Monthly Archives: October 2015

Remodel or Relocate

Many times when children grow up, the house which was comfortable earlier for a small family may seem to shrink in space. You may need to allocate separate bedrooms to children, and the house just doesn’t offer that liberty. The only option left with you is to either remodel the house or relocate. While the former is a relatively cheaper option, it may take up too much time and cause inconvenience. On the other hand, moving to a different location may be costlier and will not leave much option for customization. Remember that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the problem of remodeling or relocating. You will have to compare both the options for different parameters, like requirement, cost, convenience, etc., to get the exact answer. For further help and insight, read the following points.

Cost

Cost Comparison
Make a cost comparison. Understand if you can afford a mortgage loan or a home equity loan. Know the money you will have to put into remodeling. If you find moving out will be cheaper, go ahead and do that instead of spending a huge chunk of your savings on redoing the house. Many times, remodeling will be cost-effective.

Financing Options
Financing a remodeling project is not as easy as buying a new house. You will have to avail a homeowner or bank loan. It will allow you to take a second mortgage on the property. You may require a higher credit score for this. You may even get an increased rate of interest and shorter term of payment.

Added Remodeling Expenditure
Apart from considering the cost, there are several other expenses that will also need to be factored in. You will have to store your belongings in a storage, move furniture, be put up at a hotel, or get alternate living quarters and thrive on takeout meals. All this will definitely add up to your cost of renovation.

Community

Some people like the community they live in, and enjoy the company of their neighbors. This happens mostly when people are staying in the same locality for a long period of time. You tend to have a strong bond with the people in the community and the security it offers. If you do not feel like leaving your ‘comfort zone’ and moving to another place, you can opt for remodeling your house instead of relocating.

Customization

Even if you buy a new home, unless you do some kind of remodeling, it will not fit in your idea of a dream home. Hence, instead of incurring so much cost, you can customize your existing home by making the necessary changes as per your requirements.

Change is the Only Option

You may not like a few features in your current home like proximity to the main road, away from the urban area, too far from your workplace, traffic, pollution, etc. Such things often affect the quality of one’s living. So, one can think about moving to a quieter and pollution-free place. At such times, there is no point in remodeling the place as it will rarely help solve your problems.

Compare Amenities

Suppose your family has just expanded and you need an extra bedroom for your baby. Owing to this, you decide to move out and go to another place. However, you will have to settle for a place that will give you an extra bedroom, but may compromise on other aspects like a patio, sun deck, space, etc. At such times, remodeling your existing space is much better than moving out.

Security

You may be living in an area where security in the neighborhood might be a prime concern. At such times, you will have no option but to move out. No amount of security measures like a burglar alarm will make you feel safe. Moving out will be the only option. However, ensure that you study the crime rate in the area where you plan to move.

Buying a New House

Many times, while buying a new house, we only consider the purchasing amount to be the expense. We conveniently forget the sales commission, real estate fees, appraisal expenses, taxes, legal costs, interest on loan, rent for storage, moving costs, interior decoration, insurance, etc. This can really multiply your total cost. Hence, after considering all the points if the new house is blowing up your budget, there is no point in buying a new one.

Buying a Secondhand House

If you buy a secondhand house, sometimes, it comes with an added cost. Not only does it require repairs and refurbishment, but also some serious overhauling work which will increase your cost. If the house is by the sea, you will have to get a lot of items replaced as they usually detonate due to the salty air. All this will cost you a bomb; instead if you can make some changes to your existing place, it will be cost-effective.

Inconvenience

For all the days that remodeling goes on in your house, you will have to bear the brunt of extreme inconvenience. It may take months for the remodeling to get over, which will mean that you will have a difficult time throughout that period. Especially if you have a pregnant woman, baby, or elderly people in your family, it will maximize their troubles. Hence, if moving into a new house with all the required amenities is easier, go for it.

Heirloom

So, you live in a house that has been a witness to history since the early 20th century and has been passed down to you through your ancestors. While you have sentimental attachment with it, you still long for more comfortable interiors. Selling the house will not be a solution. Go ahead and renovate; expand it to suit your needs, but don’t sell or remodel it completely.

Condition of the House

If it is a particularly old house, it may not be fit for a full-length remodeling effort. Sometimes, the very foundation of the house may not be in a good condition, and renovating will not help. It is advisable that you get a professional to study the house before you take a decision.

Tax Benefits

Buying and selling a new house has certain tax benefits. You will need to consult a tax expert to know about them, along with the favorable conditions. You may even get a tax credit if you buy the property at a certain period of time. Under some conditions, a married couple may also be allowed to exclude a certain amount from the sale of property. Hence, buying a new house will prove to be more beneficial.

