How a professional designer can help you get started with the planning and remodeling of your home.

May 1, 2014

Your home is one of the most important and valuable assets you

can own. So it’s important to maintain that value or help increase

it by making improvements to the property as it ages.

 

• The first step to renovating is understanding why you need to

renovate?

 

• Has your family grown in size and you need more space?

 

• Or is it because your kids are getting older and you need a

parents retreat to give you a private space to unwind or just

breath without the kids and their friends on top of you everyday?

 

• Is your kitchen just not coping with your master chef abilities

and the family functions you cater for every second week?

 

What ever your reason is to renovate, you need to plan your

project properly from the start to get the most value and effect

out of your renovation.

 

• It can be confusing and daunting at first as there is so much

choice and products available that it can be overwhelming to

someone that may not have renovated in the last 10 or 20 years or at all.

 

• Gone are the days where you only had 3 or 4 choices to choose

from. You now are presented with a rainbow of colours, a range

of sizes and a range of functions, but not only that they also come

in the choice of gloss, matt, satin, lappato texture, rockface finish,

honed or sandblasted…just to name a few… and what does all

that mean?

 

• Hiring a professional who works in planning and design can ease

the confusion and fast track the process so you are not spending

hours and hours going through showroom after showroom and

feeling like you are going around in circles.

 

• But before you hire a designer, do your homework and shop

around. Find a designer that you feel comfortable with and that

you feel understands you and what you want to achieve. It’s

important that you click together and can communicate well so

that there is no confusion or disappointment down the track.

 

• Put together a scrapbook of images. Don’t worry if there are

many different things in your collection. The scrapbook will give

your designer a good insight into your taste & style and help them

achieve the look & feel you are after.

 

• Remember to specify what you don't like or want as well.

Designers are not mind readers, so provide a list of likes and

dislikes to ensure you’re on the same path. That way you'll avoid

disappointment and wasted time and money redesigning plans

again down the track.

 

• Space planning is an important element of the remodelling

process. This is an area where trained professionals will be of most

use to your project. Space planning can maximise the best use of

your space and a designer may present to you a layout that you

would not have seen as an option at first. Often it is hard to

conceptualise a new layout or design if you are living in the space

everyday and cannot see past what you are used to.

 

• Allow for enough storage. Perhaps look at custom made joinery

that is designed to look like furniture or can be used as a feature

to give you the extra storage space you need.

 

• Decide if you are going to extend or work within the parameters

of your existing house. Your architect/ building designer or interior

designer will be able to assist you with this decision if you are

unsure of which path to take.

 

• Work out a budget and allow 10% extra as a contingency for

unexpected items.

• How do you determine your budget? Do you know how much

your ideas will cost? One option is to have all your ideas and wish

list documented into plans and then send it out to tender to see

what prices come back from various builders. This can sometimes

prove to be a time consuming and expensive exercise. Another

more preferred option is to involve a builder early in the planning

process to discuss approximate costs up front so that the design

can be tailored to suit the preferred budget, rather than paying to

make changes to your design plans later if the building costs

come in too high.

 

• Finally do not underestimate the amount of time it's going to take to

renovate, especially if you’re going to do it yourself.

 

 

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