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Top Tips For Building Your Home From The Ground Up

Top Tips For Building Your Home From The Ground Up

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As anyone who has ever searched for a home can attest – it’s nearly impossible to find a property already on the market that ticks every single item of your checklist. While this sometimes means that you need to make certain allowances (Goodbye games room), it also presents you with a unique opportunity to throw caution to the wind and build your own home.

Yes, you read that right. It’s entirely possible to build your own home – meaning that you can take the vision that currently exists within your head and build it up one brick at a time. However, it goes without saying that this is a huge task – and will set you moving plans back considerably. Nevertheless, it is a worthwhile investment toward achieving your dreams and creating the perfect family home that will be the envy of all your friends! 

With that in mind, here are some top tips you can use if you’re considering building your family home from the ground up! 

  • Try to find a way to put your vision down on paper. Whether that means you draw a series of sketches or write down an in-depth description of the space. This means that you’ll be able to communicate clearly with any of your construction team – be that an architect or builder – and ensure you are working towards the same finishing point. 
  • Understand that this project is going to cost you a considerable bit of money. While you can reduce some of the costs by using DIY to stay on budget, you must have a clear idea of how much you can spend overall and how that money will be divided throughout the project (i.e. what areas of development will cost you the most). 
  • Ensure that you have planning permission and other legalities covered from the start – as you don’t want to land yourself in a difficult decision further down the line. For example, you could work with companies such as Arbtech Consulting to ensure that you obtain planning permission ahead of time, ensuring that your project is completed much quicker and without unnecessary interference. 
  • Get in touch with a variety of construction companies, paying close attention to any online reviews. This can help you decide whether or not you want to work with a specific company and provide you with an insight into what to expect when working with them. 
  • Remember that the hard work doesn’t stop when you’ve finished the building’s exterior – as you still need to find a way to make a house into a home. As a result, you need to put just as much effort into the interior decorating portion of the project. However, this stage is often the most fun – as you get to buy new furniture, experiment with bold colours and can get the whole family involved in the process! 

While you shouldn’t necessarily buy the cheapest available materials (as they may not always be the best quality), keep an eye out for online deals and discounts that can save you considerable amounts of money in the long run.

Kitchen

How To Do More With Your Kitchen Colour Scheme

How To Do More With Your Kitchen Colour Scheme

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Of all the rooms in your home, the kitchen is probably the one that has the least amount of colour. Kitchens tend to be very neutral, with plain coloured units and countertops and a simple floor and wall colour. Yet just because you want your kitchen to be an elegant, comfortable space to enjoy, that doesn’t mean you have to forego all the colour completely. A gorgeous kitchen can benefit from a pop of colour here and there, and as long as you think carefully about what you’re doing and about the colour you’re using, then it will look incredible. Read on to find out how you can do more with your kitchen colour scheme.

Think Of Your Lighting

Kitchen lighting is often thought of as functional rather than decorative, and that may well have been true in the past, but with so many different options these days it is no longer true; you can find the most stunning lighting fixtures that will also give you all the light you need. So you can use your lighting to make a statement in your kitchen, utilising colour in the shade you choose or even the bulbs you pick. 

The great thing about using your lighting to get some more colour into your kitchen is that this will draw the eye upwards, which means your room will appear bigger.

You Can Use Bright Colours 

The problem is that we’ve been used to plain, simple, neutral kitchens for a long time now; it’s an idea that came along decades ago and never really went away again. That’s why it can be hard to understand that using bright colours in a kitchen is perfectly possible if you want to. How much colour you use is entirely down to personal choice, but to keep the room looking lovely, it’s ideal to add just a pop here and there. 

These splashes of colour could be added using tiles where most are neutral, and a random coloured one is added here and there. Alternatively, you can use accessories to add colour – if you do this, try to stick to one colour or similar colours, otherwise it can look too random. You can even change your kitchen unit doors to add colour. This doesn’t need a total kitchen replacement; you can just change the parts you want to upgrade. 

Go Dark If You Want To 

We’re always told that we have to brighten up each room and that the kitchen in particular will always benefit from being light and bright. Although this can look perfect in some cases, if it’s not your style or it won’t match the style of the rest of the house, it is not necessarily the right thing to do. You can, in other words, enjoy a dark-coloured kitchen if you prefer. 

Using dark woods in your cabinets, having a dark floor, or even painting the walls a dark colour (grey is particularly on-trend right now) can give your kitchen a warm, cosy feel. If you’re changing from light to dark, take it one element at a time since a big change like this can feel like you’ve made a mistake even if it actually looks excellent. 

DECOR, Design

The Finishing Touches Every Family Home Needs

The Finishing Touches Every Family Home Needs

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Modern living is fast-paced, ultra-connected and always on, and our homes are adapting to our new way of life. Along with fashion and technology, the world of architecture and design is becoming influence by the new demands we place on our time. There are many aspects to this – from a trend towards more open-plan living to moving towards lighter spaces, to increasing ac installation to deal with warmer summers and even the clean lines of contemporary furniture design. If it’s time to bring a more modern look and improve your home, here’s where to begin…

Increase The Natural Light

Traditional, subdivided darker interiors with small windows have given way to everything light and airy when it comes to the design of our homes. If you have a chance to redo the floorplan, make sure you work it around sources of natural light, and consider adding Velux windows to open up the roof space as well. You can always opt for opaque glazing if you want to retain privacy but keep the natural light flowing.

