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There is no question about the fact that renovating a house can get super stressful and challenging. Sure, you’re beautifying your house, making it better looking and more functional. However, during the entire process, there are so many factors that may make you want to give in or give up. There is lots of dust, chaos, raw materials lying everywhere around your house and strangers walking in and out of your home for days and weeks to come. Everyone looks for ways this can be handled easily or better. The question is, can it? With some proper planning, a good mindset and some good ideas, you can minimise a large part of the stress and unburden yourself a little less. Let's find out some ways you can do so.
The most successful renovation projects are those that are backed by a strong plan in place. Before anyone picks up the tools, it is important to sit with a book and pen and chalk things out. Right from a clear-cut budget to having a mood board of your vision, a thorough plan can save you time, effort and money in the long run.
This is the most important factor when it comes to your home renovation. You cannot move ahead with anything unless you know if you have the spending capacity to execute. Set a reasonable budget, one that can accommodate all your needs. Remember that your budget would have to include raw materials for specific areas such as the outdoor elevation or parking space. Having a budget will empower you to bring the right people on board, source the right kind of raw materials and assign the right amount of labour hours that need to go in. It also sets the whole mission of renovation under control. Once you have a figure in mind, add a buffer for unexpected costs as those are inevitable in almost every remodelling project.
For a home with busy people with work or travel or l or with kids that have school, it is always better to check the calendar before proceeding with the project. This way you will be able to optimise holidays and waste fewer working days. Of course, a few delays here and there are inevitable so that must be kept into account as well.
Pulling your nerd caps and glasses on during a renovation project can be a blessing in disguise for homeowners. This is the time to do your homework thoroughly. Browse through the internet to find out about the latest trends in the home interior design space, check out a few architectural websites and blogs that could help fill up your knowledge bank. One must-do research on sourcing tiles for your wall or floor that will add a unique design element to your space. Speak to your neighbours, friends, acquaintances, and anyone who had their house renovated recently. Discussions like these will help you find contractors, plumbers, electricians and carpenters that have been recommended in good faith by people who have had experiences with them. This saves you the time and effort of finding the right people for the job.
Whilst some of us may have the innate capabilities of multitasking and coordinating with different people for different jobs in a renovation project, some of us may be completely off our game or we may not have the bandwidth to do the whole thing ourselves. This is when hiring a contractor comes to rescue. A contractor then becomes a single point of contact in bringing several people for their respective jobs and he is also accountable if things go wrong. Have a contractor who understands your aspirations and respects your budget. They also need to be flexible and creative enough to be able to carry out the project themselves. He acts as a partner in renovation who not only takes over the load but also treats this like his own project.
If there is one aspect that is a non-negotiable one, it is that of packing things up and emptying space for the workers to do their jobs. This step has to be abided by carefully to ensure that your belongings are tucked in safely from all the dust and paint marks that could possibly ruin them. This way you also ensure that nothing is lost or damaged or missing in the process. The emptier the space, the easier it will be for the workers to work efficiently.
Even better, move to another temporary space if you have the liberty to. For some it might be an added expense to move out and set up everything temporarily elsewhere, it is the best decision if you're someone who cannot stand to live in an under renovated space. For some of us, it can get unbearable with the noise of drilling and banging, for some it could be a genuine dust or paint allergy that could make life a living hell in a WIP house. Moving to another location for a couple of days will take the pressure off from both sides and will ensure the workers are at peace and you are too!
It is during such times when one counts their blessings if they have outdoor spaces that they could use. Depending on how much space you have and what the weather will be like, you can make a backup dining area or even make the most of your grill to solve your cooking challenges. With several options available in outdoor floor and wall tiles, installing them can provide a durable and stylish option. You can create a section as a play area if you have kids at home and even put up your lounge chairs for the adults to lounge in. Managing to live in a home that is also undergoing renovation is difficult and perhaps even dreadful. But if you have some guidance on how you can manage to live and renovate your home at the same time, it will make it easier for you to execute both.
Renovating bathrooms whilst you're living in your homes can get tricky and complex. But here is where everyone needs to make amends with simple survival techniques and look at the bigger picture. If yours is a home with more than one bathroom, then renovate only one bathroom at a time to make the other one available. This may sound a bit too much but, if possible, draw up a schedule for everyone to use the bathroom so that there is less traffic and chaos.
A room that you can't live without and second in line after the bathroom, if you are living in the house during your home renovation, is your kitchen. Unlike bathrooms, we only have one kitchen so having a spare or backup kitchen is typically not possible. But what you can do is move to a kitchen that does not take the burdens of heavily prepared foods. Adjusting the menu to ready to eat meals and lightly processed foods with ease the burden on the food makers of the house. Stock up on disposable, single use cutlery that need no washing. Move all your cooking to induction cook tops that you can alternatively do in the living room too. There will be so many important decisions to close on like the types of tiles, lighting, electronic appliances and so on that one will need to take. Food should not be a topic one should ponder on during such times.
A well-planned approach, an adequate budget, thorough research, and hiring a reliable contractor are essential for a smooth home renovation. When it comes to improving the aesthetics, wall tiles play a crucial role. Consider incorporating wall tiles into your renovation project to add an elegant and durable element to your living spaces. In addition, packing things, considering alternative ways of living, and strategically managing individual spaces, such as bathrooms and kitchens, can significantly minimize inconvenience. By following these guidelines, including aspects of wall tiles, you can manage the renovation process seamlessly and get the results you want for your home.
Isha Tandon has worked as a flooring consultant expert in the architecture and interior design industry – specializing in tiles, stones, and terrazzo. She has worked with Orientbell Limited, a leading tile manufacturer in India, as a product development manager in the design team and has recently joined the marketing team as their digital content expert. Her experience comes in handy in understanding the audience as she creates value-driven functional & informational content for the readers. She creates lifestyle pieces that focus on interior design products, trends, and processes. She loves to travel to historic places with rich architecture.