6 top tricks and tips from experienced Architects and Designers

Are you planning a big renovation? Wouldn’t it be great if you had some insider knowledge to help you out, a sneaky page or two out of the Architect’s handbook that could save you time and money, while also ensuring the end result is a beautiful, functional space to be proud of?


Well, you’re in luck! We’ve collected six fantastic tips from experienced Architects and Designers, which you can implement right now to help you realise your renovation dreams.

Tip 1: Know your space


It sounds obvious, but it’s imperative that you understand how much space you have available, and how it functions in day-to-day life. Where are the walkways and transitional spaces? Are there high-traffic areas that need to be left uncluttered, or “dead zones” you could be using more effectively? Often, we don’t even realise these things, as we rush through or busy lives on autopilot. So, take the time to stop, sit down and think about how you use the space before making any grand plans.



Tip 2: Think about the purpose of the space


It sounds obvious, but it’s imperative that you understand how much space you have available, and how it functions in day-to-day life. Where are the walkways and transitional spaces? Are there high-traffic areas that need to be left uncluttered, or “dead zones” you could be using more effectively? Often, we don’t even realise these things, as we rush through or busy lives on autopilot. So, take the time to stop, sit down and think about how you use the space before making any grand plans.



Tip 2: Think about the purpose of the space


Once you’ve grasped how you’re currently using the space, it’s time to look to the future. How do you picture your life looking, once the renovation is completed? What activities will you be doing in the space? Do you need to consider children or pets? Be realistic here, because this will determine the materials and finishes which will best meet your needs. For example, surfaces which attract sticky fingerprints like magnets probably aren’t the best idea for areas frequented by small children, and harsh, cold materials won’t create a warm, inviting lounge room for rainy day movie marathons.



Tip 3: Have a holistic game plan


Project management is all about breaking that big vision down into smaller elements, getting each one just right, and constantly checking back to make sure everything will fit into the finished product seamlessly. Instagram, Pinterest and Google are great resources for inspiration, but be sure that the images you save will integrate into the overall design and blend with your space. If something doesn’t quite work, for example, you love epic, high ceilings but you live in an apartment, don’t give up! Consider tweaking the idea so you can still have elements of it in your design – this is where the vision of an experienced architect or designer can really help. They might suggest you opt for light walls and long window coverings, to create the illusion of height using the space you have available.



Tip 4: Create a mood board


The best way to see how your ideas complement one another (or clash!) is to lay them all out on mood or vision board. You’ll need samples of colours, tiles and fabrics, and pictures from magazines or online searches, so you can create a model of how the space will look. Your mood board can help you realise you’ve overdone it with those teal accents, or that you need to add interest to the space with a little texture amongst all the clean lines.



Tip 5: Don’t forget the lighting


The right lighting can make or break a space, but all too often lighting decisions are afterthought once colours, textures and layout have been agonised over. Lighting serves both a practical and decorative function, and how you choose options for your space will depend on the way you use it and the aesthetic you’re hoping to achieve. With seemingly endless options out there to create intimate or show-stopping spaces, you’ll be glad you put the research and consideration into this vital design element.



Tip 6: Pay attention to both form and function


Remember, the functionality and aesthetic of any space must exist in delicate balance. You don’t want a gorgeous room you can’t use, or a hardworking yet dreary and depressing space either. Go back to Tip 1 and remind yourself how you really use the area. Consider variables such as the climate in your city, heating and cooling needs, outside noise and aspect, along with which wood stain you like best or where the chandelier should hang. That balance can extend throughout your home, too: where you may sacrifice beauty for usability in, say, a kitchen, you can then go all-out with the glamour in a space that has less work to do, such as a bedroom.


The experienced Architects and Designers at Studio Gestalt have put together these top tips to guide you through your next project, and we’d love to help you make it happen.


Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for a chat about how we can work with you to bring your ideas to life.


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