Renovating a property can feel like attempting to complete an assault course. It takes time, know how, determination and of course investment.
When home owners want to design their renovation project and to carry out the work themselves, it’s even more difficult. However, renovating a house is also an opportunity to create a home to your taste and needs, to develop its architectural potential and to improve the comfort as well as it’s energy performance. In this article, we go through the stages of renovating a home with you.
Renovating a home: conceiving the project
Designing a renovation project takes skill, patience and time. If you decide to start a project, you will have to juggle it between work, family and other commitments. Here are a few questions you should think about before you decide to embark on such a journey:
- How will you establish an architectural diagnosis and details plans/specification?
- How will you evaluate the building’s current state and structural standings?
- How do you find opportunities to optimise the architectural design at a minimum of cost?
- How will you draw plans which can be used effectively?
- How do you check whether you need a building permit, planning permission or other authorisation?
For almost all of us it is near impossible to have the skill set required to undertake all of the above. However, money can be saved by attempting to take on some of the work in these area where you feel most confident. For much of the other work an architect, building project manager or experienced tradesperson should be consulted to make sure serious issues do not arise further down the line.
Renovating a home: give value to the project
Renovation works are the best time to add value to your property.
- Optimise its architectural potential by putting an emphasis on valuable features.
- Forecast the evolution of your needs (adding eventually a lift maybe for your old age).
- Improve the energy performance to reduce the cost of heating and air conditioning but also to improve your comfort with better air tightness, insulation, ventilation…)
- Optimise the organisation of space to improve visual comfort…
- Improve sound insulation.
The renovation of a house: time to make an inventory of fixtures and fittings
Any renovation work is based on a study of what exists. For that purpose, you should base your study on a few important matters:
- To know how to use the energy efficiency report, is there lead or asbestos in the property?
- To know how to draw plans of your house and write a report on the state of the dwelling or better base your report on the property expert.
- To detect noble materials, like any architectural element, knowing architectural style and characteristics.
- To identify and detect building defects linked to moisture (condensation due to bad ventilation…).
- To know how to evaluate the state of the structure, equipment in order to identify the repairs needed and associated costs.
Property renovation is a marathon not a sprint, it is necessary to know how to keep the rhythm over a long period and to overcome various obstacles, to find solutions. It is important not to forget that any renovation work must meet three primary aims:
- Improve comfort
– Improve its energy efficiency
– Increase the value of the property
The renovation of a house in five stages
There are the five key stages in the renovation of a home.
#1 Determine your needs
#2 Discover its potential and opportunities
#3 Draw up three proposals which take in to account your findings to points 1 and 2
#4 Select the most advantageous option – often some compromise is required here
#5 Create a detailed project plan and stick to it
Like any other work, an experienced person will be able to determine and draw up these five key points more quickly than a beginner…
Renovation of a property: drawing a plan of existing building contents
Designing a renovation project starts with an inventory of the fixtures. How do you draw a current plan, on which scale, with which details? Generally the scale 1:50 is adopted, which corresponds to 2cm for 1m. You will need scales and tracing paper. So that the plan is really useful, it will be necessary to draw with good level of detail, while avoiding useless details. Often, it will be necessary to scrape a little to see what’s under the floors or walls’ coatings…
Are you planning to extend the property whilst renovating?
If you wish to area of your property, it will be necessary to get some information about building regulations and check with your local planning service, calculate the extra surface you can extend, heights limits of the building…
Renovation of a house : re-examine fittings and draw up drafts
When you start drawing plans of your home, you will find it fairly difficult to make a decision and there are always friends and family who want to give you their opinions and you won’t know what to choose. Determine the priorities as it will make it easier to put aside proposals which are not adapted.
Renovation of a property: apply for permits
It is always a good idea to respect the stages of your renovation project and apply for permits (if necessary). Depending on the work, you might have to apply for a building permit.
The renovation of a property: the detailed project
Now time to get serious and draw a detailed project, writing down quantitative description, work estimate and start consulting tradespeople. Finding the right company is not easy and you need to take some care and get a few estimates. Speak about your project with tradespeople and draw up plans together.
Renovation of a property: getting some help
Renovating a property is a complex task and requires energy, knowledge and savoir-faire. It’s easier and advantageous to get some help from the first drafts of your project in order to ensure that you get the right result. If you have any great tips about renovating a property, please share them with us. You can also check out interior design ideas to help you here.