The first step in the renovation process is not to go head-on, to move into a new location, or simply to modernize housing for a long time. In particular, it is important to know how to take the time so as not to be mistaken and to tie up the various aspects of the renovation project. Similarly, it is better to avoid certain options so as not to skid budget side. Feedback …
1. A stroke of paint before deciding everything
If your accommodation is seriously worn (dirty paints, old wallpapers …), the first sensible idea is to repaint it before embarking on major renovations and optimization of space, the invoice of which will necessarily be salty. Why repaint? For two reasons. On the one hand, the new painting will give a refurbishment to the decoration, acting as a maxi dusting. The dwelling will appear suddenly healthier, more modern, almost new. On the other hand, the new paint will offer a greater luminosity to the space, especially if you opt for a clear tint (a pure white or an off-white, for example). With thin walls and ceilings, the rooms will offer a feeling of greater space. Result: In some cases, This stroke of paint will be enough to put your house or flat in the coup. No need to break the walls or expand the windows to enlarge the space. A simple decorative makeover was enough.
2. Reduce your energy bills by installing a stove or insert chimney
Old heating boiler or old electric convectors … An old heating is unreliable and, above all, is energy-hungry. In short, a ruin side wallet. Modernizing heat sources has more than one advantage. First, it reduces its energy bill. Second, maintenance of aging equipment is limited. Finally, we often benefit from a softer and more comfortable heating. For the renovation of an old house, the trend is to install a fireplace with insert, a wood stove or a pellet stove. The new models are very efficient, with yields of 70 to 90%, or even more than 90%. Where an old open fireplace hardly achieves 30 or 40% efficiency.
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3. Keep existing installations: kitchen, bathroom, load-bearing walls …
When you embark on a renovation project of an old house or an apartment, the temptation may be to break the walls, move the kitchen and bathroom, create an extra toilet, and so on. But caution, the addition climbs quickly! Moving the kitchen or the bathroom requires extensive plumbing, electricity and masonry work (tiles on the floor and on the wall, partitions …). In other words, upgrading an existing bathroom or kitchen without changing it will significantly reduce your bill. And more if you do not move the equipment at all. That is, if you change the sink or if you are replacing a bath with a shower while keeping the same location. Ditto for the electrical arrivals of the big electric household appliances: oven, induction hob …
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The logic is the same for partitions and walls. The more you break them, the more you modify them, the more you will have to get out your checkbook. Especially if you touch a supporting wall or if you enlarge a window. This type of work requires, in fact, the installation of an IPN beam or a new lintel. On the other hand, breaking down a partition that is not “carrier” costs almost nothing. And if you turn a window into a French window without increasing the width, no lintel to change! So it’s cheaper.
4. Calculate the total cost of renovation work before deciding
You can dream of a beautiful renovation, draw redevelopment plans, file a declaration of works or a building permit at the town hall … But be careful, put in place a full encryption of your renovation before moving too far in your project. Otherwise, you may have to backtrack later because the cost will exceed your initial budget. And it is better to consider a full encryption. For example, do not limit yourself to the masonry figure that does not include electricity or that of the plumber, which does not include the tiling of your new bathroom. Clearly, all trades must be integrated into your encryption from the start. Otherwise, you risk a big financial slip during the project.
5. Choose good professionals
Our advice for your renovation of an old house: choose professionals (architects, contractors, craftsmen …) that have been recommended to you. Nothing better than word-of-mouth to know the quality of the work done and the reliability of the service (deadlines, respect of budgets …). In addition, you will be able to be aware of the possible margin of negotiation. Do not hesitate either to visit houses or apartments built or renovated by them. This makes it possible to see the result and the quality of the finishes. To find out more about your service providers, you can also consult the websites, which often present photos of works or constructions made. You will be able to appreciate the style and the pertinence of the installations.
Other advice: determine precisely the scope of each of your interlocutors. For example, more and more people draw plans (interior designers, architects DPLG, designers, decorators …) without quantifying the cost of the project or follow the work. Result: the choices can be formidable on paper, but off budget or complicated in their realization! So no plan on the comet without encryption. Similarly, if you call on several trades (a plumber, an electrician, a mason …), you will have to spend a lot of time coordinating the work. And skills. Do you know ? Otherwise, it is better to have a works coordinator: decorator, architect or architect depending on the nature and scope of the work.