If you’re like me and love lusting over home interiors and want to make it reality, this post is just for you. If you’re at the stage where you’re looking into renovating your home, then firstly, how exciting! But secondly, it’s also likely to be a little daunting. The success of renovating a house relies largely on being prepared for what lies ahead and, to a certain degree, an expectation that there will be some surprises in store.

It’s important to consider a few factors before you embark headfirst into a journey like and it’s important to take time to consider long term decisions for your home. Planning the right layout and even spending more on the right finishes can result in adding value to your renovated home.


It’s easy to get carried away when you have the finances to fund such a venture and you’ll be snowed under with the amount of options available. Don’t make any sudden decisions at this point, as you’ll want to ensure that you won’t have a change of heart or see something else you’d like further down the line.

Remember that you will want to be fully prepared for what lies ahead and although things may not go to plan, you will have done your initial research and will hopefully be aware of some of the bumps along the road.


Now is the time to consider long term decisions and how they factor into your planning process.

Fully planning the scope and schedule for your renovation can be a big time and budget saver. This is when Residential Architects can help tremendously.  They can assist their clients not only in specifying how the shell of the home will be re-structured, but what the best finishes will be for the space (units, plumbing and lighting fixtures, paint colours and floor coverings, etc.)


Homeowners should have a budget in mind, or an amount they know they are comfortable spending, or not spending for that matter. By providing a budget, a qualified builder, designer or architect will be able to tell you very quickly if your dreams can become reality.

If choices need to be made for your budget or scheduling purposes, then you need to prioritise. It’s likely that you’ll want to start with the main areas of the home that need renovating – such as the kitchen and bathroom, simply because they will make your homes feel more comfortable and liveable straight away. They also ultimately lead to a bigger return on your investment.


Set realistic timelines for each phase of your renovation. Remember that it will always take longer than you think it will. And filing architects plans, obtaining permits etc can in themselves be a time consuming process. This should be done in consultation with your contractor, architect and designer who will all have a good idea of how long each process should take.

Make sure the contractor includes specifics in their written contract.  They should include a start date, a completion date, a detailed list of what is going to be done and what is not.  It’s advisable to have them include a list of building materials that are included and also provide a list of what is not included. That way there will hopefully not be any hidden surprises.