When acquiring a home, first home buyers must know a few important things, which could help them make the best choice. No matter if you want to buy a new house, or an old one, there are certain aspects that may be important, such as design, number of rooms, location, size, floor plan, neighborhood, etc. The neighborhood and location can be the first things to look at, because the other ones can be changed.
What You Should Know Before Acquisition
Visit the Desired Home
You surely saw the house of your dreams in a newspaper or on the Internet. First, home buyers must visit the house, because nothing can compare with seeing the real thing.
Do Not Judge the Home According to Its Exterior
Before you purchase anything, doing some research is crucial. From the multitude of types of homes and prices, you must choose the one that suits your style and budget. Getting a loan may be a good approach for obtaining the money for acquisition. Buying a house can be a great responsibility, so talking to a lawyer may be the right approach.
Have a Plan B
In the case in which the seller may not want to sell the house to you, or a problem occurs, you should be prepared to leave the current offer and find another. If an inspection finds something wrong, you must be prepared to evaluate the situation and decide if it is worth or not.
The Factors that Matter the Most
Location can be important because you may want to be close to your workplace and far from areas full of noise. Later after acquisition, you may want to check some home improvement options, as they could be great for raising the value of your house, but also for having a better design. Access to parks, parking lots, schools, stores, or public transportation can also matter. If the location is on a hill, it can be good for it to have a perspective view.
You can have the nicest house and you may not be happy, because the neighborhood must also be nice. If neighbors do not keep their yards clean, or they are not friendly, things can be unpleasant for someone who just moves in.
The design of your future house must reflect your desired lifestyle. Both, exterior and interior options can be important. Brick homes can be easier when it comes to maintenance, but they can be more vulnerable in case of earthquakes. The side-walks that lead to your future home should be safe. Also, if you acquire an older house, the roof must be verified to be in good condition.
Size and Floor Plan
When size is involved, you just have to be practical. It may be useless to buy a home that has more bedrooms and bathrooms that you need. It can be more expensive and the investment may not be justified in time. If you need space for offices, art, or crafting, this may worth your investment, because these can help you improve your revenue.
Every year new styles and trends appear, not just in the fashion world but also in the interior design one. Leaving behind the festivities of Christmas and New Year can make January a dull month, but it is the perfect time to get inspired to make some changes to your home. If your resolution this year is to make a change to at least one room in your home, make sure to stick to it as the end result will be well worth it!
Professionals in this area will come together and look for colours, patterns and styles that will dominate the next 12 months. 2013 looks to be bringing a sense of calm to the year, this is reflected hugely in the colour palette that is set to be popular, which will consist of various neutral colours. Experts were heading towards a sense of calm with the colours in 2012 but it has properly arrived this year with beige, creams, browns and greys being the main choices. Whilst some may think these sound lacklustre, they create a sophisticated look and match well with a whole host of other colours. As well as the subtle hues, lemon sorbet is set to be the colour of the year so you will find pops of colour that will match these calmer tones.
Colour adds life to all interior design items and will be reflected in everything from carpet to wallpaper to sofas to lamp shades and more. When it comes to picking flooring and paint, sticking to the neutral palette will create a fresh look within the room and make it appear brighter. Once choosing a cream, brown or grey shade as a base, 2013 is still a time to inject some life into what appears fully calm, by introducing a pop of bold colour. Lime greens, hot pinks and bright oranges are the big colours this year.
It is all about using these bright shades cleverly, so whilst keeping the majority of the room clean and fresh, bring in the bold choices for example with small cushions and vases in the living room and with utensils and tea towels in the kitchen. It will also be helpful if you decide to have a feature wall in the room, picking something with a neutral background that also features the bright colours in a retro or floral pattern on top.
Some other popular trends to watch out for are the addition of gold finishes, graphic wallpaper, grouped mirrors and more. Creating mood boards of your favourite trends will be a great way to combine what is on trend with your personal tastes, and give you a better idea of what you need to go shopping for.
