3 Design Trends to Modernize Your House

Make your house look trendy this season with some of our favorite interior design trends!

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Upgrading your home to meet the latest trends can be equated to going shopping for clothing to keep up with the ever-changing fashion trends of the season. Luckily, interior décor trends do not change as often as fashion does, and neither do structural ones, else it would be too costly to keep up. As technology advances, upgrading your home to the current standards of modernization is a welcome idea.

That said, I’m sure you’d like to achieve this with minimal physical damage to the existing structure and without having to rob a bank. Here are our top 3 design trends from which you can borrow inspiration.

1. Let the Light In

Modernize your home by bringing in additional light and giving your space a new lease of life. You’d be surprised how much airy your house will feel with more illumination. Poorly lit spaces tend to feel cramped up and can negatively affect your emotional state. On the contrary, well-lit areas are inviting and keep your creative juices flowing. With more opportunities to work remotely, you want to recreate your home to enhance your productivity and not drain the energy out of you.

There are several ways you can brighten up your home, depending on your budget and how extra you want to get. For starters, you can recreate a wall on one side of the house that would offer a lovely view and interchange brick with glass. The effect of the ceiling to floor windows is not only contemporary, but it brings life into your space without an additional monthly utility bill. Check out some modern house plans to get inspired.

Another alternative is to add lighting or upgrade your entire lighting system. This could be anything from hanging downlighters to strategically placed lamps, either table or floor, to replacing the traditional, outdated ceiling lights with contemporary masterpieces.

2. Landscape Your Lawn

Landscaping your lawn may not give you an instant wholesome result, especially when it comes to planting trees, flowers, and other beneficial shrubs as they take time to grow. However, it will greatly enhance your curb appeal. Often, we do not pay too much attention to the yard until you drive past a beautifully manicured, well-thought-out landscaped yard in the neighborhood and realize what a significant difference it makes.

There are many benefits to landscaping, more so if you carry out most of the work yourself since you’ll be building your hand strength, reducing stress, and exercising your entire body, thus, improving your overall health. Additionally, with an aesthetically appealing outdoor area, your quality of life will improve. Plants are beneficial to the water and air around and provide a cooler environment while preventing soil erosion. These are just some of the benefits.

You can engage a variety of landscaping techniques like layering the heights of trees and plants, blending in flowers that complement each other, and using cobblestones, gravel or bricks to demarcate the driveway. Visit a garden center near you, and they will advise which plants go well together.

3. Create an Alfresco Area

There’s nothing as beautifully relaxing in the presence of nature with a chilled glass of your favorite beverage on a warm, lazy Sunday afternoon with a couple of friends. It’ll be beneficial to have a space created that brings you peace and calm, a great hideaway when you want time away from the kids or your home office or when you want to read a book and relax.

You can create an outdoor room that’s either permanent or temporary, depending on how much you are willing to spend and what resources you have readily available. If there aren’t any financial limitations, you can install a pergola and furnish it tastefully.

Final Thoughts

Modernizing your home is not as complicated and financially engaging as you may imagine. Once you embark on the finer details, decide what changes you would like to make, and get the necessary quotations, you’ll probably wonder why you had to wait so long. People are spending more time at home, and keeping your sanity is critical. Having a home you are comfortable with and look at with pride will put you in the right mind space to achieve all.

Easy Garden Improvements you Can Make this Summer

Make your garden stand out all summer long with these easy garden improvements!

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For many of us, the garden is as far as we’ll be going on holiday this summer. While this may be frustrating and hard to accept, the situation with Covid-19 is still very fluid and with the rules seemingly changing every month regarding the ability to travel to different countries, having a staycation and channelling energy into some home improvements is a great alternative. With this in mind, we’ve put together a selection of easy improvements you can make to your garden to make it a more enjoyable space this summer.

Build some raised flower beds

Having the ability to add some stunning spring and summer flowers can really enhance your garden and make it a more enjoyable and interesting place to spend time this summer. Depending on the space you have available, building some raised flower beds or adding some large pots can be a great feature that allows you to increase the number of flowers you have in your garden. You can also get creative with the design of your flower beds or pots and match them to your overall garden theme.

Upscale your garden furniture 

As many of you will know, finding any new garden furniture over the last few years, particularly in peak demand times such as the summer months, has proven to be particularly challenging. With this in mind, many of us are having to look into upscaling our existing garden furniture in our backyard or buying from places like Facebook Marketplace and doing the work to make it look how we want.

