Top 10 building mistakes – part two

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In our last blog we shared the first five of our top 10 building mistakes to avoid. If you missed it, you can read the first five here. Here are the final five, we hope you find them useful in avoiding some of the pitfalls we have seen made over our years in this industry.

  1. Not spending time thinking about the wiring and electrical outlets

It depends on what work you’re undertaking but adding on an extension or converting a loft may require you to upgrade your home wiring to comply with the latest regulations. If your wiring hasn’t been updated in the last 25 years, it probably will need to be.  

Set aside enough budget for electrical wiring and re-wiring. It’s often overlooked as it’s an unseen item but faulty wiring can be a fire hazard and worse still, cause a fatal accident. Think about where plug sockets will go when installing wiring. Take time to think about how you will use the various rooms of your house and plan in enough electrical points. Too many is always better than too few.

  1. Not considering the lighting

This applies to both artificial and natural lighting.  Different windows will affect how the light filters into your house. In addition, windows completely change the look and feel of a house so it’s important to spend time choosing them carefully.

Balance natural light with artificial light and consider the function of each of your rooms. A kitchen usually requires a lot of light, making it easier to see when cooking. Many of our clients opt for skylights to let light flood in, as well as lights below wall cabinets or above worktop space.

  1. Living in your home during the renovation

This depends completely on the extent of the work being undertaken, or which rooms, but living in your home during renovations can be extremely stressful.  Stress can impact on important decisions, for example opting for a different bi-fold doors because you can’t bear to live in the mess anymore waiting for the ones you did want to be made and delivered.

  1. Forgetting about the landscaping

Many people forget to set aside a budget for landscaping, which ends up leaving the outside of the home looking less than stunning, and in no way a match to the beautiful new interior. Your home begins outside, so set aside budget and time to really give your home that wow factor when complete.  

  1. Unrealistic budget

Sit down at the very beginning of the renovation project and set a realistic budget. Remember to plan in overages. Not setting aside enough budget will result in corners being cut and compromising on items, from building materials and kitchen cabinetry to windows and flooring. Also ensure your builder prices on the building control plans rather than the plan drawings, otherwise something unexpected may come up during the build, like a gas pipe in the way of the foundations that will add on extra cost. 

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