Minimalist Home Improvement Ideas

Many a times, homeowners who consider improving their houses think that it can be done through the addition of stuff. They often forget that true home improvement is done by considering three basic factors: function, quality, and cleanliness. There is nothing wrong with adding more items to your house as long as it can add both function and beauty. However, there is nothing better than designing your home with minimalist philosophies in mind.

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Benefits of a Minimalist Home Concept

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Function

The most basic principle of minimalism is to get rid of what is unnecessary and keep only what are essential. This principle applies best when designing your home. As much as possible, you would want to only keep fixtures and furniture that both add beauty and value to your home. If you’re only adding an item to add to the aesthetics, it’s better not to add it in the first place; it’s only going to take up much needed space.

Quality

Quality goes hand in hand with function. In choosing items to add to your home, you would want to stick to items that you know will serve you for a long time. For instance, instead of buying several cheap furniture items that you’re not sure you’re going to use, you can stick to one or two high-quality items that you are sure to use on a regular basis. If you know where to look, there are many places where you can find high-quality home furniture items that won’t cost you much.

Cleanliness

Nobody wants to live in a house that is full of clutter. Clutter not only takes up space, but also is the cause of stress, which often leads to health problems. By keeping minimalist principles in mind when designing your home, you can have a home that’s clutter-free and one that’s very easy to clean and maintain.

How to Re-Design Your Home with Minimalist Principles in Mind

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Start With the Furniture

The sofa, tables, and chairs are the largest items inside your home, which is why you would want to start with them first. You don’t necessarily have to get rid of furniture, but the fewer the items, the better. Decide which item can be eliminated without sacrificing comfort and function, you can then stick to items you know you will be able to use on a regular basis.

Clear the Surfaces

All the surfaces, including the floors, should be clear of clutter. Eliminate what are unnecessary and only keep essential fixtures and furniture items. Clear all surfaces and put items inside a box. You can later decide what you want to do with them.

Empty the Walls

You will find that in most homes, the walls are usually filled with different kinds of hanging decors. This wouldn’t work in a minimalist home. As much as possible, you only keep a few pieces of artwork on the walls.

Hide Stuff

One of the important factors of a minimalist home is that items that usually cause clutter are hidden in plain sight. Items such as shoes, books, CDs and DVDs, and should be stored and hidden. It’s okay for toys to spread on the floor when kids are playing, but they should also be stored right after use.

Stick to Simple Patterns

Whether you’re choosing curtains for the windows or decors for the walls, always try to keep things simple. Too much ornament and accessories on windows, walls, and other surfaces are clutter and should be avoided.

Edit, and Edit More

The thing about minimalism is that there is always room for editing and eliminating. After redecorating your home, give it a couple of days and see whether there are more items that you can exclude.

 

Just because your home follows a minimalist design concept doesn’t mean it won’t look as elegant than if it contained more furniture items and accessories. On the contrary, minimalist home improvement will make your home look more sophisticated and pleasing to the eye.

Home Renovation and Planning: Creating Your Blueprint

Planning for a new home or a home renovation requires so many things. With so many considerations in mind, hiring professionals and creating a team that will help you throughout the process of creating your blueprint is necessary. Every creative and technical input applied into your home’s blueprint will dictate on how successful and beautiful your homes can be.

Here are some of the things to be considered in creating your home’s blueprint.

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The outdoors is as vital as the indoors.

Keep in mind to create a balance between the indoors and outdoors of our home. Place windows were light and air can enter the most and a wall on areas that are considerably too hot or too cool or be ready to place temporary blockout blinds in these areas during changes in weather. It is also important to pay attention with the design of your outdoors as much as your indoors. Doors should be accessible to the main streets and entrances should be located conveniently according to the general terrain of the area. Doorways, windows and entry ways should be sheltered from the rain as well.

Waterproofing is essential

Waterproofing is very essential in homes especially in countries where climates can go too cool. Solid roofing materials should be waterproofed to avoid bigger problems in the future. Large walls are required to have waterproofing to avoid water from seeping in.

Smart security systems

Consider probations for security systems that you might want to include in your future renovation and home improvement. Home security systems no matter how basic or not will require adjustments in the electrical connection you have at home. Provide such provisions for easier installment in the future.

Provisions for electrical and HVAC systems

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You might not be able to install an outdoor heating device for now but you may in the future. Make provision for running gas pies and electrical wirings to avoid chipping a wall or messing up with your whole connection as soon as you are able to add these home improvements.

Consider the kids

Even if you have no kids at present, it would be wise to incorporate sightlines for children’s play areas as early as in the blueprint of your design. You can also provide room provisions most especially if you plan to have kids very soon. If you plan to have kids later than earlier, you can indicate future spaces in your blueprint on where you plan to expand or renovate in the future.

Lighting essentials

Lighting is vital both in the indoors and outdoors of your home. It enhances its natural features and ambiance as well. If you cannot afford to have outdoor lights yet, you can have a cable ready for outdoor lights so that it is already included in your circuit breaker computations as well.

