Great Home Interior Design Ideas for those on a Budget

Who does not want a lovely home with beautiful decors and wonderful interiors? Perhaps only a hermit would want to keep his dwelling as austere as possible. You, on the other hand, would want to keep your place nice and charming – very conducive for living. Unfortunately, a lot of people are afraid of updating their interior design because of the dreaded costs of redecorating their living space. However, this is not actually true because there are many great ideas that could help you beautify your room without you having to sacrifice your budget.

Here are some great home interior design ideas that you may follow if you want to rev up a room that has been having the same look for ages.

– Reorganize your furniture. By changing the positions of your furniture, your room can achieve an entirely new look. Try changing the angles of fixtures or pulling them away from where they are now to update the dimension and look of the room.

– Paint your walls. Paint can come quite cheaply nowadays, and you can totally change the look of a room by painting the walls. You can make the change so radical, that it would really become a great transformation. You may even just some accents like straight lines, or stencil patterns to enhance the appearance of boring walls. You will be surprised as to how great the possibilities can be.

– Let Mother Nature in. You can freshen up any room by bringing plants. This can also help freshen the air as well as plants are known to filter the atmosphere. If you do not have time to take care of plants, then you could have artificial leaves and flowers. Having a touch of green makes the room so much pleasing to the eyes.

– Add a simple rug. Area rugs can create a soft touch in a room. A rug can add a piece for the eye to look at, making a very boring room more interesting to look at. Look for brilliant colors that still complement the motif of the room for that jazzy accentuation.

– Hang mixed frames on your wall. A picture frame collage could spice up any naked wall. Picture frames also add a sense of coziness and warmth especially if they contain photos of your loved ones.

– Change bathroom fixtures and fittings. You do not really have to remodel your entire bathroom to achieve a new look. You can just change the faucets or the flush handles, you can add some vanity lights or mirrors, and you would witness a dramatic change in your bathroom.

– Add new lamps. Bringing in light to any room adds warmth and a glowing presence that can make a gloomy room become full of life. Use interesting shades if you want something trendy.

– Replace the pulls and knobs of your closets. Just like with bathrooms, you do not really have to change fixtures to change a room’s look. Just change the handles and knobs of your cabinets and you can totally transform the entire room. You could go modern and use chrome or stainless steel; you may also go classic by installing brass or bronze.

– If you have the budget, install new wallpaper. Just like, paint, wallpapers can really update the look of your room. Nothing is crisper than a newly wallpapered wall. If you do not have enough money to wallpaper the entire room, you can just put wall paper borders to add interesting accents to your living space.

Decorating your home need not be expensive. With these great home interior design ideas, you can make your house as good as new.

Home Interior Design Plans For the Elderly Person’s Bed Sit

Having an elderly relative living in your home can often benefit the whole family. The cost of professional care is becoming beyond the reach of many and, for the older person, living with an extended family can provide continued interest, security and the best possible care. The accommodation of an older family member within the home, it has to be admitted, is potentially fraught, but with some thought and patient planning it shouldn’t be too disruptive.

Home Interior Design Tips For Elderly People

The room you choose for the older person will, ideally, be at ground level so as to minimize difficult journeys and should if possible allow space for more than just sleeping. If it also has a large window with an interesting view, this should make your decision easy. The provision of areas for relaxing, bathing, cooking and dining will allow the senior citizen to remain active and somewhat independent from the rest of the household – a situation that is likely to suit both parties.

Dividing these areas of activity (by employing screens, curtains or items of furniture) is important for the occupant so that he/she can appreciate the changes in his/her day and can entertain without private areas being on view.

Designing a room or bed-sit for an older person is best achieved by placing yourself in that person’s shoes and by thinking through how to compensate for the possible limitations imposed upon their lifestyle. You don’t want to be too pessimistic, but it also pays to plan for days when the person’s capacities could be reduced. Some of the more obvious provisions are:

  • A comfortable, easy access chair for the room occupant and seating for guests.
  • Bright lighting to help cope with failing sight. Wall and ceiling-fixed lights plus well-weighted table and floor-standing lamps are suitable. A switch by the bedside is helpful, as is a low-wattage light that can be left on overnight. Remember to highlight any changes in floor level. Perhaps also consider positioning sockets and switches nearer to hand height.
  • Warmth – older people generally like (and need) warmer room temperatures than the young. Central heating radiators and open fires need to be easily accessed and controlled and suitably guarded.
  • Storage at an easily accessed level and with openings that are not too difficult to operate.
  • The elimination of all sharp comers for safety reasons, and the removal of any electrical cables that could be tripped over. A smoke alarm is another wise precaution.
  • In the bathroom, it’s a good idea to install grab rails around the bath and/or shower and perhaps a lockable mirrored wall cabinet. You might also like to consider fitting an ‘engaged’ door sign rather than a lock. Mixer taps and an electric temperature controlled shower will help better manange water temperature.
  • Curtains on a corded track, operated from the side, to ease opening and closing.
  • Non-slip floor covering and well-attached loose coverings. A fitted carpet of the type that can be easily cleaned is ideal.

