Planning Your Home Renovations

You've decided to renovate your home, now what?

A home renovation requires a lot of planning. We have all heard the horror stories, where homeowners see their budgets bust, and timiliness run over. If you don't plan carefully, make decisions early, and communicate clearly with your contractor, your home renovation could easily become one of these horror stories. Here are a few tips from HomeWise Improvement Co. to help you plan your home reno with a happy ending.

Before you even begin to plan your renovation it's important to understand the system of your home.

"A house is much more than just four walls and a roof--it's an interactive system made up of many components including the basic structure, heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, the external environment and the occupants. Each component influences the performance of the entire system. A renovation provides an opportunity to improve how your house performs.

As you assess your renovation project, ask yourself how changing particular components will affect the performance of the whole house. For example, as a part of a bathroom renovation you may want to add a steam bath that will generate large amounts of humidity during operation. Your existing ventilation may be inadequate to handle the increased moisture levels. It will be important to provide proper ventilation to avoid mold growth, indoor air quality (IAQ) problems and damage to the structure or finishes. You may need to consult with a professional designer/renovator.

Over the years, we've developed a good understanding of how buildings perform. Construction techniques for new homes have changed rapidly. Most of these improved techniques also apply to renovations. If you plan carefully, you can renovate your home to make it look better, work better, last longer and be more comfortable. Before renovating, it's important to assess the condition of your home to determine if there are any significant underlying problems that must be addressed before or during your planned renovation project."