What to expect from a typical house refurbishment
Before you set out on any internal home refurbishment project, you would be foolish not to firstly plan ahead and break down the stages of the renovation into easy-to digest, bite-sized portions. As the saying goes, nothing worse that biting off more than you can chew!
By creating a list of priorities, you minimise the risk of oversights and potential mistakes, and give yourself a far better chance of having a smoother, quicker home renovation that will be stress free. Misunderstandings and poor planning can lead to expensive last minute alterations which can hold up the completion date and affect the quality of the finished product.
As with any house refurbishment project, stripping back and removal of the internal fixtures, fittings and decor is always going to be your first priority. No project can start until you have a clean, tidy blank canvas from which to start and let your designers and project managers do their magic.
So if you’re in the thick of planning an interior design makeover for the internal parts of your home, here are the key jobs you need to factor into your planning:
There’s always a tap or pipework that needs moving no matter which room you’re working on, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. If you are changing a room that involves plumbing work, remember to consider items that may include repositioning, adding additional water supplies or waste outlets. If you’re expanding or building an extension, you may need to install heating so plumbing, pipework and radiators could be involved.
If you intend to change room layouts or build new rooms, chances are stud walls and partitions may be involved as well as suspended ceilings. If so, make sure you leave newly built frameworks open for easy electrical installations.
New rooms will also require door frames built with doors mounted, plus windows, window sills and the all essential hardware finishing.
Many older homes have outdated or poor wiring so a complete or partial electrical rewiring could be in order, not to mention a change of circuit board to a modern system. Many people now like to have a security system installed for peace of mind as well as internet cabling such as ethernet networking, phone sockets, new electrical outlets and light switches.
Plaster board (or drywall as it is referred to in North America) is usually installed by a professional plasterer. Depending in the type of build, you may decide to simply opt for taping and mudding the gaps for fresh paint or skimming a fresh layer of plaster across the entire surface to create a smooth, paint-ready finish.
New ceilings will most certainly need a fresh coat of plaster too and if any old wallpaper needs stripping back or old plaster has come away from the existing walls, that will need repairing by a professional.
One of the most popular surfaces on walls and floor these days is tile – ceramic, porcelain and even cement tiles are all the rage now as they add a hard wearing, durable finish that gives any room a high end look – not just the kitchens and bathrooms.
Your newly renovated room will no doubt need a suitable new flooring laid by a specialist. With a variety of options on the market including carpet, hardwood, tile, vinyls and laminates, the choices are endless. With finishes that range from natural looking wood to earthy stones and classic patterns, you can make your room however you wish, to your own taste and design.
The quality of any renovation is in the finishing which can easily get overlooked. Mouldings such as skirting boards and coving can give a new room that final finish it needs, whilst essentials such as door architraves, dado rails, pictures, accessories and soft furnishings will give the room its unique personality.
Any renovation project will undoubtedly create dirt, dust and mess everywhere. If you’re expecting to do a large project, be ready for a big clean up. Cover all perishable and precious items in plastic wrap and if possible, take high priced items off site until its safe to return them.
Brick dust, sawdust and cement gets everywhere and it can ruin items as the dust settles and builds up.
Once the project is over, use a high-end or industrial grade vacuum cleaner and remove all the dirt, dust and build up before inhabiting your home once again.