Nothing may be more complicated, dangerous, scary, and long-awaited than a home renovation. It’s not a story for a day or two; you must prepare for it in advance. To be ready for all possible nuances, let’s deal with what repair is, how it is, what are the stages of repair of the apartment from interior basement waterproofing scarborough to windows guelph and their sequence, and how to make everything quickly so it is easy and pleasant.
Repairs to the house can be different. If the last one was made not long ago, you could get by with a cosmetic repair if the furniture is still functional and looks good enough. This option does not affect the engineering systems and global changes in the design of the apartment – only the design changes.
A cosmetic repair is when you want to freshen up the interior of your home simply: by changing the wallpaper, updating the floor, or painting the ceiling.
Major repairs of the apartment mean replacement of engineering systems, alignment of walls or floors, redevelopment (demolition or installation of new walls), changes in the water supply and other communications, interior basement waterproofing, and installation of windows guelph.
Simply put, a complete overhaul is a complete demolition of the entire old apartment unit, replacing all systems with new ones, installing new equipment, and ultimately replacing the finish as the whole – walls, ceiling, floor, doors and other things.
The difference, of course, in the price. On average, a major repair will cost 30-35% of the cost of the entire house. Older homes are much more complicated since you often have to deal with communications and replacing them. Cosmetic repair is much easier, more accessible and cheaper – its cost depends on how expensive materials you buy and how many rooms the apartment needs to repair. But to have a rough guide, you can use the following table:
- construction, installation and finishing work – 40%;
- materials – 25%;
- furniture and appliances – 25%;
- design project – 5%;
- contingencies – 5%.
If you want, you can find finishing materials and furniture for any budget.
Throw yourself into the repair without a plan – like jumping into the open ocean without a life ring: dangerous, risky and irresponsible. Any repair should not start with a piece of wallpaper but with a bit of paper where you spell out all the steps, make a detailed plan, when and what you’re going to repair, and of course, make an estimate. To get everything, go in detail through the steps.
Why is a plan necessary? To technically immediately calculate the possible mistakes and think of communications. For example, to install outlets where they will not be possible to use, to create comfortable lighting, put a window so that it can not open – seemingly trivial, but so common mistakes.
What not to do:
- to relocate “wet areas” – bath, toilet, kitchen;
- demolish supporting structures, smash the walls between the kitchen and the living room;
- merge rooms (or the kitchen).
Let’s go straight to the unfortunate outlets. What’s wrong with them? The fact is that they are significantly related to the arrangement of furniture and lighting in the room. You need to determine in advance where in the room will be a work area and make an outlet in this place so it is convenient to use a computer or laptop. But the work area – it’s not just a computer, so we make a spot of 2-3 outlets at once, so you can charge your phone and connect additional devices.
Think through the lighting: you need it in the work area, in the place of rest to read a book, do crafts, etc. Be sure to think about lights in the farthest from the window part of the room.
Contact the professionals if you plan to install new windows guelph and doors. They will help to organize the work, select materials and carry out all the necessary work.
If you are doing a kitchen renovation, it is crucial to understand how many appliances you will have and, based on this, design outlets. If you do not want to be without water, plan to install a water heater under it at a particular place in the project (and in the estimates).
Also, remember the interior basement waterproofing scarborough. After all, it is a pledge of protection against mould and, consequently, the protection of your health.
If you want to make a heated floor, you must calculate which areas you want to warm. Do you need a cooker hood? Where will the refrigerator stand so that the door can open safely? What width and length of countertop do you need?
These questions should be answered before you empty all your credit cards at the hardware store. You can make a convenient project and save a decent amount of money.
Ordering a design project from an individual designer or design studio is most convenient. The professional experience of a specialist cannot be compared to even the most accurate theoretical calculations. In addition, the visualization will help you see the final result and check whether you like your future interior.
If you still risk doing a project yourself, draw everything in full detail: pipes, wiring, furniture layout, wall location, etc. It is crucial to consider the redevelopment – any manipulation with the walls and partitions must be coordinated with the relevant services.
You don’t have to draw by hand – use ready-to-use valuable programs. For example, IKEA has a separate planner for the kitchen – Kitchen Planner, and another – Home Planner – for the rest of the rooms. And the indispensable Planner 5D, Sweet Home 3D, and Homestyler allow you to get creative and play with the design.
Tips for buying materials
Do not buy building materials at cheap construction markets. The price will be lower than in stores, but the quality will be shallow. It is best to buy in large construction markets that do not risk their reputation and cooperate with trusted suppliers. In addition, you can ask for a guarantee.
You need to buy material with a reserve. Put another plus 15% of the total calculated volume of building materials.
Certificates are essential. If you choose laminate or tile, check for batch matching so the colours and patterns are the same.
Windows should be the best. The windows are tough to install and, in case of any defects, to dismantle. Especially keep the room windows the same because they are the key to warmth and comfort.
Choose your bathroom accessories carefully. Give preference to proven materials and brands.
Heating elements, first of all, should warm, not be beautiful. Choose radiators according to their capacity and install high-quality equipment for heating the apartment.
Do not skimp on solutions. Primers, putty, whitewash, etc. It makes no sense to glue expensive and suitable tiles to the cheapest glue – invest in building mortars for finishing work to ensure everything stays robust, dry and durable.
And most importantly, it is to plan the timing of the stages of repair:
- Remove old paint and wallpaper, and clean the whitewashed ceiling. Remove old linoleum or colour from the parquet;
- Levelling the ceiling, walls and floor: after the old coating is removed, it is necessary to make all surfaces even;
- Replacing windows and doors (entrance and interior);
- Demonstration and installation of partitions;
- Interior basement waterproofing scarborough;
- Decorative wall finishing: wallpapering, painting;
- Installation of flooring: parquet, laminate, linoleum or carpeting. Installation of skirting boards;
- Mounting the ceiling.
Important: Follow the plan. Don’t start one thing and leave it halfway through and start another. Consistency is your best friend.
Quick and efficient ways to complete home renovations can save you time, strengthen your skills, and provide satisfying results. A few essential tips from our article will help guide you through the process.
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website's content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra's expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.