Posts Tagged ‘Renovation’

Thinking About A Renovation? Start With Your Kitchen

February 20th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

If you have decided it’s time to start renovating your home, a great place to start is with your kitchen.  It is the most popular home renovation project, and gives you the greatest ROI.

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I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “15 Money Saving Strategies When Planning Your Home Renovation”

Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2012 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.

 

 

 

Natural Light is ALWAYS a Bright Idea!

January 30th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Bringing more natural light into your home improves our mood and health and gives us that energy boost we need to help us fight those winter blahs

Here are some great tips and tricks to make your home feel lighter and brighter.

Enjoy this week’s video.

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I would love to help you brighten up your home in time for summer.

Contact us at Interior Makeovers Inc.  310-788-0990.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

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I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “15 Money Saving Strategies When Planning Your Home Renovation”

Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2012 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.

 

How Do You Design a Family Friendly Home?

August 13th, 2011 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

When I design a family friendly home the main criteria is to ensure it is highly functional, extremely comfortable and impeccably styled. In other words – create a family friendly and welcoming home environment for everyone who passes through the door.

In this video I share three main components to making your home family friendly.  I’d love to hear your own secrets on how you made your home work for your family!

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Please leave your questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “15 Money Saving Strategies When Planning Your Home Renovation”

Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2011 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.

Inspiration For Your Renovation

August 3rd, 2011 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Before you begin a renovation project of any kind it’s important to spend the time to seek out inspiration – and educate yourself as to what inspires you, what moves you, and what speaks to you and your family’s wants and needs.

So where do you find this inspiration?

Start With Print – The 2D Experience

 

The obvious resources such as books, magazines, online design sites, blogs and digital magazines are the easiest and most accessible.  These particular sources are terrific for details and overall themes, and design aesthetics of spaces within a home.

It could be a window style, a staircase detail, or a paint color you’re in love with. Just print pages and immediately note what you’re drawn to. Be specific. Is it the 6-burner stainless steel stove, the gorgeous entry doors, the cabinet detail or the sophisticated outdoor living space that you can’t live without?

Collect these ideas and begin your “Inspiration” File.  This is a great start – yet it’s only 2-Dimensional inspiration.  From these pages it’s extremely difficult to experience the physical feeling volume and space.

Venture Out – The 3D Experience

 

Get yourself out there into your community and walk into some open houses in and around your neighborhood. Seeing and feeling the way others live and the ideas they’ve implemented into their homes may actually inspire you in some way.

The 3-Dimensional experience of physically walking into a home and experiencing the environment provides a truer perspective.

How do the homes of your friends who share similar lifestyles to yours feel – and how could you implement those “must haves” into your home and make them your own?

Drive around and notice the homes’ exteriors as well.

Are there certain rooflines you feel will complement your proposed addition? What about the façade and the materials they’ve used? Is it board and batten siding you love for that cottage feel or concrete and wood for the contemporary design you’re drawn to?

In fact just yesterday after a site meeting, I hopped into the car with my client and took a quick drive through her gorgeous neighborhood looking at porch, trellis and pergola details – which we will be incorporating into her home as well.  It really is the best way to see the plethora of design options and details in a 3 dimensional environment.

Take as many digital photos as you can, print them out immediately and write while your thoughts are still fresh and your memory sharp – and be specific with what inspired you.  Then pop then into that file!

Finally, don’t forget the “Shows”!

  • Home Builder Shows
  • Kitchen and Bath Shows
  • Designer Showhouses
  • Contemporary Fairs
  • Antique Marts
  • Travels/Hotels

Where have you found your greatest inspiration for your home renovation projects?

 

Stay Inspired!

 

 

 

Please leave your questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “15 Money Saving Strategies When Planning Your Home Renovation”

Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2011 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.

What You “Need To Know” About Your Home While Planning For Your Renovation

December 3rd, 2009 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Brown Residence, Week 3

Need List_ Inspection 3-2 (1st)Since the Brown’s took their time in assessing their family’s needs by asking themselves a litany of questions, they were able to evaluate their current situation, determine their goals and compile a solid dream home “wish list”.  This is a critical step in the pre-planning process and makes all the difference between a good home renovation project – and a great one!

With a whole house remodel of this magnitude and a potential budget to match, it’s equally important to move on to the next set step of establishing a “need list”. More specifically, we need to determine what condition their house is currently in – and learn as much as we can about its weaknesses – both inside and out.

What we’re looking for:

  • Cracks in the existing foundation.
  • Rotting or splitting around doors and windows.
  • Sagging roof sections or missing shingles.
  • Antiquated wiring – which could potentially become a fire hazard.
  • The current amp capacity (which will need to be increased in order to accommodate their wish list).
  • Check plumbing and water pressure and temperature.  If the pipes are galvanized steel then upgrade them to copper.Need List_Inspection 3-2 (2nd)

If you’re in a similar situation and it seems a bit overwhelming, consider calling in a contractor or building inspector before you even begin the renovation process, and have them conduct a physical inspection of your home.  You’ll have a much better assessment of where you stand.

The “need (to fix it) list” may not be part of the Brown’s original plan – but it’s necessary to ensure their money will be wisely spent.

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Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca.
© 2009 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc