Recently I was approached by clients who knew they wanted to update the look of their 80’s home, but weren’t sure on how to go about it. Having plans drawn up is only a small part of it. Current 3D modelling software enables us to ‘walk’ the client through ideas, visually giving them the ‘wow’ factor they were looking for, and ultimately the confidence to go ahead with the project.
Whether you purchased your home all those years ago or you have recently bought based on location and ‘good bones’, updating your home isn’t as daunting as you think. There are number of things that you need to think about before you start:
1. Look at the positives – what are the features about your home that drew you to it in the first place? Big deck? Great out look? The perfect entertainer? Are these features still important, are there any that need enhancing? Updating? Added to?
2. Look at the style you would like to incorporate – Hamptons, modern, classic lines, colours, do you like the look of render, cladding or would you be happy with just updating the colour. Window, shutters and window sills are all aesthetics that can change the façade to give you a more dramatic affect.
3. Engage a professional. There are a number of companies out there that can sketch you some plans based on your brief but you really need someone who is willing to embrace your brief and give you design solutions you hadn’t even thought of yet. Find someone who isn’t scared of working with you your design solution!
The old saying of ‘never judge a book by its cover’ doesn’t always apply to a house. How many properties did you discount immediately based on first impressions? Whether you are looking to sell or are updating your forever home, making your home feel warm and inviting helps create your own oasis. A space that you can relax in, enjoy your downtime and entertain in.
Think about the whole picture – from the pathway to the door, the shape of the windows or even new landscaping. Does it flow from the front to the back and are you also looking to update internally?
Creating a ‘mood board’ of ideas, pictures, colours, facades, plants, landscaping and so on is a great place to start or come to us with a blank canvas and let CDA work with you to design a revamp that will make you smile every time you come home.