20 TIPS TO RENOVATE YOUR HOUSE: Part 3
11. ASK FOR PERMITS
For partial renovations, such as floors or carpentry, you do not need permits. If the work affects the partition and windows, it must be reported to the town hall and if it affects the structure of the building, a project must be requested from an architect and the relevant fees must be paid. In any case, add the license of the container on the street.
12. STARTER LIGHTS
Sometimes it is not necessary to do great works to give new airs to a house. Replacing the electrical mechanisms with other designs or colors is a simple gesture that also makes life easier with home automation systems. These allow us to regulate the light and create different environments, detect presences (ideal for corridors) or program their use at a distance (opening and closing of blinds).
13. LET ME ALWAYS ADVISE
The needs and the budget mark the agenda of the reforms, although they are usually carried out in February, Easter and summer. From experience, Bárbara Contreras, interior architect of the firm Bauhaus, ensures that those that affect kitchens, bathrooms and renovation of windows are the majority. Bárbara advises to ask beforehand to ask for the necessary permits and to be advised by a professional in the matter, not only during the reform, also when choosing the painting, the decoration or the furniture.
14. THE APPROPRIATE BRUSH
As important as choosing the paint is to opt for the most suitable brush for each job. Its size is measured in millimeters or inches (1 inch equals 25 mm). It uses 1 “for small surfaces (bars, moldings, frames), 2” and 3 “for medium pieces (doors, windows, furniture …) and 4” to 8 “on large surfaces (floors and walls). In this case, you can also choose rollers and guns. As for the sows: the synthetic ones are, nowadays, as effective as the natural ones. Especially in water-based paints, like this matt emulsion, ideal for walls and ceilings, by Laura Ashley.
15. FAUCETS: BEST THERMOSTATICS
Are you tired of losing minutes every day in the shower combining cold and hot water until you get the right temperature? Maybe it’s time to change the taps for a thermostatic model, which mixes the water and makes it always constant in flow and degrees. Not only will it be more comfortable for you, but it will allow you to save up to 50% of water and energy, which will amortize the cost of the tap immediately.