The beginning of a new year often triggers fresh thinking, and many of us come up with grand plans for the months ahead.

If you’ve decided that 2020 is the year you want to update, renovate or extend your home, you’re probably experiencing a mixture of emotions. Revamping your home can be hugely exciting, but it can also be daunting. If you’re preparing to make changes, here are some factors to bear in mind before you get started. 

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The scale of work

Renovation work covers a vast range of projects from relatively small-scale modifications in room layouts to adding substantial extensions or overhauling the entire aesthetic of a property. Before you make any decisions, it’s beneficial to think about what you want to achieve, how much space you need and what you want the finished article to look like. In some cases, there may be limits on what you can do in terms of planning permission or the usable space you have available. If you have ideas, meet with building firms and architects to see if your plans are viable. 

Your budget

We all know that carrying out work on our homes can be costly. The trouble is that the cost of renovation projects can vary hugely. There is no set fee for a loft conversion or the addition of an orangery, for example. If you’re planning to modify your home, get some quotes, go through different ideas and options and take your time to explore all the possibilities open to you. Always make sure you choose reputable companies that have an excellent track record and get a fully itemised written quote before proceeding. 

The design

This is by far the most exciting part of any renovation project. If you’re updating the decor, changing the layout to create new spaces or adding rooms, think carefully about the look of each room and how you’re going to make your vision a reality. You can enlist the services of interior designers and professional decorating firms, or you can take it upon yourself to tackle jobs like painting walls and choosing soft furnishings, flooring and tiles. Consider the style of your home and showcase your personal taste when buying decorative items and choosing themes. If you have a country cottage or a traditional home, shabby chic furniture will work brilliantly. If you have a modern house, minimalist styles and industrial concepts are a great idea. You can opt to run with a single theme or to mix and match to create something unique. Many people combine old and new design elements to retain and celebrate character at the same time as making spaces more functional. 

Practical considerations

We all want our homes to look incredible, but aesthetic appeal shouldn’t be the only priority. It’s also crucial to make sure your new and improved house works for you. Whether you work at home, you have children, or you have pets, you need a space that delivers on a practical level. 

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If you’re starting 2020 with grand plans for your home, it’s important to plan ahead, to take your time to make decisions and to think carefully about what you’re hoping to achieve at the end. Good luck!

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