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When is the Best Time for a Big Renovation Project

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When is the Best Time for a Big Renovation Project

When is the Best Time for a Big Renovation Project?

 

There comes a time for a homeowner when everything smells like revamp spirit. You know your home needs major kitchen remodelling, you know that you want to style up an old bathroom, and you know for sure that this will finally be the year of patio installation.

What you do not know is when is that perfect, golden moment for a start off. On Monday? In a month? Right after the winter? Unfortunately, no one can tell you with absolute certainty when to catch a renovation train. Any time can be the right time if you are truly ready. However, with so many different aspects involved (like budget, materials, contractors, weather), figuring out this ‘’truly ready moment’’ is not an easy task.

That being said, for some projects certain times are definitely better than others, and knowing how to differentiate them can save you from possible complications. So, here are several things you need to comprehend before deciding when to put big remodelling project on track.
 

Think weather conditions

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A common belief says that home renovations work out best in spring and summer. Spring/summer school of thought has a lot do with the myth that raw materials do not perform well at low temperatures. It is for sure much more pleasant to renovate while the trees are green, under the skies of blue than on days when it seems like the ice age is coming. However, the optimal weather for remodelling highly depends on a project you are planning.

For example, winter can be perfect timing for starting a deck or even room addition. Frozen ground and dry air are better for digging foundations and pouring concrete than muddy ground and humidity. Trench walls are less likely to cave in, thanks to the stiffness that frost offers them during winter months. Plus, you will have fewer rainy days - and nothing can kill a renovation buzz like rain.

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Most of the kitchen and bathroom renovation projects can be done at any time since all the construction will be completed indoors. So, winter is not a bad choice for a kitchen or bathroom renovation neither. As long as you keep workspace and tools warm, jobs like flooring replacement, interior painting, lighting and plumbing can also be done in colder months.

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On the other hand, you should probably save projects like exterior painting or roof replacement for sunny days. External paints that are water-based require specific conditions to dry well, and with the receding of the temperature water in the paint will evaporate more slowly, which affects how the paint holds up over time. Concerning roof replacement, the best time to do it is usually late summer through the fall months. Surprised? Well, the roofing material needs higher temperatures to seal. Furthermore, projects like deck and patio building are also good to plan for this timeframe.

 

Think supply and demand

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To know when to remodel, you need to understand supply and demand relationship. And this one is… Well, it is complicated. The battle between those two might be constant, but you simply need to keep up with all the drama. Namely, a supply-demand ratio has a major influence on your renovation project cost.

The price of building materials like cement, lumber and paint fluctuates greatly throughout the year - depending on the demand. You should aim for times when raw materials are at their lowest cost. As it usually gets in life, materials are quite budget friendly when it might not be the best time of a year to remodel. Isn’t that ironic? Do not despair though. You could plan your project carefully in advance, purchase materials when they are at their cheapest and store them until you are ready to start. For example, in winter, flooring can be easy on the pocketbook, since it is directly related to the price of crude oil. Similar, raw materials and appliances are cheaper prior the holiday season. By the law of supply and demand, you will probably pay the most for materials in a period from April to July.

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Now, the tricky part is the fact that prices are always fluctuating. They are, just like the weather is, uncontrollable. So, be geeky and careful about this one. Plan precisely, know what materials you would like in your house before starting construction. That way you can purchase supplies step by step when the prices are low. Calculated actions will make the renovation process much smoother.

 

Think contractors

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For every virtue contractor, and trust us, you want an excellent one, there are periods when he is overwhelmed with projects. You might have to kill for a reliable professional between August and November. As you can probably assume, contractor’s busy times are not the best times for you to schedule a home revamp. Just as your burger is more likely to come without that extra cheese when you order it during restaurant’s busiest hours, your contractor is more likely to make mistakes when he is balancing several big jobs. Plus, the prices will be higher. Sometimes, contractors have so much on their plate during a busy season, that they are forced to turn away additional work.

