We all like our gardens and houses looking good, and there comes that time when we decide on a makeover. We probably want our homes to have a new look, or to add certain things to our backyards, while removing others. We can shift our gardens around the backyard and probably make space for something else, such as a swimming pool or basketball court. This whole time, we want the garden to complement the house, which means changing some things in the house too, which could include bringing down of some structures, or adding others. In this article, we are going to take a look at tips to renovating your home and garden, that you should consider before you begin your renovations.
Make a Realistic Budget
Before you embark on almost any project, you have to come up with a budget that will finance the project. This will mean knowing what the labor and materials are going to cost, approximately. The location and timing are things that could affect the costs. You need to make sure that your budget is realistic by running it by a contractor.
Decide on a Sensible Scope of Work
The next thing that should follow a budget is figuring out exactly what work you want to happen, and when you want it to happen. You’ll need to decide between what you want and what you need in order to realize the true intention of the project. You’ll need to have ground rules and schedules to make it flow smoothly.
Determine Splurge-Worthy Items Upfront
You need to prioritize the things and spaces that you use the most in your home or garden. There are parts of your garden that are very fertile and it wouldn’t be a good idea to put the pool there. You will also want to have your garden in a place that has easy access to water, which means that you can’t shift it to a place far away from the water supply. With this information, it will be easy to decide on what to change and what not to. If you no longer need a green house, get rid of it.
Create a Clear Vision in Mind
You need to have a clear picture of how you want the house and garden to look after the makeover. You will have a picture of the types of flowers you want in a certain location, or whether you’ll grow creepers against one wall of the house, meaning that there is no need to paint that wall.
Understand What You Already Have
You need to understand what you will need from the already existing conditions. Adding an extra tap on the far end of the garden could mean messing with all of the other pipes in the compound, and this could make the costs shoot up.
Know Who You’re Hiring
Thoroughly review the contractor that you would like to hire. For the garden, you might want to get a landscape designer that is experienced. Check their licenses, certificates of insurance, lien histories, bond numbers, and certifications, just to ensure that you’re not dealing with some fraudulent company that will do a poor job.
Never Make Assumptions
There are many home improvement shows that we watch on television that give us ideas of how we would like our businesses to look. At times these shows make the impossible seem possible, but you should never assume that you too can do the same. Professionals might be able to, but you should stick to only what you can do. You might be looking to save money only to end up spending more than you had budgeted for. In the garden, trying to do the impossible could lead to grave injuries from things like falls, or injuries from the tools.
Prepare for Discomfort When Remodeling
While the remodeling is ongoing, there is usually a lot of dust, noise, and exhaustion. The house and garden won’t be habitable and you might want to move out during that period.
There will always be challenges during makeovers in the house or garden, and at times you might feel as if things are going totally wrong. It could get really frustrating and even make the cost rise. Keeping your perspective is important, and just because things don’t seem to be going right doesn’t mean that they won’t end up as planned. In such circumstances, the “how can we fix this?” mentality is better than tossing the blame around.
How to Choose the Right Bathtub
Whether you’re putting it in the house or the garden, it is important to have the right bathtub. Many people enjoy a dip in the bathtub under the sun, in the garden, surrounded by their favorite flowers. The bathtub can also be on the patio overlooking the garden. Home Spa Select have some information that you can refer to when getting that bathtub, as you’ll see below.
Different Types of Tubs
- Clawfoot tubs – these are old style tubs that come with feet or legs, made from brass in the olden days. They are usually made of cast iron, making them sturdy.
- Freestanding tubs – these are usually made from acrylic or fiberglass-reinforced acrylic, and they usually stand freely on their belly, anywhere in the room. They are constructed in a ‘soaker’ fashion, meaning that they are mid-length and rather deep. They have an aesthetic design and come with angled backs for full relaxation. They have thick ledges sometimes used for candles in romantic ways.
- Recessed tubs – these are short and somewhat deep tubs that can fit in small spaces. They can easily slide into a space with three walls.
- Drop-in tubs – their appearance is easily customizable and also one of the easiest to install.
- Walk-in tubs – these are made for ultimate comfort and relaxation. They come with varying motor power, motor type, basic molded structure, number of water jets, placement of water jets, number of air jets, and location of their doors.
Other things to consider
- Left drain or right drain
- Material – cast iron, enameled steel, or acrylic
Home and garden renovations can be challenging but as long as you have an idea of what you want, have the budget for it, and the right contractor and landscape designer, you can get it done. The tips above work for both the house and garden.