Getting Good Contractors

It is very important that you get good contractors for your work. Get a proper estimate for everything before they resume work. Otherwise, your work will be extended for months at a stretch, and the cost will keep increasing. Unless you’re absolutely sure that you have the right contractor for the job, renovating your house can be a risky affair.

Small Kitchen Makeovers

It’s never about the size of a kitchen that determines how the design and layout will look. From an interior designer’s point of view, the answers or ideas are hidden in how well you can use the space provided for the task.

Of course, we all dream about having a spacious kitchen where every item has its own designated place, there are all sorts of appliances in there, and perhaps a fancy kitchen island as well. But that’s not always a possibility. If you have found an apartment or a home that doesn’t give you adequate kitchen space, there are ways to transform the way your kitchen looks once and for all. With innovative ideas, you can have a kitchen of your dreams.

6 Ways to Alter Your Kitchen
With a few suggestions mentioned below, you will be able to find a way to create more space in your small kitchen. These ideas will not be asking you to break down any walls or move too many things here and there.
Remove the Clutter
The first thing you need to do is to get rid of all the things that do not belong in the kitchen. I have seen women storing their mail, laundry, even some old clothes in their kitchen. If this is the case, please get rid of all such extra stuff and use the kitchen only for preparing meals.
Plan The Layout
A good way to design the layout will be to find designated places for your stove, sink, and refrigerator. Also, if you work out the space for cooking, you can include a kitchen island that doubles as a dining table for 2 or 4; depending on the space available afterwards.
Buy Sleek Appliances
When we say sleek, we mean appliances that won’t eat up too much space. From pint size microwave, two-burner stove, to multi-purpose kitchen sink can all be great ideas to consider.

Go for Built-in Storage
Another useful idea is to opt for built-in storage; especially if you have a very limited space. You can place your dishes, utensils, pots, pans, appliances, pantry items, and so much more in these spaces.

Utilize Wall Space
For storing various things in the kitchen, you can use the wall space. Put some racks on the wall or simply drill some nails, and you can hang everything, right from utensils to fruit baskets on the walls.

Creative Kitchen Design
Do you know that painting the kitchen in light color will automatically give it a very spacious and airy feel? Also, select complementing shades for your cabinets and flooring as well. If you are planning to have floor tiles, go in for the large-sized ones, as they make the kitchen look spacious.

Kitchen Design
Basically, all you require is a little bit of creativity and thinking outside-the-box. So, what are you waiting for? See whether the suggestions we’ve provided can be applied in your kitchen and add your own creative flare to it; you will definitely come up with a great plan that suits your style and budget.

Mixing Pattern and Color

I think of mixing pattern and color as a bit like cooking: you need the right blend of ingredients for something to taste just right. If you want fudge brownies, two 2 eggs will do, but for more cake-like brownies, three eggs is better. The same goes for the ingredients you use for interior design. Using solid fabrics will give you a more modern feel, whereas prints can be more traditional.

As an interior designer, I am way more comfortable with my design recipe than I am in the kitchen with any cooking recipe. For me, cooking is always an experiment that is sometimes a successful, tasty dinner, but most of the time, not exactly what I was hoping for. My process for designing is thankfully never a surprise, but instead an easy plan with great results.

I see my clients getting nervous and apprehensive when it comes time to pick fabrics, wallpapers and area rugs with patterns. It does seem to be the place most people get stuck. They want to create interest without making a mess of busy pattern and color. As a result, most people without guidance or knowing any better “play it safe” and wind up with bland, boring and uninspired spaces.

My recipe for mixing patterns for your home is simple: you want to mix the scale of the patterns and coordinate the colors. You also need to get the amount of each pattern correct. I once helped a client reupholster her living room after she had done it herself. This client had the right ingredients but in the wrong amounts. She always knew she didn’t like the result of what she did, but she couldn’t see where she had gone wrong.

The basic recipe mix is a texture, a small and/or medium scale print, and a large, bolder print that has at least one color consistently the same in all. For example, I usually choose a texture or subtle tone on tone for the largest piece in the room that is maybe your sofa. Then you’ll need to add some interest with a large print in smaller amount which could be a chair. Finally add in a medium print in a bigger way which could be your window treatments. Making sure you have at least one color that stays constant and goes through all prints to blend all the flavors together.

Mixing patterns holds a mystery to most, but with my recipe you can create a yummy space for your whole family to enjoy. If you are still nervous about designing your room, seek expert advice from an experienced interior designer.