When it comes to renovating your home, you wouldn’t be the first person to lose sight of your budget and watch as your spending spirals out of control. After all, it’s easy to get lost in the motion of creating your dream home, rather than keeping an eye on your bank balance. With that in mind, the team of experts here at Keenan Project Designs have offered their top tips for making crucial cost savings during your home extension project.
Get Professional Advice
First and foremost, before you start any home extension, you need to seek professional advice. Having a team of skilled and experienced architects, like those at Keenan Project Designs, by your side throughout the project, will ensure that you get the design you’re after but within your budget, by providing cost-saving alternative solutions to ensure you don’t overspend.
Make A List
Before you kick off any practical renovation work, be sure to create your ‘wish list’. Write down your top priorities and things you ‘need’, besides those which would just be ‘nice-to-have’. This way, you’ll be able to distribute your budget accordingly and stop yourself from going over by shopping unnecessarily. Plus, this will really allow you to break down what you really want to get out of the project and what is important to you.
The Simpler, The Less It Costs
When it comes to renovating your home, it’s a no brainer that the simpler the design, the less it will cost. So, if you’re on a tight budget then stick with a more basic design, like square or rectangular shapes. Again, it’s advisable to get a knowledgeable architect involved with this, as they will know what designs cost more, like single-storey extensions versus double.
Choose Budget Friendly Interior
When it comes to building an extension, one of the greatest bank balance busters is the interior design and materials chosen. Don’t forget just how much difference choosing a budget-friendly laminate worktop can be over a contemporary concrete design can make to your grand total. Trust us, there are plenty of ways to save interiorly, while ensuring final results are exactly what you’re after.
Get Detailed Drawings Done
If you invest time in the design phase early on, then you will avoid any unnecessary surprises at a later date. Drawn by a professional team of architects, these tend to act as a ‘how-to’ manual for the builder, as they show the dimensional detail specifications about every aspect of the build.
Stick With Your Original Design
Tempting it may be, it’s pretty important that you don’t change your mind after you’ve agreed on the final design. Any altercations and delays will incur extra charges, which can quickly add up. Don’t rush those early stages and be sure to work with an architect so you know the final drawings are exactly what you’re after. Be sure to think about every element, like windows, doors, underfloor heating, so you have as much detail planned as you need to, ahead of signing off the design drawings.
If you’re considering extending your home or planning to renovate, then contact Keenan Project Designs. We will support you in maximising the potential of your project while working with you to make sure you keep within your budget.
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