Renovations are a valuable and rewarding experience. Though, it can be a challenging task, there is nothing more rewarding than turning a house into a home. To begin your journey, there are a few things you should consider.
First of all, the timing of your renovation. You may feel inspired and ready to start immediately but you should certainly consider the time of year before pulling the house apart. Although hot, Summer and Spring are usually the most suitable options for completing your renovation. This is especially important if it is the bathroom or kitchen you are renovating. This is because you will need access to cooking materials (i.e. an outdoor barbeque) and a temporary outdoor shower.
One of the most important aspects of your renovation planning is to organise a budget. A good tip is to tighten your budget before you begin renovating. This is because you can almost guarantee you will go over budget when you find that leather couch you just have to have. Try to cut costs for the smaller pieces in the home so that you can afford to lash out on statement features.
Whether the job is big or small, it is always a good idea to arrange a building inspection. A building inspection will confirm the legality and placement of your home’s wiring and plumbing and save you from any plumbing disasters down the line.
Next, you should structure a floor plan. Make sure it is a detailed plan, drawn to scale with window and door positionings as well as accurate furniture placements. You might require help from a professional (it’s okay we won’t judge). In the end, what matters is that your home is inhabitable.
With a precise floor plan you will be able to rest assured that your home is coming together the way you want as well as aid you plan your lighting plan.
The first rule for creating a lighting plan is to refer to your floor plan. What do you plan to do in each room? What sort of functional lighting will you require?
You should avoid just using downlights in every room. There are always opportunities to be creative, such as using accent lighting, ambient lighting and uplighting. Accent lighting works well for statement pieces, especially in bathrooms, just be mindful of water splashes.
Uplighting, is the lighting effect of placing lights on the floor pointing upwards. This is a great solution for home exteriors such as accentuating large, statement trees, deck lighting and pool lighting.
Finally, Ambient lighting is a great solution for setting the scene and creating an atmosphere for the room. With ambient lighting, you can play with cool- tones, warm- tones and mood lighting. Consider this lighting solution for rooms such as bedrooms and entertainment/ media rooms.