How to start
You have your own apartment, house, a room,,,let’s say something you would like to call your home, but at this stage it does not look like you’d like.
The first thing you should consider is your financial situation or how much money are you prepared to invest in your home.
Maybe you can only put in some cool things for home, some cute home decor and your new home is going to feel like home.
Maybe you are prepared for a total renovation, so you’re going to need some new home design ideas, which could include pulling down walls. You’ll need a dream floor plan, so you can decide where your kitchen will be.
Maybe you have an opportunity to build a totally new house. In any case there are many things to think about. So let’s say put it this way; you have a few options:
- renovation on a tight budget- with home accessories decor
- renovation with the existing floor plan
- renovation with a new floor plan
- building a new house
So, your possibilities are not wide, maybe because of your budget, or maybe there are simply no way to change much, maybe the apartment is not yours… In any way there are still a lot you can do, from diy home decorating, painting your home in colors or just simply putting in some cool things for home, something that represents you, something you like, something that makes you feel at home…
The easiest way to brighten or change your new home is to paint your home in colors. Colors have a very big influence on our well being, so you should choose wisely. Feng shui helped me a lot, with choosing feng shui room colors and also with feng shui floor plans. But of course it’s your decision who’s going to be your mentor, architect…person that’s going to guide you through your dream home makeover.
The furniture is also a big home changer. You can change a lot with a very small budget and only a few things. Sometimes you only need one special piece of furniture and a few decorating ideas and your space will look as new.
Existing floor plan
OK, so your budget is something that you can work with, and you would like to change a few things…Usually it means, let’s say, a new kitchen, new tiles in a bathroom, maybe new floors, new furniture, new lighting, maybe you will need an electrician or a plumber…although you can still do it yourself, with a few hints or suggestions.
Although your walls are still standing, it doesn’t mean that you can’t change position of the living room , kitchen( you have to think that the water is in the same room or in the room on the other side of the wall), or bedroom. In a very dark apartment you can still consider building in a new window, enlarge the one you already have or even make a small balcony.
New floor plan
You are on the way to make your dream home. Yes, you have a few limitations, but it could mean that you will be able to keep something that will make your home different from others, some old features, special character that you could never get in a completely new home. But to get there you will probably need a civil engineer or an architect that can tell you which walls in the apartment have bearing strength, so you can’t pull them down, where you can have a new kitchen and a new bathroom, because of the plumbing and probably you’re going to need a building permission.
But from there on only your imagination is the limit. I still suggest that you take advice from an architect and let him do the outline plan. From there you can continue by yourself, although I would think of hiring a supervisor. He could save you a lot of time and money, by supervising workers and their time schedules, or even choosing a construction company; they can do all the work for you, you just have to be very careful and specify the dates when you want the job to be done, or it could take months or even years before they finish, so be sure you put it in writing.
A new home is always a big adventure, but you have to be prepared for a lot of surprises on the way. The first thing you have to take in a consideration is a budget for building your new house. When you ask yourself how much does it cost to build your house, be sure that when you have the final calculations add to that at least 30%. There are many hidden expenses that you’ve forgotten or will come on the way and it’s best to be prepared. If your calculations were right, then you can just smile and put the rest of the budget on your bank account.
What is waiting for you to do:
- Get a good architect, who will make you a good architecture design, and if you’re not really sure what you want, you can still buy a pre made home design that suits your needs
- Get a building permit ; be prepared for a lot of birocracy
- Find a trustworthy construction company
- Now starts the fun part: interior home design: Finding the best flooring for your home, find bathroom ideas, find the right style furniture for your house and in the end comes home accessories decor : hanging pictures on the wall, finding art for your home, ….
So my dearests, I wish you all the best on your journey to your new home, and I hope I can be of some help with new home ideas.