The government tells us it’s providing the right number of new homes (particularly for stretched first time buyers). However, there still doesn’t seem to be enough housing to go around. Certainly where we are in Bristol and the wider SW region, they seem to be whacking them up faster than you can say ‘indoor / outdoor flow’.
We’ve taken a lot of briefs from people, 5 or 6 in 2018 alone, who have bought a brand new property and need some help turning it into a home. The clients have mostly been middle-aged, professional males, with style and money but no time. I didn’t really see this coming. They all need a home, help with both decision making and getting it ready relatively quickly. Generally there’s a good number of rooms and a neutral colour palette which needs attention. All of this together turns it into a pretty large project.
So, what are some of the approaches we use to turn an empty box into a home to love?
Here are our top tips:
things becoming dated quickly
the…) find your style as an early step and extend it all round the house. Look at
products for all rooms together rather than ticking rooms off one by one to help make
sure it’s cohesive. Even if you aren’t buying everything in one go, it’s useful to have
a grand plan you can keep coming back to
need to spend £20K ish on these kind of projects (based on a 3 or 4 bedroom house).
This will include a good number of decent, well made products. It’s totally valid to
direct more budget towards important rooms, e.g. lounge, family room, master bedroom…
depending on what your favourite space is
It’s not. It’s just not necessarily the ‘go to’ colour right now. But that’s OK, in
fact it’s probably a good thing (see point no. 1). You will need a soft neutral you
feel happy with in a few rooms, and for many this might be a soft grey
round the house
are… are you sure? £200 a day can go a long way when spent on a fast and efficient
person on your side getting all the things done that would otherwise make you slightly
components in all the way until you have all of the matching ones loosely in their
holes. When they are all lined up, screw them all in. Take my word for it, it’s
enormously frustrating to have to undo them all because one hasn’t joined up
cool ones are great in rooms which already have loads of natural light
about what you get hold of. For example… what do you really actually need in a lounge?
A vase or two, some candles, a few books, somewhere to put a drink / snack, a few
pictures, some soft furnishings. If this is a place where you just come to wind down
and switch off, or have a few buddies round for a drink, you might not need to
embellish it as much as it seems
mystery boxes of items (precious family treasures aside) don’t just follow you around
from loft to loft. Many things can be sold and the British Heart Foundation also
collects certain (electrical / furniture) items you don’t need any more so that someone
else can use of them.
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