An architect gives an overview on how to prepare for a home renovation

People renovate for a variety of reasons. “They need extra space and they want to update the design of their home,” says architect Love de Leon. The extent of the renovation depends on the homeowner, whether it’s simple re-painting, or a home overhaul that entails tearing down walls.

Renovations require careful planning. Usually, a home renovation creates a “domino effect” where the other areas of the house eventually get renovated as well. Next, the homeowner needs to coordinate with a designer to figure out a theme for his or her space. The homeowner also needs to set aside a budget for the renovation and he or she should inform the designer about it.

The total cost would depend on the extent of the renovation. For instance, one of Love’s renovation projects — a 100sqm townhouse — amounted to P1.2M, because all the existing finishes were stripped off, ceiling and flooring were replaced, electricity rewired, sanitary fittings were converted from GI pipes to PPR, among other major work. For a renovation of a 30sqm studio unit, Love estimates a total of P360,000. This covers the replacement of all existing finishes.

The total cost of renovation also depends on the allocation of the budget to various aspects of the renovation, like flooring, paint jobs, ceiling, and others (see sidebar). Most of the budget goes to architectural works: ceiling, flooring, painting, cabinetry, and lighting fixtures. Plumbing is usually 10 percent of the total coast, and electrical is usually 15 percent,” says Love.

Meanwhile, payment for labor depends on the setup agreed upon by the homeowner and designer.

To have a smooth and hassle-free renovation, Love advises homeowners to make sure they’re really prepared for it, and not just monetarily. She says that the homeowners must also be ready to pack their things and move to a temporary location, if needed. Meanwhile, the designer must be clear with his design presentation to avoid miscommunication, especially with clients who are not visual.


Always allot at least 20% extra budget to cover unexpected damages, mishaps, and repairs

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