There comes a time in every home owner’s life when they are ready to make alterations and turn the house that they own into the house of their dreams. That is the way it usually works because most people cannot simply afford to just buy the house of their dreams. So while it takes time to save the money that is needed the big advantage of the situation is that it gives you, as the home owner, a time to get used to the house, to know what works and what doesn’t and what you can and should change. But how do you go about turning those dreams into reality and making sure that the house of your dreams doesn’t become the house of your nightmares. Here are a few tips to help ensure that you get exactly what you want. 


It is all in the planning 

It is one thing to have a plan in your head, it is quite another to get it out of your head and onto paper. In this regard you need to work with the right people, an architect or designer who understands you and who appreciates your vision. There are plenty of home designers Adelaide or Sydney or Perth or wherever you happen to be, it is simply a matter of finding the right one. Talk to a few, get multiple quotes and see who you feel most comfortable talking to, you are creating a partnership and you and the designer need to make sure that you are on the same page. 


Stick to your budget 

So often the temptation when you start the building and alterations process is to go overboard and to spend more than you actually have. It is important to be conscious of this and to guard against it because overspending leads to debt and to all sorts of problems. In the worst case scenario it means running out of cash mid job and being stuck with an unfinished project and an unliveable house. 


Focus on features 

A key trick when making alterations is not to be too fancy or over the top. For the most part you should look to keep things simple and easy with just a few feature items or installations to catch the eye and act as talking points. A feature could be something as simple as a different coloured wall or an antique window or chandelier, something that jumps out and owns the room. And in order to do that you can have to acknowledge that only one feature can own the room, so don’t over-do it. 


Think to the environment 

Be very aware of what you are doing and the impact that your building and your house is going to have on the environment. Simple planning and thought will go a long way to ensuring that the house that you create is green and eco-friendly. Factor in things like solar panels and geysers, grey water systems and rainwater harvesting. Think about natural light and heat regulation. These are all things that will impact on your monthly budget going forward and which, if done right can save you lots of money going forward – not to mention the benefit they will have on the environment.    




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