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How to renovate a house so that everything goes according to your plan?

How to renovate a house so that everything goes according to your plan?

Published on - September 16, 2019

Proper preparation is the key to successfully renovating a home on our own. The consequences of not having a coherent plan could be dramatic. Significant budget overruns, exceeding the deadlines, unsatisfied final effects, littering the area, wall collapse or the need to renew a devastated staircase and elevator, are just some of the consequences of unsupervised planning. When carrying out construction work, it is key to protect the work that had already be done.

What is worth remembering before starting any construction works?

  • Before commencing the renovation works, they should be reported to the appropriate instance (housing, state administration bodies).
  • If we want to demolish or interfere in the load-bearing walls, it is necessary to make a design and get a building permit.
  • Construction waste should be stored in a special container or bags. They must not be disposed of, as normal waste is. It is recommended that the container is on the construction site from the first day of commencement of works, thanks to which the plans will proceed more efficiently, and without any delays.
  • Think about organizing a temporary toilet for the construction team. You can use an old one or buy a new one.
  • Inform your neighbours about any inconveniences caused by renovation.
  • All works should be carried out so as not to disturb the curfew and comply with the regulations of the given facility.
  • Secure the elevator and staircase so that they are not damaged. Just cover the sensitive surfaces with thick cardboard.
  • Before starting renovation works, dimension all rooms thoroughly. Even the smallest differences in measurements can have a significant impact on the final result of ongoing works. Measurements should be taken at the beginning so that you can save time when shopping for materials.
  • Adjust the renovation to the season of the year. All external work such as replacements of windows or doors should be carried out in spring or autumn. Finishing works such as; painting walls, kitchen assembly, bathrooms can be done during the winter period.
  • Plan your budget wisely. It is worth investing in good-quality windows, as this purchase will guarantee proper thermal insulation of the rooms. You won't have to worry about building insulation or extremely high heating bills. It is not worth saving on the kitchen equipment or bathroom, because these elements will serve you for many years.
  • Allocate unexpected expenses. During the renovation, we are incapable of predicting everything. There will always be some unexpected costs that an untrained contractor will not foresee.
  • Home appliances and electronics should be purchased earlier, before starting construction works. It is much easier to match the dimensions of the kitchen to your equipment than vice versa.
  • Plan out what should be done first and order all materials in advance so as not to delay construction works.

From what should we start the complete renovation of our house?

1. Installation of all the lights in the building. If you already have an old installation, check its condition and make any necessary repairs or replace it with a new one. Plan out the lighting so that different rooms give a different interior climate. The most frequently used lighting in the kitchen and bathroom, are the brightest ones. As for the bedroom and living room it is better to use a warmer tone.

2. Routing hydraulic and central heating connections.

3. Making new walls.

4. Making screeds.

5. Wall plastering.

6. Installation of suspended ceilings, filling.

7. Installation of the bathtub, shower tray, fitting of sanitary ceramics.

8. Laying and grouting of tiles.

9. Installation of a washbasin, battery or toilet bowl.

10. Priming and first painting of walls and ceilings.

11. Laying floors. If it is a parquet floor - also sanding.

12. Varnishing, waxing or oiling a parquet.

13. Installation of doors and baseboards; second painting, wallpapering.

14. Installation of: kitchen and AGD appliances, built-in furniture, electrical equipment, lamps and curtain rods.

15. Retouching of damaged places, any amendments.

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