Our building designers from Green Start Design have comprised a list of recommendations of what “not to do” when designing your new build:
- Make it clear
It is important not to rush a renovation project. Allow some time to collect ideas in terms of design, decoration, and inspiration. Having a clear idea of what you want is crucial for both you and our team of building designers. Firstly, because it will help you to control your budget and secondly, it will give our team a better picture of your desires to chalk out your dream project.
- Have accurate as-built drawings
Our building designers emphasise on accurate as-built drawings of your renovation as the more detail you have the smoother the process will go. Having wrong measurements can have a significant impact on your project and cause problems once the construction is underway. If you are not confident in taking your own measurements, ⇒ CLICK HERE ⇐ to contact our building designers to come and take them for you on site.
- Include the existing
Before you decide to remove everything and if you want to save time and money, we suggest to consider the existing (e.g. location of plumbing, electrical wiring, existing structure, etc.) and work around it to enhance the space. If you are unsure on the options you may have, ⇒ CLICK HERE ⇐ to contact our building designers to work on a creative way to design your space with minor changes for a cheaper renovation.
- Furniture and materials
Start earlier to shop around and get good deals for the furniture and materials you want for your home. It will allow you to save money but also to afford better quality and durable materials and furniture. Don’t be in a hurry when buying materials and furniture as this will give you more time to be sure of your decisions.
- Applications to the council
Double check with the planning department at your council whether you will require a development application or if you can apply straight for a building permit. You can read Development Application and Building Permit, what are the differences? for more information. Even if it is a minor project, wait for the approval before you start the renovation to avoid extra cost for unauthorised buildings.