Published On: Thu, Dec 18th, 2014

Things To Remember When Renovating Your Timber Home

Things to remember1Renovating projects can easily spiral out of control, blowing both your mind and your budget. But it doesn’t have to be that way – here are our tips to save your sanity and your bank balance when you’re renovating your timber home. Of course, it is always recommended to have specialist construction contractors like Roofmasters onsite who can check for asbestos issues before making any plans.

Plan it
Approaching your timber home renovation project with a sound plan already formed will save you time and money in the long run. There’s no point rushing in with a chainsaw and hacking at the stumps or the weatherboarding without knowing where you’re coming from or where you’re going next. By spending some time thinking about processes and stages, you’ll have a clear idea of the logical sequences that your renovations will take. For instance, don’t try and replace the studwork before you’ve removed the panelling. It just won’t work. Write out a wish list of features that you want. Be prepared to sacrifice the expensive or unnecessary items as the project progresses.

Assess it
You may not need to tear down huge sections of your house. If your home has some specific period features, you’d be mad to throw out the baby with the bathwater. What can you reuse or recycle to keep costs down? Conduct a thorough check on the structure of your property to make sure that all of your posts and beams are of sound quality and free from rot or damage. You can have a go at assessing for wood-rotting fungus or insect damage yourself or get a professional in to assist. Seeking professional help may seem like an unnecessary cost but the certainty of knowing that your frame is things to remember2solid is priceless. You’ll be able to progress with your renovations knowing that the entire structure will still be standing years into the future.

Use quality materials and qualified professionals
Buying cheaper materials may seem like a good idea at the time but it’s a false economy. Why buy cheap, flimsy sheeting that you’ll inevitably have to replace in a couple of years when you can spend a little extra and get solid products that will last way in to the future? Again, you may save a few dollars by opting for untreated posts but they’ll almost certainly rot out within a couple of years, so don’t cut corners with inferior products. The same applies to hiring professionals to assist in your home renovations. If you pay peanuts, you’ll get monkeys. Do some research and ask around when you’re about to contract any tradesperson. Look for professionals who are recommended by friends or have extensive experience in their chosen field of expertise. Ask for references or testimonials from previous customers and don’t be afraid to ask questions – you’re the one paying for the work so you’re in charge.

We’d love to hear about your timber house renovation projects – leave your comments below.

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