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Renovation of a house: the 5 rules to know

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Perfect for renovating an older home, this MCZ Club 2.0 pellet stove achieves a 93% return.

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If you want to renovate an old house or a decatiated apartment to optimize the space and bring this home to the standards of comfort of today, here are our 5 tips for a simple and effective renovation.

To start renovating requires first not to go headlong into the ground, and to move to a new location or just want to modernize long-lived housing. In particular, it is important to know how to take the time in order not to be wrong and to tie up the various aspects of the renovation project. Similarly, it is better to avoid certain options so as not to skid the budget side. Experience feedback ...

1. A stroke of paint before deciding

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If your home is seriously tired (dirty paintings, old wallpapers ...), the first sensible idea is to repaint before you embark on major renovation and optimization of space, the bill will necessarily be salty. Why repaint? For two reasons. On the one hand, the new painting will give a new look to the decor, serving as a dust removal maxi. The home will suddenly appear healthier, more modern, almost new. On the other hand, the new paint will provide greater brightness to the space, especially if you opt for a light shade (pure white or off-white, for example). With thin walls and ceilings, the rooms will offer a feeling of greater space. Result: in some cases, this stroke of paint will be enough to return your house or apartment in the coup. No need to break the walls or widen the windows to enlarge the space. A simple makeover deco was enough.

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2. Reduce your energy bills by installing a stove or insert fireplace

Old boiler or old electric convectors ... An old heating is unreliable and, above all, is energy-consuming. In short, a ruin on the wallet side. Modernizing heat sources has more than one benefit. First, it reduces its energy bill. Then, we limit the maintenance of aging equipment. Finally, we often enjoy a warmer and more comfortable heating. For the renovation of an old house, the trend is to install a fireplace with insert, a wood stove or a pellet stove. The new models are very efficient, with yields of 70 to 90%, or even greater than 90%. Where an old open fire can hardly reach 30 or 40% efficiency.

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Also read> 10 beautiful fireplace corners

This ceramic-coated pellet stove (several colors to choose from) has three independently adjustable fans. Optionally, it can be delivered with a remote control that acts as a room thermostat. For quiet operation, simply switch off the fans (No Air function). Power: 12 kW. Yield: 92%. 59 x 114.6 x 54.7 cm. Club 2.0, price on request, MCZ.

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3. Keep existing locations: kitchen, bathroom, load bearing walls ...

When you embark on a renovation project for an old house or apartment, the temptation may be to break the walls, move the kitchen and bathroom, create an extra toilet, and so on. But be careful, the bill climbs fast! Moving the kitchen or bathroom requires substantial plumbing, electricity and masonry work (tiling on the floor and wall, partitions ...). In other words, modernizing an existing bathroom or kitchen without changing it will significantly reduce your bill. And even more if you do not move the equipment at all. That is, if you change the sink or replace a bath with a shower keeping the same location. Ditto for the electric arrivals of the big appliances: oven, induction hob ...

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The logic is the same for partitions and walls. The more you break them, the more you change them, the more you have to pull out your checkbook. Especially if you touch a load-bearing wall or widen a window. This type of work requires, in fact, the installation of an IPN beam or a new lintel. On the other hand, cutting down a partition that is not "carrier" costs almost nothing. And if you turn a window into a French window without increasing the width, no lintel to change! It is therefore cheaper.

4. Calculate the overall cost of renovations before deciding

We can dream of a beautiful renovation, draw plans for redevelopment, file a declaration of work or a building permit at the town hall ... But beware, set up a complete costing of your renovation before moving too far in your project . Otherwise, you may have to back off later because the cost will exceed your initial budget. And better to consider a complete costing. For example, do not settle for the bricklayer's costing that does not include electricity or that of the plumber who does not include the tiling of your new bathroom. Clearly, all trades must be included in your encryption from the outset. Otherwise, you risk a big financial slippage during the project.

5. Choose good professionals

Our advice for your renovation of an old house: choose professionals (architects, contractors, craftsmen ...) that you have been recommended. Nothing better than word-of-mouth to know the quality of the work done and the reliability of the service (deadlines, respect of budgets ...). In addition, you will be able to know the possible margin of negotiation. Do not hesitate to visit houses or apartments built or renovated by them. This allows to see the result and the quality of the finishes. To find out more about your service providers, you can also consult the websites, which often present photos of works or constructions made. You will be able to appreciate the style and the relevance of the installations.

Another advice: determine precisely the field of intervention of each of your interlocutors. For example, more and more people are drawing plans (interior designers, DPLG architects, designers, decorators ...) without costing the project or following the work. Result: the choices can be great on paper, but off budget or complicated in their achievement! So no plan on the comet without encryption. Similarly, if you use several trades (a plumber, an electrician, a mason ...), you will have to spend a lot of time coordinating the work. And skills. Do you know ? Otherwise, it is better to have a work coordinator: decorator, architect architect or project manager depending on the nature and scope of the work.

In any case, remember that going from flower to gun is likely to wear out your nerves ...

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