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Can You Handle Your Own Renovation

by Jessica Amey

Doing your own renovation is something you might not have thought about before. Doing it on your own is pretty much impossible, but everyone’s typical thing to do is to get a contractor in to do the work for them, and pay an absolute fortune for that to happen. But it’s actually so easy to get most of a renovation done yourself, when a renovation involves changing a room. You and your partner could easily put your heads together, and all you’d have to do is leave the intricate bits like the wiring of electrics and plumbing, and any appliance installation to the professionals. Of course, it’s going to take you a lot longer than it would if you were to bring in professionals, but we know how expensive things are at the minute, and we know how easy it is for money to get tight. So, we’re going to try and show you how you can handle your own renovation, the benefits you’re going to get from it, and the things that can go wrong if you don’t leave the right parts to the professionals. So, sit back and relax, and let us show you how you can handle your own renovation.

You Need To Think About Design First

Design is everything when it comes to your own renovation, and it has to be perfect for you. For the purpose of this article, we’re going to talk about a kitchen renovation, just because we feel it’s one of the most common rooms for people to renovate. Kitchen design is also one of the most sleek that you can chose, and if you do it right, you will have a kitchen that will last you years before it needs anything doing to it again. From the tile colours, to the appliances you want putting in, you have to think about it all. There are individual websites that you can order things from, such as www.tapwarehouse.com for your kitchen sink, that might see you getting a better deal. If you leave it to your contractor, they’ll go to the company they have some form of deal with, so it might be more expensive. Contrasting colours are working really well in kitchens at the minute. So you could go for a darker work surfaces and tiling, and then a lighter cupboard colour. When thinking about your appliances as well, think about the ones that are going to suit your colour scheme the best, as well as  your needs.

The Bits You Can Easily Handle

So, we bet you’re wondering how on earth you, a person with no DIY experience, is going to be able to handle some of your own kitchen renovation. Well, it’s easy. The first thing you’re going to be able to handle, is stripping your kitchen bare of everything that’s in it at the minute. Take up all the tiling with a hammer and drills, and rip out all of the cupboards with the same. Make sure that you turn off the water supply for the short time that you’re doing it, as well as the electrics. It just saves you from bashing into anything that might hurt you. Be careful that you don’t damage any structures that are going to need to be there for when the fitting happens. You can also handle some of the fitting. For example, some breakfast bars only need screwing into the floor and wall, and that’s pretty easily done. But you can also handle the decor after, making sure that you do a fine job of the painting. Just by doing these two things, you’re most likely going to save yourself an absolute fortune!

The Bits You Need To Leave To The Professionals

Of course, you’re not going to be able to start tiling a floor with no experience whatsoever, you’re going to have to get the professionals in for that. Anything that’s really skills based, such as fitting appliances, worktops, and connecting everything together, you’re going to have to leave to the professionals. But, that doesn’t mean that you’re not going to be able to help them to try and speed up the time they’re there, and to make sure the job is done how you want it done. They might have a labourer with them, but three pairs of hands are better than two, and you’ll find they’re in and out of your house in a flash. Just make sure you’re going with a trusted contractor who isn’t going to put you out of pocket on purpose.

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