Bringing your dream home to life is a thrilling process, but it can also be overwhelming due to the complexity. While home design shows such as Netflix's Dream Home Makeover make it seem like it takes approximately 45 minutes to renovate an entire house, the reality is that there are many considerations to factor in throughout the renovation process.
To help make the process easier, theTatler Homes editorial team has gathered their top tips to keep in mind as you transform your new abode.
1. Lighting matters
I’m a big fan of natural light in a home and believe it can change the mood of a house. So one tip before embarking on your renovation is to seriously consider the amount of natural light your home receives. Ask yourself if you need to add or relocate more windows or openings such as full-length doors to the space and if so, what kind and if that’s structurally feasible. Or perhaps you may need to seal up some windows, especially if it lets in too much light and heats up an area too much.
Also consider what you’ll be using the window for. If you have a killer view to highlight, choose a fixed (or picture) window for an unobstructed perspective. Louvers or casement windows that open fully are ideal if you want to encourage air-circulation or cross-ventilation. Lastly, maintenance is also a factor so before you decide on materials for your window frame, it’s wise to gauge how much time you are willing to spend on keeping them in good shape. Wooden frames have a rustic charm but need to scraped and painted periodically while vinyl is virtually maintenance-free.
—Jennifer Choo, Editor-in-Chief, Tatler Homes Malaysia