Deciding to redesign or renovate your home is an exciting decision that can completely transform the dynamic of your living spaces. Even the smallest changes can make an amazing difference – whether you are making minor alterations or undertaking a full renovation, consider these tips to get the most out of your home redesign.
Research and Planning
Having a good plan will mean that the entire process goes smoothly, and you end up with the home that you want. When it comes to this plan, you should be thinking about which rooms you want to be changing, what work you want to do yourself, any contractors you will be working with, and whether any of your plans need to be approved. Not to mention, you should definitely consult your neighbours if you think your project is going to impact them.
Having an idea of your design goals in the form of an inspiration board is another way to ensure that you are prepared, and that everyone involved has an understanding of what your vision is. Finally, creating an overall timeline of the process is important in ensuring that everyone has clear expectations regarding how long the process will take, and can minimise unexpected costs.
A very important part of getting the most out of your redesign project is deciding on the total expenditure requirements you have, as well as dividing up this budget to cover each aspect of the process. Whether this is done by splitting it up into sections of your home or basing these allocations on particular tasks to be done, budgeting will give you a solid idea of the overall process, and you will be able to see which areas are being prioritised. With this being said, make sure that you do not overestimate your budget, and leave room for extra unforeseen expenses.
You should also make sure that you have looked at any relevant financial opportunities and support services that will help you to get the most out of your budget. Things like insurance cover are crucial in making sure that your home and belongings are always protected throughout the process (for more information click here).
The most important and exciting parts of your project will likely be in the design. Having a clear view of what you want your place to look and feel like, and how you are going to achieve this design is a key point in being motivated and prepared throughout your redesign. Even the smallest changes, such as introducing interior home accessories or changing up the colour scheme of a room can completely renew the feel of your living spaces.
A good place to begin the planning of your design is to look at three important areas:
– Style and mood
– Layout and use of space
– Storage and functionality
The first area of style and mood is an area that you may already have a good idea of – with this in mind, make sure that you don’t overlook factors that are often missed, such as lighting and ventilation. A bright and open home, with adequate natural and artificial light will give you a home with atmosphere and functionality, and something like cross ventilation can bring in natural light and fresh air. In addition to these factors, having a colour scheme and an idea of what materials you want to be using is a great way to keep your design features consistent. As mentioned earlier, using a mood board is a great approach to this.
Use of space should consider how you and your family use the spaces in your home, so that the layout of your home fits your lifestyle. For example, if you are finding that certain rooms are always crowded, whilst others are usually empty, think about how you could get better use of the empty rooms. Multifunctional areas like a joined kitchen and dining room are also great in giving your home an open and inclusive feel.
Finally, storage and functionality involve ensuring that your newly designed areas have the appropriate storage options. Doing this will ensure that your redesigned rooms are not cluttered with mess, which could take away from the liveliness and excitement you will feel when your project is finally completed.
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