There are plenty of reasons for renovating a home and regardless of why you’re doing it, knowing exactly where to start is quite important. Remodeling an entire home can be quite a daunting task as there are numerous aspects to consider and decisions to be made. Just remember that all improvements to your home will likely increase its value as well as elevate its functionality and the first thing that should be tackled is coming up with some type of plan as well as a budget.
You may want to go through your home room by room to see if you’d like to renovate it in any way before making the first move. You can consider the walls, flooring, doors, windows, lighting, and furnishing etc. You can then compare what you currently have with what you want.
Having a Plan
It’s recommended that every aspect of your renovation project be researched and well thought out before getting underway. You may want to get some inspiration or ideas for remodeling by looking through home-improvement magazines and/or websites. You can decide if your ideas and vision will work well in the layout of your home and if they’ll fit into your project’s budget. It’s often a good idea to make a list of the top five or 10 things you’d like to achieve and decide exactly which rooms or parts of the house you’d like to renovate. You’ll also need to decide if you have the space to realize your goal or if you need to add an extra room, finish the basement or even add another storey to the building.
Choosing a Style
Depending on who you share your house with, you may want to get together to discuss the type of design and style you’d like for the home and that suits your lifestyle. This can sometimes be difficult since many people have different preferences when it comes to design. However, it’s a good idea to make sure your choice of style isn’t just a passing trend and the home will be out of fashion in the next several years. Some of the more popular styles these days include modern, rustic, and contemporary. We always prefer a “timeless” design in mind when working with our clients on a DESIGN-BUILD project.
There’s a good chance you’ll need to hire some help during your renovation and you’ll need to find an experienced home renovation contractor. You can even ask for their assistance when it comes to style and design and they’ll be able to tell you if your plans for the home will work. You may also need to hire subcontractors such as electricians, plumbers and carpenters or have the contractor take care of it for you.
Rebuilding & Accomodations
When undergoing a home renovation you’ll need to realize that you may need to stay elsewhere for a short period of time while the work is being carried out. Depending on the extent of the job, walls may need to be torn down and flooring pulled out etc. Some types of projects can be done in a couple of days, but some take much longer and you may have to plan on leaving your home while the process is being carried out. Our typical timeline on a home addition or full gut renovation of a typical Toronto home is 4-6 months. Best is to research some short term rentals in your neighbourhood prior to starting the work.
This may be the perfect time to update things such as flooring, lighting, appliances, insulation, duct work, heating and air conditioning, electrical wiring, gas lines, plumbing and water supply lines etc.
If you’re planning on a complete home renovation Greater Toronto Area, contact us at Novacon Construction to schedule a free consultation.
Our team of professionals looks forward to discussing all of your expectations and ideas and can help come up with a suitable budget and time frame for the work. We provide a hands-on approach and work hand in hand with our clients through every stage, from design to finishing.