There are many different ways this can be done, depending on the materials used to create the garden furniture. Your wood table or stools could always benefit from a fresh coat of paint or varnish, while chairs can be given new cushions and cover to make them more comfortable to sit on. Metal garden furniture can also be upscaled thanks to various industrial cleaning processes followed by powder coating to provide a durable and high-quality finish that will allow them to look their best for years to come. You’ll need to work with a company providing professional powder coating services to achieve this as it isn’t a process you can do at home.

Add some outdoor accessories 

We often think about accessorising the inside of our home, but we can forget that you can do the same for outside. A great option is choosing something that you can hang on your garden walls or fences. Something like an outdoor clock can look fantastic, along with being functional. Depending on the size of your garden, choosing the right size will be important, but it is worth considering, and there are lots of great options you can choose from.

If this doesn’t appeal to you, why not consider some outdoor lights. This can help you to enjoy evenings in the garden, and there are many different variations you can choose from. Fairy lights are always popular and work well in small spaces, but solar-powered lights that can be placed in the ground can really help highlight features of a larger garden and create a great atmosphere.

Experiment with a feature wall

Like accessories, feature walls are often thought of as being an indoor design choice. However, they can work brilliantly in your garden as well. Using different materials to your other walls, choosing a different colour or even creating a plant wall with specifically chosen plants can create a great effect and give your garden a focal point or new feature.

Even as summer begins to come to an end, hopefully, there will be some nice weather this autumn, and the changes you can make to your garden do not have to be big projects. All of the ideas highlighted above can be achieved quickly and without a huge amount of effort. Hopefully, this has given you some ideas about how you can improve your garden this summer, or at least made you think about changes you may want to make in the runup to next summer!

Everything you Need to know About an Outdoor Kitchen Unit

Installing an outdoor kitchen is a great way to spend more time outdoors! Here are some tips on how to get started!

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The pandemic outbreak has locked us in our houses and turned our attention to the interior design of our homes. Instead of travelling far away, we tend to invest money in our gardens to make them idyllic places to chill and relax. No wonder why one of the trends of 2021 is an outdoor kitchen, a perfect place for small and big gatherings with friends and family. Read more to learn how to make your dream of an outdoor kitchen come true!

What are the outdoor kitchen units and who are they for?

An outdoor kitchen is cooking furniture adjusted to the weather conditions, made of durable materials such as stainless steel. It is usually equipped with a grilling section, burners, cabinets and shelves, sometimes also a sink and a deep fryer. It is perfect for fans of barbeque, people who enjoy outdoor parties and those who like socialising outdoors.

How to equip an outdoor kitchen?

First of all, understand your needs. What kind of food are you gonna cook outside. How big should be your outdoor kitchen unit? What is your budget? Outdoor kitchen units prices vary. The simple yet high-quality units can cost around £7,000. The more complex, better equipped professional units cost around £22 000. If you are interested in premium stylish outdoor kitchen units with amazing discounts, check kitchenfurniture.online. The kitchens outdoor furniture can be modular, so you can adjust the configuration to your expectations and preferences.

Choose from stainless steel outdoor kitchen units

An outdoor kitchen can be quite an investment. Choose furniture and appliances that are made of durable materials such as stainless steel. Stainless Steel Outdoor Kitchen Units are resistant to difficult weather conditions (they are water-resistant, they are easy to clean and they react well to changes in temperature), thus they will serve you flawlessly for many years to come. Equipment made of stainless steel is characterized by its longevity.

Will any outdoor space be good for an outdoor kitchen?

Yes. Choose your favourite spot, it can be close to the relaxation area in your garden. Outdoor kitchens by kitchenfurniture.online are equipped with a castor set up, which allows moving the outdoor kitchen unit easily. The island can be placed on a terrace or directly on the grass.

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COSTERION – Support for Builders and Developers

If you plan to build your home or start a new investment, remember that it is an opportunity to customize and create a space however you see fit!

COSTERION.com offers designs of unique and modern houses. If you are a company that needs assistance in the process of construction and brand building, Costerion offers many services to cater to your needs. Keep reading to find out more!

Planning to build a house, make it your home and take advantage of the opportunity to  customize a space that is ideally suited to everyone’s needs. After all, NEW HOME is the place to bond with those you love and entertain new friends. The house you build should be a perfect  match to the land you decide to live on. Additionally, a designed home needs to be environmentally friendly so that it meets the latest standards. Although it will cost more to implement these environmental systems at first, you will save on maintenance fees down the road.

