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7 Tips for Home Renovations this Year

7 Tips for Home Renovations this Year

Renovating your home can be a time-consuming and expensive process.  That’s why it is important to plan for this before you start the process.  So how do you renovate with success?  This blog post will provide seven tips that will help make sure your renovation is successful.

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1) Plan Ahead

The first step in any renovation project is to plan ahead.  This means creating a budget and timeline for the project.  It’s also important to decide what you want your finished product to look like.  By taking the time to plan, you can avoid costly mistakes and make sure that your renovation goes as smoothly as possible.  Another thing to consider when planning your renovation is the weather.  If you’re renovating during winter, make sure you have enough insulation and heating to keep your home warm.  And if you’re renovating during summer, be prepared for the heat by installing air conditioning.

2) Set a Budget

The most important part of planning your renovation is making sure you have the funds to complete it.  This means creating a budget and sticking to it.  A good way to save money when renovating is by doing as much work as possible yourself.  If you’re not experienced in construction or landscaping, take some time at home improvement stores like Home Depot (HD).  This will give you an idea of what materials are needed for your project and how much they cost so that you can plan accordingly.  Another thing that many people don’t think about is getting quotes from multiple contractors before starting the renovations. 

3) Choose the Right Contractor

One of the most important steps in any renovation project is choosing the right contractor such as a window replacement service.  This means doing your research and asking for referrals from friends and family.  Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, it’s important to interview each contractor and get a written estimate.  Make sure that you understand what is included in the estimate before signing anything.  It’s also important to be aware of scams when hiring contractors.  One common scam is when a contractor asks for money upfront and then never returns to complete the job.  If this happens, report it to your local police department immediately.

4) Work with Trusted Professionals

When renovating your home, it’s important to work with professionals in each field.  This means working with only licensed and insured contractors and hiring a good architect or designer when you want something custom-made.  In addition, if possible, use materials that have been tested for safety by an independent lab, such as the Underwriters Laboratories (UL).  By following these tips when choosing professionals for your project, you will be able to enjoy peace of mind knowing that all necessary precautions have been taken during construction.  Working with reputable professionals also makes things easier because they already know what is required under local building codes. 

5) Choose a style and stick to it. 

Choosing a style and sticking to it is important when renovating your home.  This will help create a cohesive look throughout your home.  If you’re not sure what style you want to go with, browse through magazines or online galleries for inspiration.  Once you’ve chosen a style, make sure all of the renovation decisions you make are in line with that style.  For example, if you’re going for a rustic look, choose materials like wood and stone instead of modern materials like metal and glass.  And be sure to use colors and textures that complement each other well.

6) Try to use recycled items 

Another way to save money when renovating is by using recycled items.  While it’s not possible to use all of your renovation materials in this manner, you can try repurposing things like doors and sinks.  It also helps to reuse lumber if the existing structure isn’t too damaged.  If a piece doesn’t need replacing, consider trying an “upcycling” project such as building furniture instead.  This will allow you to create custom-made pieces that suit your style perfectly while saving significant amounts of space and money over buying new goods off the shelf.

7) Warn the neighbors in advance 

When it comes to renovations, many people don’t think about warning the neighbors in advance.  This means letting them know what you’re planning on doing and asking for their cooperation when it’s time to do construction work.  In particular, if your renovation involves a lot of loud noise or dirt going into the street utility lines, let them know ahead of time so they can plan accordingly

In conclusion, renovating your home is a great way to improve the value of your property and give it new life.  However, in order to do this successfully without running into problems, you need to be prepared. 

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How To Create The Rustic Chic Look In Your Home

How To Create The Rustic Chic Look In Your Home

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If you want a refreshing new look for your home, that offers character and charm at an affordable price, then why not consider the rustic look? 

Giving your home a rustic makeover is all about finding old and interesting items and putting them to a new purpose. Often it can involve upcycling, and it is a look that celebrates imperfection. 

Often, when looking for items for your home, you will find them when you least expect them. So having a long-term plan to create the look you want is critical. You can scout car-boot sales, yard-sales, second-hand stores, antique shops, charity stores or reclamation yards. If you are crafty, you can modify pieces that you find to help them fit the exact style, or even merge parts of one item and another.

Look for natural colours such as greens, tan or brown. When looking at the wood finish, look at darker woods such as oak and mahogany. Don’t worry if an item is slightly damaged, or is scruffy; this adds to the character of the piece. Look for things that look as though they have a story to tell. 

Buying Readymade

One shortcut to the rustic look is buying readymade pieces. Anteks Home Furnishings stock a range of beautiful rustic pieces that will create the desired look. With many items in one store, you can create an aesthetic that runs through your whole house.

This is particularly useful if you don’t have the time to find items, or do not feel confident in creating anything yourself. 

Buying Second Hand

Often when you look at a second-hand item, you don’t immediately see its potential. Maybe the item isn’t old enough or has a more modern look. 

With sandpaper and chalk paint, you can create some fascinating looks by sanding back the wood and painting over it. You’ll get some effortless bohemian looks going on very quickly. 

Pallets

Old pallets are often discarded around industrial units or warehouses. These can make unique items of furniture with minimal effort. You can use them for creating sofas, or futons. Make sure and smooth the wood down before using it, as pallets can often give you splinters, and you won’t want that from your sofa!

Wicker Baskets

Nothing says rustic home more than anything made of wicker. Wicker baskets can be great for storing all of your things away and creating a tidier home. They also really look the part too. 

Having a mixed selection of different sizes, colours and shaped baskets can make everything look a lot more interesting. 

Rustic Decor

When it comes to decorating your home, look for ways to bring out any exposed brickwork. If you have an older property, this will be great as there are probably lots of original design features that have been covered over during the years. You might find that under your carpets you have beautiful tiles, or behind plasterboard, there are interesting beams. Replacing door handles for iron can really add character to quite a plain door. 

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