Building an Home Extension

Two tips for those who are having their properties renovated

If your property is going to be renovated soon, here are some tips that you may want to keep in mind.

Move out whilst your property is being rewired

It isn't always necessary for homeowners to move into temporary accommodation whilst their properties undergo renovation; for example, in instances where a house is only being repainted and re-carpeted, the owners can safely stay in their homes.

However, if your renovation project will involve a team of electrical contractors rewiring your property, it is best to move out until this stage of the renovation work is finished. Staying in the house whilst it is being rewired could potentially be unsafe. For instance, the enormous amount of plaster dust that will be thrown into the air as a result of the electricians tearing down the walls (so that they can replace the wiring behind them) will contain some silica.

If inhaled, this chemical compound can cause serious, long-term health problems, including a lung disease known as silicosis. As such, if you and your family stay in the house whilst the electrical contractors are breaking apart the wall plaster, you could end up breathing in this substance and putting your health at risk.

Additionally, during the early stages of the rewiring process, some of the live wires that are usually hidden behind the walls will be exposed. If you have a pet cat or a dog, and you remain in the property throughout the rewiring process, your pet could end up coming into contact with one of these wires and being electrocuted. Given this, it is best to arrange for you and the rest of your household to stay in temporary accommodation whilst the electrical contractors carry out their work.

Be careful about how you incorporate trendy colours

It is important to be extremely careful about the way in which you incorporate trendy colours into your home during the renovation process. Colour palettes which are on trend at the moment will, of course, become outdated in a year or two.

As such, if you incorporate them into semi-permanent elements of your home (for example, if you have your contractor install kitchen floor tiles in a shade of blue that is very popular right now) and you cannot afford to renovate your property again in a couple of years' time, you may have to resign yourself to having an outdated-looking kitchen for the foreseeable future.

As such, if there are trendy colours that appeal to you, make sure that you include them in such a way that they will be easy and inexpensive to change when they start to look dated. For example, it would be better to add an on-trend colour to the walls of a room than to include it by fitting carpeting in this shade, as it is generally far cheaper to repaint a wall than it is to re-carpet a floor.

For more information, contact local professionals like those found at Degree C Pty Ltd.

About Me

Building an Home Extension

Hello, my name is Wendy and this is my construction blog. I do not work in the construction industry myself, but I have spent the last 7 months of my life with construction workers and contractors as they designed and built an extension to my property. I had always dreamed of extending my home so we could enlarge the kitchen and have an additional bedroom on the second-floor. My husband always objected, but when I won some money on the lotto, he couldn't stop me. The contractors were really great and I got a real insight into the industry so I decided to start this blog.

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