Renovating a room in your home from an outdated look may seem like a daunting task best suited for professionals, but with the help of modern strategies and technologies accomplishing your own affordable home makeover is more doable than ever. While home renovation is surely no easy task, readily accessible resources like the Internet and YouTube have made learning step-by-step home renovation processes manageable and achievable.
The first and most important thing to keep in mind with any renovation is having a full comprehensive plan. When home owners dive straight into redoing a room they often times find themselves running low on finances prematurely, discover that room layouts don’t line up with outlets, Internet plug-ins, and/or other kinds of connections, or that rooms look too big or too small based on the manipulation of space. This can be disastrous when working month-to-month on a tight financial budget.
When developing your comprehensive plan you must first do an assessment of the space you are working with. When it comes to style ask yourself, “Is my vision appropriate for this style of house and its general architecture?” For example, don’t update colonial homes with sleek modern surfaces because it will detract from the homes resale value. Another important aspect of renovation to take into consideration is size. Take into consideration encompass scale, flow, function, and form. How do you want to utilize your space? What do you want to be the focus of the room? What will accent your desired theme appropriately? The more questions you answer in advance the fewer problems you will have to deal with later on.
Many homeowners forget to account for accessibility and home layout when tackling a new space. Take into consideration whether you’d like to use your home as an office space. If you would like to create a home office strategically place it in the quietest space in the home. Take into account where to place your room if you’re a parent or parents. If you have young children you may want to place your room next to your child’s, and if your children are older maybe you want to be further away or on an entirely different floor. Take into account whether you ever have handicapped guests over, what they might require, and how you can make things more manageable for them. Finally take into consideration whether or not you’ll be entertaining in your space. Ask yourself, “Will this layout be suitable and sizable enough for entertaining guests?”
Once you have an idea of how you want to begin your home renovation, pause! There’s still more prep work to do. A vital component of any renovation is budget. Generate a practical level investment that will ensure a return down the road in resale value. For example, kitchens and bathrooms tend to be very important during the resale of a home. Dollars spent on these rooms typically generate a higher payback.
Set practical and achievable plans. If a house is small and older, then it may not be able to be installed with all of the “leading edge” comforts available to larger spaces. Lighting, color, and accent hardware are easy, economical, and high-impact changes that one should consider especially when seeking to quickly and efficiently increase a home’s value. Be creative in finding low-cost, high-quality alternatives. For example, we were able to find a hotel furniture liquidator nearby who afforded us high-end options at very reasonable price points. Restores, Craigslist, and college campus yards on move out day are also great places to salvage respectable furniture for little to no cost.
Last is the execution stage. Stick to your sequence of events. Plan your project carefully, patiently, and with as many secondary factors in mind as possible. Recognize that the underlying building blocks of electrical and plumbing need addressed before any physical work can be done. If you plan to move appliances or relocate major features such as plumbing connections, you must do these tasks first. Think through where you require various pieces of furniture to optimize a space’s flow and usefulness. Once you have taken all of these necessary plans, precautions, and evaluations it’s time to begin constructing your dream home.
*Attached are photos of a recent “makeover” to a 30 year-old kitchen that generated significant value and improvement for the home. Also, feel free to look for inspiration from others and share your own home designs on Design Corner: https://designer.cocoweb.com