Recently you may recall here in this Mint Builders blog we highlighted compliments of the London Homebuilding & Renovating Show which opens at Excel in London later this year in London -the need to spend time upfront really thinking carefully about how you live and what you need or want from the new space or home extension you may be actioning.
Up to now we have focused on ensuring you are fully consider your everyday living habits and routine with regards to carefully planning your new space as well as carefully considering all aspects of your preferred layout – open plan; ‘broken plan’ and zoning -and also the importance of lighting in all its aspects both natural and artificial.
Next then, linked a good deal to the whole issue of lighting is the matter of ceiling height in your new space. Be clear ceiling heights can make all the difference to how your space looks and feels and also what it delivers to your home enjoyment and ‘liveability’.
As the Homebuilding and Renovating experts indicate height and structure of your ceiling can influence everything from furniture arrangement, to the order and use of rooms, and an @ also determine the mood of a space and how it feels ‘Playing with restricted or elevated head heights throughout your living space helps you achieve a design ‘wow,’ evoking a level of visual complexity that’s pleasing to the eye and one that creates a clearly defined purpose for each zone’
room by room
We at Mint would always say that ceiling heights can be changed on a room-by-room basis. Also, assorted ceiling heights can be created within one open-plan space. It is very true that as low ceiling height in smaller rooms can make a space feel cosy, and the addition of a high ceiling can make a room feel bigger than it is – which is often rewarding. So say the Homebuilding experts – “Additionally, creatively re-inventing spaces underneath with low restrictive head height, such as adding built-in furniture underneath eaves or underneath a staircase for storage, often without doubt makes the best functional use of a space.”
The look of a room is important but for best liveability,it is ‘a must’ to consider the mood you’re trying to create. Choosing an effective colour scheme will help set the tone and will have a huge impact on the look and feel of a space; for example, in a bedroom, darker colours give a cosy vibe, while warm, natural shades evoke a sense of calm.
Also, spend time to observe how natural light moves throughout your living space during the course of the day and over the different seasons. As the Homebuilding experts say “Thinking about where you want to be when it’s light and bright can make a big difference to your positive well-being, in terms of how you benefit from the space and how you spend time in it. If you can’t afford an interior designer, create a mood board – a pictorial scheme, which will help you experiment with colours and textures, ensuring you create a cohesive plan.”
Reference the bedrooms for example, the less clutter there is, the more restful they will be. Thinking early on about how much you want to store – where you’ll store all you need such clothes, bed linen, books and accessories etc..etc… will help you achieve tidy, peaceful and most liveable room. However stylish your furniture may be it will achieve scant if any notice have no real effect if it’s surrounded by clutter.
Bathrooms are very much in need of clear considered thought if you’re on the path of a re-model. For a start you might think about which members of the household. How will it be used? How frequently is it likely to be used? Says the Homebuilding team – ‘Establishing these points will help you to combine great design with practicality, enabling you to incorporate elements such as family shower/bath combinations or ‘His and Hers’ double basins, creating a pleasant and relaxing environment for all’
There’s a proven trend as to the value of natural elements within ‘living spaces’ these days. It is I think we can say a proven fact that an improved relaxing atmosphere can be achieved, for example, adding indoor plants which will brighten up a room and naturally purify the air.
Alongside such natural elements it is certain that the flow of air and proper ventilation are vital to sustain healthy indoor air, and the kitchen and bathroom are rooms where it is very advisable to consider this. Installing an extractor hood within your kitchen removes unwanted cooking odours, heat and smoke by moving air from the kitchen to the outdoors
clean fresh air
‘Air-fixing’ your bathroom air to circulate freely is also crucial not just because it prevents a fogged-up mirror, but also because it keeps damp and mould under control which can ruin the appearance of your bathroom and decrease the lifespan of its features. These days there are various extractor systems to consider and for sure clean fresh air are as impactive on a space as designer furniture light influences and décor.
As fresh air is important so, of course is the heating. The key decisions in respect of heating are sustainability and energy cost saving for many alongside the visuals and flexibility Getting rid of radiators and changing to underfloor heating, which is no longer as expensive as it used to be, can free up wall space and enhance the energy efficiency of a house.
higher heat products
Similarly, say the Homebuilding Show team – ‘If you want to ensure a cosy environment, go overboard on BTU by opting for heating products which have higher heat outputs. You don’t want to create a beautiful open-plan space and then find it’s difficult to heat and too cold in the winter’
Take note the London Homebuilding & Renovating Show is October 4th- 6th at ExCeL, London).
Whatever your extension or renovation plans, Mint offers a full development and finishing service to help give you home more space and add value too. We are here to help with any questions or concerns you may have and we can with ‘ins and outs’ of planning issues . We have all the expert contacts on hand to help you.