We all want to shake things up at home from time to time. Regardless of who you are, you can probably agree that working on the home you live in is a great way to feel a little better about it. As a parent, it’s often particularly important to be proud of your home. Of course, being a parent does also throw up certain issues relating to safety and so on, but it is still always worth renovating your home if you are keen on some kind of change. One of the great difficulties when you decide to do this is knowing what changes to actually make, followed by figuring out how to make that work in a busy family home. In this article, we are going to try to address both of these concerns, so that you can more easily create the kind of home you want to see.
Get A Clear Idea Of Your Needs
One of the most essential parts of being able to improve your home is knowing what you actually want to get out of it. For this, you will need to work out what your needs are, and that can be surprisingly difficult to do. If you have a large family, it can be especially tricky, as you will essentially have to marry the various needs of everyone in the home. However, with a little clear thinking and some time, you should be able to draw up a list of what you are hoping to achieve. Having such a list is bound to help you out, so this is a stage of the process that you should not ignore if you can help it. The clearer you are on what you want to get out of it, the sooner you can start, and the more likely it will be that you end up with the kind of result you really need – for you and the rest of your family.
Prepare Your Family
When it comes time to actually begin work on the home, it is a good idea to first prepare your family as much as you can. This stage will be especially important if there are children in the mix. Safety is going to be a core concern if you have children running around, and that is the main reason that informing them of what is happening is so important. You need to sit them down first of all, and let them know how long it will take and what kind of behaviour you expect from them. Only then will you feel as if you are ready to begin the actual renovations. In some cases, it might be that your children actually dispute or disagree with the whole scenario. They might not want their home to be disrupted for a long period of time, or they might just be a little confused. Whatever the reactions might be, make it clear that it is only temporary, and that they can expect their home back before long. It might also be a good idea to do whatever you can to excite them about the new changes that are coming up. This will help to keep everyone on board, which might well prove essential once you start going with the project itself. Prepare your family well, and the project will land much more effectively.
Planning The Result
As well as being clear on what you actually want, you need to start thinking in more detail about the results you are looking for. If you are working on only one room, then this will be considerably easier. If you are working on a few rooms, it will take longer, and you will want to allow yourself much more time to plan it all out as well as you can. It is shocking how often people completely overlook the planning process. If you fail to plan properly, you will find that you run into many more problems than you would otherwise All renovation projects have troubles at one time or another, that is just part of the nature of it. But it is best to make the problems on the page, so that you can resolve them faster and with less hassle, than to make the problems in real life in your home. There is no reason not to spend a good amount of time planning out your desired results.
When you plan, make sure to plan in as much detail as possible. The more detailed you go, the better off you will be. It doesn’t matter if you end up deviating a lot from the initial plan – the important thing is that you have a plan, and something you can work with, so that it doesn’t matter so much when you do deviate. This is a vital step which you can’t ignore – and once which all the family can get involved with, if you want to help get them excited for what’s to come.
Room By Room
It’s a good idea to go room by room in preparation for your renovations, and work out in detail what kind of changes you want. This will depend largely on the look and overall style you are going for, and there is practically no limit to the amount of options available to you in terms of how you want your own home to look. However, there are definitely some prevailing styles, and certain tried-and-tested ideas which tend to work for certain rooms. Let’s have a look at some of these now, to give you a rough idea of the kind of thing you can go for.
One of the most commonly renovated rooms is the bathroom. If you are thinking of changing up your bathroom, there are some essential places you can start. Take a look at the bathtub – could it be that you might create more space by removing it and installing a walk-in shower instead? What about the basin, is it ideal for the style you are going for, or do you want to go for something a little more showy? You can find vanity units in different styles, sizes and finishes these days, so there is little limit to what you can do here. Similarly, it might be that you want to replace the toilet with a more modern one, or even a smaller alternative. If you want to go low-budget, consider instead merely changing the tiles and paint work in the room. It is often amazing what this can do to brighten up a bathroom and give it a completely fresh look.
The kitchen is another common favourite for renovation, and in general a much easier space in which to do so. Fortunately, there are a huge number of possibilities when it comes to the kitchen, so you shouldn’t feel as though you are at a loss here. For a start, you could think about giving the room a paint job. This is quick, easy and makes a huge difference, just as it does with the bathroom. Then you might want to think about whether you want to replace any countertops. These are relatively inexpensive to do, and can be the work of only a day. If you want a complete renovation, consider throwing in new appliances as well, and maybe even changing the overall layout of the room. With a little imagination, you might be able to breathe fresh life into even the oldest of kitchens. Bear in mind, however, that this is one room where renovation can cause a lot of hassle in the family. Be sure that everyone is prepared for it, and that you warn them how much of a nuisance it might be. Given those warnings, this is one of the best rooms to renovate, and the whole family will be able to join in with the celebration afterwards, and make good use of the finished result.
Find Your Style
Above all, you need to be confident on what style you are going for, or else you might not be overly happy with the final result. It is often hard to know exactly what you want in your home, so that is why it is a good idea to spend a lot of time shopping around. It is often helpful if you go and look at some examples, particularly for kitchens and bathrooms, as actually walking around them can really help to give you a solid sense of what those spaces will look and feel like. Above all you want to be comfortable and happy in your home, and if you don’t achieve that, then you might find that you are a little disappointed on the whole. Find your style, work hard to find it wherever it might be, and be diligent in bringing about the look that you want in your home. It is not always easy, but once you have done this, you will be glad that you worked so hard to get it. The results are always worth it, and your whole family should be able to enjoy it with you as well.