Interior Design

Basement Conversions – Creating a More Usable Space

Posted on September 27, 2017 at 10:00 pm

A basement conversion can help you create more space without the big step of having to move home. You can create a beautiful, usable space by extending down into the basement and making a larger living area. If you feel you need more space and have an unused basement, look into a basement conversion project.

First think about what you might do with your basement. This will help you come up with ideas. Do you want more living space? Have you always wanted a music room? Are you in need of an extra bedroom? There is so much versatility in a basement room.

Once you have decided on a function, you need to choose a contractor to complete your construction project. Choose someone who is experienced in basement conversions, as you space will need damp proofing, structural reinforcement and a lot of vision. For period properties, it is even more essential you choose someone experienced.

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How to Style a Modern Home

Posted on August 30, 2017 at 11:28 pm

The beauty of a modern home is that it is a blank canvass. You won’t be faced with any rules and regulations (other than planning permission if you want to extend the building) and it is easy to make the space very much your own. Here are some ideas for personalising and styling a modern property:

  • Choose wooden flooring. This is neutral yet stylish, making a home feel more spacious and premium. If you want a little more warmth, put down some rugs and floor coverings.
  • Create an overall style. Decide on the overall look you want to achieve and extend this to your entire property to make it unified.
  • Concentrate on the inside as well as the outside. Accessorise your home with garden gates and good landscaping to make an impression externally.
  • Choose colours wisely. You want your home to have longevity so select neutral colours that will look stylish and modern for years to come.

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How to Feng Shui your Home

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 2:01 pm

Feng Shui is a Chinese concept that is used to create balance and harmony within a building. Many people believe it has the power to make the home a calmer, more restful and more revitalising place to be. There are some simple ways to begin incorporating Feng Shui into your interior design scheme so here are some of the easiest ones to follow:

  • Build a fountain. Water represents wealth and the fountain should, if possible, be placed close to your front door so that wealth is able to enter into your home.
  • Get rid of the gaps. You should avoid gaps above cabinets – from a practical point of view, this stops dust collecting and from a Feng Shui point of view, it stops stagnant energy from collecting. If you do have gaps, fill them with plants.
  • Place your bed in the commanding position. It should be facing the door without actually being opposite it.

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New Year – Time for a Home Renovation?

Posted on December 23, 2016 at 1:40 pm

New Year is the perfect time for a fresh start. Why not make a New Year’s Resolution like never before and do something brave, daring and exciting? If you’ve always fancied a renovation project, we think that you should take the plunge in 2017 and make the decision to buy and renovate a home.

Of course, there will be a lot to think about before making a decision like this. It’s certainly not one to be taken lightly. However, if you’re the kind of person who wants to do something like this, you shouldn’t let the doubts get in the way of your dream. The satisfaction you will get from completing the project well will be so worthwhile.

You will need to put some serious thought into how you are going to get the work done. Will you be completing a lot of it yourself or will you need to call in a lot of professional help? This will then help you to decide the budget you have for the house itself.

You will also need to think about kitting the house out. New kitchens and bathrooms don’t come cheap, though saying that, it does tend to be the labour that costs the most. Do some detailed calculations and keep on top of everything you spend.

Once you have sorted the practicalities of finding a building ready for renovation, the fun part can start. Planning is incredibly exciting and will be a brilliant part of the process. You can spend your days looking through home magazines and browsing websites for ideas.

Adding the finishing touches to the project may take a while, but don’t rush the process. It’s important that everything is finished to the right standard, or it will always annoy you in the future that you didn’t just take the time to do it properly. This includes things like making sure the paintwork has a high-quality finish and the skirting boards are all fitted properly. These small finishing touches will make your house feel like a home!

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Hygge: What Does it Mean for your Home?

Posted on November 25, 2016 at 4:57 pm

Hygge is a Danish concept that embodies the ideas of being cosy and comfortable, enjoying the simple pleasures. For many people in Scandinavian countries, it is a way of life, and it is beginning to catch on in the UK. People are now creating home designs around comfort, warmth and general contentedness.

Here, we have put together some ideas to help you Hygge your home this winter.

  1. Use dim lighting to give a sense of peacefulness. This can include the use of candles and even a woodburning stove, to give that cosy warmth so closely associated with Hygge. If you have a dimmer switch, turn down your main lighting, or use side lamps and table lamps to create a softer light.
  2. Choose light wood, whites and creams. This will help to make your room feel modern and open – just make sure you warm up these colours up with accessories and wall hangings so you don’t end up with your room looking stark.
  3. Invest in a rug. There are few things that will give a room a homely feeling quite like a new, fluffy rug underneath your feet.
  4. Buy some new cushions and throws. Make sure your sofa looks as soft and inviting as possible.
  5. Buy a new bookcase. Choose one in sturdy wood that will fit into your stylish new room, and keep it close by and well stocked as those long winter nights draw in.
  6. Enjoy your beautiful home with friends and family. The idea of Hygge is also about companionship and community, so spend time with the people you love in your cosy surroundings.
  7. Finally, don’t overcomplicate it. It’s hard to feel inner peace if your home is cluttered. Accessories are fine in moderation, so just be careful to ensure that you still retain a sense of spaciousness.

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Getting Your Home Ready for Christmas

Posted on November 1, 2016 at 4:34 pm

Christmas is a time to spend with family eating delicious food and enjoying each other’s company. You want to make sure that you enjoy it in a beautiful setting, which is why so many people decide to give their home a little bit of a makeover before the festive season.

If you’re thinking of making over just one room in your home, why not choose the kitchen? A newly designed kitchen will look beautiful and will give you a lovely new space to entertain your guests. From a practical point of view, you will find life much easier with a brand new kitchen to cook in as you’ll be able to select the appliances and accessories that match your lifestyle.

It doesn’t have to be this complex, however. Why not just repaint a room or get some new carpets? Something like this is plenty to make a really big difference. Choose colours that will brighten up your room and give it that festive touch without looking over the top for the rest of the year.

 

Finally, don’t rush! Whilst it might be tempting to try and push for a pre-Christmas completion, if it just isn’t going to happen, it might be better for you to accept it and finish the work in the New Year. This will be much better in the long run as you don’t want to end up with a home that lacks the perfect finish. If you have been rushing the work, it will show in things like the way that paintwork is finished, failure to fit screw caps etc. The small things like this make all the difference.

To avoid finding yourself in this situation, it is best to prioritise the work that you are carrying out. Get the essentials done first so that you won’t find yourself without something like an oven or a window at Christmas. If you are hiring people to help with anything, make sure they’re aware of your deadlines.

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