Setting foot in your dream home sounds like a thrilling adventure, but practical challenges can easily turn it into a grim nightmare. The renovation process is time, energy, and money-consuming: It involves multiple stages and various key choices you have to make. On the opposite ends of the spectrum, there are major, foundation-to-roof overhauls and redecorating projects. Count in everything in between as well, and you got yourself a minefield of decisions. Well, here is how to navigate it without fuss or pouring money down the drain.
Do I have a plan in place?
Right off the bat, evaluate the design and financial potential of the property in the light of renovating projects. Come up with a remolding plan as sound as a dollar. Schedule the work and take your time to find the right contractors. Make sure to conduct a thorough inspection to bring potential problems to light. Pay special attention to red flags like structural flaws and issues related electrical and plumbing installations. Gauge how much you would have to invest in order to set things right and whether it makes sense to do so in the long run.
What needs to be changed?
In all likelihood, you do not have to update everything. First of all, strive to preserve charming original features of the home (vintage pieces of furniture, exposed brick walls, etc.). One thing you do need to improve if it is lacking is storage, one of the most undervalued aspects of the home. It helps you deal with annoying clutter and free up your space visually. Built-in and custom-made organisational tools like cabinets and floor-to-ceiling shelves always do the trick and enable you to make the most of the available space.
Is the layout optimal?
Take a good look at a layout of the home and how optimal it is. Structural changes make a big impact, but they can also cost an arm and a leg. So, provided that you can afford it, you could add square footage and convert a basement, loft, or garage. Knocking down walls and carrying out internal remodeling requires in-depth knowledge, though, and is best handled with a help of a professional designer or a structural engineer. Likewise, extensions require you to keep an eye on the costs, building regulations, permissions, and design requirements.
Do I really have to go big?
Of course, one does not have to spend a fortune on large-scale projects. One of the main goals of newfound homeowners is to put their personal stamp on the space. You can pull this off with a bit of sprucing up, weekend renovating, and decorating. New lighting fixtures and a fresh coat of paint instantly change the mood and feel of the home without you having to break the bank. Moreover, identify the design elements that hold meaning to you and help in “tying up” the space. Think in terms of family photos, heirloom, antique pieces, DIY wall décor, etc.
Can I preserve my health and safety?
Estimate how the environment performs in terms of promoting health and safety. Are there any security systems or do you have to spend money on them? In case you have kids, ponder on ways to childproof the home. Note that elements like flooring and wall paint are not just some aesthetical details as they also impact the health and well-being. Turn your attention to indoor menaces that inhibit them, such as mold and mildew as well as toxic chemicals and VOCs. Deal with the air pollution by bringing the plants inside and investing in quality air purifier for allergies.
Is the home energy-efficient?
One of the prime goals should be to increase the energy efficiency of the home. Insulation has a higher role to play, so figure out ways of enhancing it. Check out the areas like doors, windows, and attics, where most of the heat tends to escape through. Consider splurging on a few energy-efficient appliances that will pay for themselves after a couple of years. Upgrading the HVAC and electrical systems is another essential project, especially in old and outdated homes. Finally, see if you can tap into renewable energy options.
In the clear
Moving to a new apartment may seem like a tempting notion, but take a moment to reconsider things. There is a stream of projects you might have to take on. Thus, try to put the structural work behind you first and then add finishing touches by beautifying the space. Make it reflect your personality, fit your style, and meet your specific daily needs. Carefully select design elements, materials, systems, features, and appliances you want to incorporate. Boost the comfort and efficiency to steer away from financial turmoil and headaches down the road.
*this blog was in collaboration with Lana from Smooth Decorator.