Renovations are daunting and stressful! It’s as simple as that.
But in saying that, there are ways to minimise the sleepless nights, sticking to the budget and keeping to schedule. As some already know from a previous post, Renovations to our home, we have decided to take the plunge and tackle this daunting task of renovating our recently purchased house.
The renovation series is going to be a regular feature based on the first hand experiences and problems we encounter along the way and what suggestions I can give to first-time renovators.
Ask yourself why is that you are wanting to renovate. Are you wanting to improve the property and resell? Then ensure you are aware of the costs prior to starting and that you don’t overcapitalise.
As architect, Marco Bezzoli from Archilab Architects explains “if you are planning to live in the space for a substantial period, the joy of a well-executed renovation will pay dividends in more than a financial sense. One also needs to be aware that lifestyles change – a renovation should be planned to accommodate foreseeable changes.”
Have a clear vision as to what you want the end result to be. Eben and Angela Barnard from Cape Town did a complete overhaul of their dream home in less than a month and under budget. House and Leisure interviewed them in the July 2009 issue and they had this to say:
“Start out by creating a visual library of what you want to achieve, when problems arise these images can be helpful in finding solutions. Draw up a rough plan for all the electrical appliances, plumbing and plug points. Be on site as much as you can to prevent mistakes from happening in the first place. Get everything in writing. Renovate surface by surface: do all the flooring at once and then all the cupboards. This will minimise the risk of having varying finishes in every room and the flow will be constant.”
And their decorating secret is to “Buy only what you adore, don’t rush to get it finished; furnishings can wait.”
When embarking on finding reliable contractors, ask family and friends who they can recommend and have personally used, and ask for referrals and follow up on them.
Mads Viuff, a developer from Maxabella Luxury Homes suggests “having the best team possible – architect, interior designer, quantity surveyor, landscaper – it will save money in the long run. Once the plans, budget and specifications have been approved, leave it to the professionals – if you change your mind during a project it creates a ripple effect on the works schedule and budget! And if you want to get involved as owner / builder, calculate the value of the time you will be away from your profession and add it to the project cost.”
And now to unleash the before pictures of our house. Stay tuned for further posts on the progress and insider tips of the transformation.
|BEFORE PICTURES – OUTSIDE GARDEN AREA|
|BEFORE PICTURES – HOME OFFICE AND GUEST BATHROOM|
|WORK IN PROGRESS PICTURES – HOME OFFICE AND GUEST BATHROOM|
THE GARDEN COTTAGE
|BEFORE PICTURES – OUTSIDE COURTYARD|
|BEFORE PICTURES – INSIDE LOUNGE AND KITCHENETTE|
|WORK IN PROGRESS PICTURES – INSIDE LOUNGE AND KITCHENETTE|
Information by architect, Marco Bezzoli and developer, Mads Viuff was sourced in the House and Leisure Renovations Issue – July 2009