everything together, check back to the original design and see if it meets your brief. Ideally, the colors and shades should complement each other.
If it doesn’t work quite how you imagined it, talk to your interior designer. Get them to offer their tips and advice for improving the cohesiveness of the room. Sometimes, small additions, such as potted plants, can make a world of difference in how your renovation appears. Try it for yourself.