Now, entering a project in the off-season can be a foolishly adventurous idea too. For example, installing a pool during a North Vancouver’s winter, when the ground is frozen solid, is probably a bad thought. However, there is no need for being extreme. With early planning and a bit of flexibility, you might be able to start your project in motion before the season rush. That deck you want to spend your summer Sundays on will need to be planned before it is constructed. So, you could contact a deck designer during the winter months. You will likely be the only project he is working on, and you will get an excellent service. Makes sense, right?

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Slightly off-season is a good time to remodel since quality contractors can be hired not only easier, but cheaper. Another great option for homeowners is schedule their remodels in advance, ideally 3-4 months, which prevents putting a project on hold.

 

Think budget

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Homeowners often underestimate the cost of a big renovation project. The main suspects are hidden issues. Your home might look excellent on the outside, but huge imperfections could be lurking beneath the surface. You never know what is going to happen once you start knocking down kitchen walls.

Home renovation budgeting is pretty much like any other budgeting. You need to separate needs from wants. Take your time to make a detailed survey of your home. Be smart, be patient and prepare yourself well. It is rare for any big project to go completely without trouble. Always add at least 10 to 20 percent to your initial remodelling budget for unforeseen expenses.

The bottom line is that your budget is the main star in this home revamp play. Time of the year could be pitch perfect, contractors available and ready to rock, but if the budget is even remotely unstable, the show simply must not go on.

 

Think Opportunity Cost

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Big renovation will unsettle you and your family in some way. You will have to devote energy, time and money to a project, and it will affect your schedule and lifestyle. This is known as Opportunity Cost. Let us say that you are a full-time housewife with three kids. Being without a place to cook during a major kitchen remodelling might cause inconvenience and stress. Solution? You could time to renovate your kitchen before or after the winter months so that your family can use outdoor kitchen rather than eating every meal in a restaurant.

Make sure to be honest with yourself and figure out when this Opportunity Cost is the cheapest. It might be a strong indicator when you should take on home renovation. A perfect moment to start any big project is, undoubtedly, after a project has been completely thought out!

 

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Top 7 International Houzz Designers 2017 

Top 7 International Houzz Designers 2017

Houzz Head Office

Houzz Head Office

Houzz https://www.houzz.com has established itself as a booming designer hub, source of information, inspiration, and ideation. People seeking to remodel, spruce up and renovate use it as an indispensable resource. After all, a sublime touch of a professional home designer makes all the difference in the interior landscape.

Whether you are a renovation contractor or an eager layman, there is much to be learned and gained from the best of the best. No one is more capable of honing flawless style and capturing its essence than the following design connoisseurs:

Jodie Rosen, Jodie Rosen Design, Toronto Canada

Jodie Rosen, Jodie Rosen Design, Toronto Canada

Jodie Rosen, Jodie Rosen Design, Toronto Canada

Jodie Rosen, with 44 Houzz reviews and a Houzz rating of 4.9/5 is one of those designers who have managed to win many accolades both in the area of customer satisfaction and home design greatness. Her dazzling success is a reflection of her capacity to blend personal tastes with the principles of top-notch organization and functionality.

As a Toronto-based home designer, she has mastered the art of architectural details, superb decorating, and material utilization. Jodie Rosen Design is a prominent player in residential and commercial design, continuing to shape the timeless, sophisticated portfolio.

Reisa Pollard, Beyond Beige, North Vancouver Canada

Reisa Pollard, Beyond Beige Interior Design, North Vancouver Canada  

Reisa Pollard, Beyond Beige Interior Design, North Vancouver Canada  

Reisa Pollard is the founder of Beyond Beige which has 26 Houzz reviews and a 4.7/5 rating. Reisa is a creative visionary, and a prolific home designer. Beyond Beige Interior Design had humble beginnings. It was, in fact, the name of her assignment in art school. Over time, however, the idea has evolved into a concept, and then into a reputable home design business in North Vancouver.

In a nutshell, Reisa has the ability to set her own preferences aside and listen to her clients. She adapts to their wants and needs, and the result is a mixture of prime elegance and unparalleled design versatility.

