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Don’t Forgo Function For Form When Renovating

A renovation is a huge step for a lot of homeowners. For many, it’s something they’ve been saving up for and a once-in-a-lifetime to create the home of your dreams. But some dreams aren’t as sensible as others. Some dreams are all about creating the look and setting the mood. If you forget the practicalities of the changes you want to make, however, you could end up with a home that looks gorgeous but that you totally hate living in. Here’s what you should be considering when renovating the home.

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Make a garden you can actually live in

If you’re spending big money on creating a garden you love, you better make sure you’re actually able to love it. There have been plenty of cases where someone has created a gorgeous garden with some of the most vibrant flowerbeds you could hope to see with an owner who has very little intention of actually taking care of it. In the end, that means either shelling out big time for a gardener or just letting the wild reclaim all that hard work. If you’re not someone with the greenest of thumbs, think about using your garden renovation budget to create a space you will actually use with decking and patios instead.

Don’t make a gorgeous kitchen you hate using

Let’s get down to it and tackle the rooms that actually get renovated the most and contribute the most value to both the homeowner and any potential buyers. The kitchen sells the home, as many an estate agent will tell you. A gorgeous kitchen is always of importance to a homeowner, but if you’re sloppy in thinking about the practical details, you’ll never want to spend any time in there. For instance, if you haven’t considered the kitchen work triangle, you’re creating a space that takes a lot more effort to use than it should. Similarly, you might want to add an island but haven’t really considered what it means for using the space. Poor placement of it or adding an island when there’s little room just creates an obstacle that takes more from the kitchen than it adds.

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Don’t make a bathroom that won’t last

You should be doubly thorough when it comes to looking through changes you’re making in the bathroom. If you’re not careful, you could create a perfect breeding ground for damp and mould that can spread to be a larger problem through the whole house. When renovating the bathroom, make sure any paint you’re using is mould retardant. If you’re rearranging it, you could save thousands by keeping the plumbing in the same space and ensuring that you’re not blocking the ventilation shaft. Space is a big concern in bathrooms, as well. Test a tub or a shower by making sure it actually provides enough room for you to use comfortably. Otherwise, you could be spending into the four figures on something that sees very little use.

All that time spent cleaning

Owning a house is enough work, so you don’t want to make any more for yourself by choosing materials that look good but take a lot of maintenance. For instance, when choosing surfaces for the kitchen, sealed wood and granite worktops are much easier to clean thanks to their moisture repellent properties. Meanwhile, in the bathroom, tiling from the floor right up to the ceiling is going to be a lot easier to care from rather than splitting it halfway with a material like wood. Of course, there might some high maintenance choices you’re willing to make. Just ensure you’re ready for what that entails and that you’re not going to let them fall into disrepair.

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Are you adding value or taking it away?

High maintenance materials in the bathroom or kitchen might seem like they add value because they’re gorgeous. However, many buyers aren’t going to have that emotional connection and just see a time sink more than anything. If you’re thinking long-term, you have to think about the changes to the value of the home. Similar to those aforementioned materials, having a pond or a pool in your garden can strike many potential buyers as a cost more than anything. However, this also depends on location. In higher-end markets, that way of thinking can do a 180 and actually add some value.

Think about long-term costs

Maintaining the home isn’t the only long-term cost you should be thinking about. You should think about the necessity for replacements and repairs as well. For instance, if you’re adding huge windows to the home, have you thought about the potential for UV damage? If not, it might be worth considering window tinting that can protect interiors. They can even reduce heating costs, helping you save money in the long-term in even more ways. Another way that renovating can help you save money is by actually saving money on the process itself. For instance, if you put in the work to source your own materials rather than relying on the renovations team, you could find options that end up much cheaper.

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Fighting nature

Saving heating costs is just one benefit of tinting your windows, but what about helping you fight the elements and how uncomfortable they can make a home? If you have hot summers and cold winters but fail to consider them, they can make your house a hassle all year-round. Beside tinted windows, you should think about whether the changes to the exterior are going to make it harder to manage the temperature or colder. For instance, a light-coloured exterior is much better at helping you fight the heat of summer. The same goes for specialist heat reflecting paints you can choose when making changes to the roof.  As for the cold, ensuring you go for the most insulating options is vital to keeping your heating bills down.

Whatever project you want to start, arranging your priorities should come first and foremost. Think about what it’s like to live in the house, not just how it looks. Otherwise, you could have a home that’s expensive, uncomfortable and much harder to sell in future.

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