Renovation is important – so is getting it right first time
Three top architects and designers reveal what they consider the best things to prioritise with your renovation budget – spoiler: it's not all about kitchens
1. Architect Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper Architects
The first thing is good design.
When people are wanting to reduce their budget the first thing they do is decide to cut the architect – and that's probably the biggest mistake because good design is something that carries right through.
So to that end, it makes sense to keep the architect on board right through the project – this is because the devil's in the details and a lot of those details happen as the project goes through.
Another consideration, however, is not being afraid to reject the existing layout if required.
This means investing in a good layout rather than saying, ‘yeah, we're going to keep the kitchen where it is’ – because then the whole thing is a compromise.
Of course, if you do change the layout, that means you've got to change everything with it.
So it just depends, within reason – there are always options to do a 'halfway house', so to speak.