Last week, we discussed common mistakes homeowners make related to budgeting for their home renovations. Today, let’s take a look at the actual decisions you make in your home and how you can avoid making mistakes you’ll regret.
[Read Part 1: Budget]
One of the biggest mistakes people make when renovating older houses is working against the home’s intrinsic style. Material and style mismatching is especially obvious when building additions, but disregarding original style can be just as detrimental to your home’s interior.
Fortunately, there are ways to modernize older homes that actually add to rather than compromise historic charm, but it’s important make sure you’re working with a renovation company that values traditional design and knows how to preserve and update it. Work with a team that can not only evaluate but also enhance your home renovation ideas.
Don’t Be Afraid to Change Layout
Working with your home’s original style doesn’t mean you need to keep its original layout. This is one area where it’s good to not be afraid of change, especially where change improves functionality. If you’ve lived in your house for a while, it can be easy to get stuck in a mental pattern that doesn’t allow for major rearrangement, but this is often just the adjustment older homes need to increase ease and flow.
This is where having an outside set of eyes is paramount. Some remodeling companies work with trusted designers who will work with your wishes to fulfill and enlighten your desires in original and unexpected ways.
Take a look at some of Copper Sky’s remodeled homes for examples of fresh and satisfying design ideas.
Don’t Go Too Trendy
Beware the temptation to make your home too trendy. You may be tired of living in an outdated home, but remember that jumping on fads will only leave you with a different set of outdated styles within five to ten years.
Most trends do capitalize on beautiful ideas, so don’t discount them entirely, but remember that these beautiful ideas represent a very limited percent of several beautiful styles. Go with trends if you genuinely like them and if they fit within your color scheme and furnishing style, but don’t let them monopolize your decision-making process.
Don’t Forget to Update What You Can’t See
Finally, remember that what you can’t see is just as important as what you can. Remodeling your home gives you the perfect opportunity to check and replace its internal systems, so don’t neglect to update your HVAC and electrical systems. Remember that such updates are often mandatory. New systems you install will be up to code and may not match your original systems, so it may be time to replace both together.
There are numerous considerations that go into creating a home renovation that suits your goals, so continue research on your own. Don’t let yourself become too overwhelmed, though. Ultimately, if you’ve selected a solid remodeling company who works with a solid designer, you can trust that your combined knowledge and expertise will result in a beautiful new-old home.