Things That Could Stop Your Renovations Going Ahead

Things That Could Stop Your Renovations Going Ahead

Eager to renovate your home? Before you get started, it could be important to make a few checks to make sure that your project is legal and feasible. Below are some of the big things that could stop your renovations going ahead – including how to check for them and what you may be able to do to work around them. 

Local Restrictions

Some areas of the UK – including national parks and areas of outstanding beauty – have strict laws in place prohibiting certain developments in order to preserve the natural beauty of the area. In other cases, towns or neighbourhoods may have conservation rules in place to protect the identity and heritage.

If you think that you live in such an area, it’s worth seeking planning permission before making any renovations. Extensions and noticeable exterior improvements that are carried out without permission could result in costly fines and you’ll usually be forced to stop work and tear them down. Interior improvements are unlikely to be affected by these rules – if you need extra space in your home, consider whether converting a loft, garage or cupboard under the stairs is a viable option.

Things That Could Stop Your Renovations Going Ahead: Protected Building Features

Some buildings are protected, which means you may be limited as to what renovations you can make (both to the exterior and interior). Most buildings constructed before 1850 are ‘listed buildings’ and may have such restrictions – this could be something to consider if you live in an old house. Other buildings may be seen to have architectural significance and may also carry development restrictions. 

Seek out planning permission if you think your home could be affected. In some cases, you may still be able to make extensions and conversion providing that no original features are destroyed (and providing that any new features fit the architectural style). 

Disturbance to Wildlife

Renovations can sometimes be banned if they have a negative impact on local wildlife. An attic or barn that is home to bats may be protected. Trees may also be protected if they are home to birds.

If you have bats in your home, it’s worth carrying out a bat survey using services found at sites such as batsurveys.co.uk. If you’re thinking of removing a tree, you may have to hire a certified arborist to assess it first. In some cases, it may be possible to relocate wildlife safely in order to carry out renovations, however, this may not always be the case.

Neighbour objections

Neighbours can sometimes object to renovations. This is particularly the case if an improvement infringes on privacy, blocks out sunlight or affects views. Some neighbours may even object to renovations simply on the grounds of noise. 

It’s a good idea to always check with your neighbours before carrying out any renovations. If you think neighbours are objecting unfairly, you may be able to appeal to your local planning committee. Generally, if an improvement does not go against planning regulations and is not being contested by multiple neighbours, a planning committee will vote in your favour and allow your improvement to go ahead. This post at self-build.co.uk discusses more about neighbour objections. 

Things That Could Stop Your Renovations Going Ahead -Unplanned costs

Poor budgeting is a common roadblock. You may find that you’re able to get started on the renovation if you don’t have to pay the money all upfront, however once the money runs out, any labourers you have hired are within their rights to stop working. This could result in a half-finished renovation.

Once you have a detailed plan of all the costs, consider whether you are able to realistically fund the whole project. Budget for 10% more than you need – this will cover any unplanned costs such as last minute adjustments, disruptions due to weather or increases in energy bills during renovation. 

Creating the Perfect Bedroom

Creating the Perfect Bedroom

The bedroom is an essential space in the home for a lot of people, which is why you want to create the perfect one when you have the chance. To a lot of people, it is more than just a place to sleep, it’s a place in the home that is theirs alone, in which nobody else will disturb them. Creating the perfect bedroom shouldn’t be a tough process as long as you know what you want to achieve and what to do. In this article, I’m going to be looking at just that, so keep reading if you want to find out more.

Creating the Perfect Bedroom: Somewhere Comfortable

First, you’re going to want the room to be comfortable. It’s no good stepping inside and feeling like you’re in some other place with nowhere to sleep and nowhere to sit. You need to get a comfortable bed that allows you to get the absolute best night of sleep. Sleep is essential to humans, and if you’re not getting the right amount, you are going to notice certain changes in your body. For this reason, you should be looking at beds and mattresses that are going to aid you in getting a good night of rest. Do your research before settling on a single product so that you know for sure you have the best. I’ve fallen foul of buying a cheap bed and mattress in the past and have regretted it.

That’s not all though, because there should also be somewhere for you to sit and just relax. Sometimes if you want to escape the busy hustle and bustle, you might just want to sit in your room for a minute. Ideally, you should never get into your bed unless you’re going to sleep, so finding a chair or a sofa is best. Just make sure it doesn’t become a clothes horse.

A Space Just For You

The space is going to be yours, so it should be filled with the things that you love. Make it personal while still keeping it looking fantastic. Little touches here and there like a rug, posters from your favourite movie, and so on are all it’s going to take to make your room feel like your own. If there’s anything that you think you absolutely need to make your room complete, then ensure it’s in there and not somewhere else in the house.

Creating the Perfect Bedroom: Tidy Is Best

Finally, a tidy room helps you to keep a tidy mind, but to do this you’ve got to have adequate storage. This includes your wardrobe, so you’ve got to think about where to get the best one, how much it is going to cost, and so on. A site like Online Bedrooms will be able to help you here, so take a look at their products and see if anything stands out to you. 

You should also think about shelves, freestanding bookcases, and so on that, you can use to store your items. Having everything on the floor is simply not an option, so write a list of things such as a bedside table and shelves that you can use for storage purposes, then go and find them.

In Summary

I hope that you have found this article helpful, and now have a better understanding of why creating the perfect bedroom shouldn’t be too tough. With these points in mind, I’ll be making changes to my space to make it less cluttered and calmer.