Renovating your home can be an excellent investment, not only in terms of financial value, but also in terms of quality of life. Some main benefits include: increased home value, improved comfort and functionality, increased energy efficiency and increased personal satisfaction. When it comes to renovating your home, there are many factors to consider. From the type of renovation you want to undertake to the materials you choose, every decision you make can have a significant impact on the final result. As custom home building and home renovation experts, we understand the importance of making informed decisions throughout the renovation process.
Below, we discuss ten tips when renovating your home that will help you achieve the best possible outcome. Take a look at our Calgary renovation projects to get inspired for your own home renovation and learn more about our process.
- Renovation budget
- Renovation contractor
- Permits and regulations
- Energy efficiency
1. Renovation budget
The first and most critical factor to consider when renovating your home is your budget. Renovations can quickly become expensive, and without a clear budget, you risk overspending or running out of funds before the project is completed. When setting your budget, be realistic about what you can afford and prioritize your renovation needs accordingly. Remember to research available renovation grants, renovation rebates or tax credits from the Alberta and federal governments to offset a portion of the overall renovation cost.
Before starting your renovation, take some time to define your goals. Do you want to improve your home’s functionality? Increase its value? Enhance its aesthetics? A basement renovation will add more liveable space in your home that you enjoy spending time in. A kitchen renovation is one of the best investments you can make to increase the value of your home. By clarifying your goals, you can prioritize your renovation tasks and make informed decisions about which projects to undertake.
Another critical factor to consider is your home renovation timeline. Renovations can be disruptive, so it’s essential to have a clear timeline in place to minimize disruption to your daily routine. Be realistic about the time it will take to complete each task and factor in unexpected delays.
4. Renovation contractor
Choosing the right contractor is crucial to the success of your renovation project. Look for a contractor with experience in the type of renovation you want to undertake, and don’t be afraid to ask for references. Always check their licensing and insurance before hiring them.
5. Permits and regulations
Depending on the scope of your renovation project, you may need to obtain permits or comply with specific regulations. It’s imperative to research local building codes and regulations before starting your renovation to avoid costly fines or project delays. Some contractors provide this as part of their service offering. If you’re not sure where to start, you can ask your contractor.
Choosing the right materials is essential to achieving your desired result. Consider the durability, quality and aesthetics of each material before making a final decision. Be mindful of your budget and prioritize high-quality materials for high-traffic areas. Saville works closely with an interior design team that can help bring your vision to life while staying on budget.
Lighting is often overlooked, but it can have a significant impact on the ambiance and functionality of your home. Consider both natural and artificial lighting sources and choose lighting fixtures that complement your home’s style. In some instances, our team has sun-mapped a home’s lot to guide window placement to maximize a home’s natural light. Sun-mapping also identifies natural dark zones in a home to help design unique interior lighting.
8. Energy efficiency
Incorporating energy-efficient features into your home renovation can save you money on utility bills and increase your home’s value. Consider installing energy-efficient appliances, windows and insulation. In this article, we explore some of the best energy-efficient materials to use in Calgary’s climate. There are also renovation rebates available for making your home more energy efficient.
Storage is often a challenge in older homes, but incorporating clever storage solutions into your renovation can help maximize space and minimize clutter. Consider built-in shelving, cabinets and other space-saving features.
Finally, consider the maintenance requirements of your renovation projects. Choose materials and finishes that are easy to maintain, and factor in ongoing maintenance costs when setting your budget.
Renovating your home can provide you with a sense of personal satisfaction and accomplishment. By considering these ten factors, you can make informed decisions throughout the renovation process and achieve the best possible outcome. It can be incredibly rewarding to see your vision for your home come to life, and to enjoy the fruits of your labour for years to come. Remember to prioritize your goals, set a realistic budget, choose the right contractor and comply with all relevant regulations.
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