The kitchen is definitely one of the busiest and most used rooms in your home. It is a multi-functional space where you can do a lot of activities aside from cooking and eating. When you have the right kitchen design, you can have a place where everyone can just gather around and have a good time. Continue reading
It’s no secret that a renovation to your home is a big undertaking, regardless of if it’s a single room or a whole home gut renovation. That’s why it’s crucial to have a firm grasp on what you want to do and how you will get it done, with little room for uncertainties and surprises. It’s an investment, and you want to be sure all the time and effort you are investing into your home will last for years to come. Here are 5 questions you’ll want to sort out before diving headfirst into your home renovation.
What rooms will I be renovating? The most obvious question, but also the most important. The answer to this question will outline your plan for all the following intricacies of your renovation. Things like budget and timeline are reliant upon which rooms you will be renovation, and how many. A kitchen renovation is far more costly than, say, a bedroom remodel. You’ll also want to consider the rest of the home in relation to what you are renovating. For example, if you are renovating your kitchen, will your dining room look inconsistent and outdated next to it? Will you be expanding rooms and knocking down walls, which will turn multiple rooms into a single room? Once you can say with certainty what you want to renovate in your home, you can begin to outline the specifics that follow.
What is my budget? The question that perhaps provides the most dread for homeowners, what is the budget you would like to stay within for your remodeling project? Now, you’ve likely already thought about the costs for labor and supplies, but there are a number of other costs that aren’t always top of mind. For one, you should never forget about tax, as it can sometimes add thousands of dollars to an already costly budget. Depending on the type of renovation work being done, you might need to get permits for things like electrical rewiring and plumbing. These can also be costly, sometimes in the thousands range. Be sure you and your contractor have done your research to ensure you will know exactly what permits are necessary. If you are doing a full gut renovation, will you and your family need to reside elsewhere during the process? The cost of temporarily moving into a new space will also need to be taken into account.
What is my timeline to complete this project? Renovation projects often have sizable timelines, spanning months at least. You’ll want to map out what your ideal timeline is, with room for unexpected problems that may arise. Some factors that may contribute to how fast or slow your project is completed is how hands on you are with it. Do you want constant updates, do you want to have a hand in making the multitude of decisions, or do you want to pass along most of the work to your designer and contractor? Think about what you want your process to be like with them. You’ll also have to take the weather into consideration, especially if you are renovating anything outdoors, because the temperature and conditions can greatly affect the ability to do construction. Take note of the delivery times for pieces that are going into your renovation, and how long it will take for materials to arrive. This can often extend your timeline by weeks or months, so schedule accordingly. Lastly, do you have the time for this renovation, or should you wait for a time that is more opportune for you and your family? Think about what you want out of your home renovation.
What will the renovated space be used for? Chances are, you’re renovating your space for a reason, and not solely because you could use some new decor. Maybe you’ve found that you need more space and it is feeling too cluttered, or you would like a place more functional. You’ll have to come up with a concept designed around your specific needs, and ensure that they are met by the end of the renovation process. If you love to entertain but are lacking the proper space to do so, don’t forget to tell your designer and contractor your reasoning, so they can keep this in mind in the design. A full renovation that does not meet your needs is a waste of money and resources. If you are just looking to update your space, you’d likely only need a designer or decorator, so it’s important to understand what you need out of the space and why that requires you to get a contractor.
Do I have the proper permits? Many cities have specific permits unique to them, that invalidate your renovation if they are not possessed. Without them, the city can put a stop to your renovation altogether. Because of this, time has to be invested in ensuring you’ve obtained all the required documentation and approval for your renovation. Go over it with your contractor so that nothing is missed.
Regardless of whether you are a professional interior designer working on a large project or just want to redesign your kitchen, it always pays to know the best ways to save as much money as possible. Decorating your home is rarely a cheap thing to do and usually comes with stress, hassle and a lot of mess. Even the smaller tasks are never as easy or as quick as you think. Keeping that in mind, we’ve made sure that the tips chosen in this guide will save you time, hassle and of course, money.
After a long day from work, we need to relax – and our home is definitely our place to be. However, did you know that the interior design of your house could affect your mood? So, if you ever find yourself grumpy or stressed, you might want to consider making some few tweaks to your home decors.
In this article, let’s tackle how your interior design can change your mood in minutes and discover some simple and easy ways to improve it. Continue reading
Are you looking to sell your home or are you thinking about investing money on your property now knowing that it will have a positive impact in the future? There are many simple changes you can make to your property which collectively make a huge difference when it comes to selling your property in the future. Keep reading to find out the best home improvements you can make to your home to add value to your property. Continue reading
Some design trends go out of style only to make a comeback decades later. Today’s designers are all about drawing inspiration from the past to help you create an interior decorating style that is all your own. Check out these interior design trends from the past that you can implement in your home!
Go Bold in the Kitchen
The 50s featured bold kitchen designs. Brightly-colored cabinets and appliances were standard. This trend has been making a comeback. White kitchens tend to be a little boring, and today’s designers are favoring bold accent colors in the kitchen. So bring a little bit of the 50s into your kitchen by painting your island a bold color or incorporating a colorful backsplash. Continue reading
Dressing up the interior of your home is as fun as it is stressful. Whether you just moved into a new home, bought your first home, or plan on redecorating, transforming a space takes a lot of time, effort, and money. Next thing you know, you’ve spontaneously bought pieces of furniture that don’t complement one another. What to do then?
With countless ideas rambling over your head, one way or another you’ll lose track of what you’re doing, what your goal is, and the things you should avoid to do. This may push you to consult with a professional decorator and ask for their help to speed up the process and let it flow smoothly. Continue reading
Home is where your heart rests calm. So it’s imperative you create a space that spells out your inner peace, and surrounds you with the tranquillity you desire. When you layer your home in different styles, it becomes dynamic and intriguing. But what if you moon over traditional, while your better half leans towards modernity?
Interior spaces should reflect the personalities of the residents, harbour their tastes and experiences. Thus, homes that are collected and layered through a combination of furniture and accessories of various shapes, sizes and materials, speak volumes about how you are as a person. Continue reading
It’s late evening in your house. The kids are finally fast asleep in their beds, and the dog is snoring away in his. You have both had a hard week at work and the need for some quality time is evident for all to see. So what do you do to set the scene? Light the obligatory candles? Use the dimmer switch for your one and only light source? We all understand that subdued lighting can enhance a romantic atmosphere – it is a primordial thing, borne from our history of lighting fires at night. Look no further than the simple candle as an example of this. So, the scene is set. But could you make it even better?
Rest assured, there are countless ways to enhance the lighting in your home (particularly in the bedroom). With imagination, and helpful guidance such as this, every night could become date night if you so wish. Our lives are hectic, sometimes we pass by our partners like ships in the night, just a brief acknowledgment that we know they are there. But it doesn’t have to be that way all of the time. Continue reading
A new year brings along new and exciting interior design trends, and bathroom is no exception. If you’re going to remodel your old bathroom, the new trends inspired by warm tones, modern fixtures and stylish tiles will turn your old bathroom into a modern and extraordinary oasis. Check some of the 2017 bathroom trends and create a spa-like sanctuary you’ve always dreamed about. Continue reading