Rebecca Mitchell, Rebecca Mitchel Interiors, Montreal Canada

Rebecca Mitchell, Rebecca Mitchell Interiors, Montreal Canada

Rebecca Mitchell, Rebecca Mitchell Interiors, Montreal Canada

Rebecca is the proprietor of Rebecca Mitchel Interiors which has 46 Houzz Reviews and a 4.9/5 Houzz rating. Rebecca leads a team of creative home designers in Montreal. She is a daring individual, who does not shy away from bold accents and striking colors.  She excels when it comes to creating custom, open-concept home designs. 

One of her most famous works is a music room for a family in Montreal. This space has enough room for both family members and guests to immerse in the splendor of sound. This example is just a small fraction of possibilities Rebecca Mitchell brings to her clients.

Christina Britt Lewis, Redesign Company, Davidson USA

Christina Britt Lewis, Redesign Company, Davidson USA

Christina Britt Lewis, Redesign Company, Davidson USA

Christina Britt Lewis is the founder and creative director of the Redesign Company which which has 108 Houzz Reviews and a 4.9/5 Houzz rating, Christina is a unique figure in the design realm. Her philosophy is embodied in the mantra ”Love coming home”, a concept which is to some profound and to others self-explanatory.

The Davidson home design company company could be better described as a collective of status quo antagonists and passionate life artists. Namely, Cristina aspires not to redesign just your living environment, but your whole world and life as well.

Martha O’Hara, Martha O’Hara Interiors, Austin USA

Martha O’Hara, Martha O’Hara Interiors Austin USA

Martha O’Hara, Martha O’Hara Interiors Austin USA

Martha O’Hara is the principal of Martha O’Hara Interiors which has 169 Houzz reviews and has a 4.9/5 Houzz Rating. O’Hara provides Austin Texas home design services homeowners and builders across the States.  It is also the leading interior design enterprise on houzz worldwide. Such an exalted position is the result of years of hard work and gallons of creative juices.   

Regardless of whether you want to update your furniture, do a kitchen remodel, renovate a bathroom, or reconfigure a floor, Martha and her award-winning home designers are up to task. Their main goal is nothing short of uncovering the fine threads that connect life and style.

Jane Brown, Jane Brown Interiors, Bellevue Hill Australia

Jane Brown, Jane Brown Interiors, Bellevue Hill Australia

Jane Brown, Jane Brown Interiors, Bellevue Hill Australia

“Creation of beauty is art”, and the living proof resides in Bellevue Hill Australia, home designer Jane Brown who is the owner of Jane Brown Interiors which has 31 Houzz reviews and a 4.9/5 Houzz rating. Her creative genius shines the brightest when she needs to seamlessly blend several styles, eras, and personalities into one striking amalgam.

This is rooted in her career as a flight attendant, a path that took her to distant horizons, vibrant cultures, and diverse philosophies. She believes that your environment is the reflection of who you are, and we could not possibly disagree.

Anoushka Allum, Smart Space Interiors, Sydney Australia

Anoushka Allum, Smart Space Interiors, Sydney Australia

Anoushka Allum, Smart Space Interiors, Sydney Australia

Smart Space Interiors was founded in 2012 and has 30 Houzz reviews with 4.9/5 Houzz rating. Since then, Anoushka Allum has managed to spark much interest in the limelight of the design world. Few would dispute her status as a swell paragon of residential interior design and master of decoration projects.

Through play and pristine craft, she brings most incredible solutions to life: Anoushka takes clients on a journey of self-discovery and reaches new design heights together with them.  She may be focused on home design in Sydney Australia, but she is quite active digitally.

Magicians, lovers, and builders

Renowned designers are able to translate even the vaguest of ideas into reality and make the magic happen inside the four walls. They distil tastes, clarify visions, and assemble a space that is both spellbinding and functional.

This is a unique opportunity to put together a cohesive, captivating look that speaks volumes about the style and personality. A home is not just a place to spend the days in, but also a personal sanctuary where love and passions are celebrated and cherished. 

 

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