Every community has that old house that no one really knows what to do with. Perhaps you’re like George Bailey throwing rocks through the windows and making wishes until they come true, or perhaps you want to take a crack and to give that old home a second life. Home renovations can be demanding projects, but with the right tools and the proper ambition, you can give back to your community with a beautiful new building.
There have been so many successful projects worldwide where locals have turned an old house into a great community building. With endless possibilities, you can turn that house into a preschool, a museum, a restaurant, or so many other places. If you are the homeowner, renovations are a great way to give back, give comfort, and create a space for great work to be done right in your community. All you need is the right materials and the right plan to create something truly incredible. Here are a few tips and tricks for renovating an old home and turning it into a community hot spot.
Partner with the right contractors.
No matter how talented you are with blueprints and tools, you can’t do an entire interior and exterior home remodels on your own. You’re going to need to find the right contractor to help you get the roof, gutters, paint job, landscaping, interior design, and refurbishment up to par. The exterior home remodeling will help show potential buyers and community members what you are doing with the home. If you judge a book by its cover, you judge a home by its exterior. Make sure yours looks great as you work to convert your home to a community building.
Know the purpose of your remodel.
There are so many different ways you can convert a home into a community building. Before you get started, you have to know what selection you are going with. What is your plan for the interior and exterior remodel? Maybe you are turning your home into a church to hold services and vacation bible school. Maybe it is an antique home that you want to turn into a museum detailing your hometown’s history. Maybe you want to provide shelter for those in need around your community. Maybe you’d prefer to start your own shop, restaurant, or small business. Whatever option you go with is going to be incredibly specific. So get a first impression of where you’d like to go with the remodel before you make any big decisions. The ultimate purpose of the home will inform everything else.
Ask the community what they want.
Remodeling your home to be a community building is a worthy cause. So don’t you think the community deserves a little say in what the building is being turned into? Communicate your intentions with people in power and get a say from others around town on what they may like. After all, you’re trying to provide a service for them, so let them tell you exactly what they want.
Budget and market appropriately.
Likewise, if you’re creating something for the community, there is a chance you can get some additional funding. However, it would be best if you were careful you don’t go over budget, and you market the project as beneficial to all. The last thing you want is people complaining about their money going to an unnecessary project. Get them on your side by showing exactly what the benefits of your new remodel will be. Then you can find ways to cut back on spending as well. Once you have the people on your side, it will be smooth sailing from there.