Home Renovations can encompass any number of household activities ranging from an exterior renovation with a simple coat of paint right through to a complete kitchen renovation, adding an extra storey or extending the house. Some of the home improvement jobs are easier than you think such as Designing a New Bathroom, and in order to save lots of money you can choose to do all of the building work yourself. Alternatively you can do the organization and smaller jobs and get the more complicated home renovation jobs done by a professional trades person who has the necessary industry and trade insurances.
Whenever you are renovating an older residential property you must be very careful and aware of the dangers associated with asbestos products and materials because asbestos exposure is known to cause mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer. If you are unsure about whether or not your home renovations could expose any asbestos then it is always best to get professional asbestos advice and an inspection from a known asbestos consultant. These specialists should be able to help you to identify any potential asbestos materials and also help with the demolition, removal and disposal of the waste.
With any improvement the majority of the home renovation costs is made up of labour, so with a little bit of knowledge you are able to do the work yourself and save money. Whether its a window renovation, bathroom, kitchen or entire apartment refurbishment the following renovation ideas, tips and tricks of the trade you will not only save money on your extension or home renovations but will also ensure that you get the work completed safely, on time and with as little stress as possible.
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Asbestos Removal, Disposal & Cleanup
If you have an old house then it may contain asbestos, which is a naturally occurring substance that due to its strength and special resistance to heat & electricity, was used in many building products and materials in the mid 20th century. Some of the main places where you will find asbestos in old houses is in roof insulation, wall and floor tile underlay, heat/fire insulation at the back of the fireplace, oven & fireplace flues, under eaves on brick houses and cement sheeting used on the exterior walls of houses or backyard sheds. View All 10 Different Tips
Ideas for Bathroom Renovations
When working through the many ideas for bathroom renovations that you have you should take the time to work out a proper layout for your new bathroom before you begin any work. Take into account the current position of all your pipes and drains when doing this so that the final job doesn’t involve as much work or expense. You can get lots of information about designing a bathroom by looking at your friends bathrooms or pictures of what other people have already done. View All 11 Different Tips
Log Cabins For Your home
When renovating the home why not add a wooden log cabin in the garden so that when you are finished you can enjoy the fruits of your labour in your garden. On view at our Surrey garden cabin display areas.
How To Design A Kitchen
Before you begin going through the process of how to design a kitchen the first thing that you should do is to set a budget and then decide whether you can afford to install a completely new kitchen or have to settle for a simple kitchen facelift like changing the cupboard doors, bench top and tiles. Make sure that when you are setting your budget that you are realistic about what you can afford and also factor in a buffer of about 10% for unexpected expenses and cost overruns. View All 13 Different Tips
Wooden Summer Houses
Provided you look after your summer house in your garden it won’t need renovating. However, if it’s past the point of no return why don’t you consider a new, maybe larger, summerhouse to complete your project. Diamond and Platinum Summer Houses are available for viewing.
How To Renovate A Kitchen
The first step when deciding how to renovate a kitchen is to set a realistic budget, making sure that you add 10% to this budget to factor in any unforeseen expenses. When it comes to setting your kitchen budget you need to consider what your plans are for the house after you have complete the renovation. For example if you are going to sell your home then you may not want to install a brand new kitchen, but instead simply give it a major facelift. However, always keep in mind when you are deciding how to design a kitchen that the layout and overall appeal of the kitchen is a crucial deciding factor for all potential home buyers. View All 11 Different Tips
Finding A Tradesman or Building Contractor
When you are needing to find a tradesman or building contractor to help with your home renovation you should always ask them for references of local people who they have done work for recently. If possible you should also visit these previous customers, ask them about the tradesman or company and inspect their completed work to see if it is of a good standard. View All 10 Different Tips
DIY Renovations & Renovating For Profit
With a lot of DIY renovations time is money and this is even more relevant when you are renovating for profit. Therefore I suggest sitting down before starting the renovation job and thoroughly thinking about what needs to be done, what problems you may encounter and exactly what tools and materials you will need to complete the task. Then before you start make sure that you have everything that you will require. This small process will save you wasting a lot of time going back and forth to local hardware store or shop. View All 11 Different Tips
Wooden Garden Workshops
The timber garden workshop becomes an essential part of your renovation project as it becomes the store for looking after all your tool as the work goes on. They are all kept nice and dry fro when you need them. View Diamond and Platinum Wooden Workshops Available.
How To Lay Wall Tiles
Before you start learning how to lay wall tiles you will need to set about choosing the right wall tiles for each particular room. There are a number of selection decisions and questions to ask including:
The size of the file, keeping in mind that larger tiles can make a small room seem bigger.
The shape of the tile (ie: square, rectangle, mosaic, etc).
The colour of the tile, with neutral colours not ageing as much as coloured tiles.
The pattern to choose for the tile.
Also remember that larger tiles will be much easier to lay and quicker to grout. View All 8 Different Tips
Budget Home Design Ideas
When planning the design of your home you should make sure that you choose and appropriate roof type and colour for your location. For example if you live in a hot climate then you should choose a light coloured metal roof so that is reflects most of the suns rays and reduces the amount of heat that it absorbs. You should also install a few roof vents that will stop the roof cavity from becoming extremely hot and thereby giving the house an environmentally friendly feel by reducing the cost of air-conditioning during the summer months. If you live in a cold climate then choose a dark colour tile or colour bond roof so that it absorbs as much heat as possible. View All 9 Different Tips
Reducing Home Renovation Costs
When working out home renovation costs you will invariably need to get a quote by a qualified tradesperson do specific jobs. When you do this it is always best to get 4 quotes instead of the usual 3 that most people recommend. This is because generally 1 of the tradespeople will either not bother to turn up to inspect what needs to be done, forget to actually give you the quote or be so busy that the final quote’s costs are exorbitant and not realistic. When this happens you will still be left with 3 reasonable quotes from which to choose from and you won’t have to waste time looking for more tradesmen or pay more money than the job is actually worth. View All 7 Different Tips