"Will prove indispensable to anyone facing the minefield of home
-- Oxford Times
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Part 1 Preparation
1 Is it worth it?
The true cost of renovation; The state of the property market; Is it a good investment?; Developing or renovating your own home; Buying to let; Raising the finance; 'Staging' the property; Conclusions
2 Getting started
The builder-client relationship; How much do builders and other tradespeople charge?; Be aware of the size and scope of the job; Planning permission and other consents; Buying a property to renovate or improve; Where do you find good builders?
3 The professionals
An architect; A landscape gardener; A structural engineer; A project manager; A surveyor; An interior designer; An electrician and plumber; A tiler; A plasterer; A bricklayer; A carpenter or joiner; A painter or decorator; Other trades; Conclusion; Your relationship with the builders or professionals
Part 2 Achieving successful transformations
4 Kitchens and bathrooms
Kitchens; Bathrooms; Selling on
5 Adding on - conversions, conservatories and extensions
Extending outwards; Loft conversions; Basement conversions; Garages; Does the addition add on value?; Financing the addition; Renovation insurance; Windows; Energy efficiency
6 Renovations and restorations
The right builders; Planning permission and so on; Developing for profit?; Finding and financing the right place; Listed building consent; Conservation areas; Noise and noise prevention; Money matters;The process; Conversions
7 Self-build 153
Michael Jordan's experience; When is a self-build not a self-build?; Planning permission;The utilities; The plots; Skills needed; Bungalow gobbling; Barn conversions; Timber frame houses; Self-build for profit?
8 Finishing touches
Doors; Windows; Blinds and curtains; Flooring; Fireplaces; Lighting and other electrical considerations; Painting and
decorating; Wallpaper and other decorative features; Shelving and storage; Dressing and staging