It’s only natural to feel a bit cautious about planning your renovation project during lockdown. But you don’t have to put your renovation dreams on hold, in fact with the additional time spent at home, now is the perfect opportunity to get your renovation plans in check. Not to mention there are only a few months remaining on the government $25k HomeBuilder grant to help you get your project over the line.
Here are four simple tips to help all of your renovation dreams come true from the comfort of your own home during isolation.
It goes without saying that the key to a successful renovation project is a detailed and well thought out plan. The best use of your time during isolation would be to plan out every detail of your renovation and make sure you have all of your ducks in row before engaging with a renovation specialist.
The most important place to start is by working out your budget and researching the renovation company you plan to work with to make sure you know exactly what you are paying for. Critical questions to ask when researching companies are: Will they organise a team of trades? Will it be project managed? What sort of finishes and products are offered? What is the timeline and process? The list goes on!
In order to plan the space, you need to whip out the tape measure and understand what you’ve got to work with. Measure your existing space including the walls, where the windows are, the doorways etc. as well as the outline of the existing layout. Doing this will allow you to understand how much bench space/floor space you currently have to work with, knowing that you will want to be maximising this. Not sure how to measure up your space? Our easy how-to video will guide you through it – all you need is a measuring tape, pen and paper!
Last but not least, take the time to observe how you and your family use the spaces over the course of isolation. This way when it comes to working with an interior designer you will have a great understanding of what is working and what’s driving you and your family batty.
One of the most exciting parts of planning your renovation is looking for inspiration for how you want to bring your space to life aesthetically. A great way to collate your ideas and find inspiration is through Pinterest. Create a Pinterest board dedicated to your bathroom and/or kitchen… one for every room you will be renovation and start pinning! Look at images of different styles, layouts, handles, tiles, cabinetry finishes and colours – the ideas and inspiration you can source from Pinterest really is endless. Put together an easily sharable collection so that you can show your interior designer exactly what you’re envisioning.
You can get the whole family involved too! Have every member of the family start a board, so collectively you can understand what everyone is after – it’s a bit of fun, and a therapeutic way to keep everyone entertained and engaged with the process.
Once you have all of your planning in order, it’s time to speak with an expert to understand how your renovation plans can be brought to life. Book in a FREE virtual consultation with an interior designer to get their guidance and expertise – An interior designer can talk you through innovative options that are designed to make your life easier and discuss the style of your space and how it will relate to the rest of your home (this is where that Pinterest board comes in very handy).
One positive we can all take from isolation is having a little extra time on our hands, so why not get the ball rolling on your dream renovation project from the comfort of your home, you don’t even need to get out of your pyjamas – what more could you ask for?
Book in your FREE video consultation with one of our award-winning interior designers to kickstart your renovation from isolation today.