Case study of a typical property refurbishment
Before you take the plunge and press ahead with any home refurbishment undertaking, it would be wise to plan ahead and segment each stage of the project renovation into simple, logical steps first. As the experts will remind you, fail to prepare and prepare to fail!
By setting out a list of tasks, you reduce the risk of blunders and common mistakes, giving yourself the opportunity to achieve a hassle free home renovation that you will have the opportunity to fully enjoy when its completed. Poor judgment and a lack of planning only leads to the costs racking up which will only delay the completion date and empty your pockets.
As with most property refurbishment projects, gutting the internal walls and removing all internal fixtures, fittings and decor is must be your first and only priority. No contractor will come in and start until you have a blank canvas to work from that is clean and clear of clutter, thus allowing your creative team of project managers to do their stuff.
So if you’re in the midst of starting a grand interior design makeover for your home, here’s a breakdown of the key areas to consider before you start:
If your designs involve dramatic changes to room layouts, then the likelihood is you’ll need to construct new stud walls and partitions may be as suspended ceilings along the joists. If that’s the case, make sure your newly built frameworks are left open and unplastered for easy electrical installation later on.
Your new rooms will likely require door frames installed with doors mounted. There could also be windows, window sills and the all hardware requiring fitting too.
If your room changes involve alterations to plumbing, then its likely there’ll be a tap or pipework that needs moving no matter which room you’re working on, especially in kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms
The most common requirements isn’t alway necessarily new fixtures but the repositioning of existing fixtures that may need to be relocated on a completely new wall. If this sounds like your project, be prepared to carry out work that may involve moving of pipework, waste outlet, taps and plumbing.
If you’re planning an extension on your home, you’ll probably need to install heating in the new spaces, so radiators and plumbing work are on the menu.
Some older homes suffer from poor or outdated electrical wiring so a complete electrical rewiring could be on the cards. If this is the case, you may find that you also need to upgrade your circuit board to a newer modern trip system. As well as new electrics, some home owners nowadays opt to install security systems, as well as ethernet network cabling, additional phone sockets, electrical sockets and switches.
Drywall and plasterboard fitting should only take place by a trained professional. Depending on the type of structure, you might opt for a simple tape and mud finish in the gaps, meaning the drywall is ready to paint straight away. Alternatively, you may prefer a fresh skim of plaster right across the entire surface of the walls to leave a smooth finish ready for painting.
And don’t forget the ceilings! They will need a fresh coat of plaster too to match the rest of the space, and if walls in the existing parts of the home have suffered from cracks or splitting plaster, they’ll need a good patch no doubt.
There’s a huge range of ceramic, porcelain and cement tiles on the market these days and with prices coming down, its no surprise why home owners opt to use them instead of other traditional materials.
They offer a low cost, hard wearing, durable finish that gives any room a high end look that will be the envy of your friends!
As with any new room, you’ll need a suitable flooring installed. With a wide choice of surfaces available from carpets, to hardwood, tile, vinyls and laminates, what you choose can make or break the end finish.
The choice is a very subjective one but always go for a flooring the is easy to clean, is hardwearing and if moisture is present, water resistant. Once you know your needs, the type of flooring choice is the easy part!
The little touches at the end of any renovation is what makes or breaks the finished product. Whether you want a contemporary or classic finish, the same rules apply.
Finishes such as skirting boards and coving can give a room definition, whilst other essentials like door architraves, dado and pictures rails, accessories and drapes will give the room its pop of colour and class.
No matter how tidy you try to be, every renovation project creates masses of dirt, dust and debris everywhere. If you’re project is large scale, be prepared for a huge clean up task. Our advice is to wrap all perishables and high value items in plastic and where possible, take fragile items off site until its safe to return them where there’s no risk of breakage.
As the particles are so small, cement and brick dust always finds a way to get into everything and when it does, it can ruin anything. So if you value your items, take them off site or make sure they are sealed and wrapped tightly.
Once the project is completed, use an industrial grade vacuum cleaner to remove all standing dirt or dust before moving back into your newly renovated home.