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.

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