Renovating A Property

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Renovating A Property

When it comes to buying a property, we have to put a lot of trust in our gut instinct. This is because, for many of us, we get that special feeling when we walk through the door of our future property. It’s something that can’t be described other than having this overwhelming feeling to own that property. However, the problem is, we can’t predict exactly when we will get that reassurance. So what happens if you see a property that requires work or a full renovation? What do you do if that’s the property you have fallen in love with? You either take on the project, or you don’t. It can be daunting to take on a project especially if you have no experience in renovations. This is why I thought I would share with you a few quick do’s and don’ts of renovating. Maybe these tips and advice might help sway your decision.

Do make sure you seek advice from an architect

If you have big plans for the place that includes changing the layout or even an extension, then make sure you seek advice from an architect. They can draw up your designs that will help you see on paper what you have envisioned. They will also do a correct drawing of plans for extensions when it comes to applying for planning permission. They know what they are doing and are well worth the money and investment. Ensuring you get the job done right the first time.

Don’t attempt to take on any extension work without prior permission

It’s may not be obvious to people who are not clued up in the property game. But most extensions to a property require planning permission. Whether that is a bedroom or ground floor living. This can be requested from your local council. There is also strict guidelines if you have happened to purchase a property that is listed. Or of special interest to the local conservation office. Do your homework before making any big changes.

Do make sure the property is structurally sound

To an unprofessional eye, your home may look fine. To a specialist, there may be some structural issues or problems within the foundation. This is why it’s worth calling in contractors to look into the structure. They may perhaps offer a crawl space repair to ensure everything is structurally sound.

Don’t try and tackle work yourself when you are not experienced

We can all be guilty of watching those DIY programmes and thinking to ourselves “how hard can it be?” But the truth be told those professionals make those jobs look easy. When it comes to your investment, make sure you only do the jobs you are experienced in.

Do take your time to get the job done right

Sometimes rushing jobs on a property can cause problems further down the line.

Do enjoy the process and document it

Finally, make sure you document the process from start to finish. These pictures or notes in a  diary can be lovely to look back on, especially once you have completed your renovations.

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roof types

Roof Types – Summary

Homeowners work hard to make their homes look great on both the inside and outside, and one way to increase the visual appeal of your home — as well as the resale value — is to install a new roof or upgrade your old one.

There are many different types of roofs to choose from, and each has its distinct pros and cons. How To find a good roofing contractor?

Gable Roofs

The Gable roof is the roof you see most often and is identified by its distinct V-shape. These roofs give the homeowner a lot of attic space. Also, they’re inexpensive to install. That said, the Gable roof is prone to wind damage thanks to its sloping sides.

Gambrel Roofs

The Gambrel is easy to spot because it’s the type of roof seen in most barn construction. This roof features two distinct slopes, with the lower slope being steeper than the upper. The main advantage of this roof design is it provides the homeowner with plenty of loft space, which many people turn into a spare bedroom or home office. The downside to this roof is that it takes a true expert to install. Any mistakes will become apparent as soon as you get a heavy rainfall and see the leaks.

Flat Roofs

The flat roof may lack style, but it’s a perfect design for stores and other commercial structures. Although it’s not popular in America for residential homes, the flat roof is seen in many European homes. The advantage of a flat roof is it gives the building owner another “floor” on which they can have a patio or garden. Also, the flat roof is ideal for people who want to install solar panels as it provides for maximum coverage. The major downside to these roofs is they are prone to leaks because water tends to sit despite the slight pitch for drainage.

Hip Roofs

A Hip roof is one that slopes downward on all sides and is common in traditional farmhouses and homes that have a porch that wraps around. The advantage of having a hip roof is its stability, which makes it perfect for climates that get heavy winds. Also, the sloping on all sides minimized the chance of leaks or water damage. However, hip roofs can be expensive to build due to the additional materials required for construction.

Mansard Roof

This roof is similar to the Gambrel, having four sides. Other names for this roof are the French or the Curb roof. These roofs were popular with architects building right after the Civil War. The great thing about this roof is that it gives you plenty of upstairs living space. However, its construction requires that you be aggressive in its upkeep and maintenance.

A-Frame Roof

The A-Frame is similar to the Gable, but its sides slope much deeper so that it resembles the letter A. The advantage to this roof is that it’s simple to construct and keep up. However, the steep slope means heavy drainage around your foundation unless you construct a good gutter and drain system.

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