Home renovation is a practical art. It requires discipline, budget, time and tenacity to pull off well. Sometimes, things can get out of hand and maybe even off-plan, leading you to pause and reassess your approach. That being said, home renovation can be an extremely fun process that gives you a real sense of ownership of your property, and may even increase its value.
Because of the limitations of the creativity, you can apply, bound by practical design reason, sometimes it can feel as though your imagination cannot run as wild as you’d like it to. That being said, there are methods to help you strike that golden balance between novelty and still structuring a well thought-out, carefully designed and maintainable home extension or renovation. Not only can you learn plenty about your home and how to manage large projects through this entire process, but you may also learn how to bolster your creativity through the framework of a discipline. And hey, your home is as good a venue as any for that valuable life lesson.
With that in mind, please consider the following:
Many see residential architects as professionals who may come in, click their fingers, and give you a home design you may or may not like. But that’s not the case. They are collaborators first and foremost, and there to help you achieve the best results you intend for. Much like a business consultant they take everything into account, even features you may not have considered together, and grant you a realistic yet no less imaginative forward planning approach. To that degree, they can be extremely helpful.
A Cohesive Theme
To some, creativity is found in a Jackson Pollock painting. To some, it’s in the orderly and detailed painted landscapes or architectural art. For the purposes of home renovation, it’s important to veer on the side of practical and catered-for in your decision-making process, and it’s easiest to do that when you have one cohesive theme running through the build. This theme may be ‘openness’ or ‘the heart of the home’ or ‘studio space’ - and from there you can tailor all features, fixtures and orientations to that purpose. This can help you avoid becoming a jack of all trades in your renovation, and instead focus on a very particular goal. This does not limit creativity, but allows it to bloom.
Balancing Your Creative Purposes
Balancing your creative purposes can also be an essential part of keeping that imagination in check. It’s best to keep within one or two purposes per room, for instance a large family room renovation may home to orient towards the best natural sunlight while also serving as a great communal area for guests. This can provide you with plenty of value in your approach, because it gives you the chance to structure those decisions in the best light (pun intended). From there, you can maximize your chances of success.
With this advice, we hope you can let your creativity fly during home renovation.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.