Remodeling measures to add and create more space in your house



Many homeowners complain of the eternal clutter in their residential spaces. Often times this is true. Houses with even good parameter measurements on paper don’t look that spacious in real. So, if you are also facing this same dilemma then you can employ some measures to add more space to your house, if you have a remodeling or reconstruction plan. A spacious house means comfortable living and getting higher price quotes in case of a resale.

Adding vertical space

If the square footage of your house is all consumed up already then going higher above the ground is only a natural choice to add more space.  Adding another story to your house will provide you with more space and will increase the estate value.  
However, this reconstruction plan needs extensive work, large remodeling budget and you may also have to vacate your house for some time. Furthermore, it will only be possible if local building code and the foundation of your house allow the addition of another story.

Attics and basement conversions

Let’s move on to some less extensive and reasonable remodeling options. Homeowners that have attics and basements in their buildings are fortunate enough because they can transform these areas into living spaces. If you have to choose between either of the option then we recommend you to go with basement conversion due to these edges over an attic.
· Basements are well built
· Usually, they have the same square footage as the parameter of the house building.
· They are well insulated
· They are away from the utility lines (plumbing pipes, electrical wiring)
But that doesn’t mean attics can’t be converted into functional spaces. With a good remodeling plan, attics can transform into a bedroom for your kids. They can also prove to be good secluded studies.
Aside from these remodeling measures to add space to your residence, you can also create a sense of space by acting upon some other remodeling procedures as well.

Removing interior walls, using glass work

 If your living room and dining area is separated by a wall then the simplest way to create an illusion of more space is to remove it. Removing the wall won’t affect the functionality of either of the spaces. Similarly, using glass doors and windows also helps in creating a more spacious look.

Repurposing

Yes, repurposing can also be used to add more space to your residence. If you think the stuff in the store room can be accommodated in the garage or basement then it is the best choice to create more space in the house. They can be converted into single bedrooms, studies etc.
If you have a designated drawing room like old times that comes into use once in a while, then it can also be repurposed. By merging your drawing room with the living space, you can add another room in your house without doing much.
Apart from all these remodeling measures, clearing the clutter, having the proportionate furniture size and picking a right color scheme also aids in creating a better sense of space.

Reducing The Cost Of Building A New Home



Building your own home is a dream of many but few fortunate ones are able to pull it off. It’s a lifetime decision containing many implications and caveats. Among them, reducing the cost and keeping it within budget is one of the leading concerns for most people.  
Indeed, it’s an important concern because securing construction loans has become very difficult with today’s murky economic backdrop. Here, we will try to postulate some of the tips to reduce and limit the cost of building a new home.

Land cost

The first significant cut of the cost you can get is by wisely selecting a piece of land for the intended construction. Few factors play their part in securing the land for construction in a good deal.
Location: Of course, it plays an important role in deciding the price of the land. Raw land will come cheap but you may have to spend extra to prepare of it for the construction. Similarly, far off land plots are also inexpensive but not suitable for residential constructions.  
The best option to reduce the land cost while simultaneously having a better location for your house is to choose suburban areas. They are provided with all the residential amenities of a city but in lesser price.
Size: Acquiring a large size of land means spending a hefty amount of money and subsequent bigger construction will also exhaust more capital. Don’t get overenthusiastic in purchasing land especially if it comes reasonable. Covering and maintaining large land space will also require a big and ongoing expenditure; so, decide wisely and with necessary deliberations.  

Type of construction

After land, the type of construction will decide the final cost of the whole venture. Thus, one can also play around different ideas of construction to save a significant amount of money. For instance, building a ranch can be fancy but it can’t be cost effective and won’t be able to provide better utility than multistory construction.  
Similarly, going with simple rooflines and minimalistic architectural design can save you thousands of dollars in construction expenses. Going with minimalistic design will not only reduce the cost of building the house, but it will also go with the contemporary aesthetics. Besides that, you can always change the superficial details of the design during remodeling.   
Some other measures can also help you with reducing the cost of your house.
Go green: Using recycled and reclaimed parts of demolished constructions will be your contribution in preserving the environment. On the other hand, it will also save you a large sum of money on the construction material. You have to take the home building contractor in loop beforehand for the implementation of this measure.  
Pick the right material:  Timber is undeniably a classic and timeless choice for a housing material, but its price is only increasing with time. With options available such as vinyl, which provides better functionality in reasonable price, it is better to prefer them over hardwood to cut the material cost.
Undoubtedly, home construction is a costly affair but still there is a room to keep the cost in check by keeping in mind the above-mentioned pointers.

Importance of wall art in interior decoration



There are many motifs involved in carrying out a stylish and aesthetically rich interior decoration and wall art is one of them. With suitable architectural design, flooring, furniture and colors, wall art is also an integral part of giving your space a defining decorative look.
Let’s see how wall art is important in representing the look of any interior design.

Augments the colors of an interior

Fans of different color hues are always concerned with the shades of their walls. Getting the right matching and contrast is an important aspect to get a visually pleasing color combination. You can enhance this color effect with an intelligent use of wall art of your choice. Wall art will also help you in adding a layer of color which is not possible with wall paints.
But try to maintain the harmony of colors and don’t overdo it. Too many colors don’t look pleasing and only clutter the vision.

Acts as a focal design element

Providing each space, whether its living area or bedroom, with a focal design element is a vital feature of any interior décor and wall arts can serve this purpose very effectively.
A focal design element is the first thing which gets noticed by viewers and builds their opinion of the décor. For instance, having your favorite painting hanged above the chimney in the living room will lead the overall look of the space.
If you have a renaissance paint hanging over the wall then visitors will expect classic timber furniture in the space. Similarly, abstract aesthetics can go well with minimalistic and modern furniture designs.

Helps in furnishing 3-dimensional aesthetics

Wall arts can be of various structures and designs. They are not just limited to paintings.  Shadow boxes and sculptures can add a further dimension to the vertical planes of your space. All this multi-dimensional wall art will add the visual credence you want to have a rich interior décor.

Provides a more fulfilling and inclusive look

Even if you have sufficient furniture in your space, but walls only draped in a single color then it creates a perception of an unfinished interior. With wall art, you can dispel that perception. Even a room with few interior articles looks more furnished when adorned with a wall art.

Décor Items to be used as wall art

You will be provided with lots of options of wall art for interior décor. Some of the popular choices are given here:

Paintings and Murals

They are the obvious choice when one goes to get wall art for their interior space. Wall paintings can be of many types. There are classic designs and then are the abstract ones. You can also use calligraphy specimens as wall decorations.

Figurines

Different figurines and sculptures are also used for the decoration of walls for large spaces.

Lighting Fixtures

Lighting fixtures with rich and intricate designs can also be used to adorn the walls not only with their designs but also with their luminescence to provide the ambiance of your choice.
Wallpapers and laminations can also be used wisely to decorate the walls if you are on a tight decoration budget.