As we continue to spend more and more time at home, it’s only natural to see desired improvements to create your dream home through a magnifying glass. At sB+ we thrive on collaborating with clients to create a home you will love to come home to… or in this case a home you love to be isolated in. So, we have put together a few simple tips to kickstart you on your renovation journey from the comfort of your home.
First up is the fun part – start by getting inspired! Pinterest is a great platform to collate your ideas and find inspiration. Create a Pinterest board dedicated to your kitchen and/or bathroom and start pinning! Look at images of different styles, layouts, handles, tiles, cabinetry finishes and colours – the ideas and inspiration you can source from Pinterest really is endless.
Once your Pinterest board starts to grow, you will probably start to wonder ‘where do I go from here?’. Rest assured you will start to see style patterns and a similar theme that will flow throughout your boards. This will help you understand what your space will look like. Start honing in on specific details, for example, look through the images focusing on the tile size, and see what show up time and time again? Focus on the handles, again you will see repetition in the style of handles that present themselves, do the same with colours, the cabinetry, the layout etc. You will get a very clear idea of what it is you are drawn to.
You can get the whole family involved too! Have every member of the family start a board, so collectively you can understand what everyone is after in the kitchen and/or bathroom – it’s a bit of fun, and a therapeutic way to keep everyone entertained and engaged with the process.
Get a tape measure out and measure your existing space – the walls, where the windows are, the doorways etc. as well as the outline of the existing layout. Doing this will allow you to understand how much bench space/floor space you currently have to work with, knowing that you will want to be maximising this.
Not sure how to measure up your space? Our easy how-to video will guide you through it – all you need is a measuring tape, pen and paper!
You are going to have an increased awareness of how you and your family use these spaces over the course of isolation, so use it to your advantage. Start to observe which family member needs to get out every possible utensil to prepare a sandwich in the kitchen, how many people are crammed around the mirror in the bathroom? Do your children congregate around the pantry? Or the fridge? Or the bench? This is just the tip of the iceberg…You will make plenty of observations about your family over the next few weeks in isolation, but let’s keep it strictly related to capitlising on your renovation, for your own sanity!
From these observations, you might also want to start creating a list of must-haves, and again you can get every member of the family to do the same and see how these lines up… or don’t!
Once you’ve completed these simple steps, it’s time to speak with an expert to understand how your plans can be brought to life. Get on a video call with an interior designer to get their guidance – you will be amazed at the opportunities they will open your eyes to, and ideas that you didn’t even know were possible within your kitchen and/or bathroom.
An interior designer can talk you through innovative options that are designed to make your life easier, discuss the style of your space and how it will relate to the rest of your home – this is where that Pinterest board comes in handy.
You will be able to use your time in isolation to get started on tasks you haven’t had time for in the past. You can get the ball rolling on your new kitchen and/or bathroom project from the comfort of your home, you don’t even need to get out of your pyjamas – what more could you ask for?