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Turning A New House From Husk To Home

Turning A New House From Husk To Home

A new home can be very stressful and exciting. But it can also be a bit disappointing when you first get in there. Things just aren’t right, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be. You just need to make sure you don’t miss any of the vital steps that get you feeling a lot more comfortable in your own home, not to mention using it right.

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Give it a good tidy

This should go without saying, but the truth is that a home that has been on the market for a while is going to have plenty of dust, not to mention anything the previous owners might have missed. It’s a good idea to get things tidied as best you can before you start moving stuff in, so you’re not tidying around a jungle of boxes.

 

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Ensure the essentials are in place

Making the home safely habitable comes first. You need to identify if it needs any of the crucial fixes, from taking care of pest control to ensuring that all the insulation is taken care of. Getting the utilities on and getting the most important appliances in comes next. Now’s the time to start listing any of the parts of the home that might need a bit of fixer-upping, as well. The list is important, giving you a good idea of where you are on the journey to getting the house home-ready, instead of working on task after task without knowing the end in sight.

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Don’t forget the outdoors

One of the mistakes a lot of homeowners will make is focusing solely on the indoors. But there are plenty of elements on the outside that could make you just as uncomfortable. If you’ve got an old battered garage, then you might want to consider sprucing it up with help from places like PJ Garage Doors. An untidy garden can be just as miserable if not more so. You need to check the roof, too, to ensure there are no cracks or missing tiles that make your insulation efforts a moot point.

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Have a floor plan

One of the worst mistakes to make is finding you have too much stuff for all your space. Before you start bringing all your furniture out, put a floor plan together. See how much space you have and how much you can devote to furniture. You don’t want to end up cluttering your space to the point you get claustrophobic.

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Make it your own

Once you know the limits you’re working in, it’s all about getting your own style to fit those limitations. If you don’t already have a lot of furniture to bring along, that’s a good place to start. Find style idea guides to give you a bit of inspiration and pick out the focal points and most appealing pieces of furniture. It’s those crucial elements you use to decide the palette or a room, so don’t paint the walls first. Inject a bit of your own personality by getting your hobbies on display, whether it’s a wall of records or putting up some library shelves. Personally appealing posters and photos of families and friends can really add that heartfelt sense of self to a home, too.

Once you have your house really turned into a home, all you have to do is get used to it. Invite some friends over to throw a house-warming party. Positive experiences are one of the easiest ways to find yourself loving a new place.

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The Little Things that Turn your House into a Home

The Little Things that Turn your House into a Home

A house and a home are two very different things. A house describes the physical property itself – nothing more than a collection of carefully arranged bricks – but a home is much more than that, it represents your past, present and future.

Your home should embody safety, treasured memories and future happiness, but sometimes it can be a struggle to achieve the right feeling in your house, particularly when you’ve just moved in. However, there are a few things you can do to make your house feel more warm, personal and, of course, homely.

Put those precious moments on display

If a stranger was to walk into your home now, would your house look like it has been lived in or could they be walking into a hotel room? Your home should serve as a place to store all your proudest and more cherished moments and that means not having them tucked away in a dusty box in the attic.

Placing pictures of family and friends around the house is a great way of making your home feel more personal to you and they can also add to the appearance of your property. Photographs also make great conversation pieces when you have guests over and can be a great way of lifting your spirits if you’re feeling stressed or upset.

If you know anyone that’s just moved house, then a frame makes for a wonderful housewarming present as it encourages them to display the photo moments that mean the most to them.

Buy good quality furniture

Furnishing your home can be an expensive process. It seems like there are so many rooms to fill, there’s decorating to be finished and you’ve just had to pay all those administrative fees that accompany the house buying process. With all this going on, it can be tempting to cut corners here and there and buy cheaper, lower quality furniture.

The problem with this is that it often represents a false economy. Cheaper goods will usually need replacing sooner, which will leave you shelling out once more and having to deal with the hassle of moving sofas and beds in and out of the house. There’s nothing wrong with finding a bargain of course, but be wary of anything that seems too good to be true – it usually is.

Another problem with buying cheap furniture is that it can mean you have to compromise on your vision for your home’s interior. If you want your home to look a certain way, the furniture is a big part of that and so it’s worth spending a little more to create the look you’ve been dreaming of. There’s also the comfort factor to consider. If your sofa is stiff and unpleasant to sit on, then your house is never going to feel like a home no matter how long you live there.

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Iron-out the flaws

Another way of making a house feel like a home is to make sure that any unwanted quirks and problems are ironed out as soon as possible. If you have a door that has a mind of its own and keeps closing when it should stay open, then buy a few door stops. If you have a leaky tap that’s driving you mad, then tighten the fitting or give the plumber a call.

There always seems to be something that needs fixing in your home, but it’s important that you don’t let the little things niggle away at you. A draughty room here or a creaking floorboard there may not be much to worry about in the grand scheme of things, but collectively these issues can prevent you from enjoying your home to its fullest.

Make it open and inclusive

The exact setup of your home is entirely your decision, but if your property is a bit claustrophobic it won’t feel quite right, particularly if you have a family. Opting for an open and inclusive environment is the perfect way of making your home a child-friendly place. With the right lighting and room design, your home can provide the environment for work and play in equal measure.

An open-plan design is a great way for everyone in the home to spend time together whether it’s watching television, playing board games, or any other fun activity. You may also find that a more open layout simply creates more space, which is always appreciated.