Having an outdoor kitchen space is a wonderful luxury. A well-planned space can give you a relaxing place to spend time outdoors year-round. For a lover of modern design, outdoor kitchens are especially wonderful. This style makes it easy to incorporate kitchen features than make the most of your patio space.
Plan an Open Layout
Unlike more traditional homes, modern homes often feature an open floor plan. While this can be great in any room of the home, it is especially beneficial to the kitchen. Breaking down room barriers in the kitchen space allows easy combining of a cooking, eating, and sitting area. When you are considering an outdoor space, which often means a patio, this is perfect.
Create a Kitchen Space and Seating Area
When designing an outdoor kitchen, it is important to remember that this is your patio, too. Think of the design as you would an indoor living space. A sitting and eating area near the cooking space always increases the space’s enjoyment. Outdoor couches allow you to relax outside anytime of the day – whether you are cooking or not. Building your stove and grill into a countertop that doubles as a kitchen island will give you the option to place barstools on the opposite side. These give you more seating and eating space.
Use Industrial Flooring
Popular modern flooring options range from wood planking laid in a contemporary style to the eco-friendly cork. While these are great, industrial floors are, perhaps, the most common floors to find. Concrete slabs or stark slate tiling is a beautiful material for your outdoor kitchen. The contrast it creates with the green space of your yard is strikingly beautiful. Additionally, it’s wonderful for the actual kitchen because it cleans easily, unlike a typical wooden patio that might stain from kitchen spills.
Include a Fireplace in the Seating Area
Fireplaces are common features in modern patios, and they are always included in unique ways. A fireplace is a great idea because it provides an additional cooking space – think cast iron or even s’mores – and it is an interesting focal point for a patio. Additionally, a fire allows you to enjoy the outdoor kitchen even in the colder months. Avoid the typical fireplace with chimney and instead choose an interesting fireplace that can be a centerpiece for your seating area. A fireplace in a large bowl or a fire build into your concrete will look attractive.
Terry Carter writes about landscaping and gardening for Grandview Landscape and Masonry.
Being on trend is all well and good. Keeping up with the times is a lovely status symbol. But sometimes it’s just impossible to afford to remodel your home for every passing trend. Sometimes it’s necessary to deck your home out in a timeless style. I like to check out local real estate – Epping is my new fab find – to take a peek at the décor. Is it trendy or timeless? What ideas can I steal? Some homes know how to toe the line between on trend and classic styling. And some don’t. Here are some that will never go out of style.
Classic kitchen cabinets
White kitchen cabinets will always be on trend. Red may be a colour that really pops this season, but that doesn’t mean that it will stay in. Fads change, but white – white is the go-to colour for any decorating scheme: white and the smell of eucalypt. Bliss!
Hardwood flooring is as chic as ever. Carpet colours and patterned tile flooring never stay in season, but quality hardwood flooring adds real character to your home without ever being daggy.
Books, books, books
And what about the smaller things? The little things? Having a wooden bookcase full of books will never go out of style. Neither will having plants and flowers scattered around the house. They add some real colour and vivacity to any room. Try and pick timeless books to show off on your shelves, as well as the latest bestsellers. Anything goes really, as long as everything is displayed and arranged neatly (cluttered bookshelves are a big no no). Always pick in season flowers, ones that look beautiful and will last more than just an evening.
Classy antiques and beautiful art pieces are never dated. Make sure, however, that they fit with the overall look and feel of your room. Don’t pair grandma’s old wooden dresser with new, sleek Ikea furniture. It’s just not a good look. Instead pick up furniture that matches well.
Your personal taste
Putting together pieces that you like will always be on trend, because it’s really important that you know what works best for you and is really functional. You can make disparate items work if they share a common thread, like a common colour or texture.
Keep these tips in mind, and be prepared for all your friends to compliment you on your retro-chic interior decorations and you can smile to yourself with the knowledge that your home is classic and timeless. It’ll still look as charming as ever in twenty years’ time.