Pandemic causing widespread uncertainty for home renovations – How should you handle it?

Even in the middle of a pandemic, we can’t resist the urge to improve our homes, and a loft bedroom extension is top of many homeowner’s lists. But with builders braced for a shortage of construction materials and widespread uncertainty in the homebuilding sector, how can you keep your renovation project on track?

Do the groundwork

The construction side of your project might be on hold for now, but that doesn’t stop you from doing the groundwork for your renovation. If you’re planning a loft conversion, then it’s worth ensuring that there’s good access and that the space itself is clean and tidy and ready for work to commence.

Take the time to fully assess your space for head height and roof pitch. Then think carefully about the best use of the space based on your family and lifestyle. Follow this up with a few days of decluttering to lay the groundwork for a smooth and seamless build process.

Planning virtually

When it comes to planning consent, it seems to be business as usual around the country, with planning permission being granted for a range of projects, including bedroom extensions.

The temporary pause created by the coronavirus pandemic gives you time to ensure that your planned renovations either fall under permitted development rights or will meet planning specifications.

Once you’ve drawn up your plans, you can go ahead and start planning the way your finished conversion will look, right down to the materials you’ll need to get the result you require.

Create a mood board

With your virtual plans in place, it’s time to establish the aesthetic of your new conversion. This will depend on the intended use of your new living space, the vibe you want to create and your budget.

Online tools such as Pinterest can help you create an inspirational mood board for the finished look of your project. You can start evaluating the types of material you’ll require to achieve the final look, inspired by images of successful renovation projects.

Choose your materials

Are you looking to create a cool and sophisticated Scandi vibe or a natural and relaxing spa bathroom? Having the time to evaluate the materials you’ll eventually require and source the best products for your budget is a smart way to achieve the look you want.

If you do see materials for sale online, be cautious before you buy. That cast-iron freestanding bath might be the ideal centrepiece for your dream bathroom, but can your floor sustain the weight? Although it’s tempting to try and save money through buying online, you’re safer making a final selection once real samples can be obtained.

At Go Building, we’re committed to creating quality renovations at the right price in London, so once your virtual plans are in place, just contact us for more details on turning your dream into a reality.