Updated: Nov 9, 2021
Built-to-Order (BTO) flats have seen a massive hike in interest and that should come as no surprise due to their very attractive features such as higher affordability. This results in new and prospective homeowners viewing BTOs with much more consideration. However, after waiting years to finally be able to move in, how can you customise your house to truly make it a place you can call home? Below are a few ideas you can take to your new flats that won’t break the bank, yet leave you feeling satisfied in your new home.
Embracing the Open-Concept Look
Open-Concept floor plans have certainly taken center stage in more modern homes, so there’s no reason we can’t take inspiration from that and incorporate it into our new BTO apartment, especially when it is budget-friendly. An open-concept plan also helps to make the apartment feel more spacious, a commodity that may be scarce in some developments. At its core, the open-concept plan means using bigger rooms with multiple uses like combining the kitchen and a dining area into a single room. Making space where there is none is a skill that will take some trial and error, but the payoff will definitely be worth it.
Expanding Bedroom Space
We start and end our days in the bedroom so it would make sense to show some tender loving care to our rest & recreation area. Lower furniture can easily make our bedroom look and feel much more spacious. One extreme would be taking inspiration from Japan and their tatami mats. Of course, you could always just opt for a thinner bed frame for some elevation. Having an open bedroom to retreat to after a long day at work will be a welcome sight regardless of your decor. Pair this with keeping your bedroom clutter-free and both your sleeping area and mind will be clear, open, and fresh.
Hacking Creative Storage Spaces
Speaking of clutter-free, maximising storage spaces with clever solutions is paramount to keeping clutter out of view and keeping your home and headspace organized. While we're on the topic of maximising space, you could opt for multifunctional headrests for your bed or under-bed storage solutions.Makespace.com has a lot of easy hacks to add that little bit more utility to your otherwise underutilised furniture. The best part? You won't have to pay out the ear for any of these hacks.
Adding Your Personal Touch
The most important step in transforming a house into a home is making it uniquely yours. After all, home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling. We believe that everyone’s tastes are uniquely theirs so to dictate personalisation would be ironic, but if we were to recommend a palette to let your creativity run wild, it would have to be Chalkboard Paint. This special paint mimics the surface of a chalkboard so you can leave different messages or doodles whenever you see fit. This also has a functional application like daily to-do lists or even shopping lists. Who said creative fun couldn't be practical?
Improving Interconnectivity Technology is becoming more intertwined with our daily lives, we’ve even invited it into our homes. Some common examples of our artificial companions include but are not limited to Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa, and LifeSmart's Spot. All these devices mesh seamlessly to automate your home into your dream home of the future. When you can control everything from dimming the lights to retracting your blinds, having voice control over your home peripherals just takes that extra load off your mind, leaving you more relaxed.
Buffing Your Home’s Security
After all the effort in customising and personalising your dream home, the finishing touch would have to be having the peace of mind that your home is safe. Traditional door locks and bulky surveillance equipment are being phased out by their futuristic, sleeker, and more effective counterparts. A smart home's comprehensive security system working in tandem with a smart door lock provides for holistic monitoring and even sends mobile notifications. These appliances are easy to set up, won't set you back an arm and a leg, and they’ll let you rest assured that your home is in safe hands.
Buying and renovating a house for the first time can be a daunting task but in its own way, that is the beauty of owning a house. Your newly acquired home is a blank canvas for you to decorate and craft as you wish. The ideas provided here are only a few out of the countless other possible means of making your house uniquely yours. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither should your home. Take your time because after all, home is where the heart is.