5 Farmhouse Renovation Essentials
When it comes to renovating your farmhouse, you will want to do things in the right order. Luckily, even if you haven’t faced such a mammoth task before, you can find out what needs to be done by reading our post below.
Priority one: Structural Integrity
Guess what? The first thing that you need to do when renovating a farmhouse is to check the structure for safety. After all, you don’t want a part of it to come down on you while you are working!
Of course, this means assessing the test structural integrity. In fact, there are two main things to look out for here. The first is anything that affects the load bearing capacity of the structure, including damage to the walls and roof, as well as extreme damp. Secondly, it’s wise to consider how much protection from the element your renovation project currently offers. This is because if you are missing a large section of wall or roof, it means rain, snow, and even animals can all get into your property and cause damage and problems that will cost you additional time and money to repair.
With that in mind, if you have open or smashed windows and doors, or pieces of wall missing it’s wise to either board these up or seal them over with plastic at least, so there is protection from the weather. Of course when it comes to issues with your roof then calling in expert roofers usually the smartest design. After all, they can fix leaks and holes, and make it structurally safe, something that you will want to be done before you progress with the rest of your renovation tasks.
Priority two: Plumbing
Next, it’s time to get the plumbing in your renovation sorted while there are as few pieces of furniture and fixtures and fittings installed as possible.
Of course, when it comes to plumbing, it’s always wise to get some professional guidance. The reason being that it could cost you a lot in repairs, damage to your property, and even your health.
It’s also essential that you carefully consider where you will place plumbed-in items. For example, many homeowners like to have their kitchen sink by a window so they can look out into the garden while doing the dishes. Although the final design will be entirely up to you.
Priority three: Floors, Windows, Doors
Once you have secured the structural integrity and plumbing in the building, it is time to deal with the basics of the interior, including the floors, windows, and doors. In fact, this is the best time to sort these elements out because your work will not be slowed by clutter and furniture.
When it comes to floors, it’s crucial to pick an option that will not only be comfortable for you when you move in, but also fits in with the farmhouse theme. With that in mind, a hardwood floor can be the best choice as these look great, have a rustic quality to them, and can be very hardwearing and easy to clean as well.
The doors and window styles that you use need to follow the same theme as well. Luckily, there are a wealth of more traditional style interior doors that you can choose from to help you achieve this. Oh, and don’t forget that when it comes to windows, you can still get the efficiency an economy of triple glazing, but with the old-school look of sash or leaded windows as well. Both styles being suitable for creating a more vintage vibe within your farmhouse renovation.
Priority four: Finishes
Even though it’s likely that you will want your farmhouse to have a somewhat rustic feel, and that means that finishes will be less perfect than in a new property, you will still want to get this task done right.
In particular, you need to consider the kind of taps and kitchen and bathroom fittings that you want. Happily, you can get these things in a more old fashioned Victorian style, which can look very good in a shabby chic style farmhouse.
Also, pay attention to other finishes such as the cupboard and doors handle that you have as well as the tiles you use on floor and splashbacks. After all, they may only seem like, but they can actually make a huge difference both to the aesthetics and the usability of your home once they are installed.
Finally, when it comes to finishes in a farmhouse renovation, it’s essential to decide whether you are going for old world charm on the outside and a newer more high-end finish on the inside. Of course, if this is the case then you will want to make sure that all the walls are skimmed, that high end coving and skirting boards are installed and that even the ceiling are finishing in a neat and tidy way.
Priority five: Decor
Then, once all of the other elements are in place, you can work on the more decorative aspects of the decor in your farmhouse renovation.
In fact, for many people, this is the most enjoyable part because it where they get to put their stamp on things and create the living environment of their dreams.
Of course, the best thing about decorating a farmhouse renovation is that you can choose between buying brand new items for your home and finding vintage and pre-loved pieces. The latter often being a great deal cheaper and more authentic looking.
Just remember that when you are looking for second-hand pieces, you must check them over before you buy if you are planning on using them for their intended purpose. Although, if you are purchasing them for decorative use only, it doesn’t matter as much!
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You can even have a go at DIYing some of the decorative items for your home, including wooden bookshelves, decorative plaques, and even soft furnishing like throws, cushion cover, and curtains. After all, what is more, perfect that decorating the farmhouse renovation you have put so much of your own time and effort into, than using items that you have made with your own fair hand as well?