Ideas for Renovating your Home in the City

Urban Renovation: Ideas for Renovating your Home in the City

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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The city can be such a bustling place with fast-paced cars, busy buildings, and all that neighbourhood noise. Our homes should be the place where we can sit back and relax, but how can we clear our minds when our houses don’t feel like homes?

Every few years, our homes are due for an upgrade in terms of design and furniture. A few coats of paint here and there can bring the colour back to any room, but renovations can do more to shape your home into your own.

We present to you a couple of tips and ideas to help jumpstart your renovation brainstorming session. You might get inspiration from additional research, but here are a couple of ways for you to upgrade your home:

Work With A Renovation Contractor

Home time for a big upgrade, but not sure what to do? Working with a renovation company is always a good idea, since the architects and designers are experienced with renovating different types of homes and living spaces in the city.

The renovation contractor can help you visualize what you want to do with your home, and how you can utilize the different areas to upgrade your space to shape your personality. Their designers will be able to guide you through the conceptualization process, while their architects will oversee the structural aspect of the design.

It may be difficult to find a construction company that can work with your specifics, but scouting for different companies is a great way to find the best renovation contractor that you can work with to bring your project to life.

Renovate Sustainably

Sustainable construction is a modern method of renovations that offers construction practices that don’t put a strain on the environment. Green building initiatives can range from incorporating local flora into the structure of your home, to making your entire home operate sustainably, with efficient systems put in place to minimize the impact on the environment.

For instance, if you live in a typically sunny location, you may want to consider installing solar panels to help save up on electricity in your home. Not only are you lowering your energy consumption, you are also saving up on your electric bill. Installing solar panels is an eco-friendly and modern renovation that is perfect for most homes!

Another idea would be to incorporate natural resources in renovating your home. If you want that wooden aesthetic but hate the idea of logging destroying our forests, you can opt for bamboo wood for your furniture and fixtures as bamboo is fast-growing, sustainable, and mimics the aesthetics of natural wood.

Bring Nature Into Your Home

When we think of bringing nature into our homes, we tend to think of overgrowth and wild animals getting into our homes unwanted. However, there are instances where renovating a space for an indoor garden walkway, pet area, or even skylight observatory would benefit your health and your mental mindset.

A skylight made with clear plexiglass or tempered glass makes for a great addition in dens and living room areas where you can relax as you gaze upon the stars. In a city filled with artificial light 24/7, some soft, natural moonlight does well to relax you during those busy days. Plus points if you add a telescope for star-gazing activities too!

A few select homes in the metro add garden areas to their homes. We don’t mean they have a space for potted plants, we’re thinking of garden walkways filled with native trees and foliage that helps with the air circulation around the home. These renovations build a harmony around urban life and nature.

Make Your Home Functional

Every home should have the perfect blend of decor and functionality. Just because something is practical, doesn’t make it any less cosmetic than decorative pieces. Be stylish and functional as you renovate your home with some eye-catching designs to your furniture.

Go for furniture that matches together to bring harmony into your home. Matching furniture creates a pleasing look while maintaining the practicality of your furniture. Avoid contemporary styles that clash with your usage, and when in doubt, keep it minimalistic.

Adorn your home with ample storage space, decorated with complementary colours and designs that would make the room pop. Place shelves around the kitchen area for a multi-purpose surface, while keeping your kitchen countertops clean and clutter-free. As much as possible, anticipate uses for the fixtures you plan to place in your home.

Go Minimalist In Small Spaces

The city isn’t exactly the place to be when it comes to large mansions and landed properties. Most modern housing comes in forms of small-spaced townhouses, apartments, and cramped condominium units.

Go minimalist to make the best use of your limited space. Renovate your walls to include hidden, built-in cabinets. Add in multi-purpose furniture that you can fold up and store when not in use. Make use of your ceiling space with elevated shelves and second-storey bedrooms. When you look beyond your ground space, you’ll see possibilities you can do with your home!

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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