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Last modified: 2020-12-18 | Approximate reading time 6 mins
“Everywhere is good; at home, it’s better,” says a Czech proverb. Unfortunately, some readers may believe that this sentence doesn’t apply to them because their current abode doesn’t meet their needs. Luckily, apart from a few extreme cases where a home isn’t able to be restored, there are usually possible solutions to create a welcoming and comfortable interior that suits you perfectly.
Some renovations may be for aesthetic purposes, while others are practical. In either case, it’s important to prioritize any work that will help to meet the needs of home occupants in order to improve the quality of life of all.
So, if you feel the current state of your home doesn’t suit you, why not decide that your big project for 2020 will be to make transformations, to create a space that will make you believe “at home, it’s better.” In this article, we’ll present different examples of renovation projects, including options for all budgets.
Neither too big or too small, we love the kitchen in the above image as it presents a nice balance in terms of layout. This kitchen has plenty of storage and an island that allows for shorter movements between various sections of the kitchen. Ergonomics is a characteristic that is too rarely taken into account when designing a kitchen. However, since this is one of the most used rooms of the home when designing this space, ergonomics should be a priority.
For more information, check out our article on designing an ergonomic kitchen.
One of the most accessible projects to transform your home is to change the wall covering. When discussing wall covering materials and techniques, most people will first think about paint, forgetting that there are plenty of other options. Paint is a versatile product while being relatively accessible in terms of how it is applied and is generally inexpensive. On the other hand, some may consider alternative options such as wallpaper, decorative panels, stone or wood, as in the example presented in the image above.
For more information, here are some articles to read about paint and wall coverings:
Some floors are made to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, it’s long been popular to opt for materials that are affordable, but not known for their durability. This includes certain types of vinyl, laminates or low-end ceramic tiles. As a result, it’s not uncommon to end up with floors that are in poor condition or very worn.
Although your floors may still be functional, they no longer have their original lustre and are often no longer easy to maintain. If this is the case for your floors, it’s time to act. Can your flooring be refurbished through restoration or should you replace it? This is definitely a question to consider.
On our blog, we have plenty of articles about floor renovation. Here are a few of the essential ones:
Oftentimes, homeowners choose to prioritize aesthetic renovations because they want to make transformations on elements visible to the eye. At the same time, this can lead to neglecting more pressing issues or damaged elements in the home. It’s important not to ignore these issues and move forward with them.
Here are some examples:
People tend to underestimate how much natural and artificial light affects their lives. It’s only when a person finds themselves without light that they realize how important it is. Most people have adequate lighting in their homes, but too few take the time to create a lighting layout that enhances the rooms and creates an environment to fit their needs.
Good lighting can help to make a space more beautiful, but also ergonomic or better for the health of the occupants. In fact, a poorly lit room can lead to issues with vision and posture. If the lighting is poor or laid out incorrectly, the body compensates by adopting habits that are harmful to your health. Finally, in some rooms like the bathroom, lighting can be a question of security.
Are you thinking about improving the lighting design in your home? Here are some articles to consult:
Maybe you caught the storage bug as inspired by the queen of organization Marie Kondo? If so, it’s time to attack your neglected spaces to make them useful. Is your basement suitable as a living area? You’re considering installing a room in your attic, but this space needs to be transformed in order to comfortably accommodate people? Using your house to its full potential is a way of honouring this space.
See in the above example how an attic can become a cozy living area. Maybe you can reproduce this type of environment in your home.
Here are some articles to consider these ideas:
Whether or not you consider yourself eco-friendly, you know that more and more people are preoccupied with the state of the environment. Therefore, during your next renovation project, it may be interesting to prioritize the choice of materials and renovation techniques that are more in harmony with eco-responsible criteria.
Even for those who aren’t necessarily interested in the subject, we strongly advise you to think about it. This is especially the case if you’re thinking about selling your home in the near future. Indeed, having green materials and energy-saving appliances will prove to be an excellent selling point.
Check out these articles for our green renovation ideas:
Our modern lives are busy, as we are constantly running from home to work, from the mall to our children’s extracurricular activities. Additionally, when we try to rest, we often have to leave the house to go to the spa, the cottage or to another space that promotes well-being. So, why not create a space inside your home that is dedicated to rest and relaxation?
Spas and relaxation rooms are often associated with more luxurious homes. Yet, such spaces can be created in any home. Find ways to play with lighting, decor and some elements of the layout. Consider the space in the picture above: it’s not a huge room only found in large homes. To set up a wellness space in the home, try to create an environment which allows for intimacy and helps to break from daily life.
Do you have a backyard or a front yard? Maybe you have both? Why not take the opportunity to improve the look of your home and create your own space to enjoy the outdoors. It’s been proven that people spend far too much time indoors. Also, not everyone is lucky enough to have access to a yard or large balcony. So, if you happen to have one, look for ways to create a layout that suits you and meets your needs.
Here are some articles on landscaping:
One of the most common problems in homes is a lack of insulation as well as soundproofing. This is because many homes were built long ago, or some builders neglect insulation and soundproofing to save money. Fortunately, in most cases, there are solutions that are relatively simple so that you and those who live in your home can see improvements. Do bear in mind that contractors may have to open the walls and start large-scale work to create a sealed environment.
Here are some articles that address these topics:
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