How not to plan a kitchen

How not to plan a kitchen

We started to plan this kitchen over a year ago. You might even remember our post about the simplest way to plan a home improvement project. The sketch in the notebook featured in that post is the sketch of this kitchen-to-be.

Project execution began in July 2017.

Yes, the execution began even though the design wasn’t quite finished. It still isn’t finished, to be precise.

The plan was to install the kitchen by the mid-June 2018. And yes, “mid-June” is in one week.

Here’s what happened: Continue reading “How not to plan a kitchen”

New apartment: bathroom reveal

New apartment: bathroom reveal

Looking back, my bathroom remodel was more like a chain of decisions than one carefully designed solution.

Probably because the designing process lasted more than a year. And because I was constantly finding myself stubbornly stuck on something I wanted even though it was quite clear I should do the opposite.

So we thought, maybe you’d like to read about my personal battles during the remodel process (while checking out how it turned out). It might be helpful, in case you’re going through something similar with the architect/designer you hired – except this was quite ridiculous since I – the client, was fighting with me – the architect.

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9 stations to implement in your home for a stress-free life

9 stations to implement in your home for a stress-free life

From our point of view, home improvement is actually a life-at-home improvement. Sure we like pretty things, but we like practical solutions for everyday life maybe even more.

Today we’re about to share how to simplify your house chores and find more time for the things you enjoy doing by creating little zones for a specific purpose.

These are our favourites:

  1. Cleaning stations

Yes, plural.

If you think about it, a bathroom requires a different set of cleaning tools and products than a bedroom or a hallway. There’s no real reason to keep everything in one place. Actually, it’s almost impossible to keep an organized storage of your entire collection of cleaning supplies. Continue reading “9 stations to implement in your home for a stress-free life”

How to deal with people involved in your home renovation project

How to deal with people involved in your home renovation project

A home renovation tends to bring the worst out of people.

There.

We said it.

It is stressful. And it’s not stressful because it’s hard to combine different types of tiles or choose a perfect armchair. It’s stressful because you’re about to spend a significant amount of money – maybe even loaned money. It’s stressful because you’re about to sacrifice a lot of your time – and by that, we mean free time you’re used to spending resting or having fun. And it’s stressful because it usually involves a lot of people.

Now, you get to choose how much money you’re willing to spend. You also get to choose how much time you’ll dedicate to this project. But people?

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WHY DIY – a wedding

WHY DIY – a wedding

Okay, you might say we’ve been neglecting this blog. And that might be true. But we were also renovating homes and doing all sorts of things which will soon find their way to this website. Promise.

Most recently – literally a week ago – we designed decorations we’re about to show you. Not because they are something to learn from, but because we think they’re pretty. Isn’t that reason enough?

Now, whether or not you should ever consider DIY wedding decorations (or decorations for any party) is quite obvious: if it’s not overwhelming and if you find it enjoyable, then definitely.

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An outdoor space should be an extension of the interior

An outdoor space should be an extension of the interior

Our clients seem to think that a balcony should be a separate space. Often we hear about how frustrated they are because they have a balcony that is only one meter wide, or even less.
Not much can fit in a room that is only one meter wide, but if your room could be one meter wider, that would be great, right?

That’s exactly how you should treat your outdoor space; balcony, terrace or even backyard.

Outdoor space is connected to a room – a bedroom, a kitchen or a living room – as its extension. We found some great projects to show you what we mean. Continue reading “An outdoor space should be an extension of the interior”