If you're looking to renovate your home, there might be a thousand different questions you have or are just looking to find the steps to get started. Depending on the scale of your project, there are lots of things to consider.
Here is our guide to renovating for first-timers, giving you lots of food for thought and hopefully help you progress with your renovation.
1. Decide on the project scale
Are you looking to complete a side extension to add more space and create a family room, or to get that dreamy kitchen island you've always wanted? Or, are you looking at a complete gut-renovation project involving everything from demolishing walls and rewiring the electrics? First things first, you must decide on how big of a project you are looking to take on. When it comes to renovating, you can fall on unexpected hurdles that not only cost time and could add months to your initial timeline, but also money where new plans and materials are required just to make the property habitable.
So, whilst there are always allowable contingencies, you will always need to consider a back-up plan in case the project takes far longer than anticipated and unexpected costs arise.
2. Planning permission
Once you have liaised with your designer or architect and approved the initial designs, you will need to check if planning permission is required. You can apply online through the Government's Planning website.
3. Building control & regulations
With everything from converting a garage to an extra living space, to replacing windows and doors, building regulations are required. You can also consider using a Self-Certified FENSA approved contractor who is able to self-certify certain works to streamline the process. You will need to check with your local Building Regulations & Control office to ensure the work is fully compliant.
4. The build
The construction phase can be the most daunting part of the renovation project since it is seen as the most close to full-scale demolition. Try to use recommended and qualified contractors. Stay prepared and always have your back-up plan in place to avoid those unnecessary added costs and delays to your project.
5. Fittings & furnishings
Construction is now complete! It's time to decorate your new space and kit it out with the best interiors and furnishings to make your house a home. Lighting, furniture, soft furnishings, art and décor is what will really bring your home to life. Discover the aesthetics, materials and looks you love by scouring Pinterest, Instagram and our Inspiration pages to choose your favourite pieces to complete your new home and make it ready to live in and create your new memories.