Renovation Planning – Your Simple Guide To Success
Solid renovation planning can make all the difference in determining whether your project will be successful and delivered within time and budget.
Renovating your home is an exciting but daunting task requiring substantial financial commitment and precise planning.
Following our renovation guide, you can achieve your dream home without feeling overwhelmed by the decisions during the process. Here are the steps to follow when you intend to renovate your house substantially.
Step 1: Planning your renovation
A successful renovation begins with thorough planning and creating a precise brief. During this phase, you make vital decisions affecting the rest of the build and the overall conceptual design. This is the time to think about the must-have and the nice-to-have features of your renovated home. Our pro tip is to write those down and refer back to this list if you feel that you lose sight of our original renovation goals.
Step 2: Visualize your renovated home
This step in your renovation planning involves creating detailed drawings of your proposed residence. When creating proposed plans at Martina Hayes, our building designers demonstrate the ripple effects of your decisions and how they can impact different areas of the house.
Envisioning your space is a critical aspect of the renovation process. If you cannot visualize how your home will look, it impacts your overall feelings towards your project. At Martina Hayes, we provide not only professional concept plans but also realistic 3D visual representations. These drawings show you exactly how your space has the potential to look and function. Subsequently, this enables you to make informed decisions during the process.
Step 3: Planning your renovation budget
A clear understanding of the cost involved is essential when doing a complete renovation of your home. Calculating a budget is part of the renovation planning process that causes homeowners the most worry and concern. This is why we developed our Budget Bridle process to ensure our solutions fit your budget.
How does the Budget Bridle process work?
During the renovation planning, we provide at least two proposed renovation options based on your advised budget, one containing everything you dream about and the other with some compromises to keep costs down. Only once we get a quote from the builder for both alternatives will you decide which option to pursue. This way, you know exactly what you will get and what it will cost. With our experience in building design and interior design, we can also assist you in making the right call regarding the return on investment of your renovation.
Step 4: Coordinating building professionals
Renovation planning also encompasses the engagement of various building professionals, such as surveyors or structural engineers. Not only do we coordinate these building professionals, but we also compare builders’ quotes for you to make the right decision. In addition, our team will also provide drawings to be submitted to the council or a private certifier to obtain a building permit if required.
Step 5: Choosing your finishes
During the renovation planning process, we start to select finishes for all spaces, including flooring, bathroom tiles and kitchen benchtop. This way, we are always on the front foot, and you won’t be rushed into any decision. In addition, we assist in choosing furniture and decorative pieces that will add character to your space. It is these details that make your home truly feel your own.
Renovation planning completed
With the completion of the planning process, the exciting construction phase can begin. Most importantly, you are well-equipped for this chapter with your detailed plans and specification sheets. While the construction is underway, our team will be present on-site to oversee the progress and address any questions that may arise. Check out some photos of one of our completed home renovations in Willoughby or a contemporary residence in Mosman.
If you’re unsure whether you should hire an architect for your renovation or better a building designer, have a look at our overview Architect vs Building Designer. It will tell you which one is right for you.
A wrap – What working with our team looks like
- Conceptual visual 2D and 3D designs
- Coordination of building professionals
- Drawings for council submission (DA) or private certifier (CDC)
- Assistance with builder selection and comparison of quotes
- Design of kitchen and bathroom, including detailed plans for joiners
- Selection of finishes and furniture
- Site-visits during construction
At Martina Hayes, Building Design and Interior Design, we guide you from the renovation planning and the construction phase to the final steps of your renovation. Our expert team coordinates your entire renovation from start to finish, taking all the pressure off you.