Small projects still require planning

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If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen a number of projects that I've been working on lately that are quite 'grand' in scale. So today, I just wanted to make a point that it really doesn't matter what size project you're working on - they are still require careful planning, especially when we're talking kitchens or bathrooms.

Let's take this ensuite for example. Not massive in size but let me tell you, it still took quite a bit of careful planning and organisation.

Client brief was basically that it all had to come out - absolutely everything. The thing is, especially with bathrooms and kitchens, is that you never really know what you've got until you start ripping the lot out. You can see from these images that the boxing around the room was massive, the height of the shower tray nearly required ladders to enter and we had no idea whether this was due to lazy plumbing or essential pipes. 

so what do you do first?

BOOK THE RELEVANT TRADESMAN IN ADVANCE

Bathroom redesigns need plumbers so best bit of advice if you're planning an overhaul is book your plumber. They're always busy! This applies to whatever trade you will be needing for a project. Book them before you've even thought about your concept design so that you have some idea of start time and you can work backwards from this date.

AGREE CONCEPT DESIGN

Make sure you know exactly what design you have agreed as this will determine what materials and relevant products you will need.

ORDER MATERIALS/MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SOMEWHERE TO STORE THEM

If you've even taken on renovation work you will know they is always so much 'stuff'! Firstly, you have to be totally on top of all this in terms of ordering - some more generalist items are usually held in stock but if you are thinking of going bespoke this will have a much longer lead time and this needs to be taken into consideration. The last thing you want is to have waited 3 months for the tradesman and not have anything ready for them as you may lose your slot and endure another 3 months of waiting. Secondly, you have to make sure you have somewhere to store them until you need them. When you're working on bathrooms and kitchens especially, tiles, shower screens, shower trays etc all take up a lot of space.

BUILDING WASTE

You've not only got to manage the new stuff coming into the project design, but you've also got to organise what to do with the stuff you don't want anymore! Make sure you agree who is in charge of arranging waste removal or skip hire, and check who is paying for this!

Little tip for any of you out there who live in resident permit parking areas. Skips require permits and sometimes these can take a few days/weeks to sort out so make sure you factor this little irritant into your scheduling!

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TIMESCALES

Make sure you get a commitment from whoever is doing your work as to how long the work is going to take. Bathrooms and kitchens are a nightmare to be without so you really want to make sure that you are not left without the essentials (toilet/sink) for too long.

SNAGGING LIST

When the project is nearing completion, you see it all looking a million times better than it did a couple of weeks ago, that you don't always remember to look at the finer detail. It's really important that you make sure you have a complete list of any areas that require a little extra love and attention before your project ends and primarily before final payment is made!

It's then you can finally sit back, admire your wonderful new space and start putting in those fab final finishing touches.