So, it’s finally time to do all those home renovations you’ve been talking about for years. While this is an exciting stage for any homeowner, it also comes with lots of stress. Where do you even begin? How will you be able to communicate your vision to your contractor? How do you know when the renovations will end? What if something goes wrong?
These are all normal and rational questions any homeowner has before they start remodelling their homes. In this construction checklist, we’ll explore seven important steps to help you complete a successful building project.
1. Figure Out What You Want
It’s important as the homeowner that you have a vision of what you’d like your home to look like once all the renovations are complete. More than just a vision, it’s always a good idea to have something down on paper to show your interior designer, architect and contractor. It might even help if you draw it out.
Once you find and hire your professionals, you can go over your notes and/or drawings to make sure they know exactly what you want.
2. Choose a Design Professional
Now that you know what you want, it’s time to call in the experts. Usually, a homeowner will work with an interior designer, an architect, or even both to help come up with the design for their home. How do you know which one you need?
For your construction checklist, an interior designer’s main job is to create beautiful, functional indoor spaces. They also determine space requirements, select décor items like lighting and colours, and communicate this with the client through blueprints that they either draw or design online.
An architect also creates designs. Since they have special construction knowledge, they use this and their excellent drawing skills to design spaces that are also functional and beautiful. It’s really up to the homeowner if you want both an interior designer and an architect, just an interior designer, or just an architect.
3. Create a Plan
Planning is such an important part of any construction checklist. We can’t stress enough how planning is so important – for any project. This planning will determine the scope of the project, which includes the project’s size, construction type, budget and so on. This plan will help your contractor meet their goals in a timely fashion. The plan will include the initial design plans from your interior designer and/or architect.
4. Interview Contractors
Now it’s finally time to hire a contractor to put the plan in motion and complete the renovations. Since you’ve completed your plan, have your initial design plans, and everything else ready to go, the commercial contractors will be able to quote on the project and from there you can choose which contractor you would like to work with. It’s essential to have a budget in mind and to work with your contractor to stay on budget.
5. Shop for Décor Items
Here is where you’ll work with your interior designer and/or architect to shop for items for your home. Working with these professionals will make it much easier to choose the right items to go with your vision. They’re able to see the big picture and can easily spot items that will fit into this picture. Once your contractor is done with the build portion, this is where you’ll be able to go in and arrange everything. Having a professional’s help with this will be crucial in having your vision come to life.
A helpful tip here is not to rush anything. You’ll hopefully be living in this home for a long time, so you want to make sure you get everything just right. You’ll likely need to go on more than one shopping trip, look at various items at different stores, then determine which pieces you’d like to buy for your home. Although this could be quite overwhelming, try to have fun with it and let the professionals guide you.
6. Get Your Permits
Permits are so important if you’re getting construction done on your home because they’re what allows you to do the work in the first place. Since obtaining a permit could take some time depending on the municipality you live in, it’s best to apply for these as soon as you know you’d like to get work done on your home. Once you have the permits, you’re good to go!
7. Sign the Contract
With the plan submitted for permits and material selections made, your contractor will be able to finish up pricing and write up a contract for construction.
Now that you have all of your ducks in a row, this final step is the easy one: sign the contract! Now your contractor can get going on your home renovations, upgrading your house to something that truly makes you happy. Shouldn’t everyone’s home fill them with pride and joy?