Change, don’t move

2015-07-30 06:00
Shutters in neutral shades such as silk white make the space look larger than it is.
PHOTO: supplied

Shutters in neutral shades such as silk white make the space look larger than it is. PHOTO: supplied

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It is not always as simple as a matter of too little or too much space; sometimes a home simply has the wrong space.

As children grow up their need for some independent space grows too. Often parents are as desperate to create a separate teenage space in the home as the teenagers are.

Privacy and sound control are major factors in wanting to create a dedicated space for teenagers to listen to music, watch TV, play games, laugh and chat with friends and just generally hang out.

“Wooden shutters and blinds are great for privacy. Their versatility in opening and closing offers maximum privacy without the loss of ventilation and light.

“They are also very effective in controlling acoustics, ideal at separating teenage chatter from adult conversation and keeping Justin Bieber at bay,” says Karina Palmer, interior designer and marketing manager of American Shutters.

Don’t immediately opt for costly and disruptive building solutions to create private spaces within your home, install by-pass or bi-fold shutters to divide large rooms into smaller areas.

“A large living area can provide both a formal adult area and a more relaxed chill space for kids when the shutters are in use, and when big get-togethers require the full use of the space the shutters can be pulled back and out of the way,” explains Palmer.

Empty vessel?

Nothing makes one miss loved ones who have moved on more than rattling around in a home with more space than you need.

“Wasted bedrooms are sad reminders and unused family dining areas echo with loneliness. Make the most of this freed-up space and create new exciting purposes that bring revitalised life to both your home and you,” says Palmer.

“Perhaps the bedrooms can become a new source of revenue by way of a homely bed and breakfast solution, perhaps the dining room can be turned into a library, craft room or study? The possibilities are endless.”

Creating a home that has the flexibility to transform its purpose as the lifestyle of the homeowner changes requires clever design.

“Specific window finishes such as traditional fabric curtains are décor specific; in bedrooms chosen to complement the bed linen, in dining areas chosen to create a sense of occasion.

“Shutters and blinds are versatile and work as well in a dining room as they do in a study,” says Palmer.

“By choosing your finishes wisely, home makeovers become less costly and complex.”[reporter]Cramped quarters? The answer to a house that has become too small is obvious. Adding an extension to a current home, if the property has the space to accommodate it, is a wise investment. A third bedroom or second bathroom, for example, will add value to the property and your life.Karina Palmer, interior designer and marketing manager of American Shutters, advises one to make these improvements thoughtfully and not be tempted to go for the quickest and cheapest solutions simply because your current cramped lifestyle has you wanting to jump ship.“Choose finishes that add value to your home but do so without compromising your style,” says Palmer. “Window treatments such as wooden shutters and blinds are considered permanent fixtures and add value to your property and their timeless quality suits all décor themes.”American Shutters’ Decowood range is ideal for all applications from living areas to bathrooms and kitchens. Their most cost effective and eco-friendly range, Decowood shutters are available in a wide choice of styles and finishes. Palmer suggests one of the five neutral shades such as silk white to make a space look larger than it is.

Facts, figures and logic

Consider this typical example, a home valued at R2,5 million in October 2002 and with no capital improvements made since then, is today valued at around R7,5 million as suggested by various published housing index figures.

Should you wish to relocate from a house such as this, you can expect to pay the following:

• Estate agent’s fees at five percent plus VAT of R427 500.

• Cost of certificates estimated at upwards of R30 000 to bring your existing home in line with the plumbing, gas and electrical regulations.

• Capital gains tax of approximately R340 000 (based on a R2 million allowance and a 40% marginal tax rate individual).

This is already close to a titanic total of R800 000 and you have not yet paid for moving and other costs such as legal and transfer fees to acquire your new home.

So before you ship out of your current home, consider the costs and rather get your home into shape with American Shutters’ clever design advice and products. — Supplied.

Stranded?

It is not always as simple as a matter of too little or too much space; sometimes a home simply has the wrong space.

As children grow up their need for some independent space grows too. Often parents are as desperate to create a separate teenage space in the home as the teenagers are. Privacy and sound control are major factors in wanting to create a dedicated space for teenagers to listen to music, watch TV, play games, laugh and chat with friends and just generally hang out.

“Wooden shutters and blinds are great for privacy. Their versatility in opening and closing offers maximum privacy without the loss of ventilation and light. They are also very effective in controlling acoustics, ideal at separating teenage chatter from adult conversation and keeping Justin Bieber at bay,” says Palmer.

Don’t immediately opt for costly and disruptive building solutions to create private spaces within your home, install by-pass or bi-fold shutters to divide large rooms into smaller areas. “A large living area can provide both a formal adult area and a more relaxed chill space for kids when the shutters are in use, and when big get-togethers require the full use of the space the shutters can be pulled back and out of the way,” explains Palmer.

Empty vessel?

Nothing makes one miss loved ones who have moved on more than rattling around in a home with more space than you need. “Wasted bedrooms are sad reminders and unused family dining areas echo with loneliness. Make the most of this freed-up space and create new exciting purposes that bring revitalised life to both your home and you,” says Palmer. “Perhaps the bedrooms can become a new source of revenue by way of a homely bed and breakfast solution, perhaps the dining room can be turned into a library, craft room or study? The possibilities are endless.”

Creating a home that has the flexibility to transform its purpose as the lifestyle of the homeowner changes requires clever design. “Specific window finishes such as traditional fabric curtains are décor specific; in bedrooms chosen to complement the bed linen, in dining areas chosen to create a sense of occasion. Shutters and blinds are versatile and work as well in a dining room as they do in a study,” says Palmer. “By choosing your finishes wisely, home makeovers become less costly and complex.”

Cramped quarters?

The answer to a house that has become too small is obvious. Adding an extension to a current home, if the property has the space to accommodate it, is a wise investment. A third bedroom or second bathroom, for example, will add value to the property and your life.

Karina Palmer, interior designer and marketing manager of American Shutters, advises one to make these improvements thoughtfully and not be tempted to go for the quickest and cheapest solutions simply because your current cramped lifestyle has you wanting to jump ship.

“Choose finishes that add value to your home but do so without compromising your style,” says Palmer. “Window treatments such as wooden shutters and blinds are considered permanent fixtures and add value to your property and their timeless quality suits all décor themes.”

American Shutters’ Decowood range is ideal for all applications from living areas to bathrooms and kitchens. Their most cost effective and eco-friendly range, Decowood shutters are available in a wide choice of styles and finishes. Palmer suggests one of the five neutral shades such as silk white to make a space look larger than it is

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