Congratulations, what an exciting journey you have ahead of you of building your dream home. Although renovating can seem both exciting but at the same time very daunting, here are a few things to think about.
- Hiring an Architect, it may seem like an unnecessary cost at the beginning, but it will allow you to optimise the existing space or make the most out of a new space, allowing you to add value down the line.
- Put together a budget not just for the build but also the interiors. As important as the construction is, you need to think about a budget for the furnishings. The furnishings are often a small percentage of the overall build cost but they are the part that really finish a space off and make it feel like home.
- Think about lighting, this is where the help of an architect can really help you optimise the lighting, this needs to happen at the building phase.
- Whether your renovation is cosmetic or a bigger undertaking knowing how you plan to use the space is vital when furnishing it.
- You don’t need to budget for all your interiors at the start of your build, you may decide to only budget for big ticket items and see how you use the space.
- Don’t buy furniture for the sake of filling a space, buy items that you really love, even if it means buying them later until the budget allows. If you buy items that you don’t 100% love you will end up replacing them costing you more in the long run.
- Buy timeless, this will allow you to style for different seasons with smaller items and still make everything fit together.
When buying furnishings for your space, think about the following:
- Size of your room
- Don’t buy the biggest piece your room can take; think about what other furniture you may want in the room. If you buy too big for the room, your room will feel smaller than it is.
- Make a list of the core items you need and make a plan of measurements.
- Not all furniture needs to match, you can have different styles in the same room, as long as it flows together and choose items that you really love.
- Your home is an expression of your personality, so bring in elements that represent you, if you don’t like it don’t have it in your home.
- Invest in pieces you love rather than in many pieces that you like but don’t love, less is more. This also allows you to have a home with less clutter bringing you peace and tranquility to your everyday.
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