The Prime Difference between Residential and Commercial Renovations

The Prime Difference between Residential and Commercial Renovations

Renovations can be more challenging and time-consuming than new construction because you don’t know what exist until you begin to take the house piece by piece. Once apart, you can see a lot of challenging and unforeseen circumstances. Usually, projects may take longer than you think and cost more than what you have expected. Remember, you get what you pay for. There will be a lot of decision makings and factors that need to be considered before renovating your property like the designs, sub contractions, permits, unforeseen conditions, weather, availability of the materials and their quality.

The renovation process between a residential and commercial construction is dramatically different from each other. The workload involved varies on the type of area you want to have the renovation done and how complex it would be. So here are some major differences between the two:

COMMERCIAL RENOVATION

Commercial Renovation deals with more sophisticated makeover which may require demolition and rebuilding procedures, a significant number of staffs for any reconstruction works and a higher budget to meet client’s expectations. From metal framing, the density of the concrete to exact cable wiring, these factors needed to be finalized by your contractor.  While doing the renovation, expensive and heavy equipment are going to be used, a major factor why costs will become higher.

RESIDENTIAL RENOVATION

Most of the time, residential renovation means doing a home makeover or remodeling – might be extreme or just changing a small part of your house and add more style to it. Renovating one or two units may be considered as a residential renovation which doesn’t require bigger equipment. Your budget for the project will also depend on results you are expecting. For instance, you want to replace the furniture and upgrade your appliances, or you wish to add a fireplace in your living room and change your flooring details.

Renovate Your Room: Bedroom Ideas to Shape Up Your 2017

Renovate Your Room: Bedroom Ideas to Shape Up Your 2017

The bedroom might be the best place in your house to relax and have some personal time. For 2017, there will be trends to make your bedroom look elegant, creative and exciting. Also, colors, furniture, textiles, and sophisticated ambient lighting will be considered to be part of the interior decor. If you are still trying to make up your mind how you want your bedroom to look like this year, here are some ideas to help you out.

FLOORING

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2017 is about giving in to nature. There will be a lot of options to choose from, but the most popular to use is Hardwood. It may be Oak, Padauk, Teak, Walnut or Maple. You can also choose the wood coloring either dark stained, blonde or gray wood floors. Deciding how to put it together is the most interesting part. Considering the floor layout – patterns and angles, you can play with it and show the artistic side of yours.

COLOR

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The colors in one’s interior can determine the room’s mood in an instance. Dusky Blues, Hot Red and any shade of green create a contemporary space for your room. To add comfy and relaxing feeling, experts would suggest any color that could represent any environmental elements. These colors promote peace and focus on giving warmth and comfort to anyone inside the room.

BED

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For this year, bed headboards are here to stay. It displays classic and elegant look to your focal point – your bed. If you have an old bed that you don’t want to give up, you don’t need to worry. You just have to create a separate headboard, design it with your own choice. Just remember to reconsider the size of your room and manage to estimate the size of the headboard so it won’t divert much attention. Having a sofa bed is also an option and is predicted to go on trend. It saves space and can be used in different ways.

DÉCOR

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Don’t be afraid to explore and be bold when it comes to decorating your room for this year. Putting patterned wallpaper, showing geometric designs, vintage furniture and paintings are popular this year. These decors add more sophisticated look that goes along with the mood you want to set up for your room.

LIGHTING

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Hanging up a small chandelier puts an elegant silhouette, gives a surprising attention and enhance your bedroom interiors. Another option is to bring in the natural light and make it a highlight to emphasize the natural look of your room.

Top 5 Best Hardwoods and Floor Colors

Top 5 Best Hardwoods and Floor Colors

Choosing how you want your home to look like takes a lot of researching. Flooring is one of them and once you discover a vast of hardwood to choose from, researching might be a daunting task to do. There will always be a particular wood type and color out there to complement home decor trends. The typical conception of hardwood floors normally refers to moderate and pleasant tones of floor boards, ideally creating a sense of enthusiasm and relaxation. So an effective way to go about deciding which one you want is to visualize first the general look that you want to attain and pair the best wood that will counterpart it. Below are some of the best and common types of wood used for hardwood flooring and prevailing colors that will match your desired interior design at home.

