Building your own dream home

Whether you are trying to get onto the property ladder for the first time, or are looking to move to a bigger home as your family expands, or even thinking of downsizing as the children grow up and move out, we all have a dream house in our heads. The difference is that, these days, many people make their dream home a reality. This can be in building a home from scratch, or renovating a property, often one that was not always a habitable dwelling.

There are things to consider if you go down the creating or renovating route. You need to find that perfect plot or building, you need to make sure you have a budget that is both manageable and will be enough – you will need to have contingency plans too. You will also need strong construction and building insurance that can also deal with things like structural defects, a company like CRL can address these sorts of needs and also other issues that might arise. You may also need to address issues related to listed buildings. If you take on a building with some sort of heritage preservation order there will be additional costs, rules and building regulations to follow.

But it is so worth the effort. Programmes like ‘Grand Designs’ and ‘The Restoration Man’ show just how incredible a renovation can be, a real dream home that can be unique, beautiful and majestic.

Here are a few dream homes that I have fell in love with.

Martello Tower

Martello Towers were created as lookout points during the Napoleonic Wars and are now highly sort after properties that are ripe for renovation. They look huge and imposing, but are often based close to the coast, and make the most unusual home.

A lighthouse

Decommisioned lighthouses are becoming another much sought after property when it comes to renovations. Again the proximity to the coast, plus the design that is already iconic, make lighthouses an interesting take on a family home. Done well, and the renovation can produce a home that is a glorious space, like the one shown below.

Art Deco House Design

My personal favourite design of house is the iconic, distinctive Art Deco designs. These are often white, with curved walls and a flat roof. The roof can often be a problem, many are prone to leaks due to the inadequate drainage, but if you can invest time and a little money in restoring the period features, you can create an incredible space.

The Secret Into Designing The Perfect Website/ Blog

    Are you thinking of designing your own website? Maybe you want to create a blog for yourself where you can share your life experiences, hobbies, passions and more. If so, you have come to the right place as I am going to give you some and advice on the best ways of doing this through a step by step guide.

During the planning process, you must think carefully about two things:

How do you want it to look?

Before going ahead and designing your website/blog, it’s important to plan exactly how you want it to look. These things include the layout, the colour scheme, pictures/videos and the content. You should ensure it has a clear layout, subtle colours, a reasonable number of pictures and/or videos as well as engaging content. By having all of these things, your website/blog will appeal to a lot more people which will result in it being much more successful. It’s a good idea to create a mock-up version of the basic layout and what you want to include on each page of your blog/website. You can use tools such as Mockup Builder, Mocking Bird or even just Microsoft Word to create a rough version of your ideas.

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What type of website/blog do you want it to be?

 You must think carefully about the message in which you want to give off to anyone who reads or visits your website or blog. For example, if you’re thinking of creating a beauty blog (https://amelialiana.com/), you should include helpful advice and tips about ways in which people can not only look great, but feel great too. The best approach is to ensure that you come across to people in the best way possible in order to get more traffic coming to your site.

Now that planning is covered, it’s time to move onto actually creating the website/blog.

1) Choose a blog/website platform (e.g. wordpress) (https://wordpress.com/com-vs-org/)

2) Choose a domain name (www.) and host

3) Setup, design and tweak your blog/website

  There are a number of different websites that you can get inspiration and ideas from to help make yours be the best it can be. When looking at other websites or blogs, remember that they don’t necessarily have to be ones of the same topic or subject as the one you’re planning to create.

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   One website that you could get some inspiration from is Sun Bingo (https://www.sunbingo.co.uk/) as it’s fun, full of eye-catching images, has lots of interesting content and many interactive games and activities. These are the type of things that make up a great website or blog and are all factors that will contribute to the success of any online site. Another great website that I would recommend that you check out is Vogue (http://www.vogue.co.uk/) due to its intriguing layout, bold titles, eye-catching pictures and interesting content. Even though these examples may not be anything like the type of blog or website that you wish to design, they will definitely be helpful as they will give you some initial ideas and inspiration. So, what are you waiting for? Get browsing for ideas and start putting together a plan of action for your very own website or blog.

A new website design?

I’ve recently been considering re-designing my website, it has been over five years since it last had an update, and I am very attached to the pink lady on my site. I do regularly clean up my sidebar and ads, but changing the design itself is more of a challenge and a worry.

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I use a custom wordpress design that I have always loved – it’s fresh, frothy and pretty and generally suits my blog and me. I’ve never really got around to buying a bespoke design for my site, although I can definitely see the benefits of changing to a cleaner, more sophisticated design (my good friend Emily Jayne did this recently and it looks amazing). But the blog design, and web designs in general are important, and can make a difference in terms of traffic and audience. A good friend Adam, from Essex Web Designs, states very clearly why design and layout is important:-

“Your company website is your virtual shop front: the place where you can find new customers, communicate and engage with them, and in many instances, trade with them – anywhere in the world, at any time of day.”

So there are clearly good reasons for wanting a striking, clean and tidy web design, but I do worry that after 5 years my design is a recognisable feature of my blog, and that, by changing it and making it look different, regular visitors may think they are in the wrong place and click out of the site, or that they just might not like a new design?

One of my current fave websites, in terms of layout, is Vogue.com. Like the magazine itself, the design is both classic and modern, fashion forward, and with many imitators. Vogue makes great use of photography, and has that iconic logo that is instantly recognisable. It suits Vogue perfectly.

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I’m still thinking about what changes I want to make, but ultimately, your blog design should reflect you and your personality, whether that be stylish, elegant or slightly chaotic.