20 Home Renovation Tips And Ideas 2018

If you are planning a renovation, do not walk into it blindly. A little prior planning and preparation will go a long way to making your renovation or build an enjoyable experience, rather than a potential nightmare. Here are 20 renovation tips and ideas from the team at Style Plus | Renovations | Auckland.

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Before Your Start Your Renovation Journey!

In general, the Style Plus process starts with a review of your renovation requirements. For example, what would you like to achieve and the reasons behind the changes. Here are a few renovation tips before you start your journey:

  1. If you are looking at renovating your bathroom, visit a plumbing supply outlet near you who have experienced bathroom consultants that are able to advise on layout, products, trends and colour, going green, and introducing technology into your bathroom.
  2. Review the real estate websites and find a home that has been renovated and arrange to visit an open home. Show homes are also worth a visit.
  3. Gather ideas and pictures from magazines and the internet. Check out our Pintrest page for some inspiration.
  4. Book time with our Style Plus Interior designer. Our experienced and qualified Interior Designer can offer advice and inspiration on all aspects of interior design.
  5. From your homework, you will be able to meet the Style Plus | Renovation consultant with your design ideas and your house plans, and any restrictions or issues upfront.

Plan Your Renovation Budget

As they say, it’s all in the planning!

  1. Calculate everything you will have to do to finish your project, and do your research to get a good idea of what it will cost you.
  2. Set a realistic budget based on your desires and required outcomes. This may require some research into the cost of the materials and products of your choice. Once you have set your budget, add between 10-20% to cover quotes that run over and any unexpected surprises.
  3. Cover yourself! Before starting the renovation, check with your insurance company that your house and contents policy covers you during renovations. Additionally, if you are not getting a building consent, ensure the work you are undertaking will be insured.
  4. Topping up your mortgage is usually cheaper than getting a personal loan or using a credit card, because home loan interest rates are lower.
  5. Do not forget that your project may also incur additional consent and compliance fees, insurance and architect’s fees. You need to work these into your renovation budget and finance calculations.
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Quality  V  Project Cost

The risks involved in renovation projects make quality assurance of the utmost importance.

  1. So when it is time to decide which quote to accept, and quality is key to you, then keep in mind that the cheapest quote is predominantly not the best way forward.
  2. Very early on in the Style Plus process we review the renovation at a high level and determine a “ball park cost to renovate”. This figure will evolve as we hone in on your requirements and produce a set of plans for building consent. From the final set of plans we are able to provide you with an accurate costing for your renovation based on our experience and the systems we employ.

Changes Can Cost You!

  1. In general, during your renovation or build you may find that you change your mind on a couple of previously agreed items. Keep in mind that every time this happens, a change order/variation will be raised by your builder. Inevitably there is always added costs when things are changed from the consented plans.
  2. A change may seem minor but it can cause a ripple effect throwing off scheduling and other subcontractor works that needs to be undertaken. Changes are okay and bound to happen but keep in mind that these have the potential to disrupt and delay your renovation or build.

Have A Contingency Fund

  1. When renovating a home there are a number of things that can go wrong. Be prepared with a contingency fund and make sure to use it only in cases of readjustment due to unforeseen events or issues that require a cost solution. The amount allocated to contingency in a budget depends on the nature and complexity of the project, but it is usually somewhere between 5% and 15%.

Moving Forward

Selecting the right renovation company for your needs and for the type of renovation you seek is one of the most important decisions you will make in your home renovation process. Here are a few pointers to help you:

  1. It is important that you look for a building company that will listen to you and your ideas. Good communication skills are essential when undertaking a renovation.
  2. Do they employ licensed builders? This is the first question you need to ask. Only ever work with licensed tradesmen. It may seem like an obvious point to reinforce but people either do not ask or go with an unlicensed builder to save money. The results can be disastrous.
  3. Does the building company have any current or past building disputes under way? This will let you know about the building company’s general reliability and professionalism as well as the overall quality of their work.
  4. Check that your building company has a valid insurance policy in place to adequately cover the project and personal liability.
  5. And finally, if it sounds too good to be true, it often is. Look for real value in the building company who will undertake your renovation or build.
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By |2018-03-07T08:48:32+00:00March 6th, 2018|Categories: Renovations|14 Comments

About the Author:

Style Plus | Renovations | North Shore | Auckland are an experienced team of knowledgeable experts who can take care of any build and renovation project. We are a New Zealand family owned and operated design, build and renovation company working predominantly within Auckland City and the North Shore, where we are based. We cater to a range of clients and provide an in-house interior design service as well as house renovations Auckland wide.


  1. Jan May 13, 2018 at 5:40 am - Reply

    I’m not that much of an online reader to be honest but your blogs are really good, keep it up ! I will definitely bookmark your site to come another day.

    • Style Plus May 13, 2018 at 5:42 am - Reply

      Thanks again Jan. Always good to hear people like our online content.

  2. James July 20, 2018 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    This building deck idea is very awesome this will give a great space for home

  3. AirBNB Cleaners Sydney August 9, 2018 at 9:09 am - Reply

    I agree with having a contingency fund, renovating a home can come with unexpected costs. By the way thank you for this helpful tips and ideas. Great blog!

  4. John Churchill September 5, 2018 at 7:18 am - Reply

    It’s really a nice and helpful piece of information. I’m happy that you shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this.

  5. Emma Jennifer October 3, 2018 at 4:00 am - Reply

    An amazing article. It is very informative post. It’s nice to read a quality blog post. I really appreciate sharing this great post. I want to thank you for this informative post.

    • Style Plus October 4, 2018 at 3:19 am - Reply

      Hi Emma, the team at Style Plus | Renovations appreciate your feedback.

  6. Andrew Agar October 4, 2018 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Try not to compromise on quality on any renovation part

    • Style Plus October 5, 2018 at 1:37 am - Reply

      Hi Andrew. Thank you for your feedback. You are correct, quality should be top of the list.

  7. Greg October 8, 2018 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    This is a very huge list of home renovation tips and ideas. Planning a home renovation can give you a headache but this can really help before doing a renovation.

    • Style Plus October 9, 2018 at 1:33 am - Reply

      Hi Greg, thanks for your feedback. We strive to inform/educate people looking to renovate.

  8. Petter Wilson October 30, 2018 at 4:50 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing such an informative article that talks about different home renovation tips and ideas. I recently came across an article where they help you with some great tips for the home extension. Thought it will be a great idea to share this here- http://projectreno.com.au/top-tips-for-planning-a-home-extension-in-adelaide/

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