We all have a number of ideas about how our home should be decorated and furnished. Today, the market is flooded with a range of products that can be used to enhance the look of your home and make it look unique and attractive; and it’s natural for people to want to upgrade the interior spaces of their home every once in a while. But there are times when the cost factor becomes a deterrent. There is no reason why this should be the case. Here are 5 areas where you can save money when renovating:
#1 Minimise Demolition
Whenever you extend or renovate, there is a possibility of a certain amount of demolition involved in the project; in some cases, it may be just the removal of a couple of internal walls, while at others it could be one entire end of the house that has to be demolished to make space for the extension. No matter what you plan on doing, demolition becomes very expensive and labour intensive.
Though it may not be possible to eliminate all the demolition, try to organise the project in such a way that this is kept at a minimum. As a matter of fact, this aspect becomes one of the major portions of the contractor’s quote. Ensure that it includes the demolition feature as part of the quote, and not just as a provisional sum.
#2 Go Solar Passive
As electricity and gas prices continue their upward trend, it has become increasingly important to look for an alternative energy source. In this respect, solar power is a very good option; and when you are renovating, you should take it as an opportunity to opt for remodelling solutions that are based on solar passive design.
This concept is about using the right type of insulation and building materials; which keeps the internal spaces of your home comfortable right round the year and brings down your cooling and heating bills. Though the cost savings will not be evident right away, it will benefit you in the long term. Luckily, Australia largely has sunny, clear days and the presence of abundant sunlight makes this kind of design easier.
#3 Don’t Overbuild
This is one trap you should consciously stay away from. Of course, if you have a growing family and are renovating to accommodate additional rooms, that’s quite understandable. However, if you are thinking of extensions only because you feel that bigger is better, think again. Instead of overbuilding, focus on designing functional and interesting spaces that suit the needs of your family.
#4 Minimise Bathroom & Wet Spaces
These areas tend to have a much higher cost/meter as extra trades, fittings and finishes are used in them. Try to see how you would be able to combine 2 wet areas; this will save you a significant amount of money on plumbing and finishing.
#5 Lightweight Construction
When you are building extensions, opt for lightweight construction. Though the same structural timber stud-frame is used, lightweight cladding materials can be used in place of the brick skin. Today, materials such as fibre cement, compressed fibre cement and even Colorbond Steel are being used for this purpose. Brick veneer is a cost-effective option only when its surface is left exposed. However, rendering and painting them can be expensive.
In comparison, lightweight cladding becomes much more cost-effective as you will be able to find contractors who are very heavily involved in carpentry aspects and they are able to handle a major portion of the work themselves and don’t have to pay other trades to tackle the job. In turn, this can be advantageous for you from a cost point of view.
As you can see, there are a number of things that can be done to save money while renovating. Choose your contractor carefully; the person should be able to understand your design and function objectives and work within your budget too. The focus should also be on using low maintenance materials and features as this will reduce the cost of the additional spaces in the long term.
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