10 Steps to Renovating and Designing Your Dream Home

10 Steps to Renovating and Designing Your Dream Home


Planning for a house or apartment renovation may seem like a daunting task. So where do you start when you are planning for a house renovation? If you have decided to be very hands-on with your home make-over instead of hiring a contractor to do all the work, we have some tips for you to get you started. Here are 10 steps we have gathered from experts to assist you in planning for your home renovation

  1. Planning and design
  • Plan for what you require. List down ideas and collect inspirations for the design from websites such as Houzz or Pinterest. Take your time to perfect the design to ensure the finished design will suit your needs.
  • For work that you require professional help, look for contractors and subcontractors to do them for you. Use recommendations from family and friends.
  • Apply for permits. (Most renovation contractors will take care of this on your behalf.)
  • Plan out the budget you have set aside for the project. Work out costs for each room and also include a contingency of about 8-10 per cent of the budget for unforeseen costs.


  1. Start with large projects first
  • Start from the foundation work. Ensure that the structural condition of the house or apartment is good. Plan for the roof (for house renovation) and windows should be done up first to ensure the smooth transition to the next step.
  • Check for foundation works required such as repairs of weakened beams, pillars and walls.
  • Roof or ceiling must be checked for cracks
  • If windows are badly damaged, change it up first. However, if minimal repair work is required, then you can consider leaving it for later stage of the renovation.


  1. Demolition
  • Demolish areas that will be renovated. Do check for house or floor plan for important cables and piping in walls before starting on demolition.
  1. Structural adjustments
  • Wall work: moving walls or constructing new walls.
  • Enlarging window openings
  • Adding or removing doors
  • Adding new structural beams
  1. Plumbing and electrical
  • Install or check on the electrical and plumbing system. Plan where you will require power outlets. Consider installing power strips for the kitchen.
  • Installing of water heaters, ovens, washing machines and other appliances are subject to KW limits. If you are unsure, do engage an electrician for this aspect of your home renovation.
  1. Windows
  • Install windows for the whole house. Use a tape measure to ensure window open is squared off. Check for functionality – whether they can be easily cleaned.
  1. Fine carpentry & surface finishes
  • Built-in elements such as cabinets or bookshelves should be done up during this time. Doors and window trims are also added.
  • Painting of interior walls or installation of wallpaper.
  1. Flooring
  • Installing flooring of choice such as vinyl flooring, laminate, hardwood flooring or tiles. Installing of the flooring at this stage will prevent damage to the floors. You can opt not to install expensive floor finish under kitchen units and islands to save some money as flooring such as marble or wood flooring can be very expensive.
  1. Apply finishing touches
  • Add in details and decorations at this stage – backsplashes, floor sealing, lighting, and any other touch-ups.
  1. Final clean and move in
  • The house would be ready to move after a thorough clean up to remove dust, materials protective coverings. You may also fix in curtains and blinds and other small decorations for a final touch.




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