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”

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?

Continue reading “How to deal with people involved in your home renovation project”

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”