Renovating your house is an adventure, one that can easily go off the rails. Before you go down the twists and turns of the renovation path, here are the 4 things you MUST know before starting your home renovation.
1. Know What You Want
You may ask yourself the following questions before embarking on any major home improvement project:
- You’re refurbishing an old house? Or renovating a new house?
- Are you staying in the house? Or you’re renting out the unit?
- How many family members are there in your family? Who are the members?
You need to adjust according to the change in the number of family member in the future. If there are elderly staying with you or you might have family and friends spending the night at your place often.
Most Importantly, you have to evaluate the needs of your family members:
Newly Wed：Nursery room to welcome your little one
Kids：Create a play area
Ageing Parents：Install grab bars beside the toilet/ Doorways wheelchair friendly
Furry Pets：Cat highways/Feeding station
The way to make full use of the space you have and pre-planning are very important. If you’re hiring an Interior Designer, you have to make it clear to him/her in order to avoid a whole bunch of regrets and headaches.
2. Create A Space Needs Checklist
Making a list of all of your personal belongings and your daily routine prior to your renovation. This gives you the chance to decide what needs to be put into storage. To ensure the future home design to suit your personal lifestyle.
- How many shoes do you have?
- What kind of shoes do you mostly have?
- Are you keeping them in store or displaying them?
- Collection or daily wear?
As a private personal space, it depends on one’s life style to make corresponding design plans.
- Wall-mounted TV: Make it a space that offers endless entertainment, watch something relaxing on Netflix before bed.
- Adjustable night lamp: Emitting gentle light which won’t hurt your eyes in the darks.
- Walk-In wardrobe: Maximise your wardrobe storage by choosing the wardrobe accessories that suit your storage habit.
- Armchair: A place for you to read a book before going to bed
Choose the most suitable kitchen layout according to the space. Eg. The one wall kitchen, Galley, U-shaped, L shaped. Choose the right colour, finish, texture, material, size and style for your kitchen unit before you start to renovate your kitchen. At the same time, I would recommend you to create a kitchen essential checklist will surely help you in managing your kitchen appliances. So that you can have a kitchen design equipped with flexibility, comfortable movement, placement of appliances that match with your cooking habits.
Dining room is a place where we share bountiful meal with our family and friends. Choosing the right dining table that fits your needs will make the place even more comfortable place to spend time, further increasing your family’s enjoyment of the room.
Factors to consider when choosing a right dining table for your home:
- Measurement and Size
- Number of people
- Material and Finish
Presenting your favourite pieces on open shelves can add personality and style to any room in your home. If you were to put them on display, you have to have this planned and listed down. This is to ease your job while moving into a new home. Surrounding yourself with the things that tell your story.
3. Be Specific About Design Ideas
Gather inspiration from browsing home decorating magazines and interior decorating websites (CreativeHomex). You’ll get a clearer picture of your dream house after narrow down your design preferences. It’s important to tell the designer or decorator your preferred style in order to carry out the blueprint of your dream home and turn it into reality.
An experienced interior designer will always work within your budget. The designer make design proposal according to your budget. The designer will be able to plan the allocation of budget that yields the best result. Make a list of your priorities, divided into must-haves and nice-to-haves ease for you to control on your budget. Everything will be done within your budget.
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