Decide on the layout. It’s not all as easy and prosaic as it may seem at first glance: you can make an unusual and very functional house even from a very tiny apartment. It is better to prepare several options and different layouts – when there is a clear choice – excess things will be much more noticeable.
Think through every detail based on your daily habits and needs. There should be no rush when it comes to things like home improvement. It will be very annoying if there is no place for storing household supplies in your new interior after you are done, or, let’s say, there is absolutely no place for your computer. There are lots of different things that you may require from your apartment that may not be included in all the layouts that you can find in magazines and online, so think about your daily habits and your needs.
Further on the design – when reviewing all sorts of photos of interiors on the endless expanses of the Internet, it is still necessary to objectively analyze whether or not a given layout is realistic or not in the confines of your apartment, everything should be throughout in advance. And remember, the whole apartment should be harmoniously built in one design, otherwise you are unlikely to be satisfied with the result.
The choice of materials. The market of all sorts of different products for home improvement and all of its types is quite stunning. How to choose the right product? This question is really difficult – do not go the easy way – do not settle for the cheapest, the most expensive, or the most common materials. If you don’t know what to choose, you must realize that there are lots of different managers and consultants at most major stores that will help you to choose the products that you need. You have to ask questions, otherwise, you might waste away your money on useless products that won’t fit your layout. Do not be afraid to look stupid – nobody knows everything, sometimes even a manager who’s selling a product may not know everything there is to know about it.
Now for the main thing: planning decisions and the design concept have been selected, you bought all of the materials that you need, you are ready to go. Let’s say that you don’t have any experience in home improvement, but you want to do it and you are passionate about it. Sure, there are lots of different and easy ways to get the necessary information, on the internet, or ask your friends about the things you need. But it’s not enough, you have to try it out for yourself. Most large manufacturers of building materials (from dry mixes, cornices, paints, etc.) have training centers at their headquarters and offices (at least in most major cities of the US), where you can come and try out their products, talk to workers, specialist and find out all the information that you need. Usually, this process is quite a simple one, check out the information on the site of a retailer, give them a call and sign up. Moreover, usually, you can ask the representative of a company for their phone number and consult with them in the future on all the questions you are interested in – and all this is done on a completely free basis. Such consultations are often also provided by construction companies, but you have to pay for their services.
With a serious and thoughtful approach, at the end of the road, you will end up with not only a comfortable apartment but also a huge amount of new knowledge and skills.