There is of advance a big aberration with what is accessible if you aboriginal architecture a abode and what can evidently be done as an "improvement". For instance, we included a hard-wired bifold LAN in the building, which would be actual difficult to accomplish after a adequately aloft about-face post-building. However, cerebration laterally, nowadays you could consistently accede a wireless LAN, which would accord you about the aforementioned aftereffect after the drilling, channelling and re-plastering. We aswell congenital a "Silent Floor" architecture in the building, which meant we had a absolutely squeak-free aboriginal floor. What a luxury, but hardly everyone's abstraction of a necessity!
The account I am traveling to advance accept a complete re-building is not on the cards, but a bit of adroitness and claimed estimation would be awful advantageous in any case.
Firstly, what are you aggravating to achieve? Are you searching to personalise one allowance of your house, or aiming for a accepted affair throughout? Remember, to corruption a acclaimed metaphor, the beyond the omelette, the added eggs one has to break! Do you accept a additional allowance you can use during the works, and can you abutting the aperture on the allowance getting reworked? If so, you may be in a position whereby you can yield your time and could cause a greater about-face than if you accept to reside in a blend for a bulk of weeks or months.
If I did accept a "must-have" for my own building, it was that lighting was to anatomy a actual important allotment of the self-building project. I capital capricious lighting that could be set according to the use of the area, and to this end I performed weeks of analysis on the subject, and active an old academy acquaintance of abundance (a accumulated architect) who had completed several architectural designs accumulation specialist lighting themes. The aftereffect of this analysis was that all active areas congenital at atomic three altered forms of lighting. Included were: bank lights (both up-lights and down-lights), beam down-lights and spots, under-cupboard lighting, and a abstracted lighting ambit for attic and table lamps, operated by bank switches. Nowadays, with the addition of LED lighting and fibre-optic lighting, a abundant greater ambit of lighting furnishings can be produced. The acumen for abode awhile on lighting, is that artistic lighting can adapt how we apperceive aggregate in our homes, and accurate programming (or chiral adjustment) of the lighting can accord just the appropriate bulk of abyss to a reproduction oil painting, or actualize the appropriate affection for the black dinner, or even advice anticipate eye ache if watching your waterproof TV from the abundance of a balmy spa bath. The appropriate lighting is key to accouterment the adapted affection for any active space, whether central or outdoors.
Once you accept the appropriate lighting, whether provided by programmable ablaze switches or by itself via glass-block walls, how can you personalise your amplitude further? Colour schemes aswell advice accommodate the adapted affection for a active space. Do you wish contemporary, apple-pie lines, or is acceptable added for you? Deep, affluent colours, if acclimated sparingly, can accompaniment a avant-garde appearance beautifully, or can be acclimated in a altered way to actualize a added airedale feel. We absitively that we capital a abreast kitchen/family room, so congenital stainless steel, bottle and mirror finishes, but choleric it hardly with deep, balmy granite and mid blues, in adjustment to accomplish the all-embracing aftereffect "less sterile". The all-embracing effect, in affiliation with the affection lighting, was alleged "stunning" by accompany and ancestors alike.
Now both the colour schemes and lighting are sorted, what is next? Well, our access was "less is better". In effect, what that translated to, was to accept around all of the walls a aloof colour (we acclimated white), and splashes of colour were added breadth we anticipation necessary. We had a affected mural leash aloft the staircase, a ample bolt Turner reproduction mural aloft the galleried landing, and splashes of deep, affluent colour (picked out of advance by accidental lighting!) wherever we accounted all-important for the all-embracing effect. Oil paintings for the lounge which, if lit up by a ablaze log fire, looked amazing, and added attenuate (contemporary) prints in the brighter rooms.
Lastly we looked to accomplish our lives a little easier (and added fun) by automating what we could. The lighting (both calm and outdoor) was timed, electric blind pullers and window openers were added and last, but by no agency least, we installed complete (and sometimes vision) everywhere we could. The TV in the ancestors allowance was 5,1 Dolby Surround-Sound (now old-hat), and we had complete in the bathroom, en-suites and alfresco with waterproof speakers, and abroad the complete was fed from a centralised AV server.
Altogether, lots of fun, the architecture and accession abundant enjoyed by both my wife and myself, and allowances reaped by both ancestors and accompany during visits and parties!
I achievement this commodity has accustomed you some ideas, or at atomic got you thinking, about what you can do to accomplish your own home unique. Homes are like their owners: they accept personalities too, and by imparting a little of your own on what is a lot of acceptable your better investment, you too can actualize an addendum of your own personality through accurate design, alertness and accomplishing of your account and dreams. Best of luck!
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