Go Neutral With A Touch Of Drama

A lighter, brighter scheme needs neutral tones to really increase the sense of space, but lift these and add impact by choosing a beautiful, bright accent colour or two. A bold green or a petrol blue – even a bright magenta – all work fantastically well with neutral decor. You can also lift a neutral scheme using metallic accents which add interest or go for lots of different textures to achieve a calming yet sophisticated scheme.

Try Bare Floors

If you’ve always gone for fitted carpets in your home, ring the changes with a beautiful hard floor instead. Engineered wood floors, polished concrete or clean tiling look very chic but are also hard-wearing and practical, especially if you have kids. You can opt for underfloor heating if you want to keep your space warm. One seamless floor finish through an open plan space can look great, and you can add textured area rugs to seating areas to cosy them up.

Add Some Technology

The role of technology to help in running the home has exploded over the past few years, so if you’re planning an update then it’s wise to work a few tech updates in there. Wireless controls that connect to WiFi for electronics, appliances, heating systems, home security and lighting can all make life easier and can be integrated with voice control via a system such as Alexa. This approach can really bring the family home up to date and give you greater control over the household bills as well.

Use Natural Materials

The most beautiful contemporary home design makes great use of natural materials for a sleek finish. Elements such as natural woods, slate and stone finishes, quartz or granite worktops and leather furniture give a timeless refinement and are generally highly durable as well as looking amazing. Achieve a great look by mixing older pieces with very modern design for an effortless space that feels organic.

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Bathroom

How to makeover your bathroom without spending too much

How to makeover your bathroom without spending too much

How to makeover your bathroom without spending too much

The bathroom is a place where you do your personal routines, so for this reason, you should be comfortable moving there as much as possible. In terms of design, the bathroom is the second most expensive part of the house to renovate next to the kitchen.

Whether you have a small or huge bathroom, you can make it look expensive in your own way. Here are some ideas to give your bathroom a new look:

Paint Your Bathroom

Don’t make your bathroom look dull by not changing the paint for years. One way to give it a lift is to replace the colour of the wall, vanity and shelves. Choose light colours that make it look cleaner. You can add a touch of bright shades for a refreshing glow. You can also add a PVC wainscoting around the room and colour the space above and below it differently.  It adds charm and breaks the monochromatic walls.

Make Use Of Vintage Pieces

Boost the look of your bathroom by accentuating it with a vintage furniture. This adds a classic touch and feel. You can pull in a stool, side table or a cabinet to contain your towels and other bathroom needs. Place a plant or book on a stool for a rustic effect.

Upgrade Your Bathroom Accessories

Replacing the old bathroom accessories is the cheapest and easiest way to spruce up your bathroom. You can upgrade your accessories, such as drawer pulls. Add texture and color by changing your rug, soap dish, toothbrush holder and soap holder. Replace an old shower curtain. It is best to install the shower rod higher to make it look more spacious.

Switch The Mirrors

Change the mirror that has been there for many years. Improve the colour of an old one by coating it with a lacquer for a more vintage look.

Improve the Lighting

Lighting is often neglected when it comes to changing the style of a bathroom. Improve the lighting fix in the room, or accentuate the windows with curtains that allow the light to pass and still keep the privacy.  Hang large paintings or bright photo on the wall to reflect the light.

Use Open Shelves

Open Shelves are great ways to improve the storage space. Moreover, an open shelve gives more identity, depth and character.

Add Fresh Flowers In Your Bathroom

Put fresh flowers in a vase and place it on top of the sink or cabinet. It may be too easy to do, but it gives life and makes your bathroom prettier.

Decorate The Wall With Pretty Wallpapers

Choose wallpaper that is subdue and interesting. Pick wallpaper designs that blend well with the color of your wall, furniture and accessories.

Utilize baskets

Baskets are available and cheap, but provides a clutter-free and tidy bathroom. You can choose baskets made from various materials such as wicker, woven plastic or rattan. Baskets are versatile containers that can hold anything and yet provide a unique homey feel.

Change The Rug

Rugs are not anymore just something that you step on to dry your feet after a shower. Rugs are now one of the focal points in a bathroom that brighten up the space. Use Turkish Kilim that gives wonderful colour and personality to your bathroom.

Use Trendy Vinyl Floors

The floor is one of the most difficult parts of the bathroom that’s hard to change when renovating or having a makeover. It is expensive. However, there’s a solution now if you want to change it. Vinyl floor cloths are the best alternative to give your floor a new look. There are plenty of designs to choose from that matches your style.

Melinda Rousse is a writer and an entrepreneur. She loves being a mother to her five children and designing her home. She is also a contributor for www.addictions.com

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