Building a new extension

We loved our house from the first time we went through, but it really didn't have enough living space. We have worked on improving the layout of the home and increasing the living area of the home to create a modern and more pleasant layout to the home. We are really proud of how the job has turned out and we wanted to share some of the details of how the extension and layout changes where designed and constructed. This blog has some of the photos of our extension as well as tips that we have learnt along the journey,.

How to Prevent Stress During Home Renovations

Construction & Contractors Blog

Some people make mistakes as they pick a contractor to do a home renovation. Those mistakes or omissions make the homeowner stressed as the project goes on. This article discusses some suggestions that you can implement so that your next home renovation is free from avoidable problems and stress.

Make a Detailed Plan

Some people only provide sketchy information as they select a contractor for a home renovation job. This can create a chance for problems to develop when the chosen contractor starts working. For instance, the contractor may ask for additional money to buy some materials, such as kitchen cabinets, as the renovation is being done. This request may arise after the contractor says that the cabinets that you want cannot be accommodated within the budget that you gave the contractor. This problem can be solved by drawing a detailed plan that stipulates everything that you wish to be done. In this way, the contractor will have no grounds to ask for more money to buy items that were covered in the bid documents that he or she submitted.

Ask for a Work Schedule

Imagine having to use a corner of your living room as a kitchen while a kitchen renovation is going on. You would want to have the work completed as soon as possible so that you can regain the normal use of your kitchen. A work schedule can help you to ensure that the work is completed on schedule. It is therefore very important for you to ask a contractor to outline a timeline that shows when each phase of the work will be completed. In this way, you can monitor how well the project is progressing instead of being in the dark about how soon the work will be completed.

Structure Payments Properly 

You can also avoid problems by releasing payments in installments. The installments should be released based on the phases of the work that has been completed. For instance, you can release some payment once the floor of the kitchen has been replaced. Another installment can be released once the cabinets have been installed. This payment system can help to prevent disputes that can arise when the contractor is unable to complete the job due to unavoidable circumstances, such as illness, yet all payments had been released in advance.

As you can see, the success of the home renovation project may depend on how well you plan before the work begins. Use the tips above to help you to negotiate favourable terms with your chosen contractor so that you avoid any predictable problems that may affect the ease with which the renovation progresses.


18 July 2016