Building Your Dream Home? How To Start And Plan When Renovating A Home


You've been dreaming about a renovation for ages. Maybe it's the kitchen, or maybe it's the bathroom. Either way, when you're ready to get started, you want to know that you're doing everything right—and efficiently. That's why we've compiled our best tips for every step of the process: from picking out your materials and planning how much money you'll actually spend on this project (spoiler alert: more than you think), all the way through setting up a timeline and sticking to it! We promise: These five steps will help make your dream home even better than ever before!

Make a plan, and stick to it.

After you have your budget, you need to consider the timeline. How long do you want to take? Are there any major milestones that need to be hit by a certain date? For example, if you’re planning on doing a renovation over Thanksgiving and winter break, these are times when many people travel or move around. You might not be able to get construction workers at those times unless they are willing to work for less than their normal rate.

Consider the scope of the project: Do you want just cosmetic changes (like new paint) or do you also want structural changes (like replacing an entire wall)? And do these two types of renovations require separate contractors or can they both be handled by one contractor? It is important that everyone involved in your home renovation make sure they clearly understand what needs fixing and how much it will cost before starting any work so there are no unexpected surprises later on!

Lastly, think about where this project will take place – inside or outside? This is important because different areas of a house may require different types building materials (wood vs steel), tools/equipment (ladders vs cranes) etc…

Consider your top priorities.

Start by asking yourself some questions.

• What is your budget?

• What is your timeline?

• What are your top priorities: location, size, design features or something else entirely?

• Are there any things that you wouldn’t compromise on — like a certain neighborhood or school district — even if it meant increasing the overall cost of renovating your home?

Once you've answered these questions, sit with them for a little bit and really think about them before moving forward with the renovation process.

Get going on your dream home.

If you’re renovating, there is a lot to consider—and not just what color or style of curtains will look best in the new kitchen. You want to make sure that you get everything right, from the design plans for the home to the color of paint on your walls and cabinets. The first step in any renovation project is finding a reliable contractor who knows how to work within budgets and deliver quality results on time.

It's important to consider all the things that go into a housing renovation before starting.

Before you start renovating your home, it's important to consider all the things that go into a housing renovation.

  • Budget: You need to consider how much money is available for the project and any limitations on how much can be spent in various areas. For example, maybe you want a new kitchen but don't have enough money or time to build an addition onto your existing structure. Or perhaps there are other projects such as roof repairs or plumbing issues that need immediate attention. You'll also want to consider whether or not it makes sense financially when planning to take out loans or credit cards during renovation (see next point).

  • Time frame: How long do you have before moving back into this house? This can affect both scope and scale because if it's just a few months away then certain tasks like painting may not be worth doing yet since they could easily get ruined by dust/hairspray/cats/etc., whereas if there's no firm deadline then more intensive tasks would probably be fine (e.g., ripping up carpeting).

  • Scale: Are we talking about just replacing some old linoleum with tile here? Or tearing down walls open up this space entirely so we can move our living room upstairs so our kids will stop fighting over whose turn it is every night after dinner."


Once you’ve decided on your priorities and made a plan, it’s time to get started on the renovations. If you’re renovating an existing home, then this means contacting contractors, getting quotes from them and negotiating their prices with each other until they all come back at a price that works for both sides. If you’re building from scratch then this is where things get really exciting: choosing which layout works best for you (and your family), finding out what financing options are available through banks or private lenders like friends who want to help pay off their share of the mortgage once construction begins!