We all know home makeovers of any sort are stressful, particularly if you’re struggling to enact whatever vision you have for your space. It can be easy to get lost in the process and start to think ‘why did I change anything at all?’, but it’s essential that you ask yourself that question and really think hard about it before you go full-speed ahead into a home makeover of any scale.
Here are some things to consider before starting a home makeover, so that you don’t lose yourself:
1. Think and plan long and hard
Ask yourself that all-important question: “Why?” What don’t you like about your current home? If you have the money to change it, what would you change and why? Is there anything you can do to make it more liveable, rather than throwing out the baby with the proverbial bathwater?
You could make a list of all of the changes that you seek to make in your space and then cost them out. See if you can wait to make certain changes. See if there are alternative options. Explore all of your options before you get into the process of remodelling.
2. Take all the help you can get
One of the nicest things about home remodelling is the number of friends and family that’ll often offer to help you with certain things, like painting or deck-building, or whatever. Take that help. You’re going to want all the help you can get to take as much stress off you as possible.
3. Maximise your problem-solving
One of the best things you can do for your current space is to maximise it. This doesn’t mean throwing everything into it that you can, but see where the space is being lost. Walk into a room and rather than focusing on the clutter and ‘stuff’, envision what you’d like it to look like.
Think of solutions, rather than problems. Could you remove a wall, thereby creating an open concept? Could you get rid of one piece of furniture that you don’t use very often to create space to move things around? There’s always a solution to a problem.
4. Boost the amount of natural light
If one of the issues you have with your space is that it isn’t bright enough — rather than painting (although this is an option), one of the solutions could be to boost the amount of natural light. Install new windows in the chosen room and let more light in. It’s incredible what a burst of natural light can do to an otherwise dark space.
5. Don’t forget about the bathroom
One of the often neglected areas of the house is the bathroom; so if you’re planning on giving your home a makeover, you might consider a bathroom remodel as well.
There are several simple steps you can take to revitalise the space, and they don’t have to break the bank. This includes new taps and faucets, a fresh paint, a new tiling, a different prefab shower and much more.
6. Function over form
Think logically about your space. Walk through each space in the house that you want to change and imagine how best you might do that, with functionality in mind.
Too often, homeowners lose themselves in the ‘stuff’ they’ve accumulated and don’t consider the functionality of their space. Bear in mind that you can only occupy one space at any one time, and that space is only as wide as your body. Choose functionality over form.
Whatever your reason for doing a home makeover and however far you want to take the project — bear in mind that it will be a stressful time, but that stress can be mitigated and solutions can be found to every problem. Your home makeover can go smoothly and easily, so long as you go into it with a plan but are okay with things changing on the fly and can adapt easily to changes in your plan.
Following some of the above-mentioned simple steps can help make your home makeover easier on you, your wallet and your home. And, if you need a hand with your home remodel plumbing, then get in touch with Tap This Plumbing today!