Making significant changes to your home doesn’t have to be difficult and expensive. A DIY home renovation can have drastic changes on your home for a fraction of the price of a professional renovation. Even though it may not be easy, the pride and passion of transforming your home all by yourself will make it all worth it in the end. Let’s have a look on some great tips provided by our CKA Group Expert.

DIY Home Renovation Top Tips

Do your research and create a budget before you begin. Scour the web for inspiration and start to get an idea of what you want to do with your home. Start getting quotes for items you may want to buy and make a realistic budget to stick to. It may be a good idea to add a buffer to your budget to account for any issues or extra costs that may pop up after you get started.

Check if you need council approval. Depending on what renovations you have in mind, you may need to get council approval first. Once you have decided on what you’re going to do, make sure you know whether you need permission before you get started.

Be realistic with your abilities. Some jobs are better left to the professionals. Be pragmatic about your skills and whether it would save you the time and headache to outsource labour instead of attempting to do it yourself. Sometimes it isn’t worth struggling over a job that may take you days while a professional could finish in hours. Be sure always to hire professionals for electrical, plumbing and structural work around your house.

Keep in mind that it may be a slow process: Many people continue to work full time while renovating. If this is your situation, you may find it challenging to find the time to work on renovations. Try to find time before and after to work on small jobs, and use your weekends to tackle the big tasks. Time management is essential for a DIY home renovation, but do not push yourself to finish on a stringent, short timeline. It is better to go slow and make sure you do things correctly than rush and end up with a sloppy renovation.

Do your research. There are plenty of DIY home improvement books to read and videos to watch to teach you how to do anything. Before you begin, we recommend that you start finding resources so you know exactly what to expect once you start. You could even pop into your local hardware store to get in-person advice if you need it.

DIY Home Renovations on a Budget

Give your rooms a fresh coat of paint.
Repainting a few walls is a great way to start your DIY home renovation. Painting walls freshens up a room and makes a big impression on your house’s overall feel. You can get creative using bold colours or try an accent wall to make a big difference with your paint job. If you have an artistic streak, you could even attempt to paint a mural or stencil a large design on your wall for maximum impact.

Rip up that old carpet.
If your old carpet has seen better days, it may finally be time to rip it up. Underneath could be a goldmine of undiscovered design features like floorboards or concrete. If you uncover timber floors, a sand and stain will get them looking like new. You can make the most of exposed concrete by hiring tools to buff and scrub it until it’s looking its best Another option is to install floating floors on top of your exposed floor. These are low cost, have a great timber-like look, and are easy to install.

Try flatpack kitchens.
If you’re an IKEA fiend and attempting a DIY home renovation on a budget, flat pack kitchens may be the answer to your budget kitchen reno. By assembling the cabinets yourself, you will end up saving a lot on labour costs. Flatpack kitchens also come standardised or with the option to customise, the latter of which will ultimately cost a bit more but are still very affordable.

Change up your fixtures and fittings.
If redoing your kitchen cabinetry is out of scope for your DIY home renovation on a budget, you can look in to just changing the kitchen hardware instead. You’d be surprised how big of an impact changing out your cabinet handles will have on the overall look of your kitchen. You could also try changing the fittings in your bathroom, changing out the door handles throughout your house, or getting new light fixtures.

DIY Tiling.
This is a fair bit more advanced than other DIY home renovation jobs. It may be helpful to have some baseline knowledge in this area. Otherwise, online tutorials or even popping into your local hardware store or tiling supplier can offer you invaluable advice.

Don’t forget the exterior.
The DIY home renovations you make don’t have to be indoors. Consider making changes to the outside of your home as well. Landscaping can help increase the curb appeal of your home (thereby upping your home’s value). Create a low maintenance garden by yourself by borrowing or hiring all the equipment. Consider creating an outdoor entertaining space. Put up an outdoor shelter or install decking for the family to enjoy time outside.


Do I need an architect for a renovation?

Depending on the scope of your renovation, you may be able to do it by yourself without needing an architect. An architect will surely bring a lot of polish to your renovation job. Still, that professionalism comes at a cost, and you may not find it worth it if you are only looking to undergo a minor renovation. However, if you plan to renovate a large portion of your house and are considering making structural changes, you will almost certainly need an architect.

Can you renovate a house for 50k?

Depending on your house’s size and the extent of the renovations you had in mind, a $50,000 renovation budget will get you different outcomes for different homes.
$50,000 falls within the average cost of a renovation for both small and medium houses. For a small house, $50,000 can get you a mid-range renovation, but the $50,000 is considered more of a budget option for a medium-sized home.

For a large house, $50,000 may not be enough for a complete home renovation. You would be looking to start your budget at the $150,000 mark.

How much does a whole house renovation cost?

The cost of a whole-house renovation can vary between $15,000 and over $150,000. Many factors affect the price, including the size of your home and the quality of your materials. If you only have a smaller budget to work with, you should consider prioritising renovating just a few rooms instead of attempting to renovate the entire house.

You can also consider doing some of the renovations by yourself or finding cheap alternatives to the fittings and fixtures around your house to save costs.

Is it worth it to renovate my house?

With housing prices on the rise around the country, it may not be easy to move as soon as you feel like your current house doesn’t suit your needs. Fixing what you currently have has become a more popular solution. An effective renovation will make your home feel new and refreshed and improve your home’s value if the time comes where you do want to sell. If you’re planning on staying in the house forever, a renovation can allow you to customise your home to fit your current and future needs.

Should I use an architect or draftsman? Is a draftsman cheaper than an architect?

A draftsman is often cheaper than an architect and maybe better suited to smaller, more straightforward jobs. With an architect, the cost is higher because you are paying for their extra training and services. If you have a more extensive renovation in mind that is quite complex, an architect can help you design your renovation plans. You do get what you pay for, but keep in mind that you should only pay for what you need. Whether you need a drafting technician or an architect will depend on your project.

How much do architects charge to renovate?

There are three common fee structures that architectures use. They may either charge you a fixed rate, an hourly fee, or a percentage based fee. The most common is the percentage-based fee that is dependent on the costs of your construction. Architect fees can range from 5% to 20% of your project costs.

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We also offer interior design, aged care & retirement living, commercial and residential home renovation. You can also go through our cost guide to know more accurate cost. To find out how we can work with you to help you realise your home renovation dreams, contact Caulfield Krivanek Architecture today on (03) 8658 4000.