Five tips for sur­viv­ing a home ren­o­va­tion

Sackville Tribune - - REAL ESTATE -

Home ren­o­va­tion projects are al­most al­ways stress­ful, but with a lit­tle prepa­ra­tion, you’ll sur­vive. Here are five tips for get­ting through your home ren­o­va­tion with your san­ity in­tact.

Plan ev­ery­thing: make a time­line, buy all the ma­te­ri­als you’ll need and line up all the con­trac­tors be­fore start­ing.

Flex­i­bil­ity is key: projects al­most al­ways take longer and cost more than ex­pected, and there’s al­ways a chance that some­thing won’t go ac­cord­ing to plan.

Be ready for dust: it will get ev­ery­where. Re­move ev­ery­thing from the room, cover fur­ni­ture and elec­tron­ics and clean ev­ery day.

Splurge on a dream item: whether it’s a pro­fes­sional gas range in the kitchen or the per­fect soaker tub for your bath­room, a splurge like this is great mo­ti­va­tion for get­ting through the ren­o­va­tion.

Make a con­struc­tion-free zone: you’ll need a place to re­lax that’s free of dirt and dust, espe­cially if you live with chil­dren or pets. If you’re with­out a kitchen for a while, in­clude a bar fridge and mi­crowave.

When all else fails, try to get out of the house for a week­end to take your mind off of what’s hap­pen­ing at home.

When it comes to in­te­rior dec­o­rat­ing, ceil­ings are rarely con­sid­ered be­yond the cus­tom­ary coat of white paint.

But in­stead of ig­nor­ing your ceil­ings, think about high­light­ing them to make your rooms re­ally stand out.

A jewel-toned ceil­ing in an oth­er­wise neu­tral room will make the room look taller while adding a lively pop of colour.

Tin ceil­ing tiles (or plas­tic ones made to look like metal) add a touch of old-school glam­our to any space, espe­cially a kitchen.

If you have a home with un­con­ven­tional ceil­ings that are vaulted or beamed, paint­ing them will high­light the unique fea­ture. Like­wise, con­sider us­ing wall­pa­per on a tray or re­cessed ceil­ing for greater im­pact.

Paint and wall­pa­per aren’t the only things you can put on your ac­cent ceil­ing. Hang a ta­pes­try on the ceil­ing for a bo­hemian look or dec­o­rate a child’s bed­room with polka-dot de­cals for a mod­ern take on the glow-in-thedark stars you may have grown up with.

No mat­ter how you choose to em­bel­lish your ceil­ing, make sure you don’t over­whelm the room by keep­ing the walls sim­ple.


Home ren­o­va­tion can be stress­ful, but with proper plan­ning you will be able to keep your san­ity in­tact.

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