Home renovation in four steps: step two

Home renovation i four steps - step two: CIAA - Icaraí Apartment

Welcome to the STEP TWO of the Home renovation in four steps. Did you miss the Step one? Don’t sweat it. Or should we say: don’t SWOT it?

So sorry for that. You can go here to check it out.

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At the beginning of a design process, it is incredibly important to do a thorough analysis of your apartment in order to enhance the things you love, eliminate the things you hate, improve the things with potential and find a solution for problematic areas. And SWOT analysis is really the simplest way to do that.

Listing apartment features in four different categories (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) always helps us see a solution. As we showed in our example, the solution is usually a set of responses to detected problems.

For the sake of the argument, we’ll assume you’ve already got your SWOT on. Because it really is the first thing you should do.

Next is to prioritize those issues. Focusing on the important tasks during apartment remodel is crucial for time and budget management.

And achieving functional space, through planning, is one step in the design process. Actually, it’s the step two.

Prioritizing tasks

The easiest way to set the priorities is to think about what would be the biggest improvement. Meaning – what would eliminate your frustrations.

You can read about three things we find to be the most frustrating here.

Dealing with everything that is hard to maintain, reorganizing the apartment layout when it’s not functional, or trying to bring in as much of daylight as possible, could be considered as priorities. Each of those things would have a direct impact on quality of your everyday life.

Needless to say, everything that needs improvement because of health and safety reasons, should be done first. But also, sometimes reasons for prioritizing are based on the logic of the work.

Anything that requires renovation of a plumbing system, electric or gas installation, or tearing down the walls, should be done first. That way, you’re avoiding possible future damage of the new furniture and finishes.

So basically, big tasks first. Let’s illustrate this.

While back, we featured Icaraí apartment. To connect social areas of the apartment (balcony, living room, dining room, kitchen) while separating them from private areas (bedrooms, bathrooms), and adding as much of storage space as possible, were the goals of CIAA‘s design.Home renovation i four steps - step two: CIAA - Icaraí ApartmentThe top priority was to tear down few segments of the existing wall in order to create one integrated social area of the apartment. And just like that, the first one of the two goals was achieved.

But to achieve functional space, more storage was also a necessity. While the storage wall architects designed might be seen as a piece of furniture, notice that the kitchen is one part of that element. Since the kitchen is one of the main functions of every home, and it requires plumbing fixtures, and electric installations, it definitely was a priority.Home renovation i four steps - step two: CIAA - Icaraí ApartmentArchitects like to think about everything at once, but at this point, floor finishes, colors or even furniture, are just not that important. We may be guilty of choosing functionality over aesthetics, but remember that we’re still in the first half of the design process. We’re making sure that everything works. We are achieving functional space as a base for a lovable home.Home renovation i four steps - step two: CIAA - Icaraí ApartmentSometimes it’s impossible to do all the priorities at once. Maybe because of financial restrictions, or the new baby on the way, or whatever. Doing remodel in phases doesn’t have to be a problem. In fact, it has certain advantages. Doing one room at the time is not just easier to finance, but it also allows you to learn from your mistakes. And it allows your taste evolve thanks to so much research during the longer period of time. Just make sure to invest your time and money only into items you’ll be able to move or protect properly in later phases of the remodel and to avoid extra costs and in-between solutions (which are basically extra costs).

However, time arrangement is not only important during the remodel. When prioritizing the tasks to tackle – when, and how long during a day, you use the certain room, is also something to think about. While going through your list of SWOT, also think about your daily routine.

Maybe there are “ugly curtains in the guest room” on the list of the weaknesses. Sure, colors and textures affect overall ambiance in the interior, but how much time do you (and your guests) really spend in the guest room?

You see where we’re going with this.

Dealing with weaknesses or threats, that are in your way all the time, will be the biggest improvement.

That’s just common sense. It’s not that hard, is it?

By now, you probably decided to ignore 75% of apartment features you don’t, like since they are just not that important. Or your list was rational from the beginning. Or you’re planning to completely transform your apartment.

But you only know what has to be done, and not yet how to do it. The best way to figure out how to design a part of your interior is to find the inspiration. And it is the best part of the design process. It’s the part of work when we – and by we, we mean procrastinators – realize that we are not wasting all this time we are wasting, but we are actually getting inspired for all the future projects that are ahead of us. And now, they are ahead of you.

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Check out the post about amazing Icaraí apartment HERE.

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