Renovating your dream home is something we all desire yet not all of us have the opportunity to experience.
In the past, some of us may have gone through an office renovation, hospitality or restaurant fit-out and come out the other side exhausted. However, most of us can’t help but feel excited as we think about undertaking an extension, building a fantastic bathroom or kitchen for our homes.
Though, have you ever wondered what it is like to live at home throughout the chaos of a renovation?
Lucky for you, we’ve created these eight simple tips for anyone brave enough to live through their renovation project.
If you’re not planning on renovating your whole house, we recommend picking a room which you can escape to at times when the renovation site becomes too daunting. Pick a place which you deem suitable for your day-to-day activities such as eating meals, unwinding and having a good night’s rest.
Ensure that your room is spacious enough to accommodate your typical day to day activities but also distant enough from the chaotic mess. Ideally, as far away as possible from the area being renovated.
Although getting away from all the mess is impossible, at least by having an escape room, you’re able to manage your exposure to the renovation chaos.
Living within your home during a renovation may appear like a fun idea at the start. Still, the process quickly gets old, and the initial excitement slowly changes to frustration which often leaves you thinking – Is this supposed to take this long?
Remember to be patient and remember the adage “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.
This slow pace is normal, but the sense that it is taking longer than it should is heightened because you’re living there and seeing the progress day by day.
Eating meals out constantly during your renovation will burn a hole in your pocket and also become tiring quicker than you can imagine. Additionally, regardless of how much takeaway food you bring back home, you’ll still require a place to make and pack school lunches, have a cuppa or a whip up a quick snack.
It’s recommended that you establish a short-term kitchen for your day to day during the renovation.
If you’re fortunate enough to own a spare guest house, considering turning it into a kitchen or food-preparation area temporarily. Alternatively, you could equip an area of the garage or basement with some portable tables, shelves and foldable chairs and use the space as your temporary kitchen.
Entertain the Children
Renovations are stressful for everybody within your home, even more so for the children.
It is essential to be conscious of how difficult it must be for them, especially if they don’t fully comprehend the reason behind why you’re renovating in the first place.
With that said, ensure you arrange a time to play and spend quality time with them, designate a safe area that is free of any construction mess where they can be kids. Additionally, ensure you have plenty of books and videos to keep them entertained and more importantly, organise play dates where you can get them outside the house frequently.
Family & Friends
If you’re renovating your home for the first time, there is inevitably going to be periods when you will require the help or assistance of others.
Most people will either admire your willpower or think you’re insane to consider living throughout a renovation. However, your family and friends will always stand by you, so don’t be afraid to reach out to them if things get too tough.
Buy plenty of disposable plastic drop sheets to safeguard the furnishings and other valuables that you cherish. The dust has a frustrating habit of finding its way into every nook and cranny of your home during a renovation project. Not to mention when it’s finally time to do your post-renovation clean-up when the dust ceaselessly returns even months after the tradesmen and builders have actually left.
Remember, covering and protecting your belongings is ultimately your responsibility, and even though the contractors will do their best, they have their own tasks at hand. With that said, it is still recommended that you take the time to tell the tradies which items they need to be super careful around.
Pack & Store Away
Additional to covering up with plastic drop sheets, make certain that you pack and store away any smaller pieces of furniture including any items which aren’t essential things which you wish to be protected. By packing and storing away your items, you are securing them from the dust of the construction.
Hire self-storage containers or pods to keep your priceless family heirlooms up until the work is complete and if storage hire is too pricey, then lean on the grace of your family, friends or next-door neighbours. They might have some extra room in their basements, garages or spare space which you could use to save your precious valuables for a short term period.
Stay on Schedule
Whether you’re renovating to spruce up your home or increasing the value of your home, it can be a great idea to consider documenting the process or invest in real estate marketing when the time comes.
Your builder will typically have a schedule of works for your renovation project. This is used to ensure that each trade is aware of the overall sequence of works and which particular trade is on-site at a specific time.
Request for a copy of their schedule, review it daily, so you have a heads up on what’s planned for each approaching day. This also allows you to have a better understanding of the scope and magnitude of the project, which allows for better communication.
Enduring a home renovation can cause a great deal of turmoil and even be extremely stressful for many. However, if you believe you fall within this category, then do yourself a favour and make accommodation plans to be away from during this period until the project is completed.
If, nevertheless, you’re the type who loves a challenge to make big savings, then living through a renovation project could be perfect for you.
At the minimum, you’ll have saved a decent amount of money, and the final result may even be more rewarding for you since you endure it.