House renovation should be a very exciting journey. Whether you aim to enhance its functionality, increase its value, or simply refresh its aesthetics and put your stamp on it, a well-executed renovation project can truly transform your living space. In this comprehensive guide, we provide valuable tips and advice sourced from trusted builders, helping you navigate the house renovation process in the UK successfully and making sure your house renovation is exciting and stress-free. 

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Budgeting for a House Renovation

Everyone will put this at number one, and for good reason. Without understanding a rough budget and allocating a realistic budget, you won’t get far without it ending in upset and wasting time. So let’s dig in. How much does it cost to renovate? How to budget for a house renovation?

  • Assess your finances and allocate your budget. 
  • Set aside a contingency fund for unexpected expenses. Allocate 10-20% of your budget to cover unexpected expenses. Having a contingency fund safeguards against unforeseen challenges.
  • Research the average costs of renovations in your area to get an idea of what you can afford. Please note these figures will differ dramatically depending on area and cost of materials etc. Your budget should never rely on this data alone.
  • Arrange for a trusted builder to assess your property. An assessment to give you a rough idea of what is possible in terms of safety, building regulations and cost.
  • Arrange for your estate agent to have a walk-around with you to discuss your house renovation ideas. They will give you a good understanding of what work will increase the value or make the house an instant sell.
  • Once you’ve established a clear renovation plan, ask the trusted builder return and give you a quote with a full breakdown of costs.
  • Prioritise tasks based on urgency and budget.

Walking around the property with a trusted builder and an estate agent will give you great insight into what is possible within your budget and what will open up the most space and unlock the most value in your house. A house renovation won’t be cheap, so make sure you improve the functionality and the value.

Most estate agents will be only too happy to join you with a trusted builder to have a walk around. Contact us if you are buying or renovating in Weston Super Mare or surrounding areas, and we will help complete a no obligation assessment for a small consultancy fee. The consultancy fee is fully deducted from the final invoice if you commit to ZS Kitchen & Carpentry carrying out your house renovation.

Regulations and Building Approvals

Familiarise yourself with local building regulations. There are several conservation areas and tree protection orders in the Weston Super Mare area. This can be a tricky or costly hurdle to overcome, so getting help before submitting planning permission is advised.

  • Understand the specific regulations applicable to your renovation project.
  • Ensuring compliance will help avoid delays and fines.
  • Research and secure any required approvals before commencing work.
  • Consult with local authorities to ensure you have all the necessary permissions.

We provide high-quality designs for planning permission and we have extensive experience dealing with local authorities. The ZS Kitchen & Carpentry turn-key service covers full designs and planning submissions, electrical, plumbing, building, supply and installation. It’s for customers that want a professional finish and stress-free experience. 

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Find a Local Trusted Builder

Let’s be honest, this is easier said than done. Especially if you are new to an area and have limited people to ask for referrals or are first-time buyers and have little experience dealing with tradespeople. 

  • Obtain multiple quotes from local trusted builders.
  • Check references, google reviews, and check portfolios of their previous work.
  • Ensure contractors have the necessary qualifications and/or certifications.
  • Confirm that they possess adequate insurance coverage.

Remember that the best builders will not be the cheapest and won’t be available immediately. It should be considered a red flag if the quote is too cheap or if they tell you they can start right away. If it’s too good to be true, it usually is.

Make sure the builder understands the vision of your project and has experience with the local area, this will help get the job completed on time and to the standard you expect.

Dealing with tradespeople can be intimidating, and there is even a word for it “oikodomophobia”, the fear of dealing with tradespeople. Ensure your trusted builder comes recommended, has good Google reviews and leaves an excellent first impression.

Prioritising Essential Repairs and Structure

A trusted builder will urge the same. Prioritise essential repairs and structural work. For instance, as obvious as it seems, removing walls and structural work needs to be completed before replacing flooring and other cosmetic details.

  • Tackle any necessary repairs to ensure the safety and stability of your house.
  • Fix any issues with the foundations, electrical systems, plumbing, and roof.
  • Enhance the functionality of your home by making structural changes as needed.
  • Seek professional guidance from architects or structural engineers.

Maybe you can’t fund your renovation project in one go, and let’s face it, no one wants to live on a building site, so prioritising jobs is essential. We offer bespoke phased plans for house renovations, each phase leaves the house fully functional and clean, and by the last phase, all work will be completed on your dream house renovation.

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Sustainability

Energy prices have rocketed and the summers have been getting hotter each year so planning for the future and being as energy efficient as possible is not only wise but will save you thousands. 

  • Install proper insulation to reduce heat loss and lower energy bills.
  • Opt for energy-efficient appliances that consume less electricity.
  • Replace windows with double-glazed alternatives to improve insulation.
  • Invest in energy-efficient doors to minimise heat loss.
  • Consider installing energy-efficient systems, such as solar panels or smart home technology.
  • Explore options for rainwater harvesting or greywater recycling.
  • Consider sustainable building materials with low environmental impact.
  • Reclaimed or recycled materials can add a unique touch to your renovation.

Other Points to Consider When Planning a House Renovation

  • Preserving Historical or Period Features. Weston Super Mare is full of beautiful Victorian houses with incredible features and high ceilings.
  • If your house has historical or period features, consult experts on preservation methods.
  • Restore original architectural elements where possible to enhance the character of your home.
  • Keep neighbours informed about your renovation plans to minimise disruption.
  • Minimise noise, dust, and inconvenience as much as possible.
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Summary

House renovation is an exciting endeavour that can transform your living space. In this comprehensive guide, tips from trusted builders are provided to help navigate the house renovation process in the UK. 

Budgeting is a crucial step involving assessing finances, allocating a realistic budget, setting aside a contingency fund, and researching average renovation costs. Consulting with a trusted builder and estate agent helps determine the possibilities and value of the renovation. Prioritising tasks based on urgency and budget is essential.

Understanding local building regulations and securing the correct permissions before commencing work is essential. Seeking advice from professionals and consulting with local authorities ensures compliance, avoids delays, and prevents fines.

Finding a local trusted builder requires obtaining multiple quotes, checking references and portfolios, and confirming qualifications and insurance coverage. It is essential to choose a builder who understands the project vision and has experience in the local area.

Prioritising essential repairs and structural work is recommended. Ensuring the safety and stability of the house, fixing issues with foundations, electrical systems, plumbing, and roofing, and seeking professional guidance from architects or structural engineers are essential steps.

Sustainable practices should be considered, such as installing proper insulation, opting for energy-efficient appliances, replacing windows, and investing in energy-efficient systems or materials. Preserving historical or period features and minimising disruption to neighbours are additional considerations.

By following these tips, a successful and stress-free house renovation in the UK can be achieved.

Happy renovating!

Contact us today to bring your vision to life with ZS Construct Builders in Weston Super Mare Somerset.

 

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