“Renovating my home is one way to put my individual stamp on my sanctuary”. That’s what home lovers think and it’s exactly right. Your home IS your sanctuary and it should look and feel like a personal, warm and calming space.

We all have an acquired taste when it comes to interior design. In my work as an interior designer in Adelaide, my clients want individuality, functionality and style that reflects THEM. So they say “When you’re renovating my home, will you retain my personality?”

The answer is “yes” because that’s the way it should be. Decor decisions made by previous owners or tenants often don’t suit the new owners. So before you head into the deep end and begin renovating your home, there are a few critical areas to cover first. So let’s start!

Pre-Existing Interior Impacts Renovating My Home

Your home’s current interior should be considered before you start attempting to hack away an old fireplace or add flooring to the attic. 

Older homes, particularly those built before 1978, were subject to some harmful materials as part of the building process. Asbestos, for instance, predominantly used for insulation in areas such as the attic and wall cavities, can have dire consequences for your health. 

Therefore, before renovating, if your home is quite old, it’s worth considering whether it could have asbestos that needs removing. Do not by any means attempt to remove asbestos. Instead contact RiverCity Asbestos Removals, to have it safely removed from your property.

Style Of Your Home

Before creating a ‘renovating my home’ plan, have a serious think about whether your choice of decor and remodeling works with the properties current structure and style. 

While it’s possible to merge modern fittings into older homes, sometimes it works well to maintain some of the original features that add character to the property. For instance, old barns transformed into housing might keep some exposed brickwork, and accentuate the traditional beams from the barn.

Renovation Plan 

Before any renovating commences, a plan certainly helps. Listing where to begin and finish will help you change the interior of your home in a practical way. 

For example, preparing and filling holes in the walls is necessary before painting them. And painting the walls is best before laying the carpets, to avoid any drips and spills. A plan enables you to undertake work in a logical order to prevent mistakes in the process.

Money To Spend

Another inescapable aspect of renovating your home is considering your budget. During your plan of action, you’re bound to need DIY resources, or perhaps even hire experts. 

To avoid the prospect of tipping out of budget and potentially into debt, create an account of expected expenses. Detailing everything you need, and the total it’ll amount to will give you an idea of whether it’s affordable on the budget you have.

Your ‘Renovating My Home’ DIY Experience 

Before you begin purchasing rolls of wallpaper to start pasting to the plaster or attempt to change a door on your own, it’s worth having a serious think about your DIY capabilities

DIY is perfect for those wanting to save a bit of money. However, if you lack the skills and confidence to renovate your home to a high standard that’ll last for the foreseeable future, consider seeking professional help. If you don’t, you might risk making costly mistakes during your renovation.

The above highlights a few precautions to consider before you begin renovating. In turn, you’ll be able to avoid mistakes like overspending, or disturbing, harmful materials such as asbestos.