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Studies show that more and more people are choosing to renovate or update their homes. Buying real estate has become more expensive, and the popularity of TV makeover shows, social media and online tutorials has triggered a shift towards improving existing properties. In 2024 alone, US adults are expected to spend over $480 billion on home improvements. Renovating is an exciting prospect, but it can also be daunting, especially if you’re a beginner. In this guide, we’ll outline essential steps to take to help you execute a seamless, successful home renovation.

Essential Steps To Execute A Seamless, Successful Home Renovation | Home Lifestyle

Creating clear design plans

It’s incredibly exciting to think about developing, improving and modernizing your home. It’s easy to get carried away with different design ideas and features and to find yourself feeling overwhelmed and unable to make decisions. There’s a huge range of options to consider when planning extensions, kitchen makeovers, bathroom remodels and new layouts and that’s before you even get to the finishing touches and finer details. It’s crucial to have a clear vision when entering into the planning stage. Explore ideas, get inspiration from other projects and places you’ve been, and talk through possibilities with experts before you decide on a final plan. Speak with designers, builders and architects. Create a detailed mood board, which provides insight into the colors and themes you want to use and the vibe you want to create. 

Try to resist the temptation to buy anything before you have settled on design styles and ideas. You might find that you change your mind or come across products or themes you like more if you go too soon. Be open-minded and narrow down styles, trends and designs until you reach a plan or blueprint that you love.

Researching costs and setting a budget

Renovation and remodel costs vary hugely. You can often tailor a project to suit your budget. You can spruce up and embellish basic design ideas by adding luxe materials or opulent touches, such as statement wall art or furniture, or reduce the cost of a project by choosing less expensive materials and shopping around for cheaper furniture, flooring and lighting. Research costs before you start planning. Your budget will depend heavily on the amount and type of work you plan to undertake. Adding an extension to your home, for example, will cost more than changing the layout of the kitchen and dining room to create an open-plan space. Contact contractors and local businesses and get some quotes. This will give you an idea of where to pitch your budget. Once you have a rough idea, you can draw up a more accurate budget by adding other costs, taxes and charges. 

It’s critical to start planning your renovation with a budget in mind. If you have $10,000 to spend, for example, it may not be realistic to extend your home, but there may be options to add more usable space, such as adding an orangery or a conservatory or investing in a garden room. Make sure that your budget covers all the renovation costs. Ask for full, written quotes. 

Renovating a house can be expensive, but try to set up a contingency fund if you can. If you can put $100 per month into a savings account for the next few months, for example, this will help if you need extra cash or the project goes over time or budget. A US survey by Houzz revealed that only 36% of homeowners stuck to their budget for remodels in 2020. As a general rule, it’s best to give yourself a 10% cushion over the anticipated cost. 

If you are borrowing money to pay for a remodel, research lenders and financial products extensively before applying for a loan. Check interest rates and terms and make sure you can afford the cost of repayments. 

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Adding functionality to suit your lifestyle

It’s natural to focus on aesthetics when planning a home renovation, but it’s equally important to consider functionality. There’s no point in designing a stunning home that doesn’t work on a practical level or suit your lifestyle. Think about how you want to use your living spaces as well as the style of the rooms. If you have children or pets, for example, it’s crucial to make sure your home caters to their needs. Incorporating simple ideas like creating low-maintenance, child-friendly zones and adding sliding glass with a dog door to the back of your home can make a huge difference. Think carefully about layouts and floor plans, consider which materials you want to use and define each room’s purpose. Use colors to create uplifting or calming spaces for different activities and opt for wipe-clean surfaces in areas where children will play and pets will wander freely. 

There are lots of ingenious ideas you can embrace to adjust your home to suit your lifestyle. If you work from home, for example, you could create a tranquil study away from the hustle and bustle of the main living areas or add a garden room with a desk with a view. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, make space in the kitchen or laundry area for racks for bikes, boots, shoes, coats and hats. If you have a dog, you can design a wash area next to the back door to stop muddy paws from staining the floors. For those who enjoy being outside, nothing beats an outdoor kitchen and entertaining area. If you love to have friends over, why not add a terrace around the pool or hot tub for sunbathing or create a covered patio with sofas, chairs or hammocks?

Finding the best experts

Finding the right people for the job is one of the most important commandments when planning a seamless renovation project. We’ve all heard horror stories about renovations going wrong. Take your time to research contractors and local companies and find out more about the services they offer and their areas of expertise. Ask people you trust for recommendations and get ideas from social media groups. It’s reassuring to use businesses that other people have used in the past. If you’re new to an area, posting in a community social media group is a brilliant way to get recommendations for local services.

Once you have a short list of companies, make some calls and arrange consultations or visits. Discuss your plans, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and get quotes. It’s beneficial to get multiple quotes for every job. Resist the temptation to opt for the cheapest price automatically. Instead, search for the best value option. It’s better to pay more for a contractor with an outstanding reputation, for example. Avoid offers that seem too good to be true and always check licenses, permits, insurance cover and certificates. Ask about guarantees and warranties. 

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Understanding the process

Home renovations take time. Even the most basic projects may mean that your kitchen is out of action or that you don’t have access to a bathroom for a day or two. In some cases, projects can take months. It’s essential to understand the process before you commit to any agreements and contracts. Get an accurate idea of the time frame for work and ask about the level of intrusion. If you’re going to be without a kitchen for several weeks, for example, or your home is going to be filled with dust for a significant period, you might want to move out. You could visit friends and family members, stay at a hotel, or find a rental property depending on your budget and the scale of the job. If you are planning to relocate for a while, make sure you add these costs to your budget. 

Personalizing your space 

Some people love the idea of a blank canvas and clear, open, bright spaces, but many of us want to add personal touches to turn houses into cozy, inviting homes. Whatever your design style and preference, personalize your space. Perhaps you want to hang family photos or drench some of the rooms in color, or maybe you want to use ideas from your travels to decorate or create a theme around a quirky, unique piece of furniture. Celebrate your sense of style and your personality when putting design plans together and conjuring up ideas. It can be useful to analyze trends and get inspiration from social media and glossy magazines, but don’t feel that you have to follow trends or choose themes or colors you don’t like because they’re in fashion. Mix and match elements of different trends and choose colors, accessories and furniture that you like.

Home renovations are exciting projects, but they can also be stressful. If you’re planning to improve your home, it’s critical to plan meticulously. Research costs, set a budget and spend time searching for the best local companies and contractors. Gather ideas and explore sources of inspiration to create a mood board and ensure you have a clear vision of what you want to achieve. Make sure you understand what the process involves and how long it will take. Tailor your design plans to suit your lifestyle and cater to the needs and preferences of your family, and personalize the space to create a home you love.  

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