If you’re planning on remodelling your home, before you do anything read our list of common pitfalls people make when renovating to help ensure you get exactly what you want, from choosing the right architect to challenging ideas.
Not hiring an architect to remodel your home
Remodelling your home is likely to be one of the biggest investments you make so you want to make sure you do it right. There’s nothing worse than wishing you had done something differently once the project is over. That’s why it’s so important to hire an architect right who has the experience remodelling homes right from the start in order to unlock your space’s potential and create something truly special.
Expecting your plan to play out perfectly
If there’s one thing you can rely on in the construction industry, it’s that things rarely go entirely to plan. It is therefore highly advisable when you’re preparing for your remodel to ensure you have contingencies in place to help cushion any unexpected twists and turns along the way. Working with an experienced architect will also help minimise the risk of unwanted surprises.
Choosing contractors based on price alone
Of course, your budget is likely to play a big role in your remodelling plans but it’s important to remember that good, professional services are well worth spending your money on. When choosing your architect and contractors, as well as looking at price, consider their experience, testimonials, association with leading trade bodies, and past projects to help you get a sense that they’re able to deliver what they promise.
Not asking questions or challenging ideas
Never be afraid to ask questions, after all, this is your home you’re remodelling and you have to live with the final result. If you don’t understand something, let your architect know and they will be more than happy to help. The same can be said for challenging ideas. If you don’t like something or have had inspiration for the way you want a particular room or feature to look, don’t be afraid to make your voice heard.
Starting your renovations too soon
Understanding the soul of a property will shape all your future renovation plans, so this isn’t a decision you want to rush. If possible, before you begin making your remodelling plans, live in the house for a while so you can start to get a feel for how you and your loved ones use the space. By waiting just a few months to begin work, you’ll be able to give your architect an accurate and detailed insight into not only how you want your home to look, but how the space needs to work.
David James Architects specialise in designing and enhancing your existing space to create state-of-the-art homes with beautiful design features that actively work to enhance your lifestyle. To learn more, get in touch with the team today by calling 01202 755633.