When there comes a time that you can no longer stand the crayon drawings on the wall, the makeshift fixes to broken furniture and fittings and the countless other issues that you’re likely to encounter when you live passionately in a family home, you may begin to fall out of love with your surroundings and feel a need to take part in some kind of renovation work. However, redesigning your home can be seen as a stressful endeavour even without children running rings around any unsuspecting builders, which can instill some fear and apprehension that may stop you from getting started. Luckily, it doesn’t actually have to be as unpleasant as you have been led to believe, as renovating your home with your family around you can actually be a very positive and enjoyable experience when you make the effort to complete the process properly. If your house is starting to look a little rough around the edges and is in need of some TLC, then read the following tips to discover how you can get the job done to the best standard whilst keeping everyone happy and comfortable at the same time.
Set A Budget
One of the most important steps to take when you decide to take part in any kind of home renovation is calculating a realistic budget to stick to. You must establish this before you do any work or start looking for any inspiration, as you do not want to find yourself without the money required to finish the job or get your hopes up and aim for perfection when you simply cannot afford it. If you don’t have a huge budget but you still want to complete your home to a luxurious, high quality standard then it may be better for you to renovate your home room by room. Though this may take a lot longer than getting it all done in one go, it will give you more time to save money and invest in the best materials and furniture you really want.
The kitchen is probably the most expensive room to renovate, as the different pieces of equipment that you need can cost a lot of money. If anything inside your kitchen still functions to a good standard, then there’s really no reason for you to throw it out just to spend more money on something quite similar. However, if your budget will stretch then attempting to tie in all of your white goods and various fittings will make a great end product as the matching colours and designs will really add to the overall aesthetic value. The type of surfaces that you need will depend upon several different things, but the usual options tend to be marble, stone or sometimes wood. Think about what theme you would like your kitchen to be, as marble is better for more regal aims whereas wood is better for a rustic environment. When it comes to storage, the more you have the better your kitchen will work as a functional space. Having a family usually means you will acquire a lot of food and different ingredients that take up a considerable amount of room, and there’s nothing worse than having to throw something away when you do not have the means to store it properly. Maximise space by stacking cupboards on top of one another, and think of some innovative ways to make the most of corners too. Don’t forget to keep any of your children’s drawing that they have lovingly created for you, as you can hang these in the kitchen by sticking them to any suitable surfaces with magnets and help them to feel more at home in the new surroundings.
There are so many different designs and themes that you call follow when redecorating your bathroom, but you have to remember to keep it child friendly so that your family can use the room comfortably too. Keep in touch with some plumbers in case you encounter any issues along the way, as something as small as a leak can damage your houses structure and contents on a potentially grand scale. Decide upon whether you require a bath or shower (or both!), and research various suppliers to find the most suitable for the space and budget that you have. Try to keep your sink and toilet units within the same basic aesthetic, and add good quality taps with a long life to withstand children’s grubby hands for years to come. To make your bathroom a more relaxing and inviting space, you may want to consider adding some extra pops of colour and style through decor and small furnishings. Invest in a beautiful mirror to hang proudly on the wall, and source some plants that will thrive in your bathroom whilst adding the perfect finishing touch to make a more natural and exotic space to enjoy.
When it comes to renovating the bedrooms within your family home, you have to include whosever room it may be in the design process, no matter what their age. Even if your little one is able to decide on something as simple as the colour of their walls, they will feel as though they contributed and had some kind of control or influence to make it truly their own. However, remember that your children will grow up fast and what they love now may have left their mind in just a few weeks, so try to create a plain foundation that can be updated easily to suit their needs as the years go by. Invest in a quality bed for each room that provides the occupier with a comfortable and supported place to sleep, and some dark blinds or curtains that can successfully block out any rays of sunlight in the morning. Besides this, whichever decor you choose is up to you; but less tends to be more, and is much easier to work with when you have to clean up. For the master bedroom in your house, take advantage of the space and purchase some statement pieces, like a Persian style rug or a unique chandelier light fitting, that can add a touch of richness and really tie the room together. Make it as comfortable as possible with soft, thick carpets in a warm tone that can help to take the weight off your feet after a long day. Remember that this is your own personal space to unwind, so include any individual pieces that you would like, such as a vanity unit or an ambience rolling switch to achieve perfect mood lighting.
Renovating your family home doesn’t have to be as unpleasant as you might have been led to believe. The experience can be simple and stress-free when you follow a few easy steps to achieve the best end design, and taking the opportunity to involve your little ones in some decisions will make a much more positive and involved environment for them to enjoy. Don’t scrimp when it comes to redecorating your bedroom – you deserve to have everything you would like to feel comfortable too! Remember to always get the right professionals to complete any difficult job for you, as it may end up costing you a lot more money to fix a cheaper but badly done job. Stick to the budget that you established in the very beginning, and research well before committing to make any purchase, as you may find a better price when you start to do some digging.
*This is a post was contributed to AN blogs. While Amber didn’t write this, she’s read over it and approved it for you all ?