Erupt into home ren­o­va­tion ac­tion

The Leader (Nelson) - - UNDER ONE ROOF -

Win­ter pro­vides am­ple time to as­sess the short­com­ings of your home.

For three months of the year, you prob­a­bly come face to face with those short­com­ings more than you do for the other nine months com­bined.

That’s be­cause win­ter tends to con­fine you in­doors more of­ten than at any other time dur­ing the year.

It is also the sea­son to look ahead, de­sirous of mak­ing your life and your en­vi­ron­ment bet­ter in the fu­ture.

That’s why, when spring erupts in a flush of fresh green leafage, Ki­wis leap into ren­o­va­tion ac­tion.

They want their re­mod­elling done promptly so they can en­joy the ben­e­fits of their labours by the time the sun is shin­ing warmly and invit­ing them to use their day for more recre­ational pur­suits.

Their first and most im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion should be the style they are striv­ing to achieve. You can use con­tem­po­rary prod­ucts and de­sign tech­niques but still have a clas­sic home style. You can also choose coun­try, modern, ur­ban, or con­tem­po­rary.

Know­ing the look you are af­ter will make your ren­o­va­tion more ef­fi­cient.

One of the great­est in­no­va­tions for home de­sign is the com­puter- aided de­sign soft­ware avail­able to the gen­eral pub­lic.

These are free programs that al­low you to rear­range fur­ni­ture, move walls, re­po­si­tion ap­pli­ances, and change colours in a vir­tual en­vi­ron­ment to see how things would look be­fore you ever con­tact a trades per­son or buy a bucket of paint.

Check out the free ver­sions of de­vel­op­er3d and Google Sketch Up for starters.

High-ef­fi­ciency ap­pli­ances, so­lar power sys­tems, geo­ther­mal heat­ing sys­tems, and in­stant wa­ter heaters are just a few of the in­no­va­tions in green tech­nol­ogy now pop­u­lar in homes.

Start by adding green ap­pli­ances, and you can sig­nif­i­cantly lower en­ergy costs.

Com­pletely up­dat­ing your home’s de­sign can sim­ply in­volve chang­ing colours and re­ar­rang­ing fur­ni­ture.

Con­sider paint or tex­tured wall­pa­pers to up­grade your room’s look with lit­tle ex­pense.

When com­plet­ing your ren­o­va­tion, re­mem­ber that tech­nol­ogy and en­ter­tain­ment are some of the most im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tions in a modern home. Con­sider de­signs that in­cor­po­rate plasma or LCD screen tele­vi­sions as part of the decor.

There are a va­ri­ety of man­tel/ fire­place com­bos in many styles that in­cor­po­rate a plasma or LCD tele­vi­sion for a com­plete look.

Al­ter­na­tively, con­sider a de­sign that con­ceals en­ter­tain­ment tech­nol­ogy when not in use for a more min­i­mal­ist look.

Through­out your ren­o­va­tion ex­pe­ri­ence, pre­pare your­self for a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ment with the process and be ready to make al­ter­na­tive plans to cir­cum­vent im­ped­i­ments to your build­ing plan.

No mat­ter how well you’ve pre­pared for your con­struc­tion and ren­o­vat­ing, you should ex­pect de­lays.

Poor weather or a late ship­ment may be the cause. If you are aware of this pos­si­bil­ity, you will be bet­ter pre­pared when it oc­curs.

Con­sole your­self with the thought that the end re­sult will make this frus­tra­tion all worth­while and your home will be a bet­ter place to come back to when you re­turn from a re­lax­ing sum­mer ex­cur­sion.

New Zealan­ders are known to leap into ren­o­va­tion ac­tion when the first flush of spring ar­rives.

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