Home renovation or remodelling can be a cost-effective way of creating the home of your dreams – making your home your own. While exciting and fun, it can also be daunting.

We know what it takes and we’re here to help!

Once you have a clear idea of your goals for renovating your home, and a budget, move forward with the following in mind:

Step 1: Find a reputable interior designer and trades people

Do your research.

Don’t just go online and search the nearest businesses, ask around. Word of mouth recommendations are usually the best way to start. Ask your friends, ask your home builder, ask on your community grapevine.

Once you have a short list for interior designers, give them a call and ideally meet them in person.

You want to make sure you’ll be able to work together, and you want to ensure that they:

  • Will work within your timeline and budget.
  • Are a good listener.
  • Can decipher your goals.
  • Not only have an eye for aesthetics, but also have a technical background and plenty of experience.

Once you are confident you have found a perfect match for your renovation, it is time to schedule your in-person, on-site consultation. 

Step 2: The on-site consultation

The in-person, on-site consultation with your interior designer kicks off the start of your renovation.

During your consultation, you should have conversations about functionality and style.

Your interior designer may make some suggestions about the renovation or have some design ideas to consider, but this meeting is largely about them gathering as much information as possible to understand your needs and scope out the size of the renovation and hours that will be required.

There should also be discussion about what interior items and fixtures are to remain and what will be swapped out or changed in the renovation. 

Step 3. The conceptual design phase

During the conceptual design phase, your selected interior designer will be hard at work putting together the big vision for your renovation.

Your interior designer will complete an onsite survey to take measurements and photos of your space. They will be sourcing and collecting samples from suppliers, including fixtures and furnishings. They may even provide a mood board or samples board for inspiration.

Your designer will assist you to select items for your renovation including:

  • Lighting
  • Soft furnishings
  • Benchtop
  • Cabinetry
  • Paint colours and wallpaper
  • Hard flooring and carpet
  • Furniture, including custom made items

Be inspired!

Here’s an example of two render colour options on a home exterior. External render images are also a service we offer at Tenille Dyer Interiors.

Home Renovations White Brick, Grey Deck
Home Renovations Black Brick, Black Deck

These are what mood boards might look like, they are created to provide you with visual inspiration on textures, colours, fittings and furnishings.

Step 4. Let the renovation begin!

If your renovation involves making structural changes, like knocking down a wall or moving the plumbing, you may need a building consent or permission from council. It is vital that all building consents and permits are completed and approved prior to demolition.

Here’s a handy tool to find out whether you’ll need consent for your project: https://www.canibuildit.govt.nz/

If your neighbours will be affected by your home renovation, it’s worth letting them know in advance too.

You’ll need to prep your home and move any furniture pieces that may be in the way.

Depending on the size of your renovation or how much inconvenience it may cause to your family, you may also need to think about alternative living arrangements.

Before starting, make sure you have an agreed timeframe, and all parties are agreed on expectations.

 Stage 5. Completion

After a long journey, the day has finally come to enjoy your newly remodelled and refreshed home.

Make sure that you are totally and completely in love with your new home design.

Walk through the space with your trades people and interior designer and note any deficiencies that need to be resolved, while coordinating solutions.

Whatever the end goal was – better functionality, a new style, or simply creating a more comfortable space for you and your family – now is the time to enjoy it.

Ready to renovate your home? Please get in touch.