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How to Plan a Successful Home Renovation


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Planning a home renovation from start to finish can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. With careful planning and organisation, you can ensure your project runs smoothly and successfully. 

Whether you’re planning a full house renovation or a room upgrade, here's a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the journey:

1. Define Your Goals

Start by clearly defining what you want to achieve with your renovation. Ask yourself the following three questions:

  • What are my renovation goals? Are you looking to increase space, update an existing layout, or add functionality?

  • What is my budget? Determine how much you’re willing to spend.

  • What is my timeline? Establish a realistic timeline for the project.

2. Research and Gather Inspiration

This is the fun part! Spend time researching design ideas and gathering inspiration.

  • Online Resources: Websites like Pinterest, Houzz, and home design blogs are great for finding ideas.

  • Magazines and Books: Look for additional inspiration from home design magazines and books.

  • Showrooms and Open Houses: Visit showrooms and open homes to see materials and designs in person.

3. Create a Detailed Plan

Outline your renovation plan with as much detail as possible. Here’s how:

  • Sketch Your Ideas: Draw rough sketches of your renovation ideas.

  • Make a List: List all the changes you want to make.

  • Hire a Professional: Orkney Group’s architect can help with a more detailed plan. 

4. Set a Budget

Establishing a budget is crucial to keeping your project on track.

  • Estimate Costs: Research the cost of materials and labour. Be sure to include a contingency for unexpected expenses. Orkney Group suggests that 10-15% of the total cost should be kept aside.

  • Get Quotes: Obtain quotes from multiple contractors to compare prices. Check out this blog to understand how best to compare quotes.

  • Prioritise Spending: Decide where you’re willing to splurge and where you can save.

5. Obtain Permits

Make sure you have the necessary consents before starting your renovation.

  • Local Regulations: Check your local building codes and regulations to determine what consents (if any) are required.

  • Submit Applications: Submit the necessary applications and pay any associated fees.

  • Schedule Inspections: Arrange for inspections as required throughout the renovation process. (Your contractor should be able to do this for you.)

6. Prepare Your Home

Before the renovation begins, prepare your home to minimise disruption.

  • Clear the Area: Remove furniture, decorations, and personal items from the renovation area.

  • Set Up a Temporary Space: If renovating a kitchen or bathroom, set up a temporary space to cook or clean.

  • Protect Your Belongings: Cover floors, furniture, and other items to protect them from dust and debris.

  • Move Out: If the work is extensive, we advise you to move out due to all the disruptions (noise, dust, strangers around all the time, etc.)

7. Start the Renovation

Once everything is in place, it’s time to start the renovation.

  • Demolition: Begin by demolishing the areas that will be renovated.

  • Construction: Follow your renovation plan and make adjustments as needed.

  • Regular Check-Ins: Regularly check in with your contractor to monitor progress and address any issues.

8. Finishing Touches

As the renovation nears completion, focus on the finishing touches.

  • Painting and Flooring: Complete any painting and install flooring.

  • Fixtures and Hardware: Install fixtures, hardware, and other final touches.

  • Cleaning: Thoroughly clean the renovated area to remove dust and debris.

9. Final Inspection and Walkthrough

Conduct a final inspection and walkthrough with your contractor.

  • List: Create a list of any remaining tasks or touch-ups.

  • Sign Off: Once the contractor completes all items, sign off on the project.

  • Enjoy Your Renovated Home: Finally, enjoy the results of your hard work and planning!

Planning a home renovation from start to finish requires careful preparation, budgeting, and management. By following these steps, you can ensure your renovation project runs smoothly and meets your goals. 

If you'd like to renovate but don't have the time or skills, get in touch with Orkney Group. Whether considering a partial or full home renovation, a fresh coat of paint, or roof repairs, we have the expertise to ensure your vision is meticulously brought to life. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our experienced builders, skilled painters, and professional roofers. We are committed to making your renovation project a seamless and satisfying experience.

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