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Interior Planning Tips: Planning For Perfection

Contributor:
Mark Tregoweth
Mark Tregoweth

Creating the perfect home is possible, but only if you know what you are doing.

All too often dreams are derailed as budgets begin to bulge and decisions become difficult.

While our plans look great on paper it is only once they are realised and we’ve moved that we begin to realise the error of some decisions.

From the moment you open the front door and enter a house first impressions count.

Room to welcome visitors and then invite them through to living areas is essential. 

Formal and family living areas should cater to the needs of a homes owner.

Room to relax, entertain guests or entertain yourself (television and stereo) and easy access to outdoor areas are all essential components of contemporary living. While a single living area was once the norm in today’s homes two or more areas offer room for more functions.

Incorporating indoor outdoor living is an essential part of contemporary homes. Providing access to outdoors areas such as courtyards, decks, and patios removes the risk of indoor areas becoming congested and offers space for year round entertaining and relaxation outside.

Hallways may seem like a minor concern but in reality they are an area of a house that is constantly in use. Wide hallways offer easy access and create a sense of space within a home.

The same consideration should be given to staircases in multi level houses and doorways into rooms. Whether its room to move through a home or access to transport furniture, sufficient space should to move with ease should always be an important objective.

The number and size of bedrooms in a home will be dictated by the number of people who occupy a home. Allow for your current and future needs to minimise the need for costly renovations in years to come. Wherever possible locate bedrooms away from living areas to ensure peace and privacy.

While every aspect of a home requires attention to detail there are two rooms in a house that can add value to a house.

Bathrooms were once deemed to be a utility space; today they are seen as a room for relaxation and therefore require additional consideration.

Space for a shower, deep bath and elegant vanity ensure a bathroom becomes a spa at home.

In the kitchen the theme of space and style should continue with generous counter space, serious storage and wherever possible a separate pantry and room for casual dining.

Storage is also an essential item in laundries. More than a space for a washing machine and dryer, contemporary laundries have evolved to include counter space to work from and cupboards to contain clutter. A separate entryway into a laundry or utility area can be useful for people who are wet and dirty after work, sport or any outdoor activity.

Creating additional storage in a garage can be achieved by utilising loft space.

For most of us our homes are close to our hearts and the opportunity to create a house from the ground up is something we will do once in a life time, the key to getting it right is planning for what we need today and may need tomorrow.

Other essentials

Floor coverings

Carpet

When you are shopping for carpet ensure that your carpet retailer understands how the carpet will be used in terms of location and potential for wear and tear.

Carpet is normally a fundamental element of most home interiors so choose chose your carpet before you start decorating but install it after decorating has been completed.

Different carpets will have differing levels of resilience to wear and tear so explore what is available to ensure expectations are met

Take samples home so that you are able to see how individual colours and textures look in the natural light of your home.

Arrange for your house to be measured and laid by an expert so that the correct amount of carpet is ordered for you and installed by a professional.

Window treatments

Avoid unnecessary frustrations by knowing what you can and can’t afford. Custom made curtains and blinds are often more expensive than ready-made products.

Discuss the style of your home and interior design with window treatment consultants to ensure what you choose suits your home.

Shop with retailers/ manufacturers who are happy to share their expertise of fabric composition, colour and styles with you.

Arrange for an in home consultation so that businesses are able to measure and quote effectively
If you get quotes from several businesses make sure they are for comparative products. You may find the more expensive quote could actually be the cheaper option if the other quote is for an inferior product.

While you are covered by the consumer guarantees act don’t hesitate to ask for a guarantee of workmanship and quality on items you purchase.

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