Home Improvement: 6 Tips on How to Start

carpenter worker installing laminate flooring in the room

    A home renovation or home improvement project can be very chaotic; however, the following steps can make it much more organized than you think.

  • Browse Home Design Ideas

    It’s a good idea to start by building a sense for what you want in terms of the interior design of your space. Today there are plenty of options online to browse home design ideas and create your lookbooks, with Pinterest and Houzz being two of the most popular ones. Organize your thoughts by room, or project so you can tell your service providers what you’re looking for, and why.   Incorporate your design ideas and get a broad blueprint ready before you start your planning process.

  • Plan, Plan, Plan

    The most critical thing you can do at the start of a home improvement project is to spend time planning, and figuring out how to go about things. It can be vital in achieving higher quality, and lowering your renovation costs.  This will also avoid you from springing up last minute surprises on yourself and adding on little details at the last minute, spiking up your costs. This will also prevent you from constantly changing the scope of work, thereby avoiding delays and cost overruns.

  • Decide on the services you need

    Think about whether you need help with Interior Design, it comes at a price. Involving a designer doesn’t mean you don’t do your research on which designs you like and which you don’t. You also need to check if you have major structural work required, in which case you may need an Architect. Else, you would just need contractors to get your work done e.g. Carpenters, Plumbing, and Civil construction.

  • Determine your Budget

    While you may not have an understanding of what your project might cost you, it’s good to think about the outer limit of money you are willing to spend on getting your project done. Keep 10-20% aside in anticipation of cost over runs. The rest of it will essentially split into two buckets, services and products. For midmarket products, the thumb rule applies that the products to services cost ratio is 2:1. Picking luxury products or cheaper products can change this mix.

  • Find Contractors

    Next, you will probably need to start looking for contractors who can do the work for you. Try to find at least 2-3 people, whom you can get quotes from so it helps you validate your budget expectations. Take a look at the service provider’s work, through past references to evaluate which one best fits your needs.

    To find contractors, you could look online, ask your friends, or visit construction sites in your area and speak to contractors there.

  • Project Management

    All of the above should help you get started. However one key piece in making sure everything runs smoothly is project management. You need to have a level of supervision on your project. Whether you choose to give your own time, or hire a part-time/full time project manager, this is a layer that cannot be emphasized enough. Your project manager will help deal with the labor, ensure material arrives on time, check the quality of work and material, clean your place, and overall produce a higher level of quality of work that will last you longer and reduce mental stress (really!).

    Once you have the above steps in place you will realize that renovation need not bog you down. In fact, proper planning and your presence during the renovation can make the entire process stress free and effective as well.

The Chronicles of Getting Anything Built or Renovated, Ever!

Hand adding another brick to a wall made from colored blocks
Anyone who has been through the building process would know how tough it is to get anything built or renovated, it’ll cost you more than it should and take forever!!


The hassles one has to go through to choose the right products for his or her project leads to price insecurities and cause many people heart ache, very often straining the client-designer relationship and upsetting the overall health of the project. Being an architect, I meet such hassled customers day in-day out. And hence, the idea of ‘BuildingBlox’ was born. Well no, we don’t make construction blocks, but what we are working on is a virtual expo of building materials. In its current form ‘BuildingBlox’ is a gallery of construction products that will come in handy while constructing or renovating any space, very soon we will expand our horizons to professionals and retailers to create a more robust platform.


The idea behind the portal is to help you reduce those material sourcing trips to the market, and to reduce your dependence on the contractor’s suggestions. We strive to give you the power to research materials and products in the comfort of your room.


We are steadily increasing the product directory and hope to make it a one stop shop for all your construction and design needs, in the interim, we hope you like what you see: http://buildingblox.in


Also watch this space for everything related to design and construction, with posts relating to new and innovative products, material quantity calculators, ‘Do It Yourself’ tips and loads more!