A few words from the wise…
If you’ve ever watched The Block or Grand Designs, you’ll know all about the highs and lows of building and renovating. You’ll have seen what happens when a renovation budget gets blown and tempers fray.
Ideally, we all want more highs than lows; in life, and certainly when building our dream home. If there’s one way to ensure you’ll come out feeling great about the finished product, it will be getting the most out of your budget.
Having seen several renovation projects and new builds over the years, and many different approaches, we have a few tips.
Most of us don’t renovate on a whim. We want to solve a problem. We want to realise a dream. In the early planning stages, it’s great to dream big and think of all the possibilities. By doing so, you’ll work out what your end game is. If the end game is to find space, don’t get sidetracked. Make this the priority.
Quality over quantity
Sticking to the budget is a lot easier when you don’t spread your resources across too many areas. There will always be something else you want to do with your home, whether it’s now, or a year or two later and even if your home is straight out of Vogue magazine. It is one of those ironic laws of human nature. We all want just a little bit more.
The seasoned crew knows they can have a little bit more, but not all at once. Instead, they focus on getting this project right. A keen renovator installs quality fittings that stand the test of time. When they come to their next project, they immerse themselves in getting that right and don’t have to focus on unnecessary repairs and maintenance due to low-quality fittings.
If you focus on quality over quantity the first time around, you may appear to be getting less return on investment, but your investment will endure, saving you money in the long-term.
Build a strong rapport with your builder
Talk to your builder about your budget. Find a contractor who operates alongside a drafter and designer to detail your needs from the beginning. The clearer you are upfront about what you want to achieve, the more likely you are to achieve it. Once everyone is on the same page, it’s smooth sailing.
Give yourself a buffer
Let’s go back to that human nature thing. A reputable builder will plan with you to meet your budget and requirements as best they can. They will foresee a lot of the unanticipated costs and raise them with you from the beginning. However, there will always be something unexpected or something that you would like to add ‘while you have the builder there’. Always. Give yourself a buffer of at least five percent of the project cost.
With these few initial thoughts, you are set to be one of the home renovation success stories! Watch out, Kevin McCloud.
It all started with a dream, right?
Or maybe a wish… or even just a whole heap of frustration? We’ve all been there. You kind of know what you want the end result to be – more open space, a functional kitchen, a granny flat, a pool for the Summer. You may even have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to tiles and paint colours. With that kind of inspiration, you are definitely on the right track! So, what’s next?
If you’ve started heading down the path of getting quotes, you know it’s a time-consuming task. Most likely you are receiving quotes with a variety of inclusions (and exclusions), and attempting to compare apples to oranges. If you happen to have landed upon a couple of easily comparable quotes, that’s great! This post may help you with the steps that follow.
The essential steps to a seamless home renovation
Design – A drafter will draw up plans based on your budget and their knowledge of the construction process. You may decide to have designs drawn up separately and submit these to a number of builders to obtain quotes. Alternatively, your builder may organise the design process for you. Ask as many questions as you need to at this stage. This is where you share your dream with the experts. They’ll let you know what will work and what won’t, and possibly give you some options to keep within your budget.
Council Approval – If you have a builder, at this stage they will submit your plans to council for approval and manage this process for you. It always takes a bit longer than you think. This is a good time to talk to your builder about those Pinterest board tiles and start packing up the area ready to move out for construction.
At Award Winning Home Improvements, we have a natural stone range to view in our Brendale workshop. This is the stage in the renovation process when we look closely at your materials list and advise you of the best place to view products in person.
Construction Certification and Documentation – Again, this is a job for your builder and gives you a little more time to prepare for the next stage.
Demolition and Construction (aka the exciting part) – The Construction Manager and On-Site Supervisor are you go-to for communication. If you have a builder you trust, this is the part where you can sit back and watch it all take place.
Cleanup and Handover (aka the really exciting part) – Needless to say, with any home renovation project, there’s a bit of mess involved. At this point, we clean it all up and make sure you’re happy with the final product.
Call in an expert
The Award Winning Group can manage your project from start to finish – from inside to outside your home. We have expert design and drafting staff to make sure your plans are aligned with the final product. In fact, this is probably one of the greatest benefits of our service. However, it’s not the only benefit. Consider us your local Brisbane experts. We are keen to quote on any part of your Brisbane home renovation and give you honest advice so you can make your dreams a reality. Click here to get in contact.