After you have bought a new home, you have will be faced with exciting challenge of designing the property so it becomes your dream home. We have asked Fine & Country agents and architects for their thoughts and tips to give you some new ideas.
1. Where should you start?
Make a list of what you like and don’t like about your current home: this will help you at the design stage. Remember to think around what you will want all year round, like: summer houses, loft extensions and fireplaces.
2. Outhouses and summer houses
Adam Tahir from Fine & Country Finsbury Park said: “Many properties come with loft extensions already in place, so a great, innovative way to design your own room from scratch is to look outside. If your home comes with a large garden, try adding an outhouse or summer house. You can use it as a guest room, studio or study.”
3. Planning permission
Claire Badham from Fine & Country Pembrokeshire said: “Building and designing your own home has got to be one of the most exciting, yet daunting things you can do. Take a look at the area. Remember, if you are in a National Park or if the property is Listed, the design of your property maybe a little trickier. Invest in a local architect who will know what planning departments like and don’t like.”
4. New trends
Linda Erasmus from Fine & Country Sub-Saraha Africa said: “Some of my favourite new trends at the moment are more compact spaces so everything is neatly put away to create and uncluttered and functional rooms. Straight lines rather than curves are very popular, along with metallic features.”
5. Find inspiration
Katie Garn from Fine & Country Monmouthshire said: “Look around for inspiration from other properties: your friends and family’s homes or properties on the market. The internet and television programmes can give you an insight into different ideas and current trends. Future-proofing your property is always beneficial.”
6. Kitchens are the hub of the home
The kitchen is the hub of any home and for this reason it is very important to get this right. Open-plan kitchens are modern and popular as this allows you to socialise with family and friends who are in the living room. It is, however, important to be aware that open-plan kitchens can also be louder and cause your living room area to smell of food if there is inadequate ventilation.
7. Consult an architect
Using the space you have and ensuring it flows well for yourselves is extremely important for day-to-day living, whether it be open plan or smaller, cosy room. An architect can help with design to show you different layouts and give you a better understanding of how you could use wasted space. They will also have some innovative ideas that you may not have considered or seen before.
8. Light and airy
A light and airy property is modern and often more comfortable to live in. There are many different options, from sky tunnels to atriums. If you would like light to flood into certain areas of your property, consider bi-folding doors. Remember to make note of the position of the house and rooms in relation to the sun rising and setting.
9. Work with the garden
Peter Fenton from Fine & Country Javea, Spain said: “Having designed and constructed five properties in the UK and now residing in Spain, I can say that it is very beneficial for the occupants to have natural daylight through large windows coming into each room. This is especially important when the garden is up against the living rooms. You can create a flawless balance between the house and nature.
10. Spanish trends
Planted trees inside the property set in courtyards or atriums are increasingly popular. Many have water features, although this is more popular in warmer countries. The water and plants have a very calming effect on the home and the occupants.
Looking for some design assistance? Contact our Fine & Country Interior Design team or your local Fine & Country agent for our expert advice here.
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