Ready Made or Original Design 

When you commit to building a home, you will have a lot of choices, and one of the  most important selections will be to choose between a Prefabricated home or a custom  home that is special and unique to you. For each choice, you get to check out designs,  photos of the construction process, and the final product. Get some expert opinions from people who have purchased a new home, both from original designs and pre designed homes. Check discussion boards and forums for advice, tips, and  information that can help you decide on the type of home to buy. Some advantages of a predesigned home are shorter investment times, a sense of security knowing that these  homes have been tested and optimized for lower costs during construction, and that these designs have been looked over many times. Pre Designed homes have many advantages, however choosing the Original Design option has its own attractive aspects such as being able to customize your home to your needs. Before you make the choice between the two, take advantage of the project consultancy services to determine which solutions are most optimal for you.

If you are looking for an Original design, we can help! We can research and gather  the specific requirements in terms of space, planning, and the appearance of the  house tailored to your specifications. Your original design may require a plot of  land with an unusual shape or size and we are happy to accommodate you in this  venture. You will need an architect who understands your needs and listens to  every creative detail in order to develop your dream house. While an original design  can cost more than a prebuilt design, your house will be original and a space you  can really relax and entertain in, and best of all – call home.

Another more advanced solution to your new home is the adapted project.

When there are many possibilities like partitioning walls, doors, and window locations along with smaller elements, customers have the option of deciding to introduce these small changes” – says Marcin Kostka, owner of the Costerion company.

Just because you choose the predesigned option, it does not mean that you can’t change it! When selecting a premade project, always ask questions as to what extent the project can be modified. A great architect will always have the answers. To see exceptional example of both methods, you can go https://costerion.com/plans where you can purchase a plan of your future house.

Understanding Your Own Unique Needs 

The first step in designing a home is to create a checklist of ideas and decide on  what you want most. This applies to making modifications to a premade design and  to a custom home. If you are working with an architect, do not be afraid to  communicate your ideas so that you can talk about it with him and get feedback.  The size of the home can vary depending on how many people you plan to live in it  with. You don’t want to spend money on space that you don’t need. As for the  space you want, that is up to you! If you like working from home, then you can add  an executive study room to cut business expenses while creating a quiet space.  Plan on having friends and family over for long luxurious weekends? Consider  adding guest rooms to accommodate them comfortably. Utility rooms like the  laundry, pantry, and basements or sunrooms for extra entertaining space are also  necessities to consider. Remember to add a recreation room to explore your  creative pursuits. You ultimately want and need an original design that will allow for  unlimited possibilities. If you want a more simplistic approach, then a premade  design just might be the answer for you. Check out www.costerion.com/3d for more information.

Planning Your Space 

When planning your space, there are some basic principles to consider. The living  room and dining room should ideally be looked towards the south and southwest side to get a lot of natural light from the sun. When you eat your meals or spend time with friends and family it is always nice to do it in the warmth of the sun. To make sure you take advantage of the sun you would also want bigger windows, a staple of modern design, along these rooms. Another way to use the sun is to align  your solar panels towards the sun to get as much solar energy as possible. This will  save you money and help the environment.

Other factors to consider would be to divide your house into smaller zones. The day  zone consists of room like the living room, dining room, kitchen, office, guest  rooms, and bathrooms. It would be best to choose to have these rooms have  access to natural lighting. The other zone is the night zone which consists of master  bedrooms, adjoining baths, walk-in closets, kids’ room, and play areas. These rooms  do not need as much sunlight, but they need more privacy, away from activity of  potential guests. Finally, there is the communication zone that consists of rooms  that everyone in the household can be in to feel connected to each other while  enjoying the space.

We can tell you all about how to properly organize spaces, but it’s hard to visualize  how these spaces look like in the proper place. Words can only do so much to show  you the potential of your future house. To help you visualize your future house,  Costerion offers services like virtual walk throughs of the house to let you have a  visual experience with the future space. If the planning becomes too complicated,  then we can guide you through the process. For more information you can check  out https://costerion.com/3d. As a company or as an individual, Costerion is able to supply the technology and supplies to bring the building from thought to reality.

Getting the Right Materials 

One of the most crucial aspects of building a home is to use the right materials. You  want a house to last for decades, to be sturdy, and of well-built construction.  Whether or not you are looking to build a home or a company trying to get  materials for a house, it is always important to have access to the materials you  need right away. Think about the various possibilities available when choosing  construction technology. You have choices between ceramics, concrete, wood  (including wooden beams to accentuate the home), or the most expensive  materials, or use a majority of prefabricated elements which can save you money and time. The right building materials are also key to achieving optimal energy  efficiency.

An environmentally efficient home will save you money time and time again. A well  built, environmentally friendly home requires less energy to heat and cool resulting  in affordable energy bills and fewer headaches. Insulation materials can range from  mineral wool, foamed polystyrene, or polyurethane foam. The amount of material  used and the selection of the most effective in a given category is important.