TYPES OF WOOD USE FOR HARDWOOD FLOORING

  1. Oak Wood

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Oak wood, especially Red Oak Wood, is known to be an excellent and reliable tree. Due to its hardness, oak wood resists dents and has solid grain patterns. Consistent quality of the grain pattern is one of the characteristics that drives the price of an oak floor. The more consistent the grain, the more expensive the floor will be.

  1. Padauk Wood

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Padauk or Padouk Wood is a valuable timber of Pterocarpus tree. With its dramatic shady streaking, it adds a beautiful flair to any space at home. Padauk hardwood makes a constant and secure floor because of its durability and termite-resistant features.

  1. Teak Wood

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Teak wood is relatively cheap compared to some other hardwood floors. The oil content is retained putting an extra strength to it. Its natural oil prevents the wood itself from rusting when a certain metal or iron adheres.

  1. Walnut Wood

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Walnut wood is pliable that is easy for sanding and cutting. It takes stain and has a smooth finishing. This wood has fine and straight graining. Homeowners usually like the natural look on it and the kind of warmth it brings into the room.

  1. Maple Wood

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Maple is nearly impermeable, can’t absorb dark stains quickly and seems to grow more yellow with age. Ideally used as a hardwood floor by people who is looking for a hard and light-colored flooring.

COLOR FOR YOUR WOOD FLOORING

  1. Brown

Brown is the most prominent wood floor color that just tends to blend itself with almost about any look at home. If you wish to have one type of flooring around your home with different themed rooms, this medium wood flooring color would be a perfect choice.

  1. Beige

Natural hardwood flooring, known as light or beige, is the first neutral color for floors and just like brown-colored flooring, it goes with just any themed around your house. It shows simplicity and modern minimalism. If you appreciate a space that gives peace of mind, this color would be the best choice for your home.

  1. Yellow

This color might be considered as one of the classic hardwood flooring options that may have to dominate your decision if you are a traditionalist and looking for a rustic decor style. Yellow colored flooring goes along perfectly with a bright natural color slate tiling as seen in the most traditional family home.

  1. Black

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Black is making its way up to the chart as one of the trending colors when it comes to hardwood flooring most likely because it displays a sense of elegance and modernity. If you find pleasure in making a bold statement and creating a dramatic contrast at home, this color might best fit your taste.

  1. White

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White is an ideal base for making a personalized interior color. Using shiny painted white colored floors complement a minimalist interior. Putting pieces of furniture with an eye-catching artwork creates a shabby-chic and coastal look. On the other hand, if you pair it with a blue or green accented furnishing, it makes a very calm and environmental mood for your home. If you are a person who appreciates a modest type of living with an airy and bright ultra-modern design, this color is best for you and your home.

6 important interior design tips from retail stores around the world

6 important interior design tips from retail stores around the world

There is more to retail success than just the product and marketing, In a brick and mortar setting, customer experience is very important and can be vital from purchasing decisions, return purchases to having a relationship with the brand itself. To say that making customers have a good shopping experience is one top priority for retail shop owners, is an understatement.  Here are 6 things to learn from the most stylish and creative retail interior designs around the world.

1. Beauty Library by Nendo - Aoyama, Japan

Beauty Library by Nendo

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Beauty Library by Nendo is the perfect example of a great first impression. The shop reflects what its name says with their beauty products displayed in library-like shelves. Adding to the whole theme of the brand, they have centered their design on cleanliness and added some plants to exude an organic feel. A very important lesson Nendo has given with this retail store design is highlighting the so-called “decompression zone”. This is where the customer transitions from the outside world to the world that is in the shop. This is the very first space that your customers will interact with. In this area is where they will make initial judgments about the store and the brand depending on how well designed the whole interior is.

