As with any home improvement job, you really should have a renovation project plan before you get started. It’s a bit like a recipe – you can’t bake a cake without knowing the ingredients!
Renovation Project Plan: Gather & File
This stage of the project might seem boring, but creating a good filing system where you can keep all your information stored is critical to staying organized.
This really is a simple two-step process.
Step 1: Gather the Information
So the first thing to do is look at the different types of information you’ll need to gather to undertake all the bathroom renovation jobs.
This information will come from a variety of places and include for example:
- Research – ideas, products, suppliers, contractors etc.
- Bathroom renovation plans
- Local council/State regulator regulations & approvals
- Contractor agreements & contact details
- Construction schedule
- Supplies – types of products you’ll need to finish the renovation
Step 2: Organize the Information
Pretty soon you’ll start to see all the info piling up so you’ll need to organise it so you can find it later on. Going back to the good old-fashioned ‘filing cabinet’ approach, start by setting up some key folders – electronic or paper (I suggest both).
Try setting this up before you start gathering the info. That way you won’t have to backtrack and waste time re-filing or tracking down loose bits.
What is a Job Filing System?
A Job Filing system is simply a series of folders for all the items you may use in your renovation that can be accessed with the click of a button. An example of this is below, let’s call it “Bathroom Renovation 101”.
Create a folder on your computer that is easy to access and name it what you want (i.e. Bathroom Renovation 101), then you will need to create all the subfolders inside of the project folder like the ones below:
Here is a download link to populate these folders on your computer and save some typing – Bathroom Renovation Job File Structure Folders
Now you may not need all these subcategories for your renovation, but it’s a pretty good example of all the things you may need to cover when doing a full blown bathroom renovation.
The idea of having all these folders is so that you can save all your information in relation to your project into these folders as you go, and be able to have that info at your fingertips in an organized manner when you need to re visit it.
Some of the folders I will go on to discuss in more detail when we cover those topics (i.e. Construction Schedule & Finishes Schedule), but most are self-explanatory.
Stay organized and stay in control
So this stage is pretty simple, but do it right and get organized upfront before starting. It’ll help you to stay on track and on top of things.
You’d be surprised at the number of stressed out people renovating – so don’t become one yourself!
That’s it for the second part of Stage 2: Planning – renovation project plan & the Job Filing System. Let’s move onto our Selections / Finishes Stage.
To recap, the 5 Stage Renovation Process will guide you through the exact steps I use as a professional builder when working on home improvement projects.
If you have any questions let me know – I’m always happy to help!
Enjoy your renovation.
All the best,
CHECK OUT THIS BLOG POST FOR MORE: How to Renovate a Bathroom: The 5 Stage Process