Build It - - READERS’ HOMES -

COM­MU­NI­CATE WITH EV­ERY­ONE who is in­volved in your scheme. This in­cludes all con­trac­tors and your part­ner. To run things smoothly, make sure they talk to each other.

DO NOT SET­TLE for the first quote. Shop around and ask many pro­fes­sion­als for their prices and thoughts – you will be able to make a bet­ter choice. We went with firm that was fa­mil­iar to us, as we knew they had a high stan­dard of work­ma­ship.

THINK ABOUT THE SPACE and how you’ll be us­ing it on a daily ba­sis be­fore you start any works. Thor­ough plan­ning helped us make the most of our home – not only in terms of which rooms we would need but also what at­mos­phere we wanted to cre­ate.

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