How to Prepare Yourself for a Home Renovation

How do you know when the time is right for a home renovation? It might feel like an overwhelming prospect, but it’s all about making sure that your home works for you and your family, and complements your lifestyle. If it doesn’t, then it’s time to make a change.

Maybe you enjoy the freedom of an open plan living area but sometimes find that different members of the family want to use the space in different ways. In this case, you might want to consider some sliding or folding door options to give you the flexibility to close off certain areas when you need to, for privacy or peace and quiet – an office or home theatre, for example.

On the other hand, if your home is full of hallways, corridors and closed off rooms, you might find that certain areas are always dark and uninviting. A home renovation might therefore focus on changing the layout of your living space, adding sliding doors, or introducing glazed door styles to invite more light into those darker spaces and make them more livable.

Whatever the reason and vision for your home renovation, it’s not something you can just do on a whim – that’s a sure-fire way for things to spiral out of control. Before you embark on the adventure of renovating a house, take the time to plan ahead, research your suppliers, and put together a realistic budget, so that you have a good idea of what to expect from the outset.

Who Will You Work With?

This is pivotal to the success of your project, in terms of the quality of the materials and the workmanship, working to a reasonable timescale, and keeping your home renovation costs in check. It always pays to do your research and choose to work with skilled, qualified suppliers who you can trust.

For 30 years, Doors Plus has been supporting home renovations across Australia by supplying beautiful and functional doors; we have 21 branches nationally and employ local, qualified tradespeople. We provide comprehensive and detailed quotes to help you plan ahead and budget, and to avoid any nasty shocks further down the line.

We also take care of everything from measuring up to installation, so that we can guarantee a quality finish. We can organise new timber work and any hardware required for your new doors and can also supply your doors painted white or stained in our signature dark maple stain, so they’re completely finished and ready to hang.

We will then arrange for a qualified carpenter to install your doors and make sure you’re happy with the end result, and will provide a warranty for our products and services. There’s no need to go hunting for tradespeople, comparing quotes, wondering who you can trust to do a good job for the right price, and then managing various contractors on site. At Doors Plus, we take care of all of this for you, with highly skilled and reliable carpenters included as part of our end-to-end service.

Looking after your family, running a household, and managing a home renovation on top of all that can easily add unnecessary stress and strain, so let us take the fuss out of your home renovation with a start-to-finish, personal service that you can depend on.

How Much Will It Cost?

Home renovation costs are like a piece of string – there’s no set answer to this question, and it all depends on how much you want to spend and the choices you make along the way. For example, do you want to change the layout of your living areas so that the space works better for your family? Do you plan to divide up an open plan area, or change the configuration of some of your wider doorways from hinged to bi-fold? Do you need to retain any of the external features or meet certain requirements to stay in-keeping with the original design? You will need to consider these factors before you get started, and take them into account in your budget.

As a rough renovation cost guide, a kitchen or bathroom renovation might cost anything from $10,000 to $40,000 – or even more – whereas you could fully renovate a living-room for more like $15,000 and more.

If looking at the numbers makes your head spin, don’t panic! At Doors Plus, we have collections of doors that range from $36 to $99 at the lower end, to a mid-range of $100 to $200, $200 to $300 and then up to our more premium ranges of $300 to $400, and so on, if cost is less of a factor in your home renovation. We have ranges to suit every style and budget, as well as customised solutions that are made to measure. Even better, we offer the option to buy now and pay later, with flexible monthly plans and 12 months interest free. This means you can achieve your dream home without the stress or the financial burden. Choose a payment plan that works for you, and spread the cost over time so that it doesn’t all come as one big hit.

What About Renovating an Old House?

The best way to renovate an old house is to keep some of the heritage charm, and the features that give the property its character, while updating it with some modern twists and making it work for your contemporary lifestyle. With lots of careful planning, renovating an older house will give your home a whole new lease of life.

Whether you want to fully update the style of your older property to complement a modern décor, or install new doors that are in-keeping with the traditional features and fittings of your rooms, at Doors Plus you’ll find an extensive range of designs and materials to suit your plans and your budget. The Shaker series is a particularly timeless range that refreshes and enhances an older property, without losing that sense of heritage charm and homeliness.

Bottom Line: Do Your Homework

Arming yourself with knowledge before you get started with your home renovation will help you to understand exactly what’s going to happen and set your expectations – not just about the cost, but about how long it’s likely to take and how much you need to be personally involved. Having an understanding of the process, and realistic expectations, will give you the confidence to make smart decisions and get the best results for your budget.

A home renovation is both an exciting and a daunting prospect. If you’re going to achieve your dream home – a living space that works for the whole family and enhances your lifestyle – without breaking the bank or crumbling under the pressure, you need to get clued up and you need to work with the best people. Get in touch with Doors Plus today, or drop in to your local showroom, and let’s get planning!