Back-to-basics home improvement

PWPainting walls in pastel green or blue gives a refreshing appearance. Consider also using wicker, jute or wooden containers (below) in the bathroom l Image Credit: Supplied

Whether you’re starting from scratch or simply updating an existing layout, you would require inspiration and information to execute your ideas. From planning and layout to fixtures, fittings, décor and details, everything has to come together to deliver the quality and look you’re looking for. Home improvement presents people with unique opportunities to get creative.

When it comes to redesigning a home, whether it’s for ideological, economic and environmental concerns or for plain fun, people have started to embrace elements of old-fashioned ideas. Such practices are predominant in cities and suburban areas, and they’ve particularly caught on with younger generations as well. The idea is to go back to basics and do things the right way.

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Regular painting protects the timber windows and doors. The wood siding should be repainted every three to seven years, or stained approximately every four years. Aluminium siding can go about five years between paint jobs, while stucco can last five to six years. Newer types of materials, however, require less frequent touch-ups. For example, cement fibreboard siding should need painting only once in 10-15 years. If treated with care against the rotting effects of water and the drying effects of sunlight, door and windows will last longer.

If you’re looking for cost-effective solutions, draught-proof your doors and windows to save energy. Self-adhesive rubber stripping will make your home draught-free and comfortable during the winter months.

In summer, villa and apartment owners should do away with heavy, dark-coloured rugs, which retain heat, and go back to floorboards. Additionally, if possible, paint the walls in pastel green or blue for a refreshing appearance. Another simple upgrade, which can make your house look bigger, fresher and decidedly more inviting, is lighting. Install hidden LED lights at the top of the units in the kitchen to make it look contemporary and also energy-efficient. Use of LED bulbs inside the home also helps home-owners to save electricity, maintain inside temperature and save money on replacement costs.

Get creative with your visible and concealed storage options. Keep dry goods, bathroom accessories and other paraphernalia in wicker, jute, bamboo or similarly interesting containers so that they are more accessible and pleasurable to use.

Remove heavy layers from the windows and furnishings to get your home summer ready. While the heavy velvet curtains are great to keep the winter chill out of your home, for summer all you need is yards of floaty muslin or jewel-bright silk fabrics.

Work out a budget before you start making your home improvement. You can start with just Dh500 and change the curtains, or spend around Dh4,000 to change the wallpapers, lighting, curtains, carpets and rugs to give your house a total facelift. You can also transform the look of your home with rendering or re-cladding in timber or tiles, a simple but highly effective way to give villa or apartment walls a new look.

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In the end, I would like to mention that when it comes to decorating or designing, some people are born with a great eye. Others learn the skill and are able to apply it successfully. However, if you don’t have much of a knack for design, seek services of professionals to do the job. As of today, reputed home décor retailers in the region provide 3D designing services for free and they would certainly make your life easier the next time you decide to revamp your house.

Source: Adel Sajan, Special to Property WeeklyPW


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