DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START?
HERE ARE SOME PRACTICAL TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED
Times have changed. We are spending 80% more time at home than ever before and the home has become the centre of the universe or, even more precisely—the kitchen. Finding a way to create multifunctional spaces, organize our belongings and decrease clutter is top-of-mind for everyone right now.
2. THE VISION
As part of my planning process, I usually create an idea book so I can take it with me to all service providers.
3. FURNITURE STORAGE
4. FLOOR PLAN
It’s important to determine a budget for your project. How much money can you spend on this renovation? This is often a difficult question to answer. Setting a budget means doing your research and getting quotes from multiple contractors, as this will give you an idea how far you can go.
Consider a 20% contingency on top of the estimated renovation budget to anticipate unforeseen costs.
6. THE FAMILY MEETING
Before you start swinging the hammer you need to have a family meeting to make sure all the main players are on board. Appoint one member of the family to be the spokesperson when dealing with the contractor and interior designer to avoid any miscommunication.
Keep a journal of hours worked and tasks that are “completed” and “to be completed”—learning this skill could be a whole course in itself.
7. SET UP A TIMELINE
Typically the contractor will create a timeline, but it’s important for you as the homeowner to hold them accountable. Create a final deadline whether real or not and ensure everyone involved knows when the job needs to start and finish.
Make it clear you have only a certain amount of time, set a deadline like an open house—invite some friends and order beer and pizza for the crew. This will keep everyone on their toes.
8. IMPROVEMENTS THAT ADD VALUE
These are the improvements that should be highest on your list when trying to add value to a home:
- Basement conversions
- Loft conversions
- Converting your garage into a bedroom
- Adding a bathroom
- Creating an open concept space
- Larger windows to merge indoor areas with outdoor areas
- Deck extensions with outdoor kitchens
- Gardens and curb appeal