“Renovation” is the process of improving a broken, damaged, or outdated structure. Renovations are typically either commercial or residential. A renovation can refer to making something new, or bringing something back to life.
It is the process of making additions to one’s home. Home improvement can be projects that upgrade an existing home interior (such as electrical and plumbing), exterior (masonry, concrete, roofing), or other improvements to the property (i.e. garden work or garage maintenance/additions).
WHETHER YOU’VE LIVED in your home for decades or you’re only there a few years, there will come a time when you’ll seriously think about doing it up.
Maybe your family has grown and you need more space, or the kids have left the nest, and you have space to yourself, finally. Maybe you’re thinking about future-proofing for your old(er) years, or maybe you just fancy a change and want to create something different without moving house.
If you’ve never renovated before or are taking on a big project, you may feel a little nervous. How much will it cost? How long will it take? Between the large expense and the excitement of anticipating your finished remodel, it’s hard not to feel a little apprehensive. Knowing what to expect can help allay your fears and make you better prepared for what’s to come.
1. Dust. Even with elaborate ZipWalls, a fine layer of dust can gather in parts of your home far from where the construction is taking place. ASP is aware of the discomfort and ensures that the construction area is cleaned up every day before leaving site.
2. Noise. We try to limit the noise levels as much as possible and often do what we can earlier on in the day so that the afternoon is a bit quieter for kids that need to be home doing their homework.
3. Delays. People get sick, cars break down and sometimes faucets ordered from the factory take 10 weeks instead of six. You and ASP will be working from a schedule that assumes the world is a perfect place. It’s not, and knowing that will allow you to be resilient when your schedule shifts a bit.
But once you have endured the above difficulties, it will be so worth it!
Here are some things to consider when planning your renovation.
LET THE LIGHT IN
A great tip is to really examine where the light hits your home and try to bring it in as much as possible. Rooms that were dark and feel small become more open and airy with the addition of a roof light or creating a wall of glazing that overlooks the back garden, for instance.
KITCHENS & BATHROOMS
The areas that ASP is most frequently asked to consult on – and help to create real change to the overall look and feel of the home – are kitchens and bathrooms. You can give your bathroom new life by taking out the bath and putting in a double shower, as many people are now doing.
“The Kitchen really is the heart of the home”
An open plan kitchen/living room/dining room is a lovely use of space but sometimes there is a need to distinguish the different zones. You can mark the zones with a change in the ceiling level, put a roof light over the dining table or use the island to create a divide between the spaces.
Often people want to increase the energy efficiency of their homes and the best way to do that is with insulation – whether roof, internal or external insulation. The cheapest, quickest and easiest upgrade you can do to any house that will have the fastest impact is to upgrade your roof insulation.