The process of renovation can be absolutely mind bending for most of us so we've decided to give you a step by step process on what to expect from this process.
1. Designing and Planning
Whether you've drawn your initial sketch out on an envelope or have done a complete set of architectural blueprints, some designing and planning must always come first. You'll need to ensure that you have enough funds in your budget for your renovation. An easy way to do this is to simply draw up a "yes or no" list of projects that you'd like your professionals to do for you. For every job that you're not interested in doing yourself it's a good idea to employ a contractor and let them handle the rough task of finding the subcontractors for you. They can also handle the applications for building permits which can end up being a labyrinth of a process in itself if you're not already familiar with it.
2. Roofing, Foundation Work, Walls and Windows
Make certain to protect your future refurbishments by making sure that the house itself won't collapse on you! It's imperative that you ensure a dry work area, even in London's wet weather. How do I do this? Working in sections is the simple answer however a plan of action must be in play and first things first; secure the foundation and make sure to repair any major structural damage or weaknesses to areas like the walls, joists, and carrying beams. Next, it's vital to replace any seriously damaged windows that could threaten any future remodeling work. Most importantly though, if the rendering is damaged to the point of allowing water infiltration, repair or replace it as a priority.
3. Everyone's favorite part: Demolition
Depending on how large a project you intend to take on, demolition could very well be your first step and not your third. You're going to need a place to stash the waste from your project so commissioning a waste container is the first thing you should do. You'll then need to carefully demolish the areas of the house that are going to be renovated. Exercise caution when working with lead based paint or lead coated surfaces. Finding out later that you've got lead poisoning would not only be terrible, but would have been completely avoidable. We stress that you use a professional in all matters where you are either uncertain of the materials or the practices you are working with. In other words, "It's better to be safe, than sorry."
4. Structural Carpentry
If you've gotten this far you're ready to call in the carpenters. You'll need them for things like moving walls or constructing entirely new walls. They can also enlarge window opens or add entirely new windows, add beams to support addition weight to your upstairs living area, and add or remove doors.
5. HVAC Ductwork, Electrical Works, and Plumbing
Now that you've opened up the walls and the ceiling, it's time to bring in the HVAC company to install all of the ductwork for your central heating and air conditioning systems. Now that the walls are accessible, it would also be a great time to put in your new electrical and plumbing systems.
The final thing that should be addressed now that the walls are open is installing fiberglass. Insulation can go very quickly so be sure to call your drywall professional to let him know that it's about time for you to utilize his services.
At this point an electrical inspector will need to be called in to give you the green light to start closing up the walls. Drywall professionals can then hang sheets of drywall until they achieve a seamless surface.
8. Adding flooring
By installing the flooring later on in the renovation process this saves your flooring surface from any significant damage.
Now it's time to install new construction or replacement windows.
10. Need Fine Carpentry?
This is the point where you introduce carpentry that doesn't involve any structural issues. That means it's time to install baseboards, molding, trim around windows and doors, built-in elements such as breakfast nooks and bookcases.
11. Interior Painting and Wallpapering
The last items that you should be attending to for your indoor spaces are painting the interior walls, hanging wallpaper, painting any molding and trim, and staining and sealing that trim.
Now that the house is almost completely finished it's safe to add any siding and gutters.
Lastly, if you decide to do any major auxiliary building projects like conservatories or swimming pools make certain that these items have been added into the final cost for your project. You don't want to deplete your funds and energy early on for projects that aren't wholly related to the renovation of the house itself.