Seven Things To Remember When You Are Designing The Interiors

download (83)A lot of people think that the most difficult task is to design the exteriors of a house; the truth is something else. To be honest, interiors are the most difficult part in constructing and getting your home ready for you to stay in it. Since most of the people visit your house and check every single thing, you need to be sure about all the things that you use for the interiors.

If you are designing the interiors of your house and want them to be good enough for others to see, here are the top seven things for you to remember:

1) It is always good to have a single shade on all the walls of a particular room. You may have different colors for different rooms, but a single shade always looks best for each room, unless you want a special wall to display an expensive showpiece, an antique item or your hobby.

2) If you have instruments, they can be excellent decorative items for the interiors of your house. There are so many ways in which you can flaunt your expensive guitars, drums, violins, etc. If you have any instrument, let it occupy a special place in the living room.

3) Let there be paintings in every single room of your house, including the washrooms or bathrooms. If you can’t afford to buy original oil paintings, you can always go for the printed sheets. Get the sheets framed and place one painting in every room.

4) Wind chimes may seem unimportant to you, but they can bring a lot of happiness to your house. Besides, there are many people, who find it easy to sleep to the shimmering sounds of wind chimes. So, for the sake of positive energies, happiness and sound sleep, hang wind chimes in different rooms of your house.

5) You may have a verandah or a garden, but having a few plants inside your house is a good thing. Since these plants supply oxygen to you, you feel fresh all throughout the day.

6) If you are married or are living with your partner, you must have a wall that depicts all the romantic moments you both have spent together. When you keep looking at all those pictures, you feel stronger about your relationship; such a thing also boosts commitment and loyalty.

7) If you are a creative person, it is always good to flaunt your skills by hanging some of your DO IT YOURSELF projects.

 

How To Design Your Own House!

download (84)Only a handful of people have the guts to design their own house; most of the times, people end up hiring expensive professionals for architectural purposes. And why not? You don’t design and construct a home often, no matter how rich or famous you are. Building a house is like building a dream you’ve cherished from a long period of time.

If you have recently purchased a plot and want to transform the piece of land into your dream house, it is time for you to know a few things. Read below to know about them:

1) The first thing that you need to remember, while designing your house, is to be practical. You can’t build a castle with the little money you have (even though you can try your best to transform your little house into your castle)!

2) Concentrate on both, exteriors as well as interiors, of your house, rather than focusing only on one thing. Just like a lot of people look at the exteriors of your home, a lot of people visit you to witness the beauty of the interiors as well.

3) If you are unable to sketch the house for yourself, don’t be overconfident. There are several architects that provide you with consultations or advices for the dream house you have in your mind. Hire a professional person and take his help!

4) Don’t build something you won’t be able to handle in future. It is always good to construct ‘realistic’ homes, instead of ending up with the wrong ones.

5) Consider space, since it is the most important thing when it comes to a house. You may be living alone in your house at first, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a partner in future! Also, loved ones keep coming in all the time; thus, you need a house that’s spacious enough to accommodate people.

6) Do not spend more than you can afford; this is one of the biggest mistakes people make and repent later. It is good to prepare a plan and be in the budget you have in your mind.

7) Instead of using cheap quality materials for the construction of your house, spend a little extra (without hampering the budget too much) and buy good quality materials. Your house will save you from natural calamities in future. Thus, spending a few bucks more on the materials is no big deal.

Design Trends: From Open-Plan to “Broken Plan”

download (82)One of the key defining features of many new homes and renovations from the past decade or so would have to be that of the Open-Plan Design. Eliminating walls between kitchen, dining and living areas to create the illusion of more space has been the trend for several years now. Entertaining and living in such an open way has never felt so integrated and seamless.

However, there are some subtle signs that the Open Plan may not be the ideal for much longer. There are a few flaws in its design, after all. For instance, trying to cool or heat a vast living area with air conditioning can be a costly and time-consuming exercise. Watching the sport on television, with appliances like the dishwasher whirring in the background, can be tedious. And, people with children will relate: there is no room to escape the noise, mess and toys!

