While we are processing the sheer scale of the impact the pandemic on our way of life, we are forced to retreat to the refuge of our homes and to live in lockdown conditions. Never before the comfort of our own home has been so precious, and yet most of us feel trapped.
Our work as the architects, designers and experts in planning matters, construction detailing and building project managements suddenly shifts into financial discussions. I always explain that I am not able to advise on investment or financial issues. However, I am often able to send clients to seek with the right experts and ask the kind of questions that will help them make the decisions on the budget that is right for them and their project. Here are some questions you may want to ask yourself when embarking on a refurbishment project ;
As an architect working with many house renovations projects, I spend a lot of time looking around tired, dated houses in need of renovation. Sometimes, my clients' needs can be far from the property potential that full demolition appears to be the only solution. Most of the time, partial demolition and the additional extension bring the perfect balance.
What is it about the style that is so important, anyway? Surely, it is the additional space that we need that is what we should focus on for the renovation. This couldn't be furthest from what happens with good architectural design. To achieve a beautiful home, there are many aspects to bring together.
You look at the house you bought because it had the potential to be transformed into your 'dream home'. It feels frustrating, particularly comparing this with the feeling when your offer was accepted, and the excitement was running high. You know the time to get the renovation project is now BUT... What to do first?