Design Tips for a Modern Home

More and more people are carrying out their own home renovations, either to try and save money or to ensure the finished design looks exactly how they envisioned it.

However, without extensive design or building experience, this can be a daunting task.

If you are looking to design your dream home, here are some useful tips to ensure your vision becomes a reality.

Work with what you have got 
Before starting any renovation work, it is important to think about what you have in place already. If you are adding an extension to your home, this should fit in with what is already there.

An extension that looks out of place is not aesthetically pleasing and is more likely to fall foul to planning laws.

This extends to what is inside the home.

Your home should flow from room to room. Dramatic changes in materials or appearance can be jarring and could spoil the effect you want from your renovation.

Renovation should complement the existing appearance and structure of the home.

Put a budget in place 
The budget is one of the most important parts of any renovation project.

The amount of money you have to spend will determine many things, such as:


  • Materials used
  • The scale of the project
  • Deadlines
  • Once the budget has been decided, you should ensure you stick to it.


Many ambitious design projects can end up over budget, but deciding the budget early on should help ensure that yours does not.

Be flexible 
While you should try to stick to your budget, this may not always be possible. Try to make sure there is enough flexibility in the budget to account for delays, necessary repairs and any required changes to materials.

Reflect your personality 
Unless you are renovating a property to sell, you will live with the design for potentially many years.

That is why you should ensure that any changes reflect your personality.

If you want a simple, minimalist home, you should consider installing underfloor heating. This can provide comfortable warmth, without the need for radiators.

Having an invisible heat source will fit in perfectly with a minimalist design.

Alternatively, you can retain traditional central heating and fit it with a minimalist home design if you would prefer.

A wall mounted glass radiator is much more sleek and stylish than traditional radiators. The smooth design also means there are fewer surfaces for dust to cling to, resulting in a healthier home.

Whatever you go for in the end, make sure you think carefully about all your design choices. This will ensure you get the design you want for an amount that fits your budget.