Top tips for anyone planning a home renovation.
Whether it’s a full house renovation or a room-by-room project, renovations can be an extremely overwhelming thought. Often we just don’t know where to start.
I hope this blog helps give you a guide of what to consider and an idea of where to start the journey.
My top 5 renovation tips:
1. Do as much planning, researching and budgeting as you can before you even think about getting the builders in. Create yourself a Pinterest account if you don’t already have one. You can then start saving your ideas room by room. If you’re carrying out a whole house renovation try to concentrate on one room at a time.
2. Choose and plan exactly where your fixture and fittings will go before the work starts. It’s crazy how many decisions you have to make that you won’t have even thought about so get those fixtures chosen in advance, tiles, lights, floors etc to ease the stress further down the line.
3. One thing you don’t necessarily need to choose straight away is your paint colours. We painted our bathroom white and left it white for a long time as we couldn’t decide on a colour. In hindsight it was the best decision we ever made as the colour it is now is a world away from the initial colours we were thinking! This also applies to kitchens. You may have read about our paint colour disaster in my blog “7 Steps to planning your dream kitchen”. We painted the walls the colour we thought went with the kitchen units before the kitchen was fitted. It wasn’t the right colour at all and it took us another 2 days of painting 2 further coats of paint on the walls to get it rectify it! Paint the walls white (if it’s on new plaster board just get a couple of coats of white wash on there) and then wait till your bathroom or kitchen has been fitted and then decide on the colour.
4. Take lots of photos throughout the renovations. Once those plaster boards are up you will soon forget where those pipes and electricity cables are! Having photos of the bare bones will be useful at a later stage when you are wanting to hang things on the walls.
5. Keep the fridge stocked up with your favourite tipple! You’re gonna need it! Renovations aren’t easy! It’s 100% worth it in the end though!
I am very lucky to have my own little interior community of lovely followers on Instagram who also have some fantastic tips…
- Live in the space before renovating (if possible)
“If you can, live in a house a little while before you start work, because you will change your mind a million time once there.” (@lifeatlynchgreen)
“If possible, live in the house for a while to get a sense of what is the right style, don’t rush into things.” (@lemonpipers)
“Live in the space for at least a year. Feel the flow of the space and don’t rush into your reno.” (@our_sunshine_coast_home)
- “There is so much choice out there so planning, research and budgeting is key. Go with what you like rather than what other people have – it’s very easy to get side-tracked.” (@grove_cottage_)
“Do your research and decide exactly what you want and where you’re going to get it from! Nothing worse than living in a tip then wasting weekends going round shops trying to decide on things.” (@marthascountrypad)
“Plan every detail from the start and try to order everything you need before you start to avoid delays.” (@oakappledecor)
- Budget – Allow for unexpected costs
- “My tip would be to put some extra money on the budget if possible. Problems or unexpected costs will arise. You never know what you’ll find when you take a room back to its bare bones! I had a few unexpected costs including rewiring the whole of my downstairs so it could be signed off to safety standards. Be prepared!” (@mrs.button)
“Work out your budget and double it! You always need more than you think and if not you can buy plenty of fizz with the remaining pennies!” (@mrshinteriors)
“My experience as a DIY’er is, it always takes twice as long than you expect and costs twice as much!” (@debs_home_life)
- Future proof
- “Future proof! Your babies may be small now and not able to sit on a high stool but one day they’ll be at the island eating everything from the cupboards in sight!” (@jmo_loves)
- Work out which rooms to focus on first
- “Get a bathroom done first so you always have a clean place to go. In our last house it was a lifesaver! I would also suggest hiring a portaloo so the contractors can use it!” (@behindmarthas)
“Always have one room (or try to) that’s a Haven from the rest of the chaos where you are comfyish and warm. Somewhere you can shut the door on the rest of the tip!” (@mymoneypitlife)
- “Kids rooms first if possible. It gives them their space to go while the rest of the house is upside down.” (@jrouth76)
- Find a great team to do the work
- “Get a great team around you – you’re only as good as your builders!” (@brickbybrick2018)
“Work with professionals – builders/landscapers/architects that you trust and listen to them when they have suggestions as they usually know best. Our landscaper suggested a different garden design to what we wanted, we went with him and it looks much better than what we had thought of!” (@natalieclulee)
- Be Bold, Be Brave and don’t compromise
- “Be brave, if you don’t like it speak up, change it. Don’t learn to live with it.” (@beverleypark_athome)
“Follow your dreams… go with your gut! Don’t listen to builders that want the easy route disguised as the ONLY route! If you want to keep some original features, stick with that vision and don’t be swayed! Splash out on the things that will be there the longest.. the floor, the windows etc. Don’t be scared to mix and match your kitchen…my sink, one unit and island are from @ikeauk, the cupboard handles were from @ebay and my shelves are old scaffolding boards! Mix it up, BE BOLD, BE BRAVE!” (@jade.doutch)”Don’t compromise and settle for something that you didn’t want. Even if takes a little longer and costs a little more. Wait and do what you originally wanted as you’ll only do it once and will always look back and say I wish I’d done that.” (1930s_doer_upper)
- Try to be patient
- “Try to be patient and remember it will all be worth it in the end.” (@cherryoakmanor)
“Our top tip has to be to be patient and enjoy it. The stress and worry will come but it will all be a distant memory a few months down the line so just go with the flow.” (@no14hectorshouse)
A huge thank you to all my followers for sending in their top tips. I hope those tips help anyone planning a renovation of any description.