A home ought to be both a sanctuary and a personal statement, all rolled into a straightforward, functional package. It should be comfortable and classy, able to accommodate a restful weekday evening and an eventful weekend night. But too often homes are cobbled together hastily, neglected in favour of a hectic schedule, and never given the proper attention they deserve. And then there’s the other main obstacle, of course, which is money – renovations can cost a good amount of cash to be completed in a basic way, let alone in a thorough, classy manner.
This article is going to look at home renovations as though money wasn’t an issue; think of it as a sort of aspirational guide to home renos, one that’s here if you want to renovate your home after winning the lottery or scoring that major raise you’ve been gunning for. Renovations are separated broadly into three categories: the basics that you need for your house to function properly; the aesthetic embellishments you can add to turn your home into a sophisticated personal statement; and the luxury features you can add on to make your home a complete dream home.
Think of these categories as tiers of necessity – if you’ve come into a small amount of money, tackle the first category. If you’ve come into a lot, tackle the second. And if you win the lottery, go ahead and tackle the third category!
These basics can be some of the most expensive, but they’re the most necessary. If your house has foundational issues, if the roof is leaking, or if the plumbing is suffering some congestion, work on those first. As a baseline, your home should function properly. No damage that could seriously affect its value or affect your wellbeing. If money is no object, go ahead and invite the plumber, the electrician, the roofer, etc. to come in and make sure that you have a happily functioning, livable house. That’s the basics.
Here’s where you get to have a bit of fun, and where the real “renovations” – as they’re commonly thought of – begin. This can be broken down further into four categories: physical space, room design, colour and light.
If money is no object, then considering physical space is a simple matter of optimizing your home for traffic flow, sightlines and openness. For this, hiring a design consultant can make a great difference. Essentially, you’re looking at what divisions should be there, and which ones can be torn down to facilitate a better sense of movement within the house. Are you going for a more modern, open concept, or are you dealing with a more classical home, where smaller rooms can add a sense of bespoke charm. It’s all case-by-case. You’re also looking at maximizing storage space (or, to put it in inverse terms, minimizing cluttered space), which could mean sectioning off – or even adding to your home, since money is no issue – storage rooms.
Next comes room design. You’ll want to work with an interior designer to decide on a colour palette, design flourishes, and a style you want to evoke. You don’t want to go “all in” on a single colour, lest your home end up looking too uniform and precious, but you want complimentary colours to create a sense of unity. For flourishes, consider the style you’re evoking – if, for instance, you’re going for a more industrial look, you might want a cast iron basin in your kitchen, reclaimed wood or copper accents; if you’re going for a Scandinavian mid-century design, your living room might work around a few choice, teak pieces of furniture. The style will probably dictate, to a certain extent, both the colour palette and the design flourishes, which is why it’s important to consult a design expert.
And then there was light! If money is no object, go ahead and let that natural light in by installing large bay windows or skylights. From there, consider the three main types of lighting: ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting. Ambient lighting is the basic, uniform illumination that brightens everything, whereas task lighting targets a specific room and accent lighting targets a particular design feature. Having a smart mix of the three can create a layered, sophisticated lighting setup that brings out the most in both the basic space and room design.
Adding Some Luxury
Finally, this is where you want to throw around your money. Add a Jacuzzi in the bathroom, a hot tub out back, a home theatre in the living room, and a brand new, gas-range stove in the kitchen. These are the type of over-the-top features that require a lot of money, but hey, this article is supposed to be about what you would do if money were no option. Consider what brings you bliss – whether it’s a quiet bath or a blaring sound system – and add features according to preference.
Depending on the kind of money you have, you can either do basic, aesthetic or luxury renovations. When tackling the basics, you want to ensure that everything is in working order and the value of your house isn’t compromised; when tackling aesthetics, you want to create a space that’s stylistically unified and well-lit; and when tackling luxury, really, the sky is the limit. Ask your boss for a raise, or buy a few lottery tickets. Your dream house may be more attainable than you think.