Do you have so much time in your hands that you thought of remodeling your home? Don’t worry, it’s not impossible for a first-timer to accomplish such a feat.
You can either do it yourself or with the help of professionals.
Here are helpful tips to start with.
1. Do Some Rigorous Planning
Give it all your brain cells.
Your home is not a replaceable canvas. It stands there almost permanently and any changes would require a lot of work, and I mean a lot: planning, investment, manpower, precious time, etc.
Regrets always come last. Now, if you want to avoid regrets that you’d be carrying pretty much your whole life, do some rigorous planning. Be sure to answer these questions:
- What changes are you going to make?
- When are you going to make these changes?
- Will you be affected by the remodelling to a point that you’d need to rent a place to stay.
- When will the remodelling end?
- How much is your budget?
Remodelling your home is no joke.
2. Ask Expert Advice
DIY remodelling is too big if you have no prior knowledge of the process.
Before indulging your inexperienced self into independent home remodelling work, seek advice from renovations experts.
Hire an architect, an interior designer or an engineer depending on what you need. You can reach any of these professionals easily by searching the web. The most reliable professionals can be found on social media platforms.
Hire an expert with a reliable portfolio. Share your ideas and learn from them. Listen to their ideas as well. Be open to creative and necessary changes.
3. Find Inspiration Online
If you haven’t formed any ideas yet on how you can improve the appearance of your home, you can take a look at other people’s homes. Follow interior designers on Instagram.
There can be a lot of treasures out there that you may benefit from. Being able to compare your ideas to others’ works is going to help you improve yours.
4. Buy Magazines
Buy home magazines. Sometimes, the real gems are not posted online, but on print.
Print media is still as useful as online media today. You may not realize it, but it’s true. The best way to formulate your own design is to merge several of others’ designs.
Keep a hold of different magazines, preferably featuring different styles. Cut the pages if necessary, place them somewhere you can compare them easily. Pick your favorites, mix them up and construct your own idea.
5. Divide Your Budget
Make a budget plan. Don’t make the mistake of spending money spontaneously. You’ll end up over-pampering one part of your home and depleting one part.
Be sure to give the most important space the biggest budget. Which part of your home needs the most remodelling? Always lean on purpose. Aesthetics will please you for a while, but functionality will serve you as your home stands.
Most of the time, it’s the master bedroom that receives most of the attention during these remodelling activities. If you’re a people-pleaser, allotting a big chunk of your budget to your living and dining room is a good choice.
If you are working from home, you can consider building a home office where you will be spending most of your time everyday.
Modern designs today aim for economical features. Maybe, you can consider remodelling your home into a more efficient one with today’s technology.
Go for green solutions. Buy appliances that are eco-friendly and easy on the energy consumption. You can also open up your home to invite more light into its every corner. You can do this to lessen what your lighting fixtures usually contribute to your electric bill.
Make your home not only an extension of yourself, but of the nature around it.