Renovation old house: the 5 rules to know

Perfect for renovation&# 039; an old house, this pellet stove MCZ Club 2.0 achieves an efficiency of 93%.


If you want to renovate an old decrepit house or apartment to optimize space and give this property to the standards of modern comfort, here are our 5 tips for a simple and effective renovation.

Getting into the renovation work requires first not to rush headlong, and what one moves to a new location or simply that we want to modernize the dwelling inhabited for a long time. In particular, it is important to know to take the time to get it right and well tie different aspects of the renovation project. Similarly, better to avoid some options to avoid skidding budget side. Feedback ... 

1. A coat of paint before any decision

The white living area'une jolie maison de pêcheur sur l'Ile de Ré.

The white living room a nice fisherman's house on the Ile de Re.

Eric D'Hérouville

If your home is seriously shabby (dirty paints, wallpapers outdated ...), the first smart move is to repaint before you in large renovation and optimization of space, the invoice will necessarily salty. Why paint? For two reasons. For one, the new paint will give a facelift to the decor, serving a maximum dusting. The house suddenly appear healthier, more modern, almost new. Moreover, the new paint will provide better brightness to the space, especially if you opt for a lighter shade (pure white or off-white, for example). With walls and ceilings cleared, the pieces offer a feeling of greater space. Result: in some cases, new paint enough to put your home or apartment in the shot. No need to break walls or expand the window to enlarge the space. A simple makeover decor was enough. 

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

old old boiler or electric heaters ... A former heating is unreliable and, above all, is energy. In short, a ruin portfolio side. Modernizing the heat sources present more of an advantage. First, it reduced its energy bill. Then we limit the maintenance of aging equipment. Finally, it often takes advantage of a softer and more comfortable heat. For the renovation of an old house, the trend is to install a fireplace, a wood stove or pellet stove. The new models are high performance, with 70 to 90% yields, even higher than 90%. Where an old open fireplace hardly reaches 30 or 40% yield. 

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This pellet stove coated with ceramic (multiple colors) has three adjustable fan independently. Optionally it can be delivered with a remote control that acts as a thermostat'ambiance. Pour un fonctionnement silencieux, il suffit de désactiver les ventilateurs (fonction No Air). Puissance : 12 kW. Rendement : 92 %. 59 x 114,6 x 54,7 cm. Club 2.0, prix sur demande, MCZ.

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


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

When you get into a renovation project of an old house or apartment, the temptation can be to break the walls, moving the kitchen and bathroom, create an additional toilet, etc. But caution, adding climbs fast! Move the kitchen or the bathroom requires substantial work of plumbing, electricity and masonry (tiled floor and walls, walls ...). In other words, modernizing a bathroom or a kitchen without changing existing space will significantly reduce your bill. And even if you do not move at all facilities. That is to say, if you change the sink or if you are replacing a bathtub with a shower keeping the same location. Ditto for the current supply of white goods: oven, induction hob ... 

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The logic is the same for partitions and walls. The more you break, the more you change, the more you'll get out your checkbook. Especially if you touch a bearing wall or if you widen a window. This type of work requires, in effect, laying a IPN beam or lintel again. However, moving a wall that is not "carrier" costs almost nothing. And if you turn a glass door without increasing the width window lintel not to change! It is cheaper.  

4. Calculate the total cost of the renovation work before deciding

We can dream of a beautiful renovation, draw redevelopment plans, submit a statement of work or a building permit for mayor ... But beware, put in place a comprehensive encryption of your renovation before moving too far your project. Otherwise, you may need to backtrack later because the cost will exceed your budget first. And better reflect a complete encryption. For example, do not just encryption Mason does not include electricity nor the plumber that does not include tiling your new bathroom. Clearly, all trades must be integrated into your encryption from the start. Otherwise, you risk a big financial slippage during the project.  

5. Choose good professionals

Our advice for your renovation of an old house: choose the professionals (architects, contractors, craftsmen ...) we recommended to you. Nothing is better than word-of-mouth to know the quality of workmanship and reliability of delivery (time, on budget ...). In addition, you can read about the margin of negotiation possible. Do not hesitate to visit the houses or apartments built or renovated by them. This will see the result and quality of finishes. To better understand your providers, you can also check the websites, which often show pictures of construction work or made. You can appreciate the style and relevance of development. 

Another tip: determine accurately the scope of intervention of each of your contacts. For example, more and more people draw plans (interior designers, DPLG architects, designers, decorators ...) without costing the project or follow the proceedings. Result: the choices can be formidable on paper, but off-budget or complicated in achieving them! So no plan on the comet without encryption. Similarly, if you use several trades (plumber, electrician, mason ...), you will spend a lot of time coordinating the work. And skills. Do you know ? Otherwise, better to have a work coordinator: designer, architect architect or project manager depending on the nature and extent of the work.  

In any case, remember that from shrinking violet cause wear your nerves ...  

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