Based on our professionals’ experience in the renovation industry, on average, home owners give their home a thorough makeover once every ten years.
Therefore, when home owners try to plan ahead for a project, they should think about what needs of theirs might arise in the coming ten years.
It is no easy task to imagine what one will need in ten years’ time. And ten years is only a minimum; some home owners might have to plan one and a half decades ahead.
‘When I plan for a renovation project, I often get too excited over realising my dream house, and quite unconsciously, neglect considerations of practicality and the more long-term mode of life,’ says our former student at Deco Academy.
What might happen in ten years’ time?
Take a newly-wed couple as an example.
For a married couple, ‘planning ahead for a long-term mode of life’ might entail assigning space in the house for a children’s room. A room for a domestic helper might also be necessary.
To newly-wed couples, having kids sounds like something so far away, so distant in the future. But unless home owners can afford to renovate their homes often, generally it is wiser to plan for a growing family.
If a newly-wed couple does not downright negate the possibility of having children, here are the things they should consider:
Some couples might not want to partition the space until they have a concrete plan of when to have children.
But before the renovation project commences, it would actually be good to have a solid plan of how the house might need to be partitioned in ten years’ time. For example, where and how big the nursery will be.
When thinking about how the house functions in the future, partitioning space for a nursery is only the basics.
When splitting a room into two separate, smaller rooms, home owners need to think about how many electrical sockets there are in the original room, as well as where these sockets are.
When the time comes, this effort will pay off, saving you money from rewiring the room.
A room for a domestic helper
Hong Kong parents often hire domestic helpers to take care of their children. If the domestic helper is going to share a room with the child, the partitioning design of the nursery will be different. Other parts of the flat might also have to change accordingly.
Decorative trends come and go…
Home owners should be aware of the fact that some decorative trends withstand time more than others.
Moreover, some ornamental items are easier to replace than others. For example, say, you are dying to have some leopard print decoration in your house. Instead of installing leopard wallpaper, removable items like carpet and posters are wiser choices indeed.
Some trends remain long-time favourites for a reason. Versatile styles like Minimalism and the Rustic style stay stylish longer than bold ones, for example, the Rococo style and the Industrial style.
Household needs and trends are the two things that change dramatically over time. When planning for a renovation project, think about how big your family will be in ten years’ time. Are you still going to love that animal print wallpaper five years later?
In conclusion, increasing flexibility remains one of the grand objectives of renovation for most families. It can save you so much hassle, as well as resources. And planning ahead is the only way to achieve this flexibility.