Here are ten things to consider when refurbishing a house……

1 Budget, we can’t say it enough.  Make sure you keep at least 20% of funds to the side for the things that spring up. And check your budget with your contractor or trades regularly to make sure you’re on track. Finally, don’t borrow to renovate if you can. A renovation is much more satisfying if you save up the necessary funds before your renovate.

2 Use Tmm Carpentry.  Here at TMM, we love to be involved to a full renovation.  Not only can we offer our expertise on the project and help with outside contractors, the continuity of quality work will be evident at the end of the job!

3 Be realistic Dreaming is the start of any good renovation, but to have a good experience, you have to be realistic about what you can accomplish based on your budget, resources and your existing home. So many of us (particularly in this era of low interest rates and easily accessible home equity loans) will live beyond our means-just to have that gorgeous gourmet kitchen or marble bathroom. If you are absolutely committed to the dream of something that you can’t afford, see if you are able to renovate in stages. For example, in my first home, I really wanted a stone floor in my kitchen. The price well exceeded my budget. I didn’t want to compromise so I decided to wait to do the floor until I could afford the stone that I really wanted. I ended up painting my subfloor a putty grey and had the millworkers design my kitchen with an extra-high kick – which allowed me the room to install the stone floor later. Ironically, I ended up selling the home. One of the things that the new homeowners loved was the painted wooden kitchen floor!

4 Do your research Talk to friends who have renovated as well as other who sell properties. It’s really important before you embark on the renovation rollercoaster that you have a clear understanding of what to expect. Plus, you need to make sure that you bring your thoughts and research to the table. Clip photos out of magazines of rooms that you love. Scour shops and the Internet for the latest and greatest. Have a general idea of how you want the space to look and feel. If you are overwhelmed, find a designer who can help you lead the way. If you want to find a reputable interior designer, log on to the Internet. In Ontario, you can get fantastic referrals through the Association of Registered Interior Designers. Other provinces also have their own associations.

5 It’s all in the details Thinking big picture should be commended, but we know that details are what can make or break a renovation. If you want a truly beautiful renovation, pick everything BEFORE your renovation starts. Something as simple as a cabinet knob can really decide the look of a room.

6 Get advice Now that you’ve talked to the experts, gotten referrals and drawn up your plans, have one more chat with friends or family who have gone through the renovation experience. Try to be as thorough as possible-you’ll thank yourself later. I have saved thousands of pounds by having good friends take a look at my plans and assess them from an objective point of view.

7 Don’t have any regrets If you follow steps 1 through 6, chances are you won’t have any regrets. But remember, when you choose to renovate, do it with a certain amount of chutzpah. Don’t second guess choices once they’ve been made, paid for and installed.

8 Renovate for the future Trends are for accessorizing, not for renovating. A rule of thumb for renovating is that doing a high-quality job in a classic style is exactly that: classic. If you invest in quality finishes now, you won’t regret it. Forget about being a slave to fashion-instead, think how dated those olive-green appliances look 20 years later. At the end of the day, there’s nothing more classic than a basic white refrigerator or a white pedestal sink.

 Check in every day Tmm Carpenters advise to do a site visit every day.  We like to maintain a close relationship with our customers especially through out the build phase.  We are happy to hear your input, after all we are bring your dreams to reality!

10 Have fun! It’s not all doom and gloom. At the end of the day, there’s nothing more rewarding than watching a space be transformed by good design decisions and great workmanship. Better still is the day when the work is done and you can enjoy the results in the peace and quiet of your new space.