Home Interior Design And Renovation Process Guidelines

Get your new home key yet have no clues on the process of engaging an interior designer and how is the interior design fee charges?

Here is a brief guidelines so you can make up decisions to what extent you need an interior designer’s assistance and how much you can save either while engaging their design services.

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As shown on the table above, there are basically 5 phases of interior design and renovation process.

If you value your time more than design fee you paid out, by engaging an interior designer to manage the works for whole process, you will get a hand free design renovation experience and spend your valued time on other productive business.

Ways to Save Design Fee yet still having good interior design outcome

While if you wish to save some, by understanding the scope of works involve in these 5 design stages, you can actually involve yourself on some of the works and engage the interior designer only for the works that needs their utmost design professional inputs.

A simple way is by engaging interior designer only for the schematic design phase and make your own efforts coordinating with contractors and suppliers during the construction tender and implementation phases.

As the essential key in the whole design renovation process is to made sure you have the right space planning layout and interior design scheme that suits your needs, lifestyle and budget. 

For the works involved in design development and detail documentation phases, if your contractors has experience and ability to translate the proposed design scheme into actual build ups, they can actually come out with necessary information and drawings for your confirmation before commence their relevant renovation works.

You can always engage your designers for some additional works on design development and detail drawings shall your contractors unable to provide that.

By doing this, you can save up to 70% comparably if engage a full interior design services.

What can Getinteriordesignonline asists you to acheive your interior design goals

  • you save some design fee and spend these saving for better renovation materials and craftmanship.
  • you can choose and refine your preferred interior design scheme in the first hand before engaging a contractor
  • By showing our design drawings to contractors will enable them to give you a more accurate quotations.
  • You can easily make comparison and clarification on submitted renovation costs from different contractors, as they are quoted based on the same design.

 

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15 Affordable tips and tricks for home design renovation

Affordable way for beautiful home interior design

Here are some more tips and tricks to get budget home renovation nicely done without blowing our bank.

Do refer back to previous page for earlier 7 cost effective ways to have a nice home design before continuing reading this article.

8. Less build ins more ready made loose furniture

Many of us like full height build ins cabinets as they are good storage solutions that make full use of the vertical wall area.

Yet, we always recommend to keep the build ins cabinet or feature wall to minimum. Apart from its comparably higher cost than loose furniture, build ins tend to occupy many space and make rooms feel smaller.

Loose furniture has advantages of portability, flexibility in layout arrangement and adaptability on it functions for occasional event usages.

We advise to keep build ins options for kitchen and wardrobe. These build ins will pre define the space planning of our home layout most of the time. Then with carefully selection of various types, colours and design styles of loose furniture to complement with them into a well blending design scheme.

9. Curtain as divider

This might not appear in everyone mind, but sliding curtain can be a good tool for space divider!

It is cheaper compare to build in partition, yet it can be easily slide in and out to define how long we want it to divide our space.

Imagine curtain can be half way slides out to become cabinet divider, it can also be fully slide out to separate single big space into two functional areas. This is especially suitable for turning study room into temporary bedroom when there are overnight guests.

10. Wallpaper as wall defining tool

Yes, wallpaper ! no doubt for us how easy and affordable wallpaper can instantly turn our regular rooms into a whole new beautiful world.

Most of the wallpaper is done with lining paper that has a regular repeating pattern design with different surface texture. It styles differently from the country it originated like Korea, Italy, German, Japan, etc.

We recommend apply wallpaper to portion or full area of single wall in a room or area instead of cover them to all walls. Wallpaper can be a good tool helps to define or re focus the essential wall within interior room.

11. Wall mural as Feature Wall

Wall mural has similar advantages like wallpaper. It is printed on lining paper with full blown graphic design or photographic digitally without repetitive pattern compare to wallpaper.

Due to this character, wall mural is good design material to turn a full plain wall into visually appealing feature wall inside our home especially in living room, dining area, bedroom and study area.

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Take a look what is offered here on Juzstick Wall Mural.

12. Timber lamination or vinyl floor

Floor covering is the second major surface after interior walls that has significant effects on the overall design and ambiance of a house interior design.

If cost is our budget concerns, we suggest considering a timber lamination or vinyl floor if we are planning replace our existing floor surface. They are easily installed and can cover existing floor surface without major hacking works.

Nowadays, these floor materials has come with wide options of surface texture, colours and patterns in a low price that can blend into our home design scheme with a good sense of colour matching.

13. Designer furniture and lighting fixture

Don’t underestimate the design effects when you purchase loose items like table, chair, storage cabinet, lighting fixture during home renovation sessions. A suitable selections of designer furniture and lighting fixture can take our home design into next level.

We don’t need much of these designer’s collections as they tend to be expensive although it is worthy and well spend for sure. 1 to 3 nos of these will sufficient for a complete and trendy room design.

14. Personal collection as decor pieces

Don’t put your personal collections you hunt from traveling trips into just a single display cabinet. But treat them as decoration pieces and spread them in different areas in the house. Remember to sort them into groups base on its styles and sizes for different rooms.

By doing this, you will find your home more intimate and belonging as every areas fill with memories of our life journey. This will create a better conversation sources too next time our beloved guests knock on our door.

15. Plants

Do put natural plant into your shopping list during our home design brain storming process.

Our earth need more green and plants can bring in lively freshness into our home living without much efforts.

When selecting suitable plants for our home, take note on different type of plant containers like ceramic pot, glass vases, hanging basket, sewing bag that will have different visual effects on how its appears on interior space.

Finally, thanks for stay with us on this long article, hope it help you much.

