Sunday, March 19, 2017

Wait! Before You Extend Your Home, Read This

If you’re thinking of extending and improving your home, then you have a lengthy road ahead of you. After all, a home extension can take quite some time, depending on what you want. It can also be pretty expensive. A home extension definitely isn’t something you should do without a lot of thought first. If it’s something you’re considering, this post can help you to make your decision:

Planning Permission and Regulations

Make sure you know what planning permission and regulations you need before you start saving up for your extension. Once you see everything you need to do, you might decide against the whole thing! It will depend on the sort of extension you want and where you are, but planning permissions can be a bit of a pain.

Your Neighbors

Love thy neighbor. That’s what some religious figure said, and when it comes to home extensions, it remains. Think about it: you wouldn’t expect your neighbor to go out and get a snazzy new extension if it was going to impact your quality of life, would you? So why would you do it to them? You don’t want your extension to negatively impact your neighbor’s way of life, so make sure you’re sure of this before going ahead. Knocking on their door and discussing it with them is probably a nice idea. Even if you hate them.

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Your Architect/Builder

You’re going to need both an architect and building services to get your extension off the ground. Depending on the level of extension you want, you may need an architect to come in and design it so it’s not only pretty, but practical. Then you need builders to come in and do the hard work. Extensive research is required before you make your decision, and meeting with them first is also a good idea. You’ll be working with them for a long time, so you should get along.

Insurance

Always make sure your builders and anybody else you work with has insurance. You may need to take out some insurance too. Don’t just take anybody’s word for it; ask to see proof. You’ll regret it later on down the line if something goes wrong.

Balancing Your Property

Keeping your property balanced is key to making sure your extension adds true value, rather than takes it away. That doesn’t mean you need to get your spirit level out. It simply means, if you add a bedroom, it only makes sense to add another bathroom. As certain rooms in your home increase, you’ll need to balance your property by adding other rooms too.

How Long It Should Take

Bear in mind that your extension can take a varying amount of time. A standard extension can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks. However, it can take up to 6 months for a second story addition. Make sure you discuss this with your builders, and think about how this will impact your quality of life. Some people even choose to move out for a while, as they can't live amongst the chaos!

xxo
Kim

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

5 Incredible ways to improve your backyard

There is nothing better than enjoying a sunny weekend in your backyard. However, most people are not so imaginative when it comes to decoration and utility. Although backyards represent large, free space that can be efficiently used, a lot of homeowners do not have will to do it.
Whether you wish to use it for recreation or for simple relaxation, there are numerous ways to go about it. In most cases, you don’t even have to invest a lot of money.  
Check these awesome tips that will help you figure out what to do with your backyard.
Construct a pool
The most expensive thing on our list, pool can be a real investment. Besides the construction, you should also consider all the expenses for pool pump and accessories as well as all the future maintenance costs. One good place to start looking for a pool pump is ForPumps.com.au. Their big collection of pumps will pleasantly surprise you.
Nevertheless, this doesn’t reduce the fact that pools are one of the best things you can do with your backyard. If you have kids, this will be a perfect solution. However, it can be great for you as well. You can either start actively training or just relaxing. Whatever you choose, it will be worth it.
Decorating your patio
Every family has a patio in their backyard. This is a perfect spot for relaxation and dining. But, there is much more you can do with it.
First and foremost, you should consider covering it. This will reduce the impact of the sunlight and can even protect your from the weather elements. Besides that, you can also add a bed and even a TV. This way, you can completely relocate your home outside.
I don’t have to tell you that this will be a really good thing for your health as it will allow you to spend more time outside.
Creating a vegetable garden
More and more families are investing their money and time in creating their own vegetable and fruit gardens. Given that we are exposed to altered, inorganic vegetables, this is a great way to protect your health and grow species that are treated by you thus avoiding ingestion of potentially hazardous chemicals.
Using solar panels
Depending on the size of your backyard, you can completely turn it into a solar powered plant.
Nowadays, solar panels are really cheap and most governments of the world are stimulating their use. As a homeowner, this means you can save money on electricity becoming independent from local government.
Building a court/play field
There is no real reason why you should leave your backyard empty. If you are into sports, this is a great opportunity to make a smaller playing field such as basketball court.
This is especially great for families with kids as it gives them the opportunity to spend more time outside.
Cool thing about backyards is that they are an empty space which can be moulded according to your desires. There are so many things to do with them and it would be a real shame if you simply left them as they are.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Interior Design Made Easy: Simple Ideas For Total Beginners

If you’re completely new to interior design it can seem pretty daunting and serious. It doesn’t have to be that way, though! There are a lot of simple tips and tricks that even a complete novice can do. Designing your interiors should be fun. Start off small and then you can start unleashing your creativity on bigger projects. Before you know it, you’ll be landscaping the garden!

Statement Walls


Statement walls are a great way to add some drama and impact to a room. What’s more, they're so easy to do. Have a look at the room you’re working on, living rooms and bedrooms work well for statement walls. Choose which wall you want to emphasize. Sometimes the decision is made easy. If you have a wall that protrudes around chimney breast chose this one. If not simply decide where you would most like the eye to be drawn.

Statement walls need to do just that, make a statement! So once you’ve chosen the wall, decide how you’re going to make that statement. It could be as simple as a flash of bold color. If you have four white walls, painting one a warm yellow will instantly brighten the room. Think about what you want your wall to do. Is it supposed to be admired like art, make a room warmer, cozier? This will help you to chose what to do with it. Pain is the easiest way to make a statement wall. If you want to go all out consider wallpapering. Wallpapering a statement wall is a great way to incorporate som flair into a room. Choose a highly decorative wallpaper and paper one of the walls. This will avoid the print going overboard but still create an impact. If you want to get really artsy, try stenciling designs onto on wall. This Japanese style technique is very calming.

Upcycling


If you’ve just bought a new home you need to work out how much you can spend on design features. Realistically you won’t have a huge budget. Use a loan payment calculator and mortgage payment calculator to work out your budget accurately. If you find you're short on funds, try upcycling.  

Upcycling is a great technique which cuts down on waste and increases thriftiness. Take everyday objects and transform them into design features. Take empty cans for instance. These can be cleaned and painted and made into flower pots, stationery holders, even utensil holders. Instead of throwing away your old furniture try and think about how you can turn it into something new and interesting. If you have kids, turning old magazines into collages is a great way to keep them entertained, and create some meaningful art for the walls! Get experimental and try out different things, there is no wrong answer.

Layering


Layering is a simple design trick that any novice can use. By layering up different fabrics in a room you create a sense of warmth and coziness, but also luxury. There’s something quite decadent and rich about lots of fabrics paired together. Consider your rug, a throw, your curtains, and pillows. These are all different fabrics. Layer these up by combining satin and silks with sheepskin and fur rugs.

xxo
Kim

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