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What Are The Major Elements Of A Whole-house Renovation?

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A whole-house renovation is a big undertaking, so it’s important to understand what elements you may need to include. It can help to break the project down into categories like electrical features, structural elements, and cosmetic updates. In this article, we discuss some of the major components of a full home remodel and offer helpful advice for ensuring your project runs as smoothly as possible. We also explore key considerations for budgeting out an entire house renovation, so read on for more information!

 

Whole-Home Remodeling: A Step-By-Step Overview

An entire-home renovation or remodeling project may be an incredibly broad and daunting undertaking. There are a lot of choices to make and many things to consider. Even deciding how much of the home to remodel is a major decision and the reason for renovation. The main thing to note, given all of these decisions, is that the remodeling is an investment. Any home improvements you make, no matter how comprehensive, will not only enhance your house’s functionality but also increase the value of your home. And the best way to begin is by drawing up a plan.

 

Start With A Plan

Like any big project, not just because of a fleeting idea will a full-house remodel begin. There are too many things to weigh and decisions to make to the only start and then find that you don’t like it or want to part-way change your mind into the project. Anything that you want to enhance or change should be well thought out, examined, and addressed. Below are some considerations for your remodeling project which should be included in the overall plan.

 

Have a vision – You may want to start by searching for ideas and inspiration through the magazines or visiting home improvement stores. In a house, everyone has their dreams and ideal things that they want. Until capitalizing on those dreams consider whether they are going to work in the house’s layout, add to its purpose or even fit into the budget. Prioritizing the top 5 -10 must-haves before drawing up a definitive strategy is a smart idea.

 

Size – How much do you want to remodel a home? Will you refurbish each room, or just the kitchen and dining area? Are you able to work in the square footage that you already have, or need to move to space or a second story? If adding on is an option, you’ll need to check whether permits are needed, or whether neighborhood covenants need to be considered. Both of these issues will, of course, focus on your budget. And there’s no excuse you can’t have a detailed plan to do only one part of the house at a time.

 

Style and Design – Everybody in a home has its own unique style and design that they like. Not only should you agree with the other family decision-makers on this style, but you should also pick something that is going to stand the test of time. Don’t pick a style that’s so trendy you’ll need to change it again in 3 years or get too personalized with your lighting or built-in cabinets you can’t resell later. There are plenty of styles to choose from like rustic, traditional, or modern to name a few, and once you’ve made a decision to use this style you’ll want to stick with it because it will affect the structure and materials you’ll use as well.

 

Budget –The sky really is the limit when it comes to a whole-house remodeling project. From the size to the design, the amount of demolition and rebuilding that needs to be completed, the style and luxuries you want to incorporate – all this will have an effect on the end result. So the big decision to make is how much do you want to invest in your planning process? You can also scale back or put off part of the project for another time until you set a budget and realize your ambitions might be bigger than your pocketbook. Many experts will tell you that you should also plan for a contingency of 10 to 20 percent of your budget to cover any unforeseen discoveries that are made during the renovations.

 

Contractor – Hiring a contractor can be one of the better ideas you can come up with when you’re doing an entire house renovation. Contractors like Des Moines Remodeling Contractors will help make the whole process quick and stress-free. Not only will they be able to tell you what would fit your current home or not, but they will also have ideas for architecture, style, and the most recent home improvement innovations that you might not have considered. They are also invaluable when it comes to recruiting subcontractors including plumbers, electricians, and carpenters specializing in various domestic areas. 

 

Look to the future – Even if you don’t intend on remodeling the whole house at once, it’s necessary to plan ahead for future phases. This is particularly important if ductwork, plumbing, or electrical improvements are required in those future phases. Even something as small as an electrical outlet or a misplace light may cause problems for later renovations.

A whole-house renovation is a big project that can be daunting to undertake. But if you break it down into its major elements, it becomes much more manageable. The three main areas of focus in a whole-house renovation are: the exterior, the interior, and the systems (electrical, plumbing, HVAC, etc.). Once you’ve decided what needs to be done in each area, you can start to put together a plan and budget for your project. With careful planning and execution, your whole-house renovation will be a success. Are you considering undertaking a whole-house renovation? What are your thoughts? Share them with us in the comments section below.

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