Essentials to consider when renovating your home

Mon, Jul 13, 2020

When renovating a home try to plan for the future and not just now.

Consider how you can make sure your property accommodates your changing needs, or evolves as your children grow...

Think ahead

An open-plan layout is great for keeping an eye on younger kids, but might need to be adapted when teenagers want more privacy. A solution would be to design a flexible space where you can add doors or dividers at a later date.

Know where everything will go
Decide where all of your furniture will be positioned before you plan your radiator, socket and lighting layouts. That way, you’ll know where the row of pendants needs to hang, if a radiator will be in the way, and where you’ll require sockets for computers and other devices.

Keep some walls
Make sure you leave yourself some wall space. This might sound like strange advice, but it’s easy to run out of walls to hang art or put furniture against, particularly in an open-plan layout. Try also to resist the temptation to put a window on every external wall. Plan your views carefully to make the most of the garden or landscape beyond, and avoid putting windows that look out onto ugly side passages.

Find a local architect to maximise your home’s potential.

Go green
If you’re changing your heating or lighting system, take the opportunity to install smart technology. These intelligent systems can be controlled remotely from a computer or mobile phone. Some can even adapt and react to how you use them. For example, they’ll get to know how warm you like your home and adjust accordingly. It’s worth putting in the effort now to ensure your home runs efficiently in the future.

Choose flooring carefully
It’s easy to get carried away by the look of a floor, but think about the practicalities first. In a kitchen, for example, tiles might be a more practical choice than timber. Yes, a wooden floor is beautiful in a kitchen, but before you decide, be realistic about how much you’re willing to look after it. Timber and water don’t get along, so the area around the sink is the most likely to show signs of wear and tear.

Similarly, consider the pros and cons of using carpet upstairs, or think about how hardwearing a floor you need in the hallway.

Consider ventilation
For living spaces with large expanses of glazing, try to incorporate one or two smaller windows for ventilation. A wide bifold door, for example, looks gorgeous and enables you to enjoy the outdoors during the summer. However, there will be times on colder days when you only want a small opening to ventilate the room.

Don’t waste space
Think about the underused areas in your home that could be utilised as storage. Below the stairs is a great example, but it’s usually just a general storage cupboard filled to capacity and difficult to access. There are great solutions that will allow you to subdivide the space into drawers and cupboards to maximise this part of the house.

Add clever details
If you’re lucky enough to have a laundry room, make sure it’s as efficient as possible. Think about how you’ll use the space and what kind of equipment and storage you’ll need. Consider raising up your washing machine and tumble dryer, so you don’t have to stoop when using them. By doing this, you’ll gain space below for pull-out drawers that could be used as laundry baskets.

Source: Denise O'Connor Houzz

What practicalities have you considered during your renovation? Share your ideas and experiences