Touchy, feely reno secrets
MANY homeowners consider adding a touch of class to their property, whether you’re about to sell, are renovating a recent acquisition, plan to build, or just want your home to feel a little upgraded?
As a frequent flyer I would best describe this as taking your home from economy to business class yet achieving this at a premium economy rate.
Can this really be achieved? Is it possible or even viable to upgrade a home without blowing the budget or committing the ultimate sin of overcapitalising?
I believe it is but the viability is the challenging element here.
Perhaps you’re wishing to upgrade the feel of your home for your own enjoyment.
If you’re pretty sure this is your forever home, the exact budget is not quite so crucial as time and long-term market growth might cover a budget blowout on any slightly self indulgent or unnecessarily high-end fittings.
But please note, market growth may not always cover your mistakes, this will depend on the market cycle and when you decide to sell.
What are the key areas to focus on to enhance the quality feel of your home?
Even though we describe this as a “feel” for that upgrade success this whole touch experience should be combined with the aesthetic — what we can see.
In my opinion, the secret to adding quality is ensuring the money is spent in areas that can be touched and seen. Yes, this is a totally shallow perspective to embrace but a fundamental element of our housing market.
It’s a fact and it works — you and I subscribe to this — so let’s not fight it and permit me to explain how you can play the game too.
Avoid standard vertical blinds — they have had their day. The trick is to spend the extra money in key areas such as living spaces and the main bedroom, for example. Full height and full wall coverage curtains or sheers, plantation shutters, or consider the whole array of stylish blinds now available on the market.
Lighting is a topic difficult to summarise, but for adding that upgrade feel, this should be given careful consideration. If the budget is tight focus on entry areas, living spaces and the kitchen primarily, as bedrooms can use soft mood lighting in the form of table lamps to keep your finances on track. Pendants, uplighters, downlights, task lighting, the list goes on. Get advice, it really is worthwhile.
Even the colours you use can have a substantial impact on your home. The single coloured feature wall trend is very last decade. It’s whole room colour or two walls, wallpaper or feature alternative materials now and there are many options. My tip is trawl the interior magazines and online home listings with hefty price tags or upscale display homes for inspiration, then seek the cost-effective alternatives.
The standard aluminium sliding windows are absolutely fine, but we all know they are the basic product. To upgrade, consider prime sections of the building such as the windows on the facade, the front door, the living areas where you can spend more and create impact.
From your kitchen sink, the taps, to flooring choices, to light switches, even robe doors, internal doors, handles, fittings are both visual and tactile and play a major role in creating a high-end finish. The list is endless and so can be the cost. Shop around and start with the spaces seen like living and kitchen areas.
The common thread is the focus on prime areas of the home, the space seen by everyone, but also to concentrate on what can be seen and what can be touched.
Consequently, your double brick construction, high specification constructional materials and methods, even green elements such as solar panels and water tanks, while are strong selling features, are not under the touch of class category.