Whether you’re renovating a single room or building a whole new wing onto your house, every renovation job is a difficult one. A lot of things are going on concurrently, and there is a lot to keep control of.
With so much going on, it’s easy to forget about some of the little details. Some of these small details become major difficulties over time, and even if they don’t, they can still remain little nuisances that make your lovely newly renovated home more unpleasant to live in. Make sure you follow these tips to avoid getting distracted, keep your renovation on schedule, and make sure you don’t forget anything.
Heating and cooling aren’t as exciting as aesthetics, and they often take second place in the design process. However, they are crucial. When redesigning your room, keep in mind the natural air movement and heat of the area, and make sure you install windows and doors that let the breeze in. It’s also a good idea to consider when and how the light will shine on the new room; this will influence the sort of window and insulation you need. If you’re unsure, it’s wise to speak to architects who can not only help you design your renovation but who will understand how to make it as energy-efficient as possible.
If you’re expanding or changing the usage of a room, you’ll need to consider whether to improve your HVAC system. If you’re making your house bigger but not changing your HVAC unit, you might find that you use it more and pay more in energy bills, not to mention the additional maintenance required.
The Location Of Utilities
Finding a new, more optimal location for all your home’s utilities is something you shouldn’t forget to do when you have any renovation work done. Of course, in some instances – particularly when it comes to electrics – it’s actually best to leave everything where it was. The last thing you want to do is cause problems that lead to much bigger – more expensive – issues to fix.
However, it’s always worth thinking about whether any changes can or should be made to your pipework, electrics, plumbing, or cabling. If you’re having an extension, this will certainly need to be thought about, as you might need to extend or reroute existing utilities. Take the time to make sure you’ve got everything where you want it for ease of access and any future expansion plans.
It’s crucial to feel a specific way when entering a room, but keep in mind that the room is also a useful area. While it’s easy to get caught up in the design side of a home renovation job, don’t forget that you’ll also need to create a place to keep all your belongings; storage is essential, but so easily overlooked.
If you are changing things around in your home, see where you can add any additional storage. Even if you don’t use it all, having as much storage as possible means that you’ll never run out of space, and if you choose to sell your home in the future, prospective buyers will love the storage they could have.