Home renovation checklist

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Renovating your home can be a time consuming project. Dealing with constructors, sorting out your finances and running the project can prove tough work when having to fit it all around your normal routine. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Ideas

Know your needs and plan your ideas beforehand. This will speed up the process and make it a happier experience for both you and your contractor.

Preferences

Create a list of your preferences and discuss with your contractor to ensure both of you understand what is expected. The more detail the better. Sketch drawings always work well.

Budget

It is important to make sure you have a suitable budget for a high quality architect along with the products you would like your contractor to use. Don’t forget about costs for installation and miscellaneous expense such as meals out or accommodation if you have to move out for a while. Control your spending.

Ask questions

Don’t feel embarrassed to ask your contractors for information on their warranty or business licence, they will be more than happy to do so. It is also important to ask questions about the build to ensure you are abiding by the law and regulations. 

Save

Usually, projects run over the estimate price. A good plan is to set aside around 10-15 per cent more than you expect the renovation to cost to ensure you are prepared for the extra costs.

If you need expert advice, contact Fibre Architects on info@fibrearchitects.co.uk

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How much will your house build cost?

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Looking to build a new house? It is important to know whether you can afford to build your home before you begin planning. When it comes to constructing your new home, there are costs you may not have considered. Your mortgage lender will want to see a comprehensive summary of the house costs before you start your project

Contact professionals

Meet with architects and builders who construct houses that are similar in size, quality and features to the home you want. They can usually give you an estimate of what your new build might cost and how much they charge for home design and construction. It is important to know exactly what is included in this price. 

Count square footage

Use new homes in your area to get an approximate square footage price. It is important to look at homes that are similar in size, style and quality for a better estimate. 

Size of home

Have the size of your house rounded up or down to increments of two feet. This reduces wasted materials and saves you money.

Architecture of home

Homes that are box shaped cost less to build than complex designs with curves, angles and corners. This increases the amount of labour and materials needed.

Site preparation

Preparation can be an unexpected price. Building on a flat plot will usually cost less than a site which needs a lot of ground work.

Cost overruns

The finished price of a home is usually more than the original planned price. Allow for overspending from allowances, changes and unforeseen problems. However, proper planning can usually reduce these cost overruns greatly.

Inflation and marketing conditions

 The cost of building a home increases around 3% to 6% every year. If you don’t plan to begin construction for a few years, remember to include these costs in your plan. When comparing to other houses in the area, get a suitable estimate by comparing prices to homes that have been built within the last six years.

Features

The most expensive areas of a home are usually bathrooms and the kitchen. Windows can also affect the cost along with vaulted ceilings, eco friendly systems and plumbing and ventilation.

 

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How to successfully secure planning permission

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When considering a house build project, the thought of planning permission usually fills people with dread. While the process can be known as a slow and painful time, the end result is often down to how prepared you are. Here are our top tips to get the best out of your planning process:

Start early

Local Planning Authorities annually review their Local Development Plans. Members of the public have the opportunity to comment on any land they want to promote or protect for development

Talk with an expert 

Talking to an expert ensures you have the smoothest possible journey towards planning permission. There may be easier alternatives you haven’t considered that also suit your requirements.

Do your research

A good way to tell if you will receive planning permission is to review the local area. Have similar proposals been accepted in the area before?

Consult

It is crucial that you keep your neighbours and members of the local community on your side. Discussing your plans with these people can reduce objections and therefore make the planning process easier and quicker. 

Negotiate 

You may need to compromise on your original plans or offer additional benefits in order to gain permission. Therefore, it is important that you go into the process with an open mind. 

Don’t give up

It may take a while to get where you want but don’t give up. It will be worth it in the end.

If you need any advice on planning permission, feel free to email Fibre Architects: info@fibrearchitects.co.uk

 

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