The decoration of the room in a familiar style (most likely to be traditional) and the incorporation of existing possessions will help to make the elderly person feel quickly at home. Inviting them to make decoration choices will involve them further. Pretty patterns and cheerful colors will do much to lift their mood and the addition of plants and even a pet will bring life to the room.

In addition certain electrical gadgets, such as remote control for lights and curtains, could well smooth the life of an elderly person.

Real Estate Development – Ways to Avoid Costly Mistakes During Property Development Construction!

Once the building contractor is on site and the project is underway – it really is an amazing feeling when you start to see your real estate development project start coming up out of the ground.

Where a developer is planning to sell some or all of the units, marketing activity starts the moment finance is secured. The construction phase is usually the most expensive, therefore we carefully manage the project during this stage.

We schedule regular site meetings with our Building Contractor, typically every week or two, to discuss any queries or potential problems and we make sure our Building Contractor has fulfilled their Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) obligations fully.

Remember that it’s the Building Contractor (not the Owner or the Architect) who represent themselves as the expert on erecting buildings. Therefore it’s never a good idea to tell the Building Contractor how to build the building instead we instruct the builder as to the desired result to be achieved, not how to achieve it.

We pay our Building Contractor progressively, either monthly or at the completion of each scheduled construction stage, using draw-downs from the construction loan.

It is not unusual for the Building Contractor’s claim for completed works to vary from their schedule so it is important to make payments only to the value of the completed work.

Some real estate developers appoint an independent building inspector to review the quality and amount of work at each progress payment stage as this sends a message to the Building Contractor to be on the ball. This could be your Architect or you can find a good Building Inspector from the Master Builders Association in your area.

We try not to make changes after construction has started, as they usually end up being costly, and delay the completion date. If changes are necessary to the original contract scope of works or finishes, we request the Building Contractor advise us in writing what the variation to the original contract sum and the delay time will be so we can approve it BEFORE he makes any changes.

Before the handover at final completion, we have a joint inspection of the project with our Building Contractor (we also recommend with the architect and/or building inspector present). A list is made of all the defects and problems that need to be fixed by the builder before the building is officially handed over.

Simply, the developer’s aim under the contract with the building contractor, is to produce the designed building on time, within budget and at the quality standard that has been specified.

Therefore, during the construction stage, it is essential that a savvy developer (or their appointed project manager) monitor the progress and cost of the construction work to ensure that the project is delivered on-schedule and on-budget.

Any time extension from the plan/schedule or variation in cost will potentially affect the profitability of the property development project.

The building contract generally will detail the developers/owners responsibilities. Depending on the contract chosen, these responsibilities will typically include:

* to ensure adequate access to the building site

* to pay progress payments promptly

* to insure the completed project, after practical completion

DELAYS AND EXTENSIONS OF TIME

These are many reasons why delays occur during the construction stage, causing the late completion of the project. Many of these reasons are outside of the contractors control and some of the most common of these include:

* bad weather

* a delay in receiving necessary information from the developer or the consultants

* technical problems

* industrial disputes

Most standard building contracts will allow the builder to clain an “Extension of Time”, for delays caused by factors outside of their control. The practical effect of these extensions is to adjust the Completion Date that was agreed in the contract.

However, where the building contractor is responsible for the delays, either through a lack of programming or for any other reason, the building contract will frequently include for the payment of Liquidated Damages to the developer.

In these circumstances, where the project is delayed beyond the Completion Date noted in the contract, allowing for any extensions of time, the final payments to the contractor will be adjusted for liquidated damages, in the amounts stated in the contract, for each day the completion is delayed.

RISKS DURING CONSTRUCTION FOR A DEVELOPER

As the construction phase is usually the most expensive stage of the entire property development process, and the period that a developer will typically have the greatest negative cash-flow, we continue to carefully manage the project during this stage.

The construction stage can have the greatest potential effect on the final construction cost and the timing of the project. As even short delays or relatively small changes in the cost of the construction can have a detrimental effect on the profitability of the project we recognise this stage as a time of potentially significant risk to the development project.

The risks, during the construction stage, that we are particularly conscious of include:

* the contractor is unable to complete the project

* the completion of the construction is delayed

* the costs of the construction increases significantly

* unacceptable standard of building work