When renovating or extending your home, the one stage that can cause the most stress, lead to errors and cause budgets to overrun is choosing fixtures and fittings.
Fixtures and fittings typically include the kitchen, bathroom tiling and sanitaryware, flooring and any other built-in joinery items, internal doors, ironmongery, feature lighting, switches and sockets. Builders sometimes describe this as ‘the shiny stuff’! There are so many choices to make and so much to choose from if you’re not on top of things it’s easy to get bogged down and the process can become very stressful.
Here are a few tips for making the right choices at this point in a project.
Be clear about the budget
Unlike building costs, there is no fixed price for fixtures and fittings. You can literally spend any amount. A bath, for example, can cost anything from £200 to £4,000 depending on what you choose and the choice is vast. So, having a firm idea of what you can afford will help to narrow the choice. Even the most subtle differences can have an impact on the total cost.
Get the professionals in
As the project progresses budgets can quickly appear very different and it can be tempting to cut back on things like professional fees to free up money for interiors. However, getting help with this part of the project will help you make the right choices and ensure all choices work together so the overall look is seamless as well as controlling the final cost.
A good designer will simplify and speed up the decision-making process, know what represents good value, and ensure the scheme works together. Despite it coming at a cost, having this kind of expertise will save money in the long run. Experienced home designers understand the process inside out and can prepare and assist so you don’t become overwhelmed.
They will advise when decisions need to be made and will answer questions from the builder as they arise. Once a builder starts on site things move really quickly. You may be called on to make decisions in a short period of time and unless you have the answers you could face delays and extra expense.
Make decisions early
These are the items you will have to choose yourself. They are expensive and need to be durable, so you can’t afford to make a mistake. The builder will expect these items to be delivered on time otherwise it will impact on the smooth running of the project.
The ideal is to have all of these big decisions made before work starts on site. Once the build starts, you’ll feel under pressure, there will be distractions and emotions to deal with, so you won’t be at your best when it comes to making decisions. Having made your big choices in advance will significantly lessen any stress!
Think of the scheme as a whole
When coordinating the look and feel of the house it’s important you think of the scheme as a whole, the flooring, furnishings, paint colours, even your window finishes all need to work together. It is important to think about the detail and positions of where you place your furniture as this will impact on position of sockets, a good Interior Designer will consider these things for you!
There is a sequence to making the right decisions and it’s important to follow it. Starting with paint colours before you’ve chosen any of your finishes is going to be a difficult task and one that you risk having to redo to coordinate once you’ve chosen your finishes.
Start with the major purchases like the kitchen which will often be the main feature in the room. Then select flooring, this should unify the house and connect everything together. Only then should you select colours for walls and any joinery. By approaching the scheme in this way, the big decisions will be out of the way first, and after that you should find it easier to make the smaller decisions.
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