When you feel like you need a house upgrade, yet you want to maintain that level of comfort your old home gives, then renovating your house is the best option. However, hiring an architect to do the planning for you can be costly. If you are looking to save money, then it is time to take charge of the project and do the planning yourself. Use the Home Remodeling and Renovation Guide to assist you. After all, modifying your home could need some personal touches.
Read on and find out how you can renovate your house beautifully but economically:
Know your goal and stick to it
Proper planning is the key to effective renovation. Define your theme or the design you want to incorporate and start from there. Before you focus on the smaller areas of your house that you want to renovate, look at the bigger picture first and assess whether these details add up to complement your end goal. Once you have finalised your end goal, devise a renovation plan for each area in your house and then assess the requirements for each area.
Do your research
By doing your research, you will be exposed to many options you did not know you had at first. Researching also saves you a lot of time and money. In this step, you get to define your priorities – which items or aspects of renovation you want to invest in and those that are okay to let go. Take advantage of online shopping, thrift shops, and second-hand furniture stores because chances are, furniture that has existed long enough to be handed down is good quality. Here are some more tips on how to renovate wisely:
- Pay attention to the doors. These are the first impression of your house and changing up the doors could amp up your house makeover. You can change your doors totally or opt to repaint them. Entry ways could also affect the lighting of the rooms and the overall mood of your house.
- Small rooms do not need to look small. You can achieve this with the right paint colour and with the power of mirrors. Using mirrors is an inexpensive yet highly effective technique that works well; even the best architects use it.
- Maximise storage. Utilise your kitchen to its maximum capacity and use counters and cabinets to maximise storage. If you already have cabinets which are suitable for storage, then you can choose to repaint these instead of doing some reconstruction.
- Invest in windows. Light comes in through the windows, so installing big ones in your living room invites more natural light.
- Bathroom and floor renovation. You would be surprised at the number of inexpensive yet quality products you can purchase or use to renovate your bathroom. Consider using SIP panels or structural insulated panels when renovating walls, ceilings, and the flooring as these are more durable and economical.
After you have done your research, you will have an idea of how much you are going to spend on these renovations. Do your budgeting and see whether there are still some aspects or areas where you can cost-cut.
Renovating your home is not an easy task, especially if you do it alone. The important thing in doing DIY renovation is to plan, do your research, and above all enjoy every minute of it.