Hooray! You’ve finally made the decision that the time is right to get that extension built, remodel the kitchen, convert the loft or turn the garage from dumping ground into your dream yoga studio! However in amongst all the excitement of planning wallpaper and how much you are going to love your new space and use it only for throwing elegant soirees (instead of watching TV and eating takeaways!), it is important to properly think through your plans before you even consider starting to put them into action. In many cases it can be a good idea to get an experienced local builder round to look at your space and discuss potential options and what can realistically be achieved – and the friendly Bolton builders of Wisecraft Ltd could be just the people!
Along with this there are some other important steps that you should take now, to ensure that you end up with a dream home and not a nightmare project.
It may be that you want to engage the services of an architect right from the outset and get them to guide you through the design process. However even if you do choose to go down this route then it is always a good idea to have some concrete thoughts down on paper even before your first meeting. Why not try sitting down and drawing out your proposed space and thinking about how you would really use it and how the flow of the space will work. Getting these details right now will ultimately save you time and money than if you have to start making amends to the project once it is in progress.
In many cases it is almost impossible for a builder to be able to provide an accurate quote for the cost and timescale of your project if they don’t have proper, accurate drawings to work from. Depending on the type and extent of your project you may need drawings to get planning permission and building regulations approval anyway. But you will also find that with proper drawings you can see exactly what will be required for your space and plan accordingly.
Far too many building projects end up being seriously compromised or even abandoned all together as a result of running out of money part way through. So it is important to secure your finances early on, set a budget and then stick to it. Also don’t forget to include a contingency, as even the simplest looking project could end up uncovering something unexpected which could leave you without the funds to finish if you haven’t already planned for the worst.
To discuss any thoughts or ideas you may have about turning your house into your dream home, or even just getting that leaky roof fixed before you find yourself sitting through another winter surrounded by buckets catching the drips, contact the friendly builders at Wisecraft Ltd today – we’re always happy to pop round for a chat – and we only take 17 sugars in our tea!
Obviously the ideal thing to do is to move out (preferably to some form of 5 star tropical beach resort!) whilst you are having any major renovations or building work down to your house. However this is not always possible. Friends and family may not be lining up to invite you and your 14 dogs to move in or the funds just might not be available to decamp off on holiday or into rented accommodation for the duration of the project. So here are some of our top tips for how to live in your house during building works.
It may seem like a thankless and pointless task, but clearing up as much as you can at the end of the day will help keep sense or order and calm amongst the chaos. Also keeping on top of the dust and mess will help to stop it spreading quite as badly through the rest of the house.
As much as possible make sure that you always shut doors behind you as this can make a huge difference in containing all of the inevitable dust and mess. If there are rooms that you don’t need to use then tape the door seals shut to completely banish the dust. Also consider covering furniture that you won’t be using or even just covering it during the day so that you can come home in evening and uncover a clean sofa to sit on.
Going on seemingly endless tip runs may drive you crazy but it is fair easier to deal with rubbish as you go along than having to sort out a giant heap at the end of the project. Try to make sure that you put as much out for recycling and general waste collection on your usual collection days as possible too.
This may sound like an oxymoron but regularly washing or at least shaking out dust sheets could make all of the difference between a dust explosion and relative cleanliness.
If you are going to be without a usable kitchen or bathroom for some time then it makes sense to plan ahead. Talk to your builders about what they can rig up to help to see you through – everything from a camp kitchen in the living room to a washing machine in the garage could make a huge difference to your standard of living.
For more information about turning your house into the home of your dreams (and how to get through the process of actually getting there!), contact the friendly Bolton builders of Wisecraft Ltd today.