Home Renovation First Steps

By Lindsey Walta, July 29, 2008 | In Renovation Design |

Imagine the following scenario:  your four young boys living in your three bedroom home are not so young anymore, and your oldest is begging for his own room.  The dilemma arises: do you try to sell your current home in today’s stagnant market, or do you consider the option of renovation?  For many people, renovating their current home by adding rooms or making use of existing dead space may just be the perfect solution.  Not only does a renovation add value to the home but it also gives you the extra space you need to live as your family grows.

While renovating to some may bring to mind replacing wallpaper or installing a backsplash, a true renovation can be a process as complex as new home construction.  Because of the meticulous details that must be taken into account, consultation with professionals from the very beginning is of vital importance.  And nothing is more important than a detailed set of drawings from a professional home designer or architect.  While you may think the upfront cost of these plans may be expensive, they will potentially save thousands if something goes wrong due to poor planning after construction begins.

When considering a home remodel, it’s important to consider a few basic ideas.  Will the renovation add value to my home?  Will the renovation still be functional and useful ten years from now?  Will the renovation fit into the neighborhood architecturally?  These questions and more need to be considered when deciding on a renovation.  In the end, it may be that you would benefit more from building a new home.  These and many other questions will be answered by your home designer or architect, and will make the process smooth and easy.

Another consideration obviously is the time the renovation will take.  For small renovations, it may be possible to live in the home while construction is under way.  For larger projects, however, it may be necessary to relocate during the building phase.  In general, when planning a renovation, you can divide the process into two stages–the planning phase and the construction phase.  From the perspective of the home designer, the design or planning phase is by far the most important.  Here, quality design from a licensed professional can mean the difference between a smooth, successful renovation and complete disaster.  Failure to adequately communicate and plan with your designer through the drawing process can result in much greater expense and time once construction begins.

A good home designer will be happy to discuss your options and lead you in the direction that will capitalize on your investment and provide you with a house that you will be proud to call a home for years to come.

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