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Create a Sanctuary In Your Home by Maximizing Living Space With Your Contractor

Create a Sanctuary In Your Home by Maximizing Living Space With Your Contractor

Create a Sanctuary In Your Home by Maximizing Living Space With Your Contractor

Whether you’ve got an ultra-modern home in the middle of town or a cosy country cottage, one thing you always need is a comfortable, user friendly living room. It’s the place where you and your family can unwind and let go of the stresses and strains of the day, and somewhere you can all be together.

To make it a relaxing environment you need colours that you like on the walls, and a flooring choice that feels right for you. For some people, that’s soft wall-to-wall carpeting. For others, who like to know their relaxation room is also dust-free, a solid floor finish like wood or tiling will appeal more.

The shape and size of your sofa and armchairs are important, too. One of the most popular styles of chair in the shops at the moment are recliners – perfect for putting your feet up at the end of the day, and having your whole of your body supported in the process. Once you’ve sat in a recliner, then putting your feet up on the coffee table will never be the same again!

Many sofas now come with recliner sections, and you can choose whether all the seats recline, or more commonly, just the ones on the ends of the sofa. Some living rooms aren’t quite large enough to take recliners – as when they are in the recline position they do take up quite a lot of space. In this case a corner sofa might be a better option for you.

In a lot of homes, the living room also doubles up as the guest room, in which case a sofa bed is a great double purpose option. Check online for a sofa bed sale taking place near you and go and find one that’s a perfect fit for your home.

When you’ve sorted out your furniture, get some soft glow table lamps to complete the tranquil feeling in your new look living room.

Need some more living space at home? With so many people working from home these days, for many families their home has morphed into being an office as well as a place to relax and rest your head. If you do work from home, it can be really useful to dedicate a space to work – especially if you can somehow separate it from the rest of the home.

One way of doing this is by putting an all-singing, all-dancing shed in the garden. A shed with power, heating and a phone line! If that’s too much to ask, or your garden’s not big enough, the next best thing is to transform the spare room or maybe even the dining room into an office.

A lot of today’s houses have dining rooms that are so small you can barely fit a dining table and chairs in them, let alone anything else. It feels more like a box than a room to entertain in. If you have somewhere else that you can sit down to eat, like a dining kitchen, or a conservatory that is part of the house rather than feeling externalised, the ‘dining room’ often becomes a bit of a box room – used for storage but nothing else.

In that case, take a couple of days to go and choose some furniture suitable to work at – a desk or a table that you can put the pc on, and run a phone line point into the room too. While you’re at it, look at a sofa bed sale and see if you can find a two-seater sofa bed that will fit neatly into the same room. That way, you create a guest room and office at the same time. Cheap furniture today is so easily available, and the quality is reasonable, too, as long as you don’t go for bargain basement cheap!

You may have wondered what your contractor actually does. How do things seem to happen with little effort? Why are they always asking what do you want and when would you like done? Why does he have to explain how things are done?

Its all behind the scene.

You have probably wondered what your renovator actually does. All you see is that you have a few conversations, they put a proposal and budget together, you review and sign the contract, give up your Visa number, and then it just happens. It’s what you don’t see, that makes this process look easy – and the good contractors all make it look easy. You don’t see the many details that have to be looked after, before during and at the end of your project. All projects have some or all of the following issues, on some projects they can be dealt with on an ongoing basis. On others they have to be dealt with before the project even starts in your home:

The multiple phone calls, emails, and faxes to obtain the correct information for you, along with the costs, deliveries and other special notes, when the proposal and budget are being created – for the prototype and finished project – yours! Understanding how the different materials and systems work and don’t work in your home; so you don’t have issues down the road in your home….like mould, draughts, cold and hot spots, leaks, and multi legged pests in your home. Getting your final selections quickly so that they can be ordered and arrive in a timely fashion. We don’t want them arrive out of sequence and affect there prompt installation. The tracking of material deliveries and subcontractors arrival on site – your home!

Being able to coordinate the various subcontractors, engineers, inspections, and inspectors your project requires. Then being able come up with a solution to an issue one inspector and/or subcontractor may have, that creates another issue for another inspector and/or engineer and/or home owner. Then making sure it actually happens! The additional unplanned work, because you decided to do more work or hidden damage was found – now this mini project has to be seamlessly integrated with the original project and schedule. Ensuring your project is being completed in a safe and professional manner for both the workmen and for your family.

The latest update of various government regulations that adds to the renovator’s burden of legal requirements. These items can include; health and safety regulations, building codes, and environmental issues. Making sure the various suppliers on your project get paid. Answering any questions you may have as the work is being completed. Most contractors do not have a set way to track and control these and the many other details involved in ensuring your project’s completion. The good ones do.

What all contractors do is spend time. Time to figure out what and when. Time to figure out how and where. Time to figure out who. The most expensive part of any project is time. You are paying your contractor to go gray, grind his teeth, and deal with the frustrations of making it happen. You will never see the good ones frustrated!

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