Saturday, August 19, 2017

Ways To Create A Practical Kitchen With You In Mind

Kitchens are a staple of the home model world: they’re colourful, cosy, modernistic, or you still have your grandmother’s old aga in pride of place. These are all fine options, but are they for you? Is it time to change up the cooking world around you? We all want a kitchen that suits our needs, but keeping it both practical and creative can be a hard balance to achieve. Below are a few ideas on ways for keeping a kitchen designed for its original use, as well as making you feel better about using it.

First of all, you’ll need to know what it is about your kitchen that you like the most and what the common ways in which you use it are. This can be done via the ‘work triangle,’ highlighting the three main ports of any kitchen: the stove, fridge, and sink. Once these steps have been planned out, we can move on to the fun stuff!


Creating A Kitchen On The Larger Side

If you want to open up space in your kitchen, it’s an easier piece of work than you might have thought. It’s a well-quoted but often a misunderstood idea that home remodeling can be a good option for increasing your living space. It can remove unnecessary obstacles in your quest to open up a floor plan and can help you reevaluate what parts of a home can be moved and redesigned better to suit you. Having a ‘U-shaped’ layout is a fantastic way to both maximise and use up space in a larger home, with plenty of storage options due to the amount of cupboards you can fit in both the sides and the middle island. It also allows you to move faster around your kitchen with a set layout and thus you can avoid others enroute.

Reworking A Smaller Space

Many kitchen layouts come in the form of letters. An ‘L-shaped’ kitchen allows you to utilise a tricky corner turn in a room, with plenty of added cabinets in that space for more storage and thus more use out of your kitchen. With this kind of design, any miscellaneous wall space is taken up, and on the other side you can sneak in a nice seating arrangement. With these space elements, it’ll become a great place to host a dinner or be the main hubbub centre in a party.

Giving Your Kitchen An Element Of The Unusual

Depending on your definition of unusual, these ideas can either be big or small. One way to make a kitchen just a little more unusual is to include some wacky colours on the cabinets, like a ‘fire engine’ red or lime green. It’s also a good way to include elements of both the old and new in your kitchen if your cooker is outdated or if you still do have grandmother’s aga.

There are so many ways to recreate a kitchen, so hopefully some of the ideas above gave you a good place to start!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

4 Creative Ways To Get Your Dream House

One problem with dream homes is that more people are looking for those types of homes than there are houses. As soon as a hot property goes onto the market, you’ll have to fight off the interest of all the other parties who want the home or get involved in a messy bidding battle. However, it’s important to remember the traditional route of buying a new house - looking at listings and seeing what’s available - is only one of the options you have. Below, we take a look at four creative ways to get the house of your dreams, none of which involve trying to gazump another bidding couple.


A Targeted Approach

If you’ve found the neighbourhood you want to live in, common procedure dictates that you’ll drive around the area and make a note of all the homes that have a ‘for sale’ sign standing up outside. This tactic will get you a home, but your dream home? It’s unlikely. Instead, why not drive around and make a note of the homes you would like. After that, you create a letter outlining your interest in buying the home, pop it in their letter box, and then play the waiting game. It’ll likely be a ‘no’, but this approach has worked for others in the past, and as it’s low-risk and takes next to effort, it might be one of the decisions you’ve made.

Good Old Networking

You can learn a lot just by opening your mouth and having a conversation with people. If you’ve talking with a friend (or stranger, depending on how social you are), casually drop it that you’re looking to buy a home, with a few essential requirements thrown in there too (let’s say, three bedrooms, large garden, between street x and street y). They might know someone who’s selling a property just like the one you’re after, and you’ll have a headstart on the competition to get the keys.

Do it Yourself

The off- and on-real estate market can’t always work with you; sometimes, your dream house just won’t be for sale. But what if instead of waiting for the perfect property to materialise, you take your dream into your own hands and build it yourself? There are custom home builders who can bring your vision to life, giving you everything you want in a house down to the last detail. You’ll have control over the whole process, and you won’t have to deal with any of the standard house buying problems that the rest of the herd have to contend with.

“A Garage Sale?”

You can buy a lot at a garage sale. Old golf clubs, a baby’s crib,! It’s true. Often, people have a garage sale to declutter their home before they put it in on the market. If you’re driving around and happen to see a garage sale, it’s worth stopping in to get a feel for the place. If you like what you say, make some subtle enquiries - it might just pay off.

There are more ways than one to get your dream house, so start thinking outside of the box!


Friday, August 11, 2017

Stop Focusing on Targeted Renovations and Start Looking at the Bigger Picture!

When was the last time hired a contractor to perform a renovation or suited-up and got your hands dirty to fix up your home? Chances are, you probably focused on a specific room or part of your home. For example, many people like to renovate their bedrooms to give themselves a more comfortable place to sleep. They enjoy their new decor and the comfort they experience in their new sheets, but what about the rest of the home?

When you renovate a room or make drastic changes to your home, it’s important to remember the bigger picture. Your entire home needs to be changed to accommodate certain things, which is why it’s important to try and steer away from targeted renovations. To illustrate the point better, here are a couple of examples of what you should and shouldn’t do when you next renovate your home.

Mismatching decor is the enemy of all designers

When you spend a lot of effort designing a room, you probably put a lot of money into changing the decor from the ground up. For example, it’s not uncommon to change wallpaper or paint the room a different colour, and you may even swap the floors out for something more modern. However, if you have mismatching decor that contrasts too heavily with the rest of your home, then it’ll give your home a strange imbalanced feel. To combat this, make sure you do larger renovations first.

For instance, if you plan to change the floors in your home, then do it all at once instead of working on one room at a time. Some common examples include swapping carpets for laminate or wood flooring (or vice versa). If you have a few rooms that look more modern and stylish than other rooms, then it creates a strange feeling throughout your home that is strange to live in. This might be fine if you’re living alone, but if you have family or guests over then it might feel like there’s some room favouritism and no one enjoys being in a room that hasn’t seen much care at all.

Don’t neglect the exterior of your home

Renovations typically take place on the inside of your home because it’s where you spend most of your time. However, that’s not to say that you can just completely neglect the outside of your home. Make sure you take the time to maintain your roof, mow the lawn and take care of your yard if you want the best for your entire home. As the title of the article implies, you need to start looking at the bigger picture and renovate your house, not rooms. Some good examples include slate roofing to give your house a modern updated look, and fixing up any kind of fences you have by repairing or replacing them can add a nice border around your property.

In short, just remember to keep your entire home renovated. Don’t focus too much on single rooms or areas—focus on the bigger picture if you want to make your house as beautiful as it can be.