Part 1: Planning to Complete Your Renovation in Phases

To say that the process of a home renovation can be challenging is an understatement. Many who have experienced the trial of temporarily living with limited access to their common areas, particularly kitchens and bathrooms, would argue the point in favor of doing renovations in phases. Here are a few pros and cons to consider when planning your renovation or stone stairs installation, in phases.

Pros

1. Keeping Daily Life and Renovations Separate 

The daily morning rush of getting ready for school or work, particularly in a busy family household, can be chaotic even at the best of times. Consider too the end of a long day when you just want to come home and relax. Or, perhaps you have weekend guests coming. Each of these situations, when you add a home renovation to it can become a challenge. If you opt to complete your renovations in phases, you can for example, still have the bath or shower you need at the start or end of your day – but plan to pick up take-out while your kitchen is bedusting renovated.

2. Dirt / Dust Can be Kept to a Minimum

If you plan your renovation in phases, versus renovating your whole home at one time, you can often section off the area that is being worked on – thus reducing the overall dust and dirt in your home. It is often suggested to plan your renovation so you work upward, such as finishing the basement before you finish the kitchen or living area on the main floor. This can eliminate tracking dirt / dust through your already updated areas.

Cons

1.Renovations Will Be Ongoing

Having a staggered home renovation plan will obviously span out the length of time you are living with ongoing renovations. Although it is disruptive to live with renovations, having them done simultaneously means the stress will be over sooner than later.

2. Financial Strain

The cost of renovations, particularly kitchen and bath can add up quickly. By planning a renovation in phases, it may actually cost more to have tradesmen bring in their equipment and plan their work labor costs over several projects, versus getting quoted on doing multiple jobs while on site. If you are arranging financing for renovating your home, you would also want to discuss with your financial institution factors that might affect lending rates or multiple loans for staggered projects.

Obviously, there is much to consider as to whether you want to complete several projects in your home at one time, or opt to do your renovations in phases. Calculate the cost, including a contingency fund for unexpected expenses, to see whether you can afford to do renovations only is stages or all at one time.

Consider your lifestyle adjustments that you would need to make during complete or partial renovations.

By discussing your options with a professional renovation and building team, you can best see what works for your budget, as well as for you and your family.

Tips for Designing a Home Office that is Both Functional and Inspiring

Although it is true that work happens in just about every room of our home, a home office is unique in its design and functional requirements. Creating a space where you can do professional work within the comfort of your home can be challenging, but certainly achievable with proper planning and design.

Whether you are considering converting an existing area of your home into a home office, or planning a full scale addition to your home to extend your work space, here are a few design tips that can boost productivity and help you feel right at home in your office space.

1. Think Your Needs Through

In your mind, walk through a day at the office. Consider equipment you will need frequent access to, as well as the tools that you might need nearby for occasional use. Incorporate workspace at the proper height for computer use, crafting or building. Plan for proper built in and moveable storage solutions. These factors contribute to a more efficient and safe working environment.

2.Lighting

When planning out your home office, consider carefully the type of lighting you will require. Some professionals, such as photographers, require moveable lighting fixtures. Many others require well lit areas while working. Determine whether you want to use natural light from exterior windows, and envision how this might affect your room layout.

3.Personalization

Write out some of your preferences such as colors, flooring choices, furniture you may wish to incorporate into your office as well as anything that may make your work environment a positive atmosphere. Surrounding yourself with colors, textures and patterns that make you comfortable add character and warmth to your home office.

4.Client visits

If clients will be coming to your home office, think about ways to ensure they will be comfortable – such as a welcoming entry with space for coats and shoes, as well as proper guest seating. An uncomfortable, or unprofessional office may cost you more in loss of projects than would spending a little extra to ensure clients want to return.

5.Organization

Whether renovating your existing home office, or building an entirely new office area, see it as an opportunity to reorganize and declutter (for decluttering ideas see Winnipeg storage units) – inevitably making your work easier. Eliminate wasted time spent searching for basic items, or worse yet, losing or damaging work you’ve already completed. Details within your design can significantly reduce clutter, and provide organization to make your work life better.

Many people make design and layout choices for their home office on their own. Some also try to do major renovations themselves. Hiring a professional to put together a plan for your home office renovation, along with an experienced team to achieve your home office goals, is a great way to be sure your home office will be exactly the way you envisioned. It will also likely be a quicker time frame between the design stages, and usable, productive space. This means you can get right to work!