When it comes to renovating your home, it’s important to get it right. There’s nothing worse than spending a lot of money to renovate your home, only to be underwhelmed with the final product. Whether you’re planning on turning your entire home upside down or concentrating on one room at a time, it’s important to do your homework so that you ensure you are getting your dream home. The following renovation tips will help any homeowner focus on some important aspects of the renovation process to get the desired results.
Plan and budget
It's important to look at your home as a whole when planning any renovation. Sometimes renovations in one room can affect another. If one room in your home looks fresh and new while the rest is old, damaged or dated, it can seem really out of place. That said, if you are renovating one room at a time, this will only prove temporary. Once you have an idea of all the rooms that require your attention, it's time to inspect each one and make a list of all the changes you'd like to make. It doesn't matter how small they might be – write it all down.
When you have a plan, it's time to start budgeting. Consider how much you can afford right now and whether or not renovations will need to be done over a long period of time due to financial reasons. Your budget will help you prioritize your list of things to do, and it's always a good idea to place the most pressing matters (like energy efficiency and security) first.
Research and Shop Around
Even the smallest changes can have an amazing impact on the room. When upgrading fixtures or furniture, for example, it's important to remember that you don't always have to spend a small fortune. While many people associate price with quality, there are a number of stores that sell quality products at reasonable prices. It's all about shopping around and researching the company and products you are interested in.
More Spacious Small Rooms
Most of the rooms in your home are likely a reasonable size. That said, there is bound to be at least one small room that could use a little help in the space department. For some, the solution isn’t always to start knocking down walls; but you can use a little interior design magic to make the room appear bigger. Light paint, light-coloured flooring and mirrors can all help create the feeling of a more spacious room.
One of the things most people do not like changing in their home is the floor. Whether you have hardwood or tile, it can be inconvenient and messy to rip it all up and start from scratch. This is certainly a job that needs to be tackled one room at a time. It’s important to invest in the floor you are installing. Cheap tiles might sound like a great idea, but they will not stand the test of time. Before you know it, you will need to replace them and go through all that inconvenience and mess all over again. Hardwood floors, on the other hand, are very popular, durable and easy to clean, but there are so many incredible options that choosing the right one for you can be a dizzying experience.
Both tiles and hardwood floors offer unique design possibilities, so you’ll have to work closely with the experts to find an option that will combine harmoniously with the other elements in your home.
It's amazing what a difference a new coat of paint can make! Many people agree that plain white walls are best because they are easier to touch up if they get dirty. Another advantage of white paint is the fact that you can add colour to the room in many other ways like the curtains, furniture, fixtures, and art. So don't shy away from plain white just because it might seem boring at first. It will make the room appear more spacious, clean and well-maintained. Keep some white paint on hand for touching up in between repainting.
On the other hand, if you are looking to add a bold feature in a room, painting a single wall or all the walls with a vibrant colour can do wonders for making a room pop and look gorgeous. Colour trends are always changing, so it’s important to talk with a pro to see what colours are currently making waves in the world of interior design.
Lighting comes from two main sources – artificial and natural. This means that you need to consider the placement of your windows as well as your lights. Do everything possible to maximize natural lighting during the day, but make sure that you also add adequate artificial lighting throughout each room. In some rooms, you may need brighter lights whereas other rooms will be best served with ambient lighting. Your kitchen can use brighter lights for effective and efficient food preparation. In your living room, you may prefer softer, warmer lights since this room is where you and your family will go to relax. Even if you don't want to run new wires for additional lights, you can always add lamps here and there.
When you are looking for the best products and for a successful home renovation, it’s always a good idea to start at Improve Canada, your go-to destination for all things home improvement.
- Alair Homes (No. 226)
- Azure Design Studio (No. 25)
- Casa di Luce (No. 141)
- Georgian Custom Renovation (No. 97)
- M Squared Flooring & design Centre (No. 52)
- Norseman Construction & Development (No. 281)
- Pyramid Home Improvement (No.111)
- Sosna Inc. (No. 372)
- Tubicen (No. 282)