I have now compiled ‘before and after’ pictures, with the occasional ‘during’ photo (remember it always gets worse before it gets better) which I hope you’ll enjoy and give you momentum to commence or finish your projects.
The renovation and restoration of a 1930’s house is finished! Are you ever finished in a home? Probably not.
Before – Sad and neglected After – Restored and extended
Before- A tired and dated bedroom After – A family bathroom
Before with original cistern After – Re-sited and restored cistern
Originally a landing with airing cupboard, bathroom with separate loo. Now a guest bedroom, painted in ‘Setting Plaster’ Farrow and Ball http://www.farrow-ball.com/setting%20plaster/colours/farrow-ball/fcp-product/100231
Before – An overgrown garden Waiting to mature!
However carefully one plans either a renovation or restoration project, it rarely comes in on budget – it’s usually over budget. This is not just because of unforeseen problems like discovering structural problems once the work has commenced, it can due to adding a few extra plug sockets here and there (it all adds up) or choosing high specification kitchen, bathrooms and fittings. Usually it’s because we’ve under estimated the basic build/renovation costs – raw materials labour plus VAT. Comparing your projected budget spread sheet to the actual costs spreadsheet, helps analyse where you under budgeted or over spent.
Did we go over budget? Yes, we knew we’d go over budget when we decided to install the Sonas system. However, the original quote was less than the final invoice due to the time-lapse between the first fix and completion – the labour and equipment had increased in price. The quote was valid for 30 days only, lesson learned. The building material costs were higher too, despite having a breakdown of these costs from the supplier which our budget spreadsheet was based upon. Generally, the majority of people under-estimate their expenditure.
With the uncertainty of property the market, and the impact Brexit may have, many home owners are opting to improve their current home instead of moving. Having had nearly forty years experience in renovating properties, although home values may dip from time to time, they always go up, and on the whole a good investment.
If you think I can be of benefit to you and your project, whether big or small just contact me.
Floor tiles on cloakroom floor http://www.firedearth.com/tiles/range/patisserie/sucre-1 and entrance floor http://www.firedearth.com/tiles/range/casino-floor/mode/grid
Artwork by Kim Major George http://www.majorgeorge.co.uk/