2. Ofr. La Boutique - Paris, France

0fr la Boutique Paris France

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This shop in Paris, France called 0fr. La Boutique does a good job at keeping their power wall minimalistic without compromising style. It is a design shop, after all. Research says that 90 percent of shoppers turn to the right unconsciously after entering the store. This is, by the way, relative to which side of the road this person drives on, like how people from London would be inclined to turn to the left instead. Power walls act as a means to give a high impact on first impressions. This is also the first wall customers see and is referred to as the “Power wall”. A great power wall excites customers and arises their attention with the products on display. So it is best to display high demand and high-profit products on that part on the store.

3. SELECTED - Berlin, Germany

Selected Berlin Germany

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SELECTED – Berlin is a fashion brand aimed at young professionals that show a casual side to business wear. This branch in Berlin has opted for a touch of Scandinavian in their main theme and added a generous amount of seating for customers. Selected have waiting areas for their customers with comfortable seats which encourage customers to spend more time in their store. They made sure seats face the merchandise so that purchasing is still at the top of your customer’s minds while lounging in the store.

4. Apple Store - Istanbul, Turkey

Apple Store Istanbul Turkey

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This Apple branch in Istanbul, Turkey , design spearheaded by Foster + Partners is the epitome of tech retail store design.  Considering that is an Apple shop, Luxury is a given.  This apple store gives a lot of walking and lounging space for customers to browse and review their products before buying. Consumer behavior says that a typical customer will avoid checking out merchandise in an aisle where they can possibly brush backsides with another customer. This is why it important to have a good amount of space for customers to walk and stand around.

5. Yan Ji You Bookstore - Chendu, China

Yan Ji You Bookstore Chendu China

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This bookstore called Yan Ji You in Chendu, China uses elements of books and stories in their design. The store being divided to many areas such as the Books area, Paper area – connecting the bookstore, cafes, Art Zhun museum, lecture area, activity area and shop in shop, The Poem Lane – the path of installation art that lead to the art gallery and many more. The whole building has employed a great use of paths to tell a story. Customers can gain maximum exposure to the products in the store when it has a path to follow. Keep in mind that the store’s path is supposed to lead your customers somewhere.

6. Karibik - Columbia

Karibik Medellin Columbia

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After the whole retail store experience, it is time to for the customers to check out what they plan on purchasing. This Karibik store in Columbia shows a good path around the shop and a great statement wall (to the right). They also put an emphasis on making the checkout counter approachable. They made sure that the POS (point of  sale) and the counter is a natural stepping point for customers to arrive in. An ideal location to put the counter is on the left-hand side. This is largely dependent on the stores size and layout and this lets you choose your best judgement for this matter. It is best to encourage “impulse” buy stocking items near the counter that customers commonly need.

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This Lego style apartment transforms to the ultimate space solution

This Lego style apartment transforms to the ultimate space solution

This man has taken a very creative and functional path in his apartments interior in Barcelona. Largely inspired by Lego’s concept of building for necessity and the fold out storage concept for boats, Christian Schallert has  made a very practical space for living. The best part is that he lives comfortably without sacrificing style. See for yourself.

It’s a pretty small space and somewhere in the video he mentions that he was able to hold a gathering of up to 40 people. It was a very smart move to have all the essentials in one place and a smarter move to be able to hide a way a whole kitchen set in one swift motion.

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LEgo Transform house

Look at that, he even has a balcony over looking the city. Talk about making the most of what he’s got.

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lego style transforming apartment

Christian didn’t have to compromise with functionality either, he has a complete set of kitchen appliances and enough storage space for dry and perishable goods. He is able to make a sofa off of his bed and that’s only one of the few things that’s amazing about this apartment.

Lego style transforming apartment
Lego style transforming apartment

The man prides himself in having a very active living space. This gives him all the exercise he needs, from 100 steps to his apartment up to pushing and pulling his bed from under the balcony. Check this link out for the full, original article.

There is never a space to small good interior design, carpentry and renovation can’t maximize. Maybe it’s high time to do some re-designing and work on your own apartment.

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