If you have lived in your home for a while or even recently purchased a home that could really do with an update, you may find that you are here as you don’t really know where to start on your project.
The trouble with modern houses is that when it comes to getting things right, there are so many things you should be looking at that can make a huge difference; you can often become lost in a sea of jobs.
While it may seem like a mammoth task, it is important that you try to break things down into bite-size pieces so that the job at hand seems a lot more manageable than you may think it to be.
What you may not realise about your home renovation is that if you want to see some major changes take place, then some things you will need to change may be a lot less hassle than you imagine.
Today, we are going to be looking at some of the things you will no doubt have thought of, and others that you may not have considered. Hopefully, by the time you reach the end of this post, you will be inspired to attack your renovation from a whole new perspective.
When it comes to giving your home the overhaul it needs, the first thing you should be looking at is the details of the project.
A lot of the time, these projects may appear to be huge in the beginning, but by the time you apply some focus to them, it may be that you only need to change a few things to give the home what it needs.
The first thing you will need to identify is what parts of the house make it look aged. A lot of the time, when it comes to dated interiors, it can be something as simple as the carpet, the decoration or even the furniture.
If you take all of this into account and break things down, you can tackle most renovations with ease and one step at a time. Unfortunately, while we would like to say that this is going to be the same for everybody, it’s not always going to be this easy, and there may be some larger issues at play that need rectifying before you get the modern house of your dreams.
Ok, so the first thing that you will need to do when renovating a property is concentrate on the natural light of the property.
One mistake that so many people make when doing anything to their homes is not taking advantage of the power of the sun. When it comes to natural light, the first place you need to start is in the garden.
While this may sound crazy, do bear with us. If you stand in your rooms, take notice of how everything you have in your front and back garden interacts and interferes with the light in your house.
You may have discovered by this point that the biggest killer of natural light is overgrown bushes or even trees. Now, while it may be tempting to head outside and start hacking at some branches, this can often be a huge mistake.
If you start to saw and hack at a tree without any knowledge, you may find that within six or so months you are left with a tree that blocks more light than it did when you started. If you want to avoid running into a problem like this, then it will always be best to call upon the services of a skilled tree surgeon. Getting a tree surgeon will ensure that your tree is trimmed in the best way to ensure you get the right light in your house all year round.
So, why is natural light so important? Well, when it comes to lighting, the more natural light you have, the more uplifting the mood in the house will be and more than this, you will also find that the house feels a lot bigger when more light is able to interact with the environment.
As we briefly mentioned earlier, one of the things that can significantly date your home is the floor. If you have recently purchased your home, you may find that the carpet of the home looks quite dated, more often than not, this will depend on the previous owners.
While it may seem like a rather large job, quite often you can make a tremendous amount of difference to the property by simply ripping up the floor and replacing it with something cheaper and far more modern.
We understand that it may not be for everybody, but if you are on a budget, there is no reason you can not put down a budget-friendly laminate flooring that will not only modernise the home, it will always open it up in brand new ways.
When we spoke about lighting in the previous section, imagine the effect natural light can have on a laminate floor. It matters not how much it costs; you will find that a well looked after laminate floor will often reflect and bounce sunlight all around a room, and yet again this is something else that can give the house a fabulous and modern vibe.
Now, we do also understand that laminate flooring is not the ideal solution for everybody, and there are many people out there that still love the warmth and comfort that carpet brings to your home.
If you are one of these many people, then you shouldn’t hesitate to bring in some new carpet to your home. A piece of advice that we will give though is that if you are going to go with carpet around the home, you should be looking to invest in something that can help you look after it.
Carpets may be wonderful, but you also have to consider how much footfall and damage it will take over the years. While laminate and wooden flooring are fairly simple to look after, carpet comes with some complications.
One of the best investments you can make is some form of carpet cleaner that will be able to keep your carpet looking amazing through the years.
Whatever you decide for your flooring, you need to ensure that you get something that is maintainable and more than this, as future proof as possible. While we understand that retro may be in at the moment, you may find that going retro now could mean you are repeating this whole step in a few more years.
The final thing we are going to be looking at when it comes to giving your home an overhaul is those little details.
One of the details that often goes overlooked when trying to get a more modern look from a home is the furniture. If you want to get a really open and modern look, you should avoid dark wood furniture at all costs.
We understand that many people love darker wood, but generally, this darker furniture is used to give a more aged look to a property. Lighter woods are great for creating a more open a happier home.
Another detail you should be looking at is the framings of your walls. If you are unsure of what we mean by framings, we are simply referring to skirtings and borders. While these may seem like insignificant details of your home, when you apply a crisp coat of gloss to these areas, you will find they really set all of your hard work off.
The final thing we are going to be looking at is the finishing touches. When it comes to finishing touches, you should put a lot of effort in. Most of the time, these touches will be the cheapest and most effective things you can do to really finish off your home modernisation project.
You should be looking at touches like light fixtures and fittings, and you should also be adding some modern touches to your walls. You may want to look at some bright and modern canvasses you can throw around the home that really brings it to life too.
As you can see, when it comes to modernising your home, it’s not as challenging as you may have been thinking. The challenging part will always be knowing where to begin. Once you have settled on a starting point, take it one room at a time and work your way around the house.
Doing this will not only allow you to see your progress as you are going, but it will also ensure that should you need the property to be liveable during your renovations, it will be.
There are, of course, hundreds of more things you can do to lift your home into the 21st century and we have only given you a few ideas. Hopefully, this post has at least inspired you to take on your renovations with an open mind and made you feel a little better about your project.