Erupt into home renovation action
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.