House renovation activity plan – first draft

A successful house renovation project needs a plan to ensure all tasks are completed and done in the correct order. The details of the plan will depend on the size of your renovation and your building experience (for example do you include a task for finish room or do you list out the each task of wiring, plastering etc.).

Now that we’ve made decisions about our house (we chose a kitchen-dining room instead of a lounge-dining room) and have architect and structural plans we can start planning the tasks and identifying which we’ll do ourselves which we will get a builder in for (such as steel beams and removing the lift). I’ve produced a plan in OpenProj based on my logic and not any actual DIY or building experience so it is certainly a first draft.

Our house renovation has been captured on 10 pages of A3 paper and stuck to the hallway wall. This plan covers the whole house because every room will have at least one wall changed; okay not the downstairs WC but we will need to remove the lift machinery and the bund it sits in.  We are now in the review phase as we draw and write notes on the draft and I’ll use them to develop a second more realistic version.

House renovation draft activity plan - darktea

How have you planned a house renovation? Did you discover any tasks that had to be done in a specific order that you didn’t expect? Do you have any tips for us before we start on this large task?

Kate Davis (403 Posts)

Kate is a working mum of two children, with a desire to do a wide range of things from writing to video editing. I know to achieve all these interests I need to be as productive as possible. Facts about Kate: I get great pleasure using spreadsheets, I’m teaching myself Photoshop Elements, I learnt sign language to use with my children before they could speak, I’ve written a journal for over 25 years, I dream of publishing a novel and I've written this blog for over 7 years.

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  1. Posted April 3, 2014 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    Never done renovations that extensive, but I do agree we have always planned step by step.

    • Posted April 7, 2014 at 8:46 am | Permalink

      It is the most extensive we’ve done as well. In our last house we converted a kitchen and lounge dining room into a lounge and kitchen dining room and my plan fitted on one sheet of A3. It’s going to be fun :)

  2. Posted April 3, 2014 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    I have never do an major house renovation, but I can see why planning is essential, good luck with yours.

    • Posted April 7, 2014 at 8:47 am | Permalink

      The planning is my main input to the whole project so I think it is essential so I can feel involved :D

  3. Posted April 3, 2014 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Move out and let the builders attack it in any which way to get it finished quickly. :)

    • Posted April 7, 2014 at 8:48 am | Permalink

      If only. My husband is planning to do as much of the work as possible so it is likely to take a few years. We will do it room by room so we always have some clean(ish) rooms.

  4. Posted April 3, 2014 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    No tips I’m afraid as I’ve never done anything like that but we are about to start our house this year so i’ll hopefully be able to pick up some tips from you later in the year ;) Good luck xx

    • Posted April 7, 2014 at 8:49 am | Permalink

      It is exciting isn’t it? I love thinking about the end results. What are you planning to do?

  5. Posted April 3, 2014 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    I have one tip.
    Do not expect all things to go according to plan… they never, ever do.
    So just be ready for things to go sideways from time to time… and good luck!

    • Posted April 7, 2014 at 8:51 am | Permalink

      Thank you for the tip. I’ve created the task order plan, but I’m not going anywhere need a Gantt chart because we don’t need the pressure of working to specific timings. I’m sure the reality will be different to the plan, but I’m not involved in the doing so that will be up to my husband to resolve :)

  6. Posted April 4, 2014 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Good luck, hope it is all goes to plan !

  7. Posted April 5, 2014 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    That’s some challenge you’ve taken on! Looks like you know what you’re in for. I guess it’s just about remembering family time in addition to everything else. Good luck!

    • Posted April 7, 2014 at 8:54 am | Permalink

      Yes it is a big project. We will be doing it slowly, probably over several years so there will lots of family time, and knowing our kids they will probably want to be part of the work anyway.

  8. Claire
    Posted April 6, 2014 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the link to OpenProj. I have been looking for something for our (relatively) minor decorating/DIY plans. How have you found it?

    No tips to offer because I don’t have much experience but I am really looking forward to seeing how things pan out.

    • Posted April 7, 2014 at 8:57 am | Permalink

      OpenProj is a free software similar to MSProject which I’m slightly more familiar with. I admit I prefer the Microsoft version but for free I’m happy to use OpenProj. It is powerful software and does a lot so it can be daunting at first so there is a learning curve involved. I’m thinking of writing a post explaining how I’ve used OpenProj, so I remember for next time I use it.

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