When you are building or renovating a home, you need to have an organized and complete plan before you get started. That means getting properly prepared before you get to the exciting process of the actual work.
If you’re building new, you want to make sure that you are doing everything you can to control completion dates. Otherwise, you could find yourself without a place to stay or a place to keep your belongings. Stay in communication with contractors so that you can anticipate potential delays and make provisions for them.
As far as renovation, you will need to have a plan for where to put your people and your things during renovation. If the work may be particularly dusty or involve fumes from paint or adhesives, you may want to stay with friends.
Now that you have an idea of what preparation is necessary, let’s think about the big elements of the project that you need to take into consideration.
Don’t let your home look like it was designed piecemeal. A great overall look requires more than just following trends or paying a lot of money. It’s about having a theme, something that carries over from one space to another and ties the entire look together.
There are lots of ways to do this. You could look at color families and stick to a palette of pastels for all the bedroom paint. You might also want to choose an art deco theme or load up on wrought iron for a New Orleans look.
Don’t forget the role that your home design will play in this. An open floor plan with lots of bright windows is a perfect fit for a beach home theme, while a smaller bungalow might look best with a cool retro look.
The point is that you want the different parts to make sense with each other. When you do that, your home will feel like a single thing rather than just a group of nice rooms.
In the process of choosing beautiful elements for the home, you need to remember that they must also work well.
Consider the example of a kitchen faucet. There are countless unique and beautiful designs on the market, but many of them have unusual designs that will operate very differently from what you have been accustomed to. The shape of the faucet, the operation of the handle, or the shape of the basin may not be suitable for the way you cook and clean.
Consider energy savings as well. Watch for components that have low water usage, energy consumption, and high insulating quality in addition to being beautiful. Remember that an item in the home that saves money for you will help pay for itself.
Renovation and construction are both investments in your home, particularly if you plan to sell the house someday. If you want to recoup the money that you have put into the home, you must choose renovations that will hold their value.
Much of this will depend on your planning horizon. If you plan to sell in the next five years or so, you have more flexibility. That’s because trendier colors and elements will probably still be in fashion after that length of time, and they will draw buyers to your home.
But if you have an expectation to be in the house longer than that, you will need to stick to classic colors that will never go out of style. Otherwise, the home will look dated and prove difficult to sell.
Renovation and construction are two exciting processes when you get to the stage of choosing the visual and functional parts of the house. With this guide, you have a good chance to make choices in those areas that will benefit you in the long run.
Sources: 1: Michael Greenberg & Associates. (Photo by Stefen Turner). 2 & 3: D for Design. 3: Woodale Designs.
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