Okay, so you have binged watched HGTV’s for thousands and thousands of hours. You have seen every “Love it or List it” episode along with all of the other tv shows on HGTV.
You can’t but help dream of renovating your own home and transforming your space into pure style and luxury.
But let’s be realistic.
Renovating a home is no easy task. They make it look so easy on the tv and they make it look affordable, too. We both know this is contrary to real life.
But do not fret! Use this “Ultimate Guide to Renovating a Home” to learn the steps on how to remodel a house.
The Ultimate Guide for Renovating a Home
First things first, you will want to get organized. Grab some pen and paper and jot down this list. You will need to brainstorm home renovations ideas before you get started.
Do some research on what you like!
1. The Planning Phase
Before you pull out the hammer from your toolbox, it’s best to use that pen and paper to start designing.
You might want to ask yourself, “Why do I want to remodel my house?”
Are you looking to renovate for a cosmetic update? Does your house need a complete overhaul for essential home projects, such as a roof or foundation repair?
What are your goals? What part of the house needs a makeover? How big of a project is this going to be?
Estimate the cost of these renovations. Add 20% percent to the cost for critical repairs or impulse buys.
Now, it’s time to look at your budget.
Can you afford this? Can you afford a professional? What are things that you can live without?
Aren’t you glad you did this now instead of running out of money in the middle of your project? Planning will save you money in the long run anyway.
2. The Preparation Phase
If you are remodeling your home for cosmetic updates, it would be best to verify that the roof, foundation, siding, etc., are in good shape. It would defeat the purpose of remodeling a home if that home is crumbled to the ground!
Roofing and foundation are critical infrastructures for your home.
You might need some maintenance repairs, such as plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, water heaters, insulation, and ventilation.
Check out the blog for a list of signs that you need to repair your HVAC system.
If you need plumbing and/or electrical repairs, you may need an inspector’s help to verify the work is up to code and safe for everyone. If you hire a contractor, they will handle this process for you.
3. The Demolition Phase
As Chip Gaines on “Fixer Upper” would say, “It’s Demolition Day, Baby!”
Nothing is more exciting and interesting than smashing things to bits. The sad news is, demolition is not nearly as enthralling as it is on tv. You will need to be aware of where critical electrical and plumbing are before you start swinging that sledgehammer.
Be aware that you will save a lot of money if you choose to do this by yourself. Also, be aware that this will take you more time than they show you on tv.
Demolition requires thought and planning. Some things you might want to stay, like a kitchen sink, for example, to save money. Maybe, you want to save some things for Habitat for Humanity.
Or maybe, you just want to utterly destroy everything and throw it in the trash. In any case, you will create quite a bit of trash and it would be a good idea to rent a dumpster for this occasion.
Renting a dumpster will make things easier for your home renovation cleanup.
4. The Renovation Phase
As I said before, you will need to take care of the “boring stuff” before you can start the interesting, eye-catching stuff.
First, you will need to tackle structural carpentry. Structural carpentry involves fortifying support beams, moving, creating, or destroying walls.
Now, it is time to handle the plumbing, electrical, and HVAC ductwork. Once again, you will need inspectors at this step for your remodel, if necessary.
Window installations come next, then it’s time to install your new insulation.
If your inspection for the electrical and plumbing goes well, you can proceed with drywalling. What’s it like to drywall? You hang it, you compound, and sand it.
5. The Fun Phase
Now that you have accomplished the boring parts of renovating a home, let’s get to the good stuff! Now is the time to get your creative juices flowing!
Fine carpentry is your friend for making a space beautiful.
Think about built-in bookcases. Think about those cute breakfast nooks, accordion doors, or other charming aesthetic upgrades. Fine carpentry will add dimension and personality to a home.
After you have utilized the best of what fine carpentry can offer you, now is the time to choose your paint color! Wallpaper is making a comeback, so don’t shy away from choosing wallpaper that speaks to you.
Accent walls help add life to a living space, so using wallpaper, a bright color of paint, or a wall featuring intricate, fine carpentry details will do the trick.
Now you can install the flooring that fits your fancy. Hardwood flooring is the rage, and for good reason. There are many beautiful hardwoods to choose from, but there are cheaper options that mimic the real deal nicely, too.
All you have to is to do now add the furniture and decor that are aesthetically pleasing to you!
Renovating a Home: Get Ready
Now that you know how to renovate a house, it’s time to get to work! Incorporate your personal sense of style, and you’ll have the house of your dreams in no time.
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