Interior design to building work: Make your home what you want it to be
Making improvements to the home is a wonderful way to give yourself living space a fresh lease of life. It can also be a way for you to continue being settled in one location rather than looking at what other properties have and feeling the grass might be greener. Here are some suggestions on how to make changes to your house inside and out that you can feel rejuvenated.
One of the first things to consider when you come to making changes to your home is, what can you do? Any significant building work is going to come with a bill to pay and plenty of planning in advance. However, a new roof in the form of an upstairs floor or altering some of the layout of your interior is a fine way to update your property particularly when you gain with the changes.
Extra space is something we could all do with in our lives, and extensions can often be the way go about getting it. But there are some important things that you must take into account before you commit yourself to the expenditure of building work.
First of all, you should consider what exactly it is you are looking to do. If you want to go up, then a loft extension is ideal for you, but beware that it isn’t always possible to build on top of your property due to planning permission laws. Other options include converting your garage to add more downstairs living space, or even building a basement for even more room. Whatever you choose to do, planning permission is going to be top of any to-do list that you will have.
Once you have agreed on what to do and have the right permissions to do so, you will need to consider a number of other details. Included in this is the time of year that you plan on doing the work, living on a building site might not be your ideal way of living. Consider whether it will be cold and therefore leaving you open to living in discomfort, additionally is there somewhere else that you can go? Construction workers should give you an idea of the process involved in any work you have done to your house, which will make it easier to make these decisions.
Finally, consider what you will need to have organized as part of the work. Some building companies will come fully prepared, but others require to prepare external agreements like for instance a waste disposal. Research companies that provide these services like Fast Skip Bins and get quotes to make sure you’re not paying over the odds. The building company you are working with should have a rough idea of the hidden costs of your work, so make sure you speak with them first to get a good idea.
Building work is nothing to be afraid of, but be prepared that it can be a big job to take on.
Some would consider redecorating your home and easier prospect; others want that extra space we discussed above. However, if you are looking at changing up your decor, make sure you are organized and have a plan going in. One of the top things that can go wrong is people being gung-ho when it comes to interior design, leaving them dissatisfied and unhappy in the end – or with unfinished work in some cases.
Any decorating work that you choose to start yourself should be laid out as follows; prepare one room at a time. This is important for several reasons, one being that if you take on too much then you are unlikely to get the work done in a time frame that suits you. The second being, if you choose, for example, to redecorate the living room first then the end product will give you the confidence to push on with other parts of the home. Confidence cannot be underestimated when it comes to home decorating, that extra impetus you get from seeing your hard work pay off is enough to get your round the rest of the house by dinnertime – well almost.
It’s Your Home
The main thing to remember here is that it is your home, and what you choose to do with your property should be about your needs. So take the time to explore the variety of options available to you and see just what will fit in your house. Building work and decorating are two valuable changes to the home, but they are only that if you’re happy at the end of it.
Deborah Hunter Kells
I have a wide range of interests and the top of my list is people and relationships. I appreciate our big wide world and nature which tries so hard to deal with what we do to it. I enjoy learning and am a “forever student”. I would love to hear about you and what you have experienced – that one or both of us may learn.