How to Create a Beautiful Home with Timeless Appeal

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A classic or timeless home does not follow trends. It resists the urge to accommodate the latest fads. Instead, it relies on an understated design that is both functional and stylish. It is present and enduring. It also remains relevant to the family through updates and affordable home improvements such as concrete repair Dallas that help retain the character but ensure the house is somewhere comfortable to live.

Follow these simple tips to create a beautiful home with timeless appeal.

Remain Faithful to the Architecture

Classic homes remain faithful to their architecture and surroundings. The interior design should complement the structure and architecture of the building. Look for natural materials and textures such as wood, stone and linen. This should be replicated in the decor and furniture. For example, leather sofas and vintage bookcases of all styles will stand the test of time and will improve with age.

Follow the design ‘theme’ throughout your home, in all rooms.

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But Expand if You need to

A beautiful extension in the form of a conservatory can help to add space to your home that you can then use as a study, a summer room or a playroom. A tradition of glasshouses in the past means that a conservatory can actually add a vintage character to your home, and give you a lovely space for your expanding family.

Muted or Neutral Walls

Decorating walls in a muted or neutral colour scheme allows them to blend into the background. Opt for plain, painted walls rather than wallpaper. They do not draw attention. Instead, the focus is on the furniture and accessories of the room. These colours tend to have a lasting appeal and will be as relevant tomorrow as they are today. Complement them with luxury flooring that is long-lasting and elegant.

Of course, there are timeless apartments and homes that incorporate bolder colours. However, these hues are a little harder to work with in this context. There are no hard and fast rules.

Windows and Doors

Windows and doors can add to the timeless appeal of your home, but they also help to ensure that your home is secure and energy efficient. So much of the homes heat is lost through poor windows and draughts around doors, so these are home improvements that are well worth making.

Form and Function

If your design is to last for years to come, then the items within it need to be functional. It’s not all about aesthetics. A home is somewhere to live. It is a place to cook, relax, sleep, etc. Therefore, it should be suitable for that purpose. When choosing furniture select items that are comfortable and hard-wearing.
Understated

When thinking about a timeless or classic look, employ the term ‘understated’. Your design shouldn’t be big and brash. And it shouldn’t shout or be boastful. This doesn’t mean that it needs to be boring. Pick items that blend effortlessly into the room.

Mix Styles

Experiment with different styles. Don’t feel restricted to one style, mix and match. For example, an antique clock can work well alongside modern artwork. Introducing items from different eras ensures you’re not favouring one particular period. The trick is to make sure it all works well together.

Pay Attention to Light

Make the light work for you. In small spaces throw open the window areas and remove blinds. Allow as much natural light in as possible. Use light according to function. In the bathroom where you put on your makeup focus light around the mirror. Make sure it is lit from either side and from above. This will eliminate shadows. In the dining area, focus the light on the dining room table.

Change the position and height of light sources. Mix overhead lights, floor lamps and table lamps. Use dimmers to change the ambience of the room.

Adhering to fads and trends can lead to your interiors looking dated over time. Creating a classic and enduring look will ensure your home remains current and appealing. It needn’t be stripped back or boring. It can remain faithful to your style and taste. Opt for designs that you know have stood the test of time. Build it up slowly and ensure it is functional. Think style, rather than fashion.

 

 

 

Managing Home Renovation Scope and Budget

A great time in the life of a home owner is when all the bills are paid and all the new improvements are done and paid for. No more mortgage to pay each month and the home is up to date with all the latest gadgets and trimmings. But actually, this is a rare scenario of fantasy land for the everyday homeowner, so we have to be a little more savvy with our budget when it comes to home renovations.

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Celebrate the Accomplishment of Home ownership with Good Decisions

Home ownership is a great time in life, having done a great deal of research, searching, dealing for the right home price, signing for a mortgage, and all the activities involved in relocating. But even if you buy a brand new home, time flies and starts to take its toll on the once shiny, new paint job. Appliances can fail, shingles get loose, leaks and cracks can appear. Your home can become a victim of time just like our own bodies. Money will be needed to fund home improvements to shore up any decay and keep the home from falling into disrepair, or just to prevent it becoming outdated in interior design. For those who hold the aesthetics of the home dear, planning a project to renovate the home is in order.

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Being realistic is a good starting point.

Questions should be asked, can work be done in the best way, with cash upfront to avoid having to take on debt with interest on top of periodic payments to fund the project? Cash is the very best and most economical way to complete a home improvement project. For those who have cash on hand to do this or have a windfall of cash coming in, this is a wonderful thing. There are those who have been good at saving and when the time comes the cash can be drawn on. A kitchen can be remodeled or an addition like a conservatory can be added on and this can all be done within your budget. An emergency situtation like fencing needing to be redone or repaired to add to the security of a property to keep your lovely home safe.

Project Scope and Budget for Home Improvements

Remember to plan properly if the home improvements, such as a paint job, are to be financed. Cash is king, but not many of us have the cash on hand for home improvements, especially in emergency situations. Borrowing money wisely is a skill. For many, the Home equity line of credit, or a second mortgage, secured by equity in the home, is a good way to keep the interest rate low at around 4 to 5 percent. Seek a shorter term than 30 years as this will keep the cost of the renovations down, paying less interest over time. A 25 or 15 year term would be better with no early pay off penalties.

You also need to make sure you research your home improvements carefully so that you don’t end up overspending or spending unwisely. If you are looking to change your windows, for instance, then it is worth checking out a reputable company who can offer not just a quote, but also help and advice.

Construction Loans are Another Option for Very Short Term Projects

Many home improvements are funded by the builder in an interim loan that pays for the immediate construction costs. The bank will inspect your project at each phase of the project and fund each step to pay the contractor or the contractor will offer this financing and the you will pay the contractor with a final second mortgage secured by the equity in the home.

Contingency Funding

We all know about Murphy’s Law. Whatever financing method is chosen, always consider the contingencies of overages, unplanned events that obstruct the completion of the project, and higher costs for resources and materials. Always plan for at least 25% over the original budget as many times the unexpected costs do materialize.

 

 

Why You Should Add An Ensuite Bathroom

If you start to look at home improvements as soon as Spring comes around, then you may be looking at ways to make your home more comfortable, or more saleable. One way you could the look of your home, and certainly up the comfort levels could be through an ensuite bathroom. Maybe you already have one and are looking at improving an ensuite bathroom, if not, you might be looking to add one to your master bedroom.

If you are still in the considering stage, here are some good reasons why it might be the best thing you ever did to your home.

Your own toilet, your own bath or shower!

The first, and maybe the best reason for wanting an ensuite is that you no longer have to join the queue for the bathroom, whether that be first thing in the morning when you are all rushing to work and school, or of an evening, when you want to luxuriate in the bath, but others have the same idea.

An ensuite gives you the space of your own, and means you no longer have to follow your kids in, which will also hopefully mean you no longer have to clean pee off the seat before you use it (If you have a boy child, you no exactly where I’m coming from.)

Practicality

If your family bathroom is situated downstairs, then an ensuite also becomes a practical measure, particularly if you are one of those people who get up to use the toilet during the night. It can also have a more luxurious practicality when you are getting ready for a big night out, as you can go directly from your bath or shower to your dressing table without have to traipse through the house dressed only in a towel.

Sale-ability

An ensuite is definitely something that can add to the sale-ability of your home. It is a desirable feature and makes the master bedroom even more special, creating a grown up, adult haven which can be so attractive if you have a growing family – we all need our own space, even if it is only to use the loo in peace.

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