Need a Renovation? Don’t Be Scared, Just Do It Right

The idea of renovating your house is probably pretty terrifying to you. If you’ve ever gone through a renovation project before you know how miserable they can be, and you know how expensive the end result is.

However, there are times when a renovation project really is essential. The costs don’t have to bury you and eat a hole in your savings account either.


Use this guide to help you learn more about how to renovate your home in a way that will get you the results you want without the stress, headaches and huge debt most people encounter.

Know Your Home

When you decide that it’s time for a renovation the first thing you should do isn’t to knock down the wall you’ve hated for the last 10 years. What you really need to do is to take the time to figure out what you like about your home and what you want to preserve.

For example, most homeowners don’t realize that they really like certain small parts of their house and that they want to make the rest look that way. Maybe you have a bright, airy kitchen that you love spending time in. Maybe you have a den with wood-lined walls that feels like a hunting lodge.

Whatever you love, take the time to figure it out. You’ll be able to communicate better what it is you really want to accomplish before the renovation project actually begins.

Give Yourself Time to Think

Renovations don’t have to happen overnight even if you feel like they do. Instead, give yourself time to think about your plans and what you really want.

In most cases, just giving yourself 30 days before calling a contractor will do just fine.

Always Get References!

When you start looking for a company to handle your renovation project the first that you need to do is ask around for some references. Most people have friends, neighbors or co-workers that they trust who have had a remodel or renovation in the past few years. Ask them to pass along a phone number or business card.

You’ll also want to go online and look for a company with a good reputation like Knockout Renovation in your area. No matter who you pick, you want to make sure that other people who have worked with them in the past recommend their work.

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Develop a Vintage Inspired Interior

If your house is on the older side and you’d like to preserve its originality while still restoring it, the best thing to do is to create a vintage inspired interior. Through a series of steps you can transform a charming home and make it glow from the inside out. Then you’ll be happy to invite friends and family members over to show off a beautiful home full of plenty of charm.

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Surface Renovations – Allow the windows and leather sofas from SofaSofa in all of your interiors to become a focal point and don’t be afraid to tear out the original carpet and wallpaper. Replace the carpet with either wood flooring or something similar and implement wallpaper that will work well with a vintage inspired theme. Think of rustic woods, ruby linens, and woven grasses for charming textures that will continue the vintage inspired appeal.

Dining Room Regal Elegance – Replace a standard chair rail and an old brass chandelier for something regal and elegant, such as a modern chandelier and graceful candle sticks. If you really want your dining room to shine, keep the décor understated and allow the chandelier to become a focal point in a dining room with beautiful table settings and other simplistic décor pieces.

Beautiful Bookcases – A vintage interior isn’t complete without bold and beautiful bookcases to provide the perfect amount of charisma. Find a deep bookcase that will hold a lot of books and organize them by color, so that it will look unique and stand out. For a vintage touch try wrapping a few darker books in white linen or stack your vintage books on top of one another, creating a classic rainbow that will truly stand out.

Fireplace Grandeur – A fireplace is meant to be grand, so if you are stuck with a fireplace from 1912 that has old brass fireplace doors, consider completely taking the fireplace out and replacing it with a modern yet vintage design. If you care to keep the fireplace in its original state, add a mantel place over top of it, which will detract from the older looking design and instead elongate the drab piece. Adding a mantel will also develop a focal point with symmetrical décor pieces that will no doubt sparkle on top of the mantel.

Enjoy preserving a piece of history in your home by looking to vintage designs that will add something unique to your space. Keep just enough of the original décor pieces and structure to remind you of the historic value, but look forward to adding the right amount of vintage elegance to your home as well.

Sierra is a freelance writer and owner of Paige One and she happens to love vintage décor. She owns several vintage pieces and love implementing them into a space.