Home renovation in four steps: step three

Home renovation in four steps: step three

I bake cakes for my family reunions. Every time, I bake this stupid, simple, four layers cake, which is basically pavlova with store-bought vanilla frosting, “homemade forest fruit jam” (that contains nothing but few cups of frozen forest fruit and two tablespoons sugar), topped with whipped cream. And every year I bake “the ultimate chocolate cake” or “the world’s best birthday cake” or “the devil’s food cake” or “the perfect Christmas log”. But no one cares. Everyone just wants the first one. If I’m lucky, there’s someone allergic to strawberries or someone who simply doesn’t believe in desserts without chocolate – who eats a piece of the other one. And the sad part is, this semi-store-bought-fake-pavlova is also my favorite.

Why do we do this? If we have an option that works every time, or we saw an option that could work, why do we stubbornly try to invent something new?

Just like cooking, interior design is not about making stuff up. It is about knowing the rules, finding inspiration, and then creatively implementing those rules, other people’s smart solutions you find inspiring, and your own ideas – into a new, original design.

In Step three of the Four steps to a home renovation, we will show you how to get inspired by amazing interiors to make sure you’re going to love the final result of your apartment remodel. Continue reading “Home renovation in four steps: step three”

Home renovation in four steps: step two

Home renovation in four steps: step two

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. Continue reading “Home renovation in four steps: step two”

Home renovation in four steps: step one

Home renovation in four steps: step one

What do you think about apartment remodels? Not the renovations that have to be done, but remodels – done only for the sake of creating a more beautiful space? Do you find it superficial and materialistic? Do you feel it’s a way to get compliments from guests? Do you think it’s a way to keep oneself busy when one has “nothing better to do”?

Maybe your answer is “yes”, or maybe you’re surprised we even asked those questions because you can’t believe someone feels that way. Or you’re aware that majority of people feel that way, but you don’t agree.

Either way, interior design is usually seen as something too luxurious – expensive, without being necessary. And yes, it is definitely perfectly acceptable to live in a not-perfectly-designed apartment. Actually, it’s not only acceptable, it’s a reality for almost everyone.

But for us, interior design is not about luxury living. It is not about designer furniture nor expensive materials. Continue reading “Home renovation in four steps: step one”

3 signs you might hate your apartment

3 signs you might hate your apartment

Interior decoration became some kind of madness. Have you noticed? Every so often we meet a friend who’s “all stressed out” because she’s just in the middle of her apartment remodel and something went wrong.

You guys, there are people literally fighting with their life partners over a size of a couch. Or feeling unhappy because they can’t decorate or design their apartment in a way they wanted, for whatever reason. At times, we feel like marriage counselors, hearing ourselves saying things like: “Why do you think what you want is more important than what he wants?” Isn’t that just a bit too much?

We too are guilty of this. “Oh, if I only had time and money to create a perfect home workspace, it would be so much easier to work on evenings and weekends.” No, it wouldn’t. But it would be nice to have a perfect workspace, though. It would really be a dream come true.

See how easy it is? It is so easy to convince yourself that you absolutely must at least redecorate, in order to be happy at home.

On the other hand, maybe you really hate your apartment.
Let’s find out. Continue reading “3 signs you might hate your apartment”

4 things you didn’t know about hiring an architect

4 things you didn’t know about hiring an architect

Good afternoon.
I want to renovate my apartment. I’m sending you a layout that I drew to show you what I want to do. I am open to your suggestions, but please be aware of the fact I want my apartment to be simple and functional.

Best regards,
– client.

Do you see the problem with this e-mail that was sent to our incredibly talented friend a few weeks ago? There’s this client who thought he had to “draw a layout” by himself before contacting her because he thinks that’s the only way to make sure that his apartment will be functional and simple.

People seem to think that working with architects is quite different then what we like to believe it is, so we decided to share few crucial things you might not know about hiring an architect. Continue reading “4 things you didn’t know about hiring an architect”

4 things to do before hiring a contractor

4 things to do before hiring a contractor

Probably the most stressful thing you’ll have to do if you choose to renovate your space by yourself instead of asking for professional help is hiring contractors. Everything you don’t know will be up to them and maybe you won’t even realize that they’ve done a bad job.

You can hire a contractor based on a good recommendation, their work you’ve seen elsewhere or their price. Whatever your reasons are, remember those reasons. Hiring someone based on the lowest price is like buying the cheapest boots. There is a chance they’ll last through the winter, but you wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t.  Continue reading “4 things to do before hiring a contractor”