So that you’ve purchased a home. Or a flat. Contracts have been exchanged, removing vans booked. What now? You might properly have spent the final six months poring over paint charts (in the event you’re something like me) however the fact of the matter is that the color is the very last thing you’ll truly select. Partly as a result of the ornament of the partitions is without doubt one of the final issues to be accomplished, but additionally as a result of you possibly can’t actually resolve on greater than the essential shade – pink, inexperienced, cream – till you’ve moved in and lived within the areas for some time. Some will inform you must give it a yr. I’m far too impatient for that however you do have to see the place the solar hits at sure instances of day, the place are the darkish corners? Belongings you don’t actually perceive till you’ve spent some time within the house. And, after all, not forgetting {that a} golden south-facing mild will intensify a heat pink turning it peachy whereas the cool blue of a north-facing room can flip a cool gray chilly. Higher to resolve on the broad color and fear concerning the actual shade later.

image by KW-S pink bedroom

So we’re going to park the colors for now. The very first thing, in the event you haven’t had the chance to do that in the course of the sale course of, is to measure all these odd angles the property agent didn’t plot on the ground plan. I’m ready to do that as we speak, every week earlier than we transfer in, however for individuals who are transferring lengthy distances or who, for no matter motive, haven’t had the chance to take action now’s the second.

And in the event you’re nonetheless within the course of then do see in the event you can go spherical with a tape measure and examine the next types of issues which can make it simpler to plan the adjustments it’s possible you’ll wish to make.

For instance, precisely how extensive is the hearth? Which implies, in flip, how extensive are any alcoves both aspect – in interval properties they’re usually not the identical. How deep are they? It’s frequent to place wardrobes in alcoves however remember {that a} hanger is about 45cm and an alcove is likely to be usually round 30cm so it is going to stick out.

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hidden wardrobe behind a false wall by

The property agent can even solely let you know the widest dimensions of every room so you’ll need to examine the slender components they’re conserving quiet about. Usually they don’t trouble with toilet and corridor measurements in any respect and if you already know you might be re-doing the toilet – most of us do sooner or later – you must know very exactly in the event you can match a double basin, or how massive your storage might be. And in case you are changing corridor flooring (as I’m) you most likely have to measure that house your self. It’s essential to do that as early as you possibly can as lead and provide instances are lengthy in the intervening time. My new home additionally has a number of odd angled partitions and I have to know the way lengthy they’re so I can see if a desk or a bookshelf will match alongside them.

How extensive is that this corridor? How lengthy is that angled wall? Can I match a cabinet by the doorway to the kitchen and the way a lot corridor flooring do I have to order?

Lastly, the doorways. I’m barely obsessive about doorways and have devoted a complete chapter of my on-line course to them. Do you must swap the hinges in order that they open in opposition to a wall slightly than into the room – the Victorians did this for privateness however these days we really feel that may block furnishings placement and make a room really feel smaller.

If areas are tight are you able to exchange a door with a sliding one? I shall be doing this everywhere in the new home as we’re downsizing and I have to maximise the house in slender hallways and on tight landings. For those who take a look at the ground plan from the opposite day you will notice that the doorway to the sitting room is on an angle and there’s no strategy to make that slide however equally when open it’s going to take an enormous quantity of house. My early ideas are that I’ll lower this in half and create a small double door which can dominate much less when open.

kws loft with velux window

a sliding door saves house

As soon as you already know the total dimensions of what you might be coping with you can begin to take into consideration what you may wish to change. To do that you must visualise your self within the constructing and the way you reside. There’s a complete submit on this however, briefly, is the toilet in the best place? Do you wish to create an en suite? Is the downstairs open plan and can that give you the results you want? Are you able to squeeze in a pantry – sure they’re modern however they’re additionally good storage. What a couple of laundry cabinet upstairs? We’re contemplating including sliding doorways throughout the open plan sitting room as we might slightly have two smaller rooms with the choice to open all of it up.

When you’ve labored out your measurements and determined the place you need the rooms to be, you possibly can speak to builders about what it is going to price to make these adjustments.

kws kitchen with rooflight

will you’ve room for an island?

You then begin to get into the main points of the décor.

Begin with the flooring. This can be a big upheaval to vary later even in case you are simply laying new carpet so take the time to consider what you need and do it first. That is additionally your alternative to put underfloor heating if that’s what you need. We shall be changing all of the flooring though not each room may have underfloor heating – solely the kitchen and loo is the plan in the intervening time. However we hope to interchange ugly radiators with extra enticing ones which is one other early job that’s disruptive in a while. Particularly if you must transfer them from one aspect of a room to a different or realise, after getting moved in, that the one place for the couch is in entrance of 1 – one other frequent problem.

Doorways, flooring and radiators thought-about (we’re specializing in redecoration slightly than extensions and new home windows and all that form of factor). The subsequent factor you must take a look at is the electrics which suggests you must return to the ground plan as a result of profitable electrics are primarily based round furnishings placement.

bisque tetro radiator volcanic image by madaboutthehouse

do you must transfer radiators or exchange them with one thing extra enticing

Most of us will go away the lights the place they’re however in case you are transferring right into a interval property there’s a excessive probability there shall be not sufficient sockets or they gained’t be in the best place.

So take into consideration the place the beds will go – are there plugs both aspect for bedside lamps and cellphone chargers. Are you able to plug a light-weight on the finish of the couch or by the studying chair? Do you want an overhead mild over the espresso desk or eating desk?

Once more, these are jobs which can be annoying to do later so take into consideration them firstly.

choose light switches to complement your decor

select mild switches to enhance your decor

Having considered that, is there cash within the funds to interchange the standard white plastic with one thing you may like extra – the satan is, as they are saying, within the element. Kind has lastly caught up with operate there so you possibly can have brass, clear, painted to match the wall, black or polished chrome. And sockets now include USB ports constructed during which is an area saver.

Now you’ve deliberate your rooms, your entrances and exits, your heating and flooring and the electrics will correspond to the place your furnishings will go. You might be prepared to consider colors each for partitions and home windows and the finer particulars of the way you need every room to look

We are going to take a look at that subsequent time.

Kate Watson-Smyth

I am a journalist who writes about interiors primarily for The Monetary Occasions however I’ve additionally written usually for The Unbiased and The Day by day Mail. My home has been in Dwelling And so forth, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Road Journal & Corriere della Sera. I additionally run an inside styling consultancy Mad About Your Home. Welcome to my Mad Home.