In order to embrace your open-plan home, speak to a builder or structural engineer about which walls can be taken down to create larger living spaces. If you’re worried about an open-plan design taking something away from the coziness of your property, there are approaches you can take that aim to create the best of both worlds. Breakfast bars and mezzanine areas can be used to partition areas of rooms, for example, without cutting them off completely.

Light the way

The lighting in your home can play a very important role in creating the right atmosphere, so there’s a lot more to think about than what lampshade to purchase.

Having many different lights throughout a single room, for example, lets you manage the overall lighting more effectively and means that certain areas can be lit more brightly than others. Dimmer switches are also a great investment and work particularly well if you have young children and want to get them following a bedtime routine.

Also, don’t forget the importance of natural light. Try not to block windows that let in sunlight and if you have mirrors in your home, try to locate them so that they reflect the natural light around the living area. You may not realize it, but good lighting can have a significant impact on your mood and contribute to your appreciation of your home.

Create new memories

Although putting up photos of times gone by is a great way of decorating your house, it will only begin to truly feel like home when you’ve started creating new memories there. Open your home out to family and friends by having a barbecue, dinner party or hosting a birthday celebration and you’ll start to feel like you belong there.

Some people may feel as though there home is not “ready” in terms of its interior to have guests over, or maybe they think that their house is their own personal space and would rather meet friends at an external venue. That’s fine, but often the most happiness comes from sharing something that you’re passionate about with others – and this includes your home. Fill your house with chat and laughter and you’ll quickly learn to love having others over.

Get creative when it comes to storage

The amount of clutter that people accumulate over the years can be truly astounding. Whether it’s personal mementos or junk that you can’t bear to throw away, these items can get in the way if not dealt with properly. If you’ve got boxes or piles in the corners of your rooms then your house is not going to feel complete.

Fortunately, there are ways that you can get creative when it comes to home storage. Finding space where there seemingly is none can be challenge but it is definitely a rewarding one. Make the most of wall, floor, or even ceiling space to maximize your home’s storage capabilities. When everything is in its right place, you’ll start to feel more settled in your home.

Let everyone have their own space

Although you want your home to feel inclusive, it is important that everyone that you live with has a little section to call their own. This could be something small, like an armchair by the fire, or a larger area like an office or “man cave.” Whether you want to relax, or work on your own personal project, having your own space is an important part of sharing your home.

Don’t take your home too seriously

Despite all the tips mentioned above, the most important thing to remember about your home is to not take it too seriously. If you’re getting worked up about whether the carpet matches the wallpaper or whether your friends are going to like your décor then you’re never going to be able to relax. Your home is all about you and so if you want to have a traditional antique next to a 70s retro dining table then go for it! Don’t worry about whether it “works” or not. Make your house in your own image and you’ll quickly feel at home there.

Whether you’ve just moved into a new property or have been living somewhere for a while, turning a house into a home requires some work. The most important thing to remember is that loving your property is not about spending the most money or having impeccable style, it’s all about making your home feel right for you. When you achieve this, it’s a wonderful feeling and all your external stresses melt away as you come through the door. Displaying a personal touch in your house is definitely worth it, because there really is no place like home.

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Dreams Of Building Your Own Home? Ask Yourself These Crucial Questions First

Dreams Of Building Your Own Home? Ask Yourself These Crucial Questions First

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Building your own home is the ultimate domestic fantasy for many Americans. Being able to design it from the bottom up, so it fits your style, your ethos, and your specifications is an extremely attractive prospect. But, as you might imagine, it doesn’t come without its own difficulties. From the costs of materials and labor, to time and emotional effort, there’s a lot to consider before you take the plunge. If you share the dream of building your own home, make sure you ask yourselves these questions before you dive in head first.

Can we afford it?

At first glance, building a home from scratch appears cheaper than a ready-made home. Unfortunately, this figure doesn’t often take into account reality. When delays in the build happen then labor costs increase as a result, and it’s often the case that once the builders get on the site, people realize there is more to be done to prepare the land than previously anticipated. While there are ways to keep the costs down, make sure you can afford the initial quote or have your loan secured, with a fair amount extra for wiggle room too.

Are we patient enough?

The process can be long, drawn out, and stressful. If you want a new home as a quick fix, this probably isn’t the right way to go about it. Even beautiful modular homes built off-site can take a few months before they’re erected and completed. You’ve got to be a patient person with the ability to deal with stress to be able to enjoy the process.

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What do you want from it?

What are your needs, goals, and desires from the house? Does every invested party, including the kids, agree on the end product? Write a list of everything you want from you home, all the way down to the types of door fittings, and spend some time categorizing as “want” and “need”. Don’t allow yourself to compromise on something you need, because you could end up regretting it years down the line.

Can we withstand the pressure?

A project of this magnitude can put immense amounts of pressure on couples and families, so it’s important that you ensure you’re all in the right frame of mind, and that your lifestyle is stable enough, before you take on the commitment. The last thing anyone wants is for the stress of the endeavor to put undue pressure on your marriage.

Who will do it?

Do you have a builder in mind to undertake the project? Will you opt for prefabricated, modular homes which are built off-site, or would you prefer a full construction team on-site every day? Remember to factor this into your costings. Choosing the right builder could make or break this construction, so don’t take the decision lightly.

Designing and building your own home to your personal specifications can be hugely rewarding when it’s done right. There is no room for error, though, so make sure you’ve got everything in line before taking the plunge.

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