Whether you’re looking to increase the property value of your home ahead of a sale or closing the deal on a house you can’t wait to make your own, chances are, there’s a home renovation or home remodelling project in your future. Which means you’ll have a lot of things to consider, not least among them being how to find a contractor, how to mitigate costs, and, no less important, how to translate your ideas into reality.
Home renovation (also called home remodelling) is the process of improving a broken, damaged, or outdated structure residential structure to make it more aesthetically pleasing or more functional or both. Advancements in technology have had a significant impact on the home renovation process, increasing the impact and strength of the planning stage. The availability of online design tools has improved visualization of the changes, giving professionals such as architects and interior designers the platform to showcase their vision and providing clients, who have little technical knowledge, the chance to get a realistic understanding of what the space will look like after the home renovation process has been completed.
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Here are a few house renovation ideas that will leave your house looking like a newly-built project, at a fraction of the cost:
- Lower your living room – A recent trend, this involves making sunken areas for the sofas in living rooms. It tends to give a more intimate feel to space and also makes the living room seem bigger.
- Use the area under the stairs – If you’re remodeling your house, don’t make the mistake of leaving the large space under the staircase unused. Add some shelves to display your books or music collection. Fans of fine wines can make a fancy wine rack, or you could make a small storage room inspired by your childhood fantasy of living like Harry Potter.
- Maximize your space with baseboard drawers – We often leave the space under the bed and cabinets as it is and let it go to waste. Instead, you can add low baseboard drawers. Extra knick-knacks lying around the house can be stored here, making the house look tidier.
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- Make your walls magnetic – Such a simple but brilliant house renovation idea! We usually don’t think about something like this, but it makes adding photo frames, mirrors and small wall storage shelves so easy and reduces the trouble of drilling and the resultant mess.
- Don’t forget the exterior – The outside of your house is just as important as the inside. So, while renovating, remember to add a few accent pieces to your garden if you have one, or simply give your mailbox a makeover. Adding some color and cheerful pieces to the entrance of your home gives it a more appealing and pleasant appearance. The simple and affordable addition of shutters, window boxes, and planters near the front door makes a friendlier facade and provides cheerful color. Hang the window box at a height where you can care for the plants. Fill it with your favorite blooms, or add candles for a quaint touch.
- Create more usable space – A great house renovation idea is to create more usable space out of your existing space by designing it optimally. For example, If you have a deck, putting a bar rail on it can create a nice bench for outdoor eating space, or if you have a kitchen island, don’t waste the space below the counter, create cabinets or a built-in mini fridge to store food and drinks. Also, instead of making the typical built-in cabinet, use the home renovation opportunity to build pull-out cabinets. This creates extra countertop space.
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- Update the lighting – As important as furniture and storage is, lighting is crucial too. Add comfort, convenience, and character to the residential space with the right lighting. Update the chandelier over the dining room table. Add simple plug-in puck lights under kitchen cabinets and inside closets. Cozy up to a dark corner with an accent light. Install mini accent lights above wall art or framed family photos. This home renovation idea can literally ‘light up’ your space.
- Update doorknobs – Reinvent your entry or interior doors with antiqued brass, crystal, porcelain, or colored-glass doorknobs.
- Add an aspect of practicality – While a home should be beautiful, it should also be optimally functional and practical. Install a two-sided glass-paneled fireplace between the bedroom and bathroom. This will not only keep you warm but also remove the need for heated tiles and save electricity. Use teak instead of tiles in your bathroom – It’s not only more stylish but also more practical as tiles get dirty and miscolored easily which means you have to keep getting them cleaned.
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- Get creative – Instead of spending a lot of money making a kitchen island or fancy table, freshen up a barrel and use it as an island or table. It not only saves money but also gives a unique look to the place. Try something new for the kids’ room and get a swing bed instead of the typical bunk beds. Kids are sure to enjoy sleeping in a gently moving bed. Get a chalkboard finish on your refrigerator to write down notes or to do lists and save paper.
- Ensure that there is enough storage space – Use the home renovation opportunity to create a small closet near the entrance of the house to store shoes so that mud is not trailed in. Create hidden storage in bathrooms, like space into the wall behind the bathroom mirror – The bathroom will have a clean look if everything is stored out of sight.
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Using these innovative yet easily executable house renovation ideas will ensure that your home is not only a stylish one, but also has a design that is just right for your requirements.
A 3D visualisation software like MagikTour by Foyr helps make the home renovation process a more cohesive and immersive one for all stakeholders. Since a regular home owner looking to start a home renovation or home remodelling project is not equipped to understand technical architectural terms and drawings, it becomes difficult for them to envision what their home will look like post the renovation. This is where MagikTour plays an invaluable role – Through an interactive virtual walkthrough, this software allows any viewer to get a practical and realistic understanding of the finished design of a residential space without the burden of any technical terms. Since the client and the designer are on the same page when it comes to the design, delays due to reworks and resultant increases in project costs can be either significantly reduced or even completely avoided.
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