When you’re starting from scratch with a house, it’s hard to know where to begin. Trust me, I spend hours and hours looking at layouts trying to figure out how best to optimize the space. But even after that step you can be at a loss when it comes to selecting finishes. After renovating multiple homes over the last year some things have come easier and I have “go-to’s” in the design process. However, each house is different for us and the design is also that way! There’s nothing cookie cutter about these homes, so the design can’t be either.
So that brings us to a few helpful tips I’d like to share with you. If you are ever lucky enough to rebuild a house from scratch these might come in handy. It’s a lot of work but truly an amazing experience.
- Select your lighting and flooring first. When you’re starting from the ground up yes it’s always good to have some inspiration photos on hand, but when it comes to execution of those ideas I’ve found it’s always best to start with selecting the flooring. I find this to be true especially with selecting bathroom tile that fits into my design and price range. It’s very easy to go over budget in this area, so shopping around and finding deals help! You may notice by pictures of our homes that I always try to find statement light fixtures. I feel that lighting can change a space dramatically. In an open space like our Shady Creek Ranch, we added multiple can lights to brighten the space however it didn’t over power the visual look of the space. We then went for large focal light fixtures for the kitchen and dining area to draw the eye into the space.
- Matching too much can get you in a design rut. Whether it’s with cabinets, textiles, paint color or fixtures, don’t stick to just one design or color. Mix it up! Having variety in the design will allow you to make changes down the road to one room at a time without it looking too different from the other spaces. Be eclectic. If you love a piece and it speaks to you, use it in your home.
- Create an outdoor element that is functional yet adds to the curb appeal. Our 10th street cottage had a lack luster screened in porch when we bought it. Living in the neighborhood we knew how nice it would be to open that space up and have the ability to talk with neighbors as they go by. Wanting to have that space be more of a social aspect lead us to adding an exterior ceiling fan and open porch railing. It also made the house much more welcoming!