Know your home
At this point in the pre-renovation process, you should have a good idea about the state of your home. You should know everything from what is in the walls to how you use each room. One of the last steps to complete before you can begin demoing, and it might be a short step since you’ve basically been doing this from the beginning. The purpose of making this its own separate step is to ensure you do not miss anything. Our goal is to limit problems and have no regrets. You don’t want to take down a wall without knowing whether there are pipes and electrical wiring in it. Other things you will want to consider are the following:
Taking down the wall
It’s not a surprise that the new trend is to have an open concept home. It allows for more space and enjoyment of all areas of your home. To achieve this trend, you’ll have to take down some walls. In general, we suggest hiring a professional to take down any load-bearing walls. A load-bearing wall is structurally important to your home as it keeps it from falling on you. A professional will ensure it’s done right and maintain the integrity of your home.
Where will the furniture go?
Now that you’ve taken down the wall, creating your open concept home, where does all your furniture and art go? Having separate rooms made it easy to place things up against the wall, but now that it’s gone it might be awkward to keep the furniture there. Knowing what you have and the likelihood they will no longer fit in your home will reduce the risk of surprises and prepare you to think of alternatives.
Raise the ceilings
The purpose of taking down walls is to create an open concept living area, allowing the room to feel bigger and brighter. Another way of doing this is by looking up. A lot of older homes have dropped ceilings, designed to save money on heating the house. However, it creates an enclosed feeling in the room. Consider taking that ceiling out, allowing you to see the hidden ceiling above it and opening that room up a considerable amount. What once was a stuffy room is now a spacious living area.
Allow the light in
Removing a wall helps increase light, so why not also consider how you can improve your windows? Natural light helps provide a feeling of calm and peace, therefore encouraging that to be a factor in your main living area is a major improvement to your home. You can do this is simply by widening your windows. Depending on the style and frame of the window you want, it could become pricey. Another successful way to increase the natural light in your home is by installing a skylight. Not only does seeing the sky immediately open your room up even more, but a tremendous amount of light can come in. However, if you want an easy and cost-effective way to improve the lighting, hang mirrors in the room and the light will bounce off them!