Building & Renovating

5 Helpful Tips When Renovating Your Home

Keep in mind these hints before your revamp your space


Renovations can be complex and costly, especially if you’re on a budget. But if you’re armed with proper planning, professional guidance, and practical prioritization – you can go through the fun and exciting experience without breaking the bank. Let these 5 tips guide you in remodeling your space.

Main Photo by Jun Pinzon.

Keep these tips in mind:

Consider your budget

Major renovations are more complicated and may cost more. Working with P100,000 is a limited budget if you plan to significantly alter a portion of the house. It is important to decide as to which space/s are to be prioritized. Prioritizing will help you stay within your allotted budget.

Reuse your old furniture

Once you’ve identified the areas for renovation, inspect the pieces that can be repurposed. Reusing materials will help keep the cost low. For example, a plywood from an old built-in cabinet may be used to build a new center table, if still in good condition. If you have pieces of old ceramic tiles chipped off from the floor, you may use it on kitchen splashboards in place of expensive mosaic tiles. You may lay it out in a random pattern.

Hire a professional

Commissioning the services of an architect or interior designer will help in maximizing a limited renovation budget. You cannot afford to have design mistakes and unconfident quantity estimates that's why it’s best to hire a professional.

To view a list of professionals that you can work with and see a couple of their projects, click here.

Make sure you secure a building permit

As per the National Building Code of the Philippines, securing a building permit is required for all renovation projects. The National Building Code of the Philippines defines renovation as any physical change made on buildings and structures to increase the value or quality, and/or to improve the aesthetic.

Inspect the finished output

After the renovation is completed, it is necessary to have a design professional inspect the correctness of the construction work done and determine if the new space is safe for occupancy. Keep in mind that it would be an expensive inconvenience to spend more on trying to fix unsafe work.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

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