The dos and don'ts of Brisbane house renovations

Let's say you've just won the lottery.  You didn't know what to do with your money so you decided to renovate your house.  You go to the hardware store and buy every tool imaginable, but then when you get home, you realize that you have no idea how to use them.  So begins a hilarious tale of DIY disasters, where nothing goes right and everything ends in disaster.  Will our protagonist be able to complete their renovations? Or will they be left with a house full of holes and an empty bank account?  Read on to find out!

How do you approach a house renovation?

There are a few things you should do before embarking on a house renovation.  First, you need to create a budget and stick to it.  Second, you need to make a list of what needs to be done and in what order.  And third, you need to find a reputable contractor who can help you with the heavy lifting.

What should you not do when renovating?

There are a few things you should avoid doing when renovating your home.  First, don't try to do everything yourself. Unless you're a professional contractor, there's a good chance you'll make more mistakes than you fix.  Some of the common mistakes people make when renovating are:

- Not getting the proper permits

- Not following city code

- Making structural changes without consulting an engineer

- Not having a contingency fund

- Trying to do too much at once

Don't be afraid to ask for help.  Family and friends can be a great resource when it comes to renovating your home.  As mentioned, don't forget to get the proper permits before starting any work. Trying to do a renovation without the proper permits can lead to hefty fines. In Brisbane, you need a building permit for any structural changes, electrical work, plumbing, or gasfitting. So make sure you check with the city council before starting any work.

In what order should you renovate your house?

The order in which you renovate your house can be just as important as the renovation itself.  For example, if you're planning on selling your home, you'll want to focus on the rooms that potential buyers will see first, like the kitchen and bathroom.

In addition, you need to prioritize the rooms that need the most work. For example, if your roof is leaking, you'll want to fix that before you start redecorating the living room.

What room should I renovate first?

If you're not sure which room to renovate first, here are some things to consider:

- The condition of the room: If a room is in dire need of repair, it should be at the top of your list.

- The cost of the renovation: Some renovations, like a new roof, can be very expensive.

- The return on investment: Not all renovations will increase the value of your home.  For example, adding a swimming pool is a great amenity, but it's not going to increase the value of your home when other important rooms like bathroom or kitchen look like it needs some work.

So, if you're not sure where to start, don't worry.  There's no need to panic.  Just remember the old saying: "When in doubt, start with the kitchen."

Although, I would recommend starting with the bathroom.  That's always a popular one.

Should you do floors or walls first?

This is a common question when it comes to renovating your home.  The answer depends on the type of flooring you're planning on installing.  If you're putting in hardwood floors, it's best to do them before the walls.  However, if you're putting in tile or laminate floors, you can do the walls first.

When it comes to painting, it's best to do the ceilings first, followed by the walls, and then the trim. The reason for this is that it's easier to tape off the ceilings and walls before painting the trim.

If you're planning on doing a major renovation, it's best to consult with a professional renovation builder. They can help you figure out the best order to do things and can offer some helpful tips along the way.

Do you install kitchen cabinets before flooring?

This is another common question when it comes to renovating your kitchen. The answer depends on the type of cabinets you're planning on installing. Let's say you're planning on installing new hardwood floors. In this case, you would need to install the cabinets before the floors.

However, if you're planning on installing laminate floors, you can install the cabinets after the floors. This is because laminate floors are easier to install than hardwood floors.

When it comes to countertops, it's best to install them after the cabinets. This is because it's easier to install the countertops when the cabinets are already in place.

Should tile be at the top or bottom of a shower wall?

This is a common question when it comes to tile work. The answer depends on the type of tile you're using.  If you're using large tiles, they should be at the bottom of the shower wall.  However, if you're using small tiles, they can go at the top or bottom of the shower wall.

It's also important to consider the type of grout you're using.  If you're using a light-colored grout, it's best to put the tile at the bottom of the shower wall.  However, if you're using a dark-colored grout, you can put the tile at the top or bottom of the shower wall.

Where do you store furniture when renovating?

make sure you have a place to store your furniture while you're renovating.  Otherwise, you'll be living in a construction zone. One option is to rent a storage unit.  Another option is to ask friends or family if they have space in their homes to store some of your furniture. leaving your furniture in or around the house during renovations can be dangerous, so it's important to have a plan for where to put it.

If you're in the market for some Brisbane house renovations, Livit construction should be your go-to company. We're experts in home renovations and can help you with everything from start to finish.

Not only do we have a team of skilled professionals, but we also have a wide range of products and services to choose from. So whether you're looking to renovate your kitchen, bathroom, or entire home, we can help! Give us a call today or visit our website for more information. We look forward to working with you!

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