Home renovations can bring about the loudest screech when we look at the total cost of our project. For a split second you may even consider putting up with a cracked ceiling or room that lacks ventilation. Banish the words, “We can do it next year,” from your vocabulary and start off by cutting your total cost. This may be a tricky one, but it can be done in a cost effective way.
Double up on efficiency, not size
If you have been feeling cramped in your kitchen and want extra space to be the Jamie Oliver you have been longing for, change is imminent. Instead of breaking out walls, which can be costly, see whether you can eliminate space-hogging shelves and cabinets instead. There will be no need to break out walls to gain extra square footage if you can replace your shelving.
Natural light without adding windows
For a less expensive and less invasive way of capturing light, consider installing a light tube. The light slips between roof rafters, funneling sunshine down into your living space. There is no need to break out a big hole in the side of the house to rearrange a window frame when you have an alternative method.
Get your demolition gear ready
Demolition work may not be as costly, but you would still be saving a couple of rands. Do some of the easy demolition yourself, just be sure to get the necessarily safety gear and Makita power tools before the demo. Proceed with caution and care as you do your own demolition, added hospital bills will be the last thing you need to worry about. However, when it comes to interior spaces, take a moment if you have never done it before. You may end up unwittingly taking out live wiring or pressurised plumbing.
Get contractor’s resources
The best benefit you can have when remodeling your home is to have a subcontractor who is willing to provide a helpful hand. If you need jobs done that require minor odds and ends, then ask your your subcontractor if he has any left over cut-offs from previous jobs. Odds and ends of wooden boards can be especially helpful when you plan on creating custom made floating shelves. You will be amazed at the amount of hardwood, in various lengths and widths, you can get if you go to job sites.