How To Plan A Renovation Project

How To Plan A Renovation

When it comes to getting started with renovating your house, there are some key steps to keeping the project on track and on budget. Now, while many dislike the planning stages of any project, it is actually THE MOST IMPORTANT PART of any renovation project. But where do you start? Let me help you plan a renovation….


The first place to start when planning your renovation is… BUDGET!

How much money you want to spend will determine what you are able to do.  Are you simply doing a general upgrade with a new coat of paint and fixtures, or are you planning a complete remodel? Either direction will affect your budget and impact the little and big things that need financial consideration.


This is the fun part and usually starts a long time before the project planning! Spend some time to put together and refine your ideas for how you want your interior to look and feel once the renovation is complete.

Put together your ideas and pulling imagery that reflected both the structural elements we wanted to see as well as the decor. Consider decor, structure, space and orientation.

Create mood boards, project journals, or my favourite, create a Pinterest board of ideas. Want to see mine? Visit them here.


Chances are you’ve already been in touch with an interior designer or builder in the previous stages, and that person might be the perfect fit for you. If not, at this point it’s a good idea to work out who you will need, depending on the tasks that need doing, and whether you will manage them yourself or have a site manager.

If you are DIYing your renovation you can contact trades with your plans and get itemised quotes and expected turn-around times so you can compare who will be right for your renovation. If you can see some examples of their work that will be handy too, so you can compare the finished product with the costs.

At Interior Flow we cover all aspects of renovation, from planning and drafting, supplier and trade sourcing, construction and project management, styling and completion.


Next on the list is to refine your ideas into actual elements that you want to see, designing the space and the elements that would be in it. This becomes a bit of a wish list for the project.

At this point, it’s a good idea to get an idea of the costs associated with your ideas, and one way to do that is to get in touch with an interior designer.

As with many projects, the wish list may come in over budget so this is the ideal time to revisit your budget and revisit your key priorities. Determine your need to haves versus your nice to haves.


Once you have finalised your scope, it’s time for design! Map out where things fit, how the space will function, whether any existing structures will impact your design plans.

Before construction begins you will likely need detailed drawings and plans. As an interior designer we create plan drawings so that you (or we) can get more accurate trade, supply and project quotes to ensure you are going to stay within budget with your renovation project.

You may also have to submit your drawings to the council/authorities at this stage for approval. This step in the renovation process can occasionally cause unforeseen delays and scope changes.



Whether you’ve secured the interior designer or builder already or are planning to compare quotes from a few, you’re going to need a detailed cost breakdown of what you’re planning to do. The itemised breakdowns allow you to go through each item to review price, and if necessary they have dropped a few things off your wish list and tweak the materials to match your budget.


Once your scope and budget are in alignment, it’s time to get started!

We recommend mapping out a project schedule so that you can keep everything moving along smoothly, avoiding delays or supply issues.

Then it’s time to get stuck in and watch your plan come to life!

Krystal Sagona

With over 10 years experience as a residential & commercial Interior Designer, Krystal has built a strong reputation in the design industry. Award winning designer and highly intuitively creative, Krystal has the innate ability to understand and deliver your creative brief. Krystal is a registered Draftsperson with the Victorian Building Board and a qualified Feng Shui consultant with the AFSC (Association of Feng Shui Consultants) International.