BLOGS Home Renovation: Maximizing Indoor Space
Anyone who has watched HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” over the years has seen how Chip and Joanna Gaines can turn the worst conditions into some of the most coziest and cleanest living environments of all through home renovation. In fact, when asked about how she approaches indoor space optimization, Joanna told Architectural Digest, “Take your time and gather pieces that mean something to you… [and] Take care in the process.”
With that in mind, here’s how you can maximize indoor space through your home renovation journey.
Understanding Your Space
When it comes to home renovation, it’s important to understand your space before making any additions (or subtractions!). One of the best questions you can ask yourself is what will this indoor space be used for? Will it be an office? A kid’s room? A playroom? A library?
Once you figure out the purpose of your indoor space, then it should inform your decisions when choosing furniture pieces and accessories like bookcases, rugs, and other decorations.
Once you have a better idea of how the room will function, think about its flow: Where do people come in? How is someone supposed to move around? Is there enough space for everyone who uses this area at once without feeling cramped or crowded?
Organizing Furniture for Home Renovation
Organizing furniture is an important part of home renovation. Where you place your furniture will depend on the size of your home, but there are some general rules that apply to most spaces. For example, if you have a small space (like an apartment), you’ll want to arrange your furniture so that it’s easy for everyone in the house to pass through without bumping into anything.
It’s also helpful to arrange furniture so that people can see each other when sitting down or standing up. This makes it easier for conversations between family members or friends and helps keep everyone from feeling isolated from one another. Another thing to keep in mind is “functionality” — which is how well a piece of furniture can serve its purpose. If a room doesn’t provide enough storage space, it might be difficult for people who live there (especially children) to not keep their belongings organized, on top of the glaring navigation issue.
Furniture isn’t also limited to just chairs and sofas; be mindful of the cabinets and drawers you put in the room. Choosing the right drawers and cabinets can help maximize the amount of storage space you have in the room.
Additions to Your Indoor Space
Adding to your indoor space can be as simple as adding a bookshelf or as complex as building an addition. Either way, your addition should be useful, attractive and safe. It should also last for years to come.
Once you figure out the furniture situation, there are other tangibles you should consider. Joanna Gaines tells Architectural Digest that “For the interior, simple changes like new light fixtures, a new backsplash, or a fresh coat of paint can go a long way” — so keep those changes in mind!
Maximizing Indoor Space with GQ Renovations
Home renovation doesn’t have to be stressful! At GQ Renovations, we take pride in revitalizing indoor spaces and leaving our clients happy for years to come. To learn more about how GQ can improve your living space for years on end, please visit our website and contact us today!