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5 reasons renovating shouldn’t be stressful

renovations shouldn't be stressful

 

Making the decision to renovate your home can be a daunting task. There are so many things to consider, from the scope of the project to your budget. Deciding the smallest details down to what door handle to choose can be challenging even for the most experienced professionals. But renovations shouldn’t be stressful. In fact, with a little planning and forethought, renovating can be a fun and rewarding experience. Here are 5 reasons why:

ITS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET CREATIVE

This is your chance to really let your creativity shine. Renovations give you a chance to customize and update your space. Maybe to better suit where you are in life now.  This can involve adding new features or design elements or reconfiguring the layout of a space. The process of renovating a space can be an opportunity for homeowners to be imaginative. A chance to come up with unique solutions to problems or challenges they are facing with their existing home. Renovations can also be a chance for people to express their personal style. A chance to create a living space that reflects their tastes and interests.

IT CAN SAVE YOU MONEY IN THE LONG RUN

Although renovations can be costly upfront, they can actually save you money in the long run. Upgrading the insulation, windows, or HVAC systems can reduce your energy bills, saving you money in the long run.  If you have old or malfunctioning plumbing or electrical systems, it can be more cost-effective to repair or replace it during a renovation rather than waiting for it to fail completely.  Beyond the financial savings, a renovation can improve the functionality of your home, increasing your overall enjoyment of living there.

REMEMBER, ITS YOUR SPACE

This is an opportunity for you to create the home (or room) that YOU want. So don’t get too caught up in what other people might think — focus on what would make YOU happy. A renovation is a chance to have your home reflect you rather then it being the shell you moved into when you first purchased your home ​

SET REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

Remember, Renovations shouldn’t be stressful. They can be an exciting and fulfilling process, but it’s important to note that they can also be time-consuming and sometimes unpredictable. It’s common for there to be some setbacks or challenges that arise during the renovation process, but setting realistic expectations can help you stay calm and focused. When you’re expecting some bumps in the road, it’s easier to roll with the punches and not get overly anxious or frustrated. By keeping a realistic outlook, you’ll be better equipped to handle any hiccups that come your way and enjoy the renovation process to the fullest. So, it’s important to keep a positive attitude and remind yourself of the end goal, knowing that the renovation will ultimately bring you closer to the home of your dreams.

YOU DONT HAVE TO TAKE IT ON ALL ON YOUR OWN

The unique selling point for hiring a renovation company (like Renova) is that we will take care of everything. Remember, Renovations shouldn’t be stressful. We cover everything from the initial consultation to the BER ASSESSMENT, through to the removal of your possessions into storage, the complete building works and even down to the final clean! This in turn means that you can focus on the creative elements of your home and you can be sure that you can get back to your home faster to enjoy your newly-renovated, warm, cosy house sooner.

Renovations can be a great way to improve your home but they can also be very time consuming and difficult to manage. With some assistance and a positive outlook, however, they doesn’t have to be as stressful. If you’re considering a renovation, reach out to us. We would be more than happy to help you through the process and avoid any unnecessary stress.

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Tel: 01 2021122

Email: info@renova.ie

The Health Benefits of a Deep Retrofit

Do you want to improve your health, safety, and comfort in your homes? An investment in home retrofits could be just what you need! With an increased focus on energy efficiency and comfort control, homeowners can realize enhanced living conditions through this renovation process. Deep retrofitting goes one step further by tailoring upgrades according to an individual person’s needs while also optimizing energy use beyond basic insulation installations. Investing in deep retrofit technologies comes with numerous health benefits that can result in physical, mental, emotional well-being. In this blog post we will explore the potential health benefits associated with a deep retrofit in your long-time home.

HOW OUR HOME CAN INFLUENCE OUR HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE

There is plenty of scientific research to prove that our environment affects our physical and mental health in many ways. The relationship between our surroundings and our well-being is important.

For example – it is suggested that looking at a beautiful view results in a rush of endorphins which in turn leads to a feeling of peacefulness and well-being. By paying attention to the place and space around us, we can feel better. Therefore, living in a well-designed and healthy home can do more than improve our mood – it can affect our immune system and physical health too.

Health benefits of Renovation

A WELL DESIGNED KITCHEN CAN TRANSFORM THE WAY YOU LIVE

According to a recent survey carried out by Houzz, a well-designed kitchen can transform the way you live and promote a healthier lifestyle. It found that more people are encouraged to cook and bake at home, with fewer takeaways being ordered in. Not only is this good for physical health but it’s great for mental health too. A well thought out kitchen not only fosters an interest in home cooking but inspires the kids to get involved. This all contributes to more quality, family time.

Not only does living in a cold, draughty, damp, badly lit and poorly designed house feel depressing, but it can make you less inclined to look after it and invite people around. This lessens opportunities for social interaction, which can lead to further feelings of isolation and depression. Your newly improved home can influence not only how you feel individually but how you interact with others. A welcoming, well-designed and organised home will encourage you to invite friends over which will enhance the social side of your life.

AIR QUALITY AND HEALTH

A properly renovated home will be ‘airtight’. However, it will also be well ventilated. Living in a well-ventilated, damp free home results in better health all round.

The air inside an older home may be affected by damp, mould and condensation. This is especially true if we block up vents and shut windows to keep draughts at bay. This means that moisture-laden air can’t escape, which leads to the formation of damp and mould. Moisture can easily build up in a badly ventilated home – from showers, kettles, bubbling pots and pans and even our own breath. Damp manifests in wet patches, mould growth and often a musty smell. If left untreated, it can result in the corrosion of internal finishes and cause health problems, especially in very young and elderly people and those with respiratory conditions such as asthma.