We are gradually moving away from closed up rooms, with many older-style houses consisting of lots of smaller rooms which can be sealed with internal doors. With heating and cooling options less accessible to many families, this style was a great way to keep warmth in; to separate adults’ formal sitting rooms for entertaining, and to create separate zones within the home. The last fifteen years or so has seen a huge change to such styles, and it has been all about knocking out walls to create one, huge open living expanse.

Along with the rise of technological use, there is a notable shift away from Open-Plan living and towards creating smaller nooks throughout the home for peace and privacy. Mary Duggan, a UK-based Architect and Judge for the RIBA House of the Year award, has recently spoken on the matter:

‘The world of the open-plan family room has changed quite significantly.

‘We’re getting asked more for snugs, rooms with TV’s or a space where people can go and watch something independently, rather than an open plan space.

‘That was the trend but I think it’s waning. The idea of having a much more ‘broken plan’ seems to be the way our buildings are playing out now.”

Looking forward, when planning a renovation or a new build, consider the way technological use has dramatically advanced and will likely continue to be a staple in peoples homes. Home design should consequently reflect this, and be inclusive of smaller nooks, studies or ‘snugs’ designed for using devices such as iPads and tablets. The ‘Broken Plan’ home is the new black!

For further consideration, building inclusions could feature fixtures within these areas such as built-in charger stations, benches and built-in desks to accommodate such devices. Also, consider that many devices will now want to be synced to the nearby television or speaker, and that many high-tech gadgets will now have features which allow the occupant to remotely pull down the blinds, dim the lights etc. It is simply the way of the future, and it makes sense for our home design to reflect such advancements.

 

How To Choose The Perfect Balcony Design

download (81)When building a balcony or terrace, there are a number of structural concerns that must be addressed. This is especially true if you intend to use this space regularly and for entertaining. This is a home improvement that can increase property values by quite a bit. Before getting started, make sure that you have made all of the most important considerations.

Consider the load bearing capacity of this structure in relation to how you want to use it. If you intend to host a large number of guests on this surface, you will obviously need a much greater load bearing capacity than if only using the area for decorative purposes. Consult with a local, structural engineer to determine the feasibility of our design.

Before investing any money into the implementation of your design ideas, make sure that these are in conjunction with local building codes. Local regulations could significantly limit the addition of special features in this area in an effort to promote safety. Consult with the planning department to find out which concessions must be made before construction is started. This will eliminate the need to backtrack in your construction efforts and the associated loss.

Determine whether or not you want this space to have any special features for relaxation or food preparation. Outdoor kitchens are a major trend in backyard designs, but they can also be added to elevated and well-supported structures like balconies or terraces. Some people even install hot tubs or small wading pools depending upon their balcony sizes and their household needs. These are features that are cheaper and easier to add in at the start of construction then they are after building is done.

Some people might want to wall off their balconies or terraces for added privacy. There are semi-permanent and permanent solutions that can be used. A privacy screen will provide the greatest level of adaptability, but you may want to review your options in permanent, glass enclosures as well. This is a great way to create a year-round garden.

There are countless features to choose from but each addition must complement the existing decor on the primary building structure. If you have copper trim and downspouts around the home, consider adding copper lighting fixtures and an enclosure or railing with copper accents. You do not want your designs to clash so that the home looks ill put together overall.

Take some time to calculate your budget for this addition while accounting for any special features that you wish to include. It may be best to complete this project in small increments that entail modest and manageable payments. This way, you can add new feature in whenever additional funding becomes available. This can be an all-at-once project or a gradual, progressive and affordable one.

Always be mindful of the need for a suitable railing. This is essential for compliance with local building codes and for limiting homeowner liability. Fortunately, these structures can be as aesthetically pleasing as they are safe and supportive. You can choose from steel or stainless steel railing or decorative glass balustrades. The best options will both enhance user safety and create a visually appealing and mood-specific ambiance.