Helpful hints for renovating a home with confidence
Take time to sort your needs from your wants
Ken Wiggins, general manager at Dale Alcock Home Improvement, says identifying your essential or non-negotiable elements will help lay the groundwork. “That way, you can be confident you’re spending money where it will make the most difference to your home and how you live in it.”
Be realistic with your budget
For Jeff Edgar, building manager at Summit Homes Group, the one issue to keep in mind when devising your renovation budget is to be absolutely clear on why you want to renovate. Is it to improve liveability with a view to remaining long-term, or are you planning a more simple and immediate upgrade, perhaps to secure a better selling price?
Consider how the works will tie in with the existing home
“From the look and feel you are trying to achieve through to the remodelling of your floor plan, it is important that both the old and new works are able to be integrated to create a home which flows,” says Kimberley Tan, of Studio Atelier. “Your designer/architect will help guide this process and tailor it to suit but also your lifestyle needs.”
Take your time when choosing your reno team
Jolene Griffiths, of Red Lily Renovations, says communication is the number one ingredient of a successful project, and key to this is choosing your builder.
“Before I became a builder, the most common complaint I heard from clients in the industry was that they didn’t understand what was included in the contract and plans,” she says. “This left them feeling frustrated. If you find a builder you genuinely trust, you will feel comfortable to ask them anything.”
Be strategic with spending
“Careful allocation of your budget will go a long way to ensuring your money is spent wisely,” Ms Tan says.
A West Leederville project by Studio Atelier.