One of the most challenging obstacles in renovating an older style property is incorporating modern comforts into the design without destroying the character of the house. The most effective way of achieving this is to put a twist on the original design of the house. Bring modern style into the equation by choosing designs which are a contemporary version of an outdated style. Modern living tends to utilize all aspects of a property. Therefore you should consider how to use every nook and cranny which older properties have a tendency to harbor.
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Look carefully at the kitchen and include modern appliances. Forget the old style pantry cupboards where everything gets forgotten at the back, modern beautiful kitchen cupboard doors enclose practical turn about pantries.
If you have stairs, check the space underneath or around it where you can put storage cupboards. A long hallway, so typical of older properties, is ideal for modern design floor coverings.
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Bedrooms are often forgotten while restyling a property and these are often fairly large in older properties. Make the most of the space with built in cupboards as unobtrusive as possible. While modern bedrooms tend towards a minimalist look, if you have tall ceilings you can soften the effect with a small chandelier.
Don't forget the garden in your design. Indeed, you can bring the garden indoors to link the outside and inside. Japanese gardens tend to be minimalistic with highlights of color. Create a formal garden in this style just outside some large windows or french doors, and continue the theme on the inside also.
Loose river pebble paths can wind their way through the garden, and continue on the edges of the room inside. Or a pebble mosaic can be continued through both the garden and room inside. Bathrooms and kitchens are ideal rooms for needing hard-wearing and washable surfaces so consider continuing the theme into these areas. Don't forget the plants when merging your interior scheme with your exterior scheme. Match what you are growing outside with indoor versions of the plants as much as possible to seamlessly join the two. Wall coverings are another area where careful consideration is needed.
Many beautiful wallpapers are now available to complement your modern style without compromising the character of the house. But avoid wallpapers in designs such as printed stone as they always fail to achieve a realistic look. If you like the stone effect consider a stone veneer as an alternative.
These are available is many colors and designs both formal and informal in style. An interior low dividing wall can be made to look like a mountain's dry-stone wall. Topped with simple indoor plants, the effect could be simple but beautiful. Make the most of lighting in your considerations. Encourage natural light into the house by means of minimizing window coverings or adding extra windows or skylights if you are able to. For darker days make the most of modern unobtrusive lighting to highlight your home. Again link the garden to the inside with the continuation of similar lighting, appropriately installed and protected from the elements. So celebrate the uniqueness of your home with ideas to complement and enhance the original construction. Make the most of its character and implement a modern design while remaining sympathetic to the age and style of the property.
Author: Mark finch currently works with Aggregate Shop as a committed member of the marketing team. Mark enjoys fishing, construction and all manner of DIY, due to this he spends a great deal of his time studying construction and sharing his experiences with others.