We all get bored of seeing the same thing over and over again. If you feel like your house has lost its appeal, or if it’s pretty darn old, then perhaps it’s time for a renovation. But be warned, house renovating is not for the stingy or the faint of heart. If you have the funds and a temporary place to live, then let’s get started.
The first step in doing anything is proper planning. Before you start bringing the house down, you need to consider your budget and decide on what kind of modifications you would like. It could be anything from a simple leaf guard gutter system to an entire new wing or set of rooms.
While a leaf guard gutter system can be installed at any time, renovating can be a particularly good time for breaking the old gutters down and installing a new system entirely. Likewise, plan for all the changes you want, and list which ones can be done by yourself. For the changes that can’t be handled alone, plan ahead on which contractors you’ll need to call to get them done.
Ensure structural integrity.
The most important thing you have to do before starting the renovation is to make sure the foundation and the structural columns are holding up well. Windows and sliding can act as weak points and bring the entire house down, so replace those that look like they may break easily. Also, repair or support broken, cracked and weakened walls, beams and joists to reduce the risk of unwanted breakdowns. Also, if the roof seems to be in bad shape have it replaced or repaired.
Once all of that is done, Find yourself a rather large container and demolish the main areas targeted for renovation, dumping the waste in the container.
Take care of the interim details.
While the walls are down, there are a few things you need to take care of. The lines and tubes for HVAC systems, plumbing pipes and electrical wires all travel through walls, so call your respecting companies and have the gear installed. Also get the old systems inspected while the opportunity lasts.
Next, install insulation and other necessities, then let the walls go up.
Walls should go up first, but leave out the details like wallpaper and wall sockets for later. Follow up by installing new windows or replacing the old ones. Save the floor reconstruction for later or a lot of heavy stuff could leave serious dent marks in the new flooring. Once all that’s done, it’s time for the non-structural wooden accessories like baseboards, window sills, doors, book cases and the like. Then follow up with wallpaper and fresh coats of paint. Other surface finishes come last of all.
If you have any big reconstruction ideas like swimming pools and extensions of the house, do them last, after the reconstruction of existing rooms? Keep an eye on your budget, and have fun.