All of this leads to the question of where do you find these materials? This can be a  very stressful part of the process and it can seem overly complicated, however if  you go to https://costerion.com/supplies you can buy/find building materials  dedicated to your projects all in one place.

From planning, to designing, and to construction, the whole process can seem very  convoluted with all of the different people that need to be involved. However, with  our partnership with other companies, we can make this  process very seamless and efficient for you. If you are a company looking to have a  lot of these steps done efficiently, or an individual trying to build their dream home,  then Costerion is for you.

Smart Home Technology 

Lighting adds a special touch and a sense of warmth to any home. Effectively,  illuminated elements of the house bring out the beauty and charm of the  architecture, creating an atmosphere to be desired. Lighting adds a special  ambiance in a garden, allowing you to admire and enjoy the landscaping in the  evening. It also has a special significance in keeping your home safe with lighted  driveways and garages.

When designed a modern house, there are options to add smart home elements  (IBMS or IIBMS). Modern building management systems can help to optimize  energy consumption in the home by controlling the central heating system, air  conditioning, heating elements in the floors, sprinklers, blinds, and even lighting  and alarm systems. These amazing technological wonders can allow you to manage  your home remotely to give a sense of added security and a feeling that you are  home – even when you’re away. There are very simple changes that can be done  that makes the old ways seem primitive. Examples of said changes can be smart  lighting and automation that will help with the way of living. As you enter the house,  the lights can turn on automatically or when you leave a room, the lights turn off  which can also help you save energy and money.

Building Supplies 

Aside from the materials used to construct the building, there are other aspects of the  building that are needed to give it that aesthetic finish and completion. These can be  windows, doors, and garage doors. Windows and doors are things you always go and look  in and out of, so when you go in and out you want to see beauty. With Costerion, you will  be able to handpick whatever kind of window or door you would like to add to your house.  To help you with that we also offer all of these essentials in the three-dimensional space.  We can, as said before, create rendering, visualizations, plans, and virtual tours to make  sure that your house is exactly how you want it to look.

Brand and Marketing 

If you are a company looking to build a house to sell, marketing is always important.  Costerion cooperates with a professional marketing agency that can build your company  with a marketing strategy plan from the logo to the website with online shops and social  media campaigns. If you want to check it out you can visit https://costerion.com/marketing

Dress up your Walls with Some of these Easy Wall Décor Ideas

Making your walls stand out is easier than you think! Here are some ways you can dress up your walls even when you’re on a budget!

There is nothing worse than having a blank white wall in your home that adds zero character to your home’s decorating. It’s time right now to dress up your home’s blank walls to add some energy, life, and color into your home! We’ve scoured the web for some easy ways that you can spruce up your walls in no time! Keep reading!

Floating Shelves

Installing floating shelves is an easy way to add a creative touch to a blank wall. Not only on floating shelves can you pleace some of your favorite books, but you can also put some of your prized possessions on display. Souvenirs, picture frames with your family and friends, and unique finds from the marketplace are all creative ways to dress up an otherwise boring wall. You can make your own floating shelves or you can purchase IKEA’s famous Lack floating shelves that are so affordable and versatile it’s hard to pass up on!

Install Some Wall Paneling

Wall paneling is a smart way to add some texture and style to a blank wall. You can easily use reclaimed wood, molding, bricks, you name it – as a beautiful option to customize a room! Whether you are looking for a more classical decorating theme, or something more rustic, with wall paneling you can achieve this. I am a fan of a more refined decorating style, and I love using wall paneling and moldings to create wainscoting, picture frame moldings, high baseboards, etc. However if you are looking for a more rustic theme you can use stained or antiqued pieces of wood installed onto a wall to create a beautiful feature wall that will add warmth and make your space look cozy.

Create a Saloon Wall

If you don’t know what a saloon wall is it’s simply a wall with art work, prints, and photos all hung up in different sizes, shapes, and colors. There are really no rules when it comes to making a saloon wall. Creativity here is key, and this is a fun project you can do with your family and friends. When it comes to art prints consider ordering online as you can find beautiful artwork for very affordable prices.

Use an Oversized Mirror

Hang an oversized mirror on a blank wall to make your space look twice as large and dress up that plain wall! Oversized mirrors are one of my favorite tricks in the book when it comes to increasing the amount of light in a room, making a space look insanely huge, and using up a blank space stylishly! Oversized mirrors don’t have to be hung up on the wall if they are too large, you can just lean them on the wall or even lean them on a buffet table propped up against the wall. This is an easy decorating a trick that requires absolutely no work and can be done in minutes.