Could your home use a facelift? Summer is the perfect time of year to make some changes to your living space. After all, you want the place where you and your family spend most of your time to be a warm, welcoming and healthy environment.
Whether you’re planning a major makeover for your bathroom or a simple DIY project for your bedroom, here are some key tips to help you plan your next renovation:
Start by identifying your goals. Have a clear understanding of your motivations – the why behind your project. Do you want a more functional layout that will give you improved living space? Do you need to overhaul the attic to create an office so you can work from home? Whatever the reasons, be sure you list all the problems and how your reno will solve them.
Work on your budget. It’s easy to get excited about upgrades, but your plans can quickly exceed what you can afford to spend on a home renovation. If you have a limited budget, identify your priorities and focus on one or two projects that will most improve your daily life. Write your budget down and keep it in mind when making major decisions, so you won’t be tempted to get carried away.
Find sources of inspiration. Nowadays, you can find tips and ideas almost anywhere – from Pinterest, to blogs to home magazines. But beyond these, you can find inspiration outside of décor spaces – just anything that brings you joy or peace. Think old travel mementoes, your grandmother’s vintage dress or even that bright shade of pink from your favourite amusement park ride as a kid.
Don’t forget to factor in health. Did you know that we spend 90 per cent of our time indoors? If that wasn’t bad enough, the air inside can be up to five times as polluted as the air outside. So, when making decisions about any renovation project, put health first with elements that improve your home’s air and environment.
One great example is a Velux skylight, which delivers two times the amount of daylight as vertical windows. With a venting skylight, you can open it up to allow hot air, odour and toxins to escape. You can also reduce the need for air conditioning in the summer months, saving on electricity.
Renovate for the future. Keeping the future front and centre ensures that your home will work with your family as it evolves over time, and means you won’t have to do another renovation anytime soon. Thinking about tomorrow also means spending for a solid foundation that will last, instead of flashy finishes that don’t go beyond aesthetics.