What makes a successful renovation

There’s more to successful renovations than  pretty ‘before and after’ photos for your Facebook page. Planning, budgeting, and being flexible are key elements, as well as the ones below.



  • You have goals

There are clear reasons why you’re renovating. The house or office is old and is due for an update, you want to extend your square meters, or you want add value to the property before you sell.

Other goals to include are financial (budgeting/resale value), aesthetic, and timeline. For example, your project has a $50,000 budget and you want it to look like a house straight out of the Hamptons in six months. Or you want a Tadao Ando-style concrete structure with all the trimmings done in nine months with a budget of $100,000.



  • You’ve done your homework

For commercial renovations, the company may assign a team to research the particulars of the building and what roadblocks a builder might come up against. This includes:

  • The year the property was built
  • The condition of the infrastructure
  • A list of the most recent visits from plumbers, electricians and pest control
  • Site evaluations

This helps the builder and their contractors immensely. Those unexpected roadblocks will turn into minor speedbumps. The head builder can organise the right quantity of materials to be delivered like concrete, steel, and timber.  



  • You have a breakdown of costs and a budget

It’s common to spend more money in one area than another. In a home renovation, these finances are usually directed towards the kitchen and bathroom areas because they are the selling points.

This is where the first point comes back into play. You have clear financial goals on this project. You’ll also have some extra cash on hand in case the renovation goes over budget.



  • Clear communication on all fronts

Good communication, transparency, and honesty are key to a successful renovation. Especially when it comes to money and schedule. It’s important to have these conversations, however uncomfortable, and lay your expectations on the table. The head builder will do their best to be on time and on budget. As a client, it’s important for you to have some flexibility and have a clear vision on what you want the end result to look like.


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Humans are programmed to spend time outdoors, in the sun, soaking up that vitamin D. But we don’t feel encouraged when our existing outdoor patio resembles a dumping ground instead of a haven. If it’s time to update, don’t forget these points.

Be practical
You might dream big but only have a little space. Is it more suited as a children’s play area or somewhere to sit and read quietly? You can do a lot, whatever the size.

Concrete is the best choice for an outdoor area big or small because it’s practical and doesn’t need as much upkeep as grass. But if you have little ones running around, it’s better to have a smooth finish. This at least saves them from having scrapes if they fall over. Outdoor pavers and tiles are easy to wash or water blast, as well.

Decorating can be cheap
You don’t need to spend a lot to make your patio or balcony pretty. Furniture can be bought second-hand on Facebook, Gumtree, and Ebay. You can find deals at KMart for both outdoor and kids furniture.

Facebook Marketplace is an underestimated source of quality goods. People will advertise garage sales, homewares they want to sell and other services. Most of your budget will go towards the concrete, trades, and labour for your entertaining area, so be open to finding the decorations from other, unexpected sources. As a bonus, they’re usually good quality.

Get some plants
Being near plants makes humans happy. It’s a scientific fact. They’re an amazing source of oxygen and green walls are a common feature in concreted areas that don’t have room for grass.

Check out your local nursery for some hardy natives or some succulents. You can even start up your own little herb garden. Get some baby plants, a planter box, soil and compost and you’re good to go.


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