Building & Renovating

4 Tips on Sourcing for Home Renovation Materials

Get quality materials for your dream home at affordable prices

Photography: Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photo)

Renovating your space involves a tedious process that will be worth it once done. The first step would be to determine the reason and purpose of the renovation. If you think that your space is no longer functioning well, you may consider replacing some of the fixtures. However, if you want to improve the overall aesthetic of your home, you should invest in materials that enhance its look like paint or wallpaper.

Determining the purpose of your renovation project will help you source for the right materials. Contractor Nikki Bustos shares a few tips on how you can get quality pieces for your home projects. 

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Check items at your hardware store

“The best place to go to for your materials would be your nearby hardware store. This will not only save you time but will also [help you] avoid paying costly delivery charges,” Nikki shares. If you have a designer that can help you out, then collaborate with your designer and make sure you discuss concerns on cost, installation procedure, and durability.

Go from “top to bottom”

With the numerous materials that you need to buy, we're sure that you're confused as to which ones should be bought first. If your project does not involve major electrical or sanitary works, it would be best to go from top to bottom. “This means, repair the roof, handle the ceiling, then fix the flooring and painting," Nikki explains.

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Splurge on what is necessary

“Since we have different priorities at home, I suggest that you splurge on the most important parts of the house for you. For instance, if you love to cook then invest on a beautiful and functional kitchen renovation,” Nikki suggests. However, you should never scrimp on basic electrical or sanitary materials because these make up the foundation of your home.

Establish an open communication with your designer

Your renovation project is a collaboration between you and your interior designer or architect. You may consider having a moodboard so you can better explain your vision and what you want to achieve. Doing this will help your designer pick the right materials and complete your dream home.

Picasso Mosaic Agate 30 x 30cm, P215/sheet, Wilcon Depot.

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