As the summer arrives people start to look forward and make plans. One of the main areas that people consider at this time of year is their housing needs.
Some want to move home while many want to improve or extend the home they are already in.
There are many ways to make home improvements but just about all of them should come with some sort of warning sign attached. You want to add value to your home, not wreck it.
This is why I would like to share different scenarios of some of the home renovation horror stories that were shared. I want to discuss how they can be prevented so that we can avoid them as much as possible – not a bad resolution for home renovation in 2017.
Here are some home renovation horror stories that might keep you up at night if you are considering spending money on your home in 2017. Needless to say, these are the common mistakes that you need to avoid.
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Too many people start a building project with little idea of how it will work out in the end.
There are horror stories out there of homeowners that have spent tens of thousands on an extension that they end up never using. This is because they didn’t plan properly in the first place.
Your home renovation should be geared to giving you a better home and adding value to your property.
If the building project that you are planning doesn’t do these things, then you have to ask yourself why you are bothering.
The first step on the road to renovation hell is to work without plans. We have had to step in and help homeowners who had decided just to go ahead without any preparation and have taken out a load-bearing wall with disastrous consequences.
So what’s it all mean?
The plans your architects will draw up will assess the current condition of the property as well as giving you a framework to have a safe and successful renovation. By following the drawings, you will avoid the most common home renovation mistakes you may do.
And remember: Don’t start your home renovation project by swinging the sledgehammer until you have spoken to a residential architect and structural engineer. This is one of the most common home renovation mistake in London.
There are ruled that you need to follow when you start a home improvement project. Do you see where we’re going with this?
There are horror stories in the news from time to time where people have built a new home or an extension and have been forced to tear it down because they didn’t seek planning permission. It is a heart-breaking way to end an expensive project.
But remember this: Speak to best London architects who are best-known for successfully securing planning permissions, building regulations approvals and party wall awards.
If you get the right advice and service from your architect and structural engineer, then following the regulations can be easy and straightforward. This can save you a whole lot of hassle and money.
There has been a whole television series made about cowboy builders and Rogue Traders features them week after week on the BBC. Remember, you need to be very aware that these people are still out there and may be one of the builders that you invite to help you with your home renovation plans.
Here’s the scary part: In one episode of Cowboy Builders, a homeowner in Sussex paid £31,000 for a loft conversion that turned out to be an unfinished death-trap.
Here’s the most important part: Most of our clients appoint architects to act as their Contract Administrator to avoid working with cowboy builders. For example, we here at Urbanist Architecture help our clients identify, assess and appoint the best builder for their project. Our aim is to deliver the project with minimal dispute so we draft Building Contract for our clients and answer queries relating to the drawings and specification.
Because we progress all of the procedures in connection with matters like extensions of time, claims for loss, and expense and milestone payments, we save time, money and effort for our clients.
The truth is a quality renovation needs to be assessed at the start so you know what you are letting yourself in for. There are always reports of half-finished renovations where people have got so far and then run out of cash.
This nightmare scenario has seen people forced out of their own homes or forced to live in a home that resembles a building site for years on end. Assessing the costs involved at the outset will stop you from ending up in this situation.
A word of caution: Get to grips with all of the costs at the start and make sure that you have the resources to cover them so you don’t make this mistake.
Ask your architect to produce your design specifications and Bills of Quantities before starting the building works you can plan accordingly and avoid disappointment.
Your architects will prepare your tender drawings and the prospective builders will give you a quote at the start of the work based on the drawings and what you tell them you want.
Too many people change their mind on a whim and this really ramps up the cost. What might seem like a small alteration to you may need a change in structural calculations, a change in approval and an increase in the bill you get from your builder at the end.
It all comes down to this: In order to move your project forward as quickly as possible, you will need to plan ahead to know exactly what you want. This saves a lot of stress and will keep your final bill in line with the quote you received at the start of the process. Your builder may work around your needs but any changes will usually come at a cost.
For inspiration and dozens of before and after photos of our successful projects, check out our portfolio.
Renovating your property is easier than you think. If you have any questions or would like to have a more in-depth conversation, take the next step and just let me know by sending me an e-mail now.