What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘renovate?” Do you sense a bit of excitement? Does it make you nervous? Or perhaps it evokes memories of past projects you would rather not dwell on. Whatever it may be, we are living in a day and age where home renovations are on the rise, as more and more people seek to create and live in a space that is cosy, comfortable and reflects their individual style.

So, what do you need to keep in mind for any renovation project? Let us break down some key points:

1. Have a clear idea of what you want.

Knowing what you want to achieve in your space is key to the process. Do you want to renovate the kitchen, the bathrooms, or the laundry? Perhaps you want to extend? Or do you want a complete overhaul? Whether it will be a big or small project, this initial ‘planning’ stage and knowing what you want to achieve is necessary. Consider the design and function of the room. What do you use the room for? Who spends their time there? Is it a high traffic area? These are all questions to take note of. Then, consider the style you like. You do not need to have an in-depth knowledge of all the design styles in the industry, just know the colours you like, materials you prefer and find photos for inspiration.

2. Budget.

What is the budget you are working with and how important is it for you to stick to it? Knowing how much you are working with will help guide your decisions in the renovation. At times, you will need to compromise on choices to help stick to the budget. Other times, you may be able to look at upgrades. Whatever it may be, knowing your budget is key to the renovation.

3. Plans/Certificates/Approvals.

Another important aspect to consider is whether your project will require formal plans drawn up, engineer/architect specifications and/or council approvals/certificates. Keep in mind that if the work is structural or is an extension, you will require some or all of the above-mentioned documents. Also bear in mind that when you use a licensed contractor, though they take care of obtaining these documents, fees will be involved. They can tell you of costs and remember to include these into your budget.

4. Choosing the right contractor.

Last, but not least, is choosing the contractor you will hire for the project. The most important aspect is to ensure that they are licensed and insured. If you are in Queensland, you can research licenses on the QBCC (Queensland Building & Construction Commission) website. Also ask around and look for recommendations. Hearing from people who have been through renovating and have had a satisfying experience is invaluable. It may also be helpful to look for online reviews for that contractor/company and check websites and past work.

Conclusion

With all this in mind, renovating your space can be truly wonderful and exciting. There is something amazing about watching it all come to life and function in a way that meets your needs and the needs of your family. In a time in which we are valuing quality time with loved ones more, welcoming others into our space and enjoying the sheer relaxation of being home, having a beautiful space to do it in is priceless. Check out some of our latest work in our renovation gallery.