When it comes to remodeling an entire house, you can either hire professionals to come in and do it for you, or you can try doing it yourself. “Doing it yourself” has become increasingly common due to an abundance of affordable tools and materials.
A common pitfall however, for those who want to do it themselves, is a lack of time. You might be ok with working on your house once a week on Sundays, or maybe even once a month or less. The problem with this is that materials don’t last forever. Or should I say they won’t stay all nice and new forever.
I’m talking more about the finishing phase, where the materials in question will be the final finish. For example, flooring, window and door frames, trimming, etc. I’m sure some of you have noticed discoloration where wood has been stacked leaving certain parts exposed.
These exposed parts will gradually get darker or lose their original color, while the parts that aren’t remain their original color. This is caused by oxidation. Leaving bought materials in their original packaging helps in protecting them from this.
However, long periods of storage time, as well as unsuitable temperatures and storage conditions can cause premature deterioration of the protective packaging as well as mold, warping, and other physical disfigurations.
An alternative to buying in bulk and storing, is to buy as you need or are able to use. The problem with this is that if too much time passes, there is the chance that certain products and materials will no longer be on the market or available in your area. This leads to mismatching colors and an overall tacky look.
Last but not least, amateur reformers often work with and from inspiration, and in many cases don’t have a proper written plan of action or diagrams to which they can refer to as they build. This leads to non-uniform building patterns and finishing work, as well as simply forgetting how they did certain things etc.
If a professional look is what you want, then it’s important that you document your plans as well your material choices. Make sure you will have the materials you want when you want them, and be particularly mindful of things like color and style coordination.
A common approach is to have all door and window frames the same color. Flooring and walls are often chosen so as to contrast with each other, while trimming is often either the same color as the walls or the same color as the floor.
A few rules of thumb: Just as with clothing, white goes with pretty much anything; the darker colors make a room look smaller, while lighter colors make them look bigger; Flooring should be installed parallel to the longer sides of the room to give the illusion of a “stretched” or longer room; the same thing goes for ceilings (see image below).
There are obviously exceptions to these, as there are many unique and “modern” interior design approaches. But if you’re looking to build a generic or “safe” house in terms of aesthetics, you should keep these pointers in mind.