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Designing Your Own Home

There seems to be a lot of information out there about remodeling or redecorating existing homes. But what if you wanted to try designing your own home? Think about it, your place of ultimate peace and warmth, that is a reflection of you.

Architectural Style

Architectural Style

Ok, you haven’t studied architecture, but you do have taste, and you know when something is attractive. Before you dismiss the idea as something out of your competency, read on, this might be a great experience for you.

Do you have any artistic ability? If so this would be a good chance to put your talents to use. Don’t worry too much about the dimensions and specifications; just try to get your sketch down. A pencil sketch is good enough to get your concept across, but color will really bring your idea to life. Your design must be realistic, taking into account the amount of space you have, and your budget.

If you want to try designing an actual plan, you will need some guidance, but don’t be afraid to go it alone at first. Look at some floor plans to get an idea of what is involved. Remember, you just need to get your basic idea down; any mistakes can be corrected later. Aside from pencils, be sure to have a ruler, eraser, and a few sheets of cartridge paper.

Now that you have your rough sketch down, it’s time to bring in a professional. At this point you will tweak the design, taking out what is unrealistic, and refining other areas. As much as possible, the end result should reflect your vision.

If you’re among the group who finds that nobody has exactly been clamoring to see your artwork, don’t worry. You can still look at existing plans or designs and work with your architect to use some parts as inspiration for your home.

There are also websites, which offer floor plan templates that you can customize to your liking. Keep in mind though that this feature is usually offered with the understanding that you will use that company’s services when it is time to build.

Ask for help from family and friends too, you never know where you will find a good idea. The bottom line is, you will end up with a home that you had a hand in creating. How’s that for a worthwhile experience? After all, why call it a ‘dream home’ if it’s not the home you dream of?

Decorating on a Budget

Ladies. Decorating a home is a continous event. In most cases, whenever we step out of the house, we find one decoration item or the other to buy.

If you are on a tight budget, the best option is to sit down and list out what you need to decoration the home on a paper.

There are several discount shops around and the best bet is to visit one of them.

Bring Your Home Alive with a Garden

Flowers and plants are some of the
loveliest ways to make a home and yard look beautiful. Best of all it doesn’t have to take a lot of money or time to transform a home with greenery. Even if you have a brown thumb you can do it – really.

There are plants available for various styles and types homes, yards and even offices. A garden doesn’t have to be acres of land, you can create a garden in a container on a window sill or anywhere that you wish.

Selecting the plants will call for some help if you are not too aware of what grows where and how to
find them. Luckily for, these days information is just a click away on the Internet. Online forums and groups and plant stores are also easy means of finding information.

So, what kind of garden can I create for my tiny apartment? Well, what about a terrarium or containers. If your garden uses containers, try using different types and color containers for design purposes.

Some ideal plants for a small garden include holly fern, yucca, gardenia, bamboo and the dwarf versions of many others. Ask your gardening store for idea plants for different types of gardens.

Not only does a garden provide beauty it also provides a sense of satisfaction. A garden can give you a source of flowers when you need it for decoration. Or you can have fresh herbs when you need it as well.

An added plus to having a garden is the exercise you can get. There is little doubt that gardening provides some amount of exercise. This is especially true where your garden calls for moving around to water, weed and otherwise care for your plants.