Hard and soft copies of your blueprint

Be sure to have extra copies of the blueprint of your home both in print and in soft copy. This would be very helpful when doing repairs, extensions, renovations and other construction activities in your home.

Improve Your Home Decorating Talent: Decorating Apps You Can Consider

Decorating your home can be on the go and the planning stage can be done mobile, thanks to the decorating apps you should have in your Smartphone. You can actually conceptualize your dream room even while on the bus or while enjoying a latte at a coffee shop with this list of design apps you can have for your home decorating projects.

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Chairish

Beautiful, affordable and second hand home decors can be bought and sold at Chairish. This one stop ship for high-quality pre-owned furniture can be accessed via their mobile app where curators can also decide on which of their items they would want to sell. Listing your item is free and Chairish takes care of the payment, shipping and return of most sales making it secure for both sellers and buyers. You can look forward to nice items from Knoll,Ligne Roset, Herman Miller and other high-end brands as well. Sellers on the other hand keep 80% of the sale, through this app.

Color 911

Experiment with color without having to actually apply it on your wall with the Color 911 app. Several pre downloadable color themes are already available from the app. The colors themes are created by the users and even color specialist carrying the mobile app. Users can also create color palettes based on images taken on their mobile devices and organize them in a folder. You can easily find the perfect hue for your 3-day blinds before actually purchasing one for your homes.

Lofty

If you are into buying and selling fine arts and antique pieces, this mobile app is for you. It is created by a team of appraisers and auction-house specialists that assess paintings, furniture, jewelry and other decorative items based on the images sent by the users in the mobile app. Notable items you can find in the app includes creations from George Nakashima, Paul Stankard and David A. Leffel.

BrightNest

Homeowners having a hard time keeping up with the maintenance tasks in their homes would love this application. This app acts as a personal reminder of your regular maintenance at home. Maintenance tips can be also read in the applications feeds.

Autodesk Homestyler

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With one app, one can practically experiment with a layout and place high-quality rendered models of furniture, light fixtures and even rugs into a room. There are also several photos available in the application’s library where one can get inspiration and ideas for their home renovation and decorating activities. Design professional can use this app to create their own design as well.

The conceptualization process of home designing is getting fun and easier thanks to the several development and applications available in this line of interest.

Compelling Reasons to Live a Minimalist Lifestyle

In a generation with people that prides itself in the accumulation of things, but has forgotten what it really means to live, minimalism may just be the solution. Contrary to what most people think, minimalism isn’t simply getting rid of stuff. It is way more than that. The true highlight of minimalism is actually not on the elimination of clutter, but on the focus on the more important things in life – your health, your hobbies, and your family. If you are in doubt of following the path to a minimalist life, these reasons should compel you to start being a minimalist today.

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It Gives You More Room for What’s More Important

Just because you are doing a lot of stuff each day doesn’t mean you are productive. It doesn’t even mean that all of you are activities are important. In fact, if you take time to evaluate your activities, you will realize that most are not really that necessary and ones that you can live without. The main benefit of minimalism is that it gives you more room for the more important things in life. By enumerating the things that can be considered excess in your life and getting rid of them, you can have more time for worthwhile activities such as improving your health and spending more time with your family.

Many people think that working overtime is productive, or that spending time shopping for stuff will make them happier. Real productivity and happiness, however, comes in having enough time not just for work, but for yourself and for your family as well. If you leave work last every day, but can’t find time for your kids, that’s not productivity. If you are spending time buying stuff, but don’t have time for your hobbies and for your health, that’s not productivity either.

It Eliminates the Clutter Caused by Excess Stuff and Activities

Having a lot of stuff at home doesn’t mean that one is materialistic. You can have nothing at all and still think about material things all the time. What minimalism does is that it helps you get rid of what is excess or what is causing clutter in your life. It may be an activity that’s taking a lot of your time such as sitting in front of your computer and checking your emails or checking what your friends are up to at the moment. These things are not bad, but they have a tendency to cause clutter. By deciding to live a minimalist lifestyle, you can allocate your time more effectively and reduce clutter at home or at work.

It Gives You More Freedom

The desire to have more is like an anchor that can weigh you down, because the more you accumulate things, the more you will crave for additional stuff. The less you have and the less you do, the more freedom you have to do what’s really essential.

It Gives You Peace of Mind

The thing about accumulating a lot of things and engaging in a lot of activities is that it causes your mind to focus on several things at once. When your mind is full, it is difficult to have peace and quiet. On the contrary, if your mind is focused only on a few important things, the more it will have room for Zen and peace.

It Gives You Happiness

The purpose of living is to be happy, and that is the main goal of minimalism. Many people think that having more stuff and engaging in more activities will make them happy, but when you talk about true happiness, less is always more. The fewer things you have, the fewer things you will have to worry about. The less time you spend on unnecessary activities, the more time you will have doing what you love to do.