It is really important to know your final wall, floor and ceiling coverings and finishes before you start. Either you or your builder will need to know what is happening behind the scenes. For example, as I show in this video, you may not have a choice on which way the timber flooring runs and when an experienced builder comes in one day, he might say that you have laid the floor the wrong way. In my opinion there is no right or wrong, the only right or wrong is if you haven’t thought about it. Make your decisions based on the parameters you have to work with and also to achieve your end result. If in doubt, stay within the lines of conformity, because what you might believe is really creative, might end up devaluing your property or just looking weird.
As you can see here, we also had to prepare the walls for the paneling to be attached to. The type of fixings needed to be designed before-hand so that they wouldn’t be visible once the final panels were on. I point out the small details that we designed before putting up the paneling. There are so many decisions that need to be made before you start preparing your walls, floor and ceiling and these do come with experience, however try to think of as many things as you can in advance and make decisions as early as possible.
Being decisive and being very clear about your end result at the early stages will keep you on track, will help overcome any problems along the way and will save you lots of time and money. If you don’t know where to start, start with what you have and make a decision whether it is going to stay or go, either now or in the future. If you absolutely love your floor, then I woudl work with it. The new floor in this house will hopefully last the life of the building now and because it is solid will be able to be sanded dawn, over and over again if need be.
I would always think long term with everything. Even if you plan on doing a renovation or revamp project in a few years, you still need to live with it in the meantime.