Do look around our online interior design website here at Getinteriordesignonline.com , there will be design inspirations you can get over here and we will update them periodically.

15 Cost effective tips and tricks for home design

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A good looking and comfortable home budget interior design is everyone’s wish lists.

We wanted to share some tips and trick on various ways to achieve this with affordable home make over.

1. Minimum structure alteration to attain a better house layout

Interior space planning and furniture arrangement is always the first thing you need to look into when embark on new home renovation works. As house layout will determine how we live into the home living and how we carry out our daily household activities.

It is normal we reach a point decide to tear down some existing building structure or walls and planing new building extensions to accommodate our daily household needs for wet kitchen, laundry yard, larger bedrooms.

Yet this involve a lot of renovation cost and time that might not match our comfortable zone.

Our advise is always try to minimize these structure alterations by cleverly made adjustment of existing structure with diy storage add ons likes wall shelving.

Eventually, extend only the areas you needs desperately by focusing on the extra functions and living space enhancements these new extension will bring but not merely on its build up size.

Keep in mind, larger room don’t unnecessary better and comfortable. Small room have an advantage of easy maintenance, space intimacy, better household activities environment as most things are within our convenient hand reach.

2. Maximize usage of vertical wall area

No doubt, the most effective and cheap storage solutions is make good use of every inches of your wall space with wide variety of ready made storage items such as wall Shelf, wire wall grid, wall organizer, steel rods, wall hooks.

We can nowadays have lots of sources from home online shopping portals and local art flea markets, get the colours and sizes that fits your home design. These affordable storage items can increase the storage functions of existing areas and reduce the expensive room extensions you needs.

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3. Think DIY if you can

Some of the storage items writen above can be easilly do it yourself that will further reduce the renovation cost. A simple google search will get you lots of household diy projects not only limited to storage items but furniture and interior decorations too.

Don’t forget DIY on IKEA or MUJI valuable products, look for great diy article like 22 smart ikea hacks for your lovely house and diy site like ikeahackers.net

4. Wall painting

Not a secret, wall painting is the cheapest way that can instantly transform the look and feel of any rooms.

There are few points we need to consider when choosing wall paint. We recommend using water base paint also if possible low voc eco friendly paint that keeps our living environment healthy like Murabond paint 

Yes, why don’t trying some wall painting diy techniques like this sharing wall painting ideas from easyliving.my?

5. Fabric Textile elements

Pillow, sofa throw or bedspread can make a good complement to interior colour scheme.

A combination of pillows and sofa throw in various colours and patterns can make a mono colour scheme rooms looks lively. While a subtle grey tone bedspread otherwise can neutralize a busy bedroom.

6. Rug

Rug can be used to achieve similar effects to fabric textile but on the floor. Sometimes instead of replacing tremendous existing floor tile with timber floor to get the warm ambiance we want, a simple placement of rug with suitable size, colour and pattern can get the job done.

Keep in mind to experience personal touch feeling of different fabric materials like nylon, polypropylene, acrylic, polyester, wool, or cotton that has different characters and softness to individual liking.

7. Art painting and graphic picture frame

Always been ignore by many, fine art paintings or graphic printed picture is a good decoration tools that can be an alternative for carpentry feature wall panels.

Art painting considered cheaper while more flexible as we can re position them from rooms to rooms, or re composite them with other graphic prints to form a wall gallery.

We can get a printed version of original art printing nowadays in most art gallery. Do take a look what we have here also that is hand painted art painting that remain its intuitive texture of artist broke stroke.

More interior design decoration tips and tricks continue reading next article here

How to make a home renovation budget?

malaysian home renovation budget

Did you always worry running out of budget for your home renovation?

Can you achieve what you intend to do with current cash on hand?

Here are some tips that you should keep in mind while budgeting your upcoming renovation:

1. Prioritize your budget

Always put your budget first and foremost for main building or interior layout re structural, M&E service works, floor, wall and ceiling finishing. These are the essential building elements we will find most troublesome to do once we settle in the home living after the completion of initial renovation works.

After the main budget is allocated for these important elements, we can then consider how we can enhance our home design to other secondary elements such as appliances, curtain & blinds, build ins [ kitchen, wardrobe, feature wall ] and loose furniture.

Getting ready extra electrical point, copper and discharge pipe for air condition, power points for cooker hod, exhausted hood and refrigerator, tv, astro, telephone points and even speaker audio wiring. You will find no regret after you have done this in initial renovation phase.

Remember, secondary elements likes build ins and loose furniture can always be there next time you have savings for them.

2. Do it step by step

There is no word that everyone has to carry out their renovation only once. In fact, most people will discover new ideas and different intimate needs after they actually live into and get familiar with their living environment.

So why don’t get the building layout done correctly first, live in and let the inspirations come in. Your home is your living haven, we spend more than 10 hours a day here, the better you care for the better it will fit your living.

Talk to your designer or contractor, they will willing to assist you to achieve your renovation goals phase by phase.

3. Get help from designer periodically

Yes, tell your designer your exact current budget, intact ideas and renovation intentions in mind, mention to them you want to carry out the works step by step if you running out of budget.

It is not necessary to engage interior designer for their full services. Pay your designer for a better interior layout and design scheme. Getting the main building and interior re- structural and M&E works done first.

Then move in and live in your new home. Keep exploring new ideas and discover the good and bad points from your daily living while saving for next renovation budget.

You can always seek your designer’s helps for design scheme on room by room on the next renovations.

Along the way, you will find it is a fun journey to make your sweet home much complete step by step.