For optimum health, fresh air should constantly be flowing through our homes to replace stale, moisture-laden air. Condensation, which is exacerbated by poor insulation, inferior windows and inadequate heating, will be a thing of the past if you choose to retrofit your home.

HOW WE CAN HELP AT RENOVA

When we carry out a RENOVA renovation, first we strip right back to the bare blocks and timbers. This is the perfect opportunity to re-configure the layout of your home. By making clever use of the space you already have through design, finishes and colour, you’ll be amazed at how your surroundings are enhanced. Our designers ensure that your renovated home will not only be well-designed, comfortable and healthy, but that it’s good to look at too.

The feeling of comfort is the most noticeable part of a RENOVA renovation. Your home will be at a comfortable temperature all year round and draughts will be a thing of the past. Proper ventilation eliminates condensation and improves air quality. Increased sound-proofing blocks out traffic or noisy neighbours. Relax in the knowledge that your monthly energy bills won’t break the bank. All in all – less stress, more comfort, better health and improved quality of life!

The fundamentals of retrofit

According to a recent article by John Cradden on Independent.ie, The Tricky Economics of Greening your Home‘, it is essential to prioritise insulation and ventilation as opposed to more ‘trendy’ technologies when carrying out energy-saving retrofit on your home….

This view is also shared by RENOVA, home-energy experts, who always place importance upon the fundamentals of insulation and ventilation when carrying out a Deep Retrofit. It is very important to re-iterate this to home owners. Basically speaking, if a home is not well insulated and well-ventilated first, then installing modern technologies such as heat pumps and solar panels will make very little difference to your energy bills. So if you want to retrofit and improve your home’s overall energy-efficiency and BER, focus on upgrading the basic structure of the building first. Don’t be swayed by so-called ‘eco-bling’ and trendy new technologies.

According to architectural technologist and energy consultant Archie O’Donnell “Over the years, there have been a lot of low-energy new builds and retrofits, but we generally find that when consumers go to home-improvement shows, when they read the glossy magazines and start to research the whole area of low-energy, they are immediately drawn to the technology. You have to think of retrofit like a stool with three legs . We’re very good in this country at addressing one leg, which is reducing energy in new builds and in a retrofit. What we’re quite bad at is the other two legs, which are moisture and ventilation.”

At RENOVA we agree with O’Donnell’s views on retrofit and appreciate the importance of ‘building tight and ventilating right’. We highly recommend the inclusion of these fundamentals before contemplating the installation of renewable technologies such as solar thermal panels for water heating, biomass boilers, heat pumps etc. These are also beneficial, but should not be considered before other retrofit measures – namely, insulation and ventilation.

Insulation

 

 

Interestingly, a theme of enquiry from home owners has been recurring at RENOVA over recent years. The common problem is ‘condensation’ and in many cases black mould growth on walls and ceilings. This is caused by high levels of humidity. It thrives on two ingredients, high temperatures and a supply of water vapour. As a general rule of thumb, humidity levels will double with every 10 degree increase in temperature. In other words, the warmer your house is, the more water vapour the air will hold. As your house becomes more air-tight and warmer, stale humid air can become trapped inside. Think of all that moisture from showers, baths, kettles, bubbling pots and pans, steamers, tumble driers and even our own breath! Fitting new windows and having a more air-tight, well-insulated home, without proper ventilation therefore, has become the main cause of poor air quality and ‘sick building syndrome’.

Ventilation- fundamentals of retrofit

A RENOVA retrofit will not only be air-tight and well-sealed; most importantly, it will be well-ventilated. ‘Air-tightness’ and ‘ventilation’ must go hand-in-hand to prevent an unhealthy living environment. Good ventilation requires maintaining a constant flow of air within a house – fresh air in and stale air out. Good ventilation will remove the humid air before it has a chance to condense on relatively cold surfaces. If left untreated, damp can lead to a host of problems. Problems such as corrosion of internal finishes and even health problems. This is dangerous especially in vulnerable young children, elderly people and individuals with respiratory problems such as asthma.

Whilst passive/natural ventilation (holes in the external walls) may meet building regulations, we recommend that controlled/mechanical ventilation is used to maintain a consistent flow of fresh air within the home. There are many sophisticated systems available such as ‘Heat Recovery Ventilation’. However, this can be expensive and difficult to install, especially in a retrofit situation. A cost-effective and practical alternative is an ‘Aereco Demand Controlled Ventilation’ system. Click here to see an Aereco video.

DCV or ‘Demand Controlled Ventilation’ is based on a simple principle. Have the optimum amount of fresh air in a home on a fully automated basis. It offers the ideal solution concerning both heating consumption and the indoor air quality. When the need for ventilation is low, which is usually more than half of the time, savings can be made. More ventilation is needed during times such as showering and cooking. When more moisture and humidity is created. Scientific studies have illustrated that DCV can result in 30% reduction in ventilation losses compared to natural ventilation.

A point made by architect Bill Scott of Scott and MacNeil Architects, is that undertaking a number of different retrofit measures does not result in a ‘multiplier effect’. Tom Halpin, SEAI’s head of information says that installing three typical energy-saving measures in your home that each results in a 20-25% in cost savings individually, should still result in reducing the average heating bill by about half.

So, if you are considering a retrofit of your home, remember to make insulation and ventilation a priority. If you are renovating your home, please remember to retrofit it too. Any renovation without a retrofit is a lost opportunity to create a warm, comfortable, energy-efficient and healthy home.

For a free, no obligation consultation contact RENOVA today

Tel: 01 2021122

Email: info@renova.ie

Web: www.renova.ie