Welcome Distractions: Exciting projects to try during lockdown
You can use the time you're spending at home wisely, say Concept Interiors Ltd, and think about improving your home.
You can use the time you’re spending at home to assess how you and your family live in and interact with your home – and plan how you can make it better. These home improvements are well worth considering during the time that we are in lockdown.
While we’re all spending a lot more time at home, we can become more aware of things we would like to change about where we live and how we live. Having the whole family home at the same time for extended periods can exacerbate space pressure on our homes and whilst working from home can highlight the need to create multi-functional spaces. Some home improvement tasks, such as decorating or light DIY, are still achievable during lockdown but many will undoubtedly require the assistance of a professional. Now is the time to start planning so that you’re ready to proceed when life returns to a resemblance of normality.
Instead of looking at social media for the hundredth time or watching the dreaded news stories, try directing your energy into something productive — like tackling projects around the house that you’ve been putting off forever.
Remodel Your Interiors
Being immersed in your home for extended periods of time, you can really notice where the layout of your home could be improved, and remodelling your own home is often cheaper than moving. You might want to knock down internal walls for a more open plan layout or add stud walls to change the flow around your home.
Try sketching out ideas for a new layout (try and do it to scale) – it can be useful in helping you to visualise the new space and imagine living in it. You’ll also need to consider furniture placement, the flow of natural light and, if you are keen on an open-plan layout, the options when it comes to extraction and soundproofing.
Convert your loft
A loft conversion can also be a cost-effective way to add extra space, providing your current roof pitch and structure lend themselves to conversion. There is a lot to consider when it comes to converting your loft, so now is the time to plan how you might access, heat and insulate the new space, as well as researching the Building Regulation stipulations around such a project so that you are fully aware of what is required.
Add an outbuilding for a home office
If you can, and enjoy, working from home during the lockdown, you may decide that you want to do it more in future. If that is the case, then finding a suitable place for a dedicated home office is a great idea. Working from the corner of a spare room, kitchen or living room can be suitable in the short term, but is, in most cases, impractical in the long term. If a garage or loft conversion isn’t possible and you don’t want to go as far as building an extension, then look to your garden.
A garden room or outbuilding can make a great home office – as it’s separate from the rest of the home, you can avoid unnecessary distractions. You’ll need to make sure it has sufficient electricity supply and sockets, suitable lighting and heating options and reliable internet access.