5 Ways to Remodel Your Kitchen on Budget

A beautiful interior of a custom kitchen

Kitchen remodeling is amongst the most desired ways to improve the house but it can be expensive. Revamped cabinets, backsplashes, and islands are bound to drain your budget. If pricey renovation is out of question for you, there are a few stylish and wallet-smart transformations that you can incorporate right away and give your boring kitchen a chic facelift.

Keeping the cost in mind, here are 5 simple remodeling ideas that will convert your kitchen into your dream kitchen!

Add Lights

It cannot be stressed enough that in any remodeling project, lighting is the key! If your kitchen has those basic, old standard overhead fixtures and the overall lighting is dim, change it. Modern home designers in Pakistan stress that for a kitchen to look its best and to function accordingly, it has to be properly lit.

Upgrading the lights doesn’t have to be insanely expensive. Just go for noticeable and stylish fixtures that blend well into the details of the room. Stick-on lights, for example, are a perfect option especially for under cabinet lighting, to illuminate counter-tops or to make unique glow in the dark drawers. Another inexpensive option is to go for battery operated portable fixtures pivoted independently. You can adjust the brightness according to your taste.

You’d think, a lamp is not a conventional way to light up a kitchen but if your counter has space, an eye-catching lamp can be a nice and budget-friendly addition too. Similarly, if you already have an island, you can make it more distinguishable with overhead hanging vibrant lamps.

Give your cabinets a facelift

Cabinets are the focal point of the kitchen, so if you feel your kitchen looks too typical, it is most probably because of the cabinets. There are a lot of ways in which you can transform these cabinets within a week without spending money on getting new ones. First off, make a simple soap and water solution and clean the cabinets thoroughly to remove all dirt and grease. For obvious reasons, cleaning is the sine qua non of the entire revamping process. Next you can decide if you want to refresh the paint, repair scratches, gouges and chips with varnish and refinishing kits or all of these, depending on how worn out they are.

You can always call a professional to help you with repair work, a lot of affordable house construction companies in Pakistan readily provide these services. If painting is your desired option for a facelift, try going for a different colour than the existing one. It will breathe life into your remodeled kitchen.

Change Shelf Liners

If you don’t have shelf or drawer liners at all, now is the time to add them or change them if you have existing worn out ones. Liners are a quick and low budget fancy finish that also help to keep your kitchen neat and organized. They help you avoid the pain of scrubbing the shelves to clean them, all you have to do is get nonstick liners and replace them from time to time. The good part is that you don’t have to stick to conventional white liner as they are now readily available in all colours. You can find ones that match the décor of your kitchen and neatly place them inside.

Update the Faucet

This is the most straightforward way to make an impressive upgrade to your kitchen. Selecting a faucet that would fit well in your remodeled kitchen depends on your obsession, your kitchen style, your finish philosophy and your budget. Go for touch or spray wand faucets instead of the tap-on, tap-off ones.

Next important thing is to decide the finish, do you want bronze, chrome or two-tone stainless steel with a pop of colour. Go with whatever speaks to your heart and blends well with your kitchen’s theme. Last, but not the least, do not overlook your budget.

Cover Ugly Countertops

Replacing a countertop is not a small change, so improving on what you have will keep you in your monetary comfort zone. The easiest trick is to add something functional and good looking on the counter such as a nice cutting board. Or if you are feeling more ambitious, you can paint your countertop to improve your kitchen in a stunning way. If you are considering doing it yourself, you’ll need oil based paints, a grade roller and an angled sponge. Also make sure that the countertop is completely clean before you revamp it, use xylol solvent to remove any grease or dirt.

Laminate countertops have also surged back in popularity, providing a stylish alternative to expensive stone-slabs. Unlike other pricier materials, laminate countertops are relatively less expensive to replace. So for a long-term budget friendly fix, go for these while you are renovating your kitchen.


Top 5 Takeaways from Celebrity Homes for Modern House Designs in Pakistan

Master Bedroom With Sitting Room

The way celebrities live and decorate their homes gets a lot of attention from the general public as they wish to adopt similar styles. However, not everyone can afford this! Here we have listed some ideas that have been taken from celebrity homes that will make modern house designs in Pakistan look luxurious in a budget friendly way!

Comfort through Pillows

Luxury is directly associated with comfort – hence one of the top picks from celebrity homes revolves around the things they do for creating a comfortable, cozy yet fancy environment. Having a number of plush cushions or 22 inch pillows on your living area chair or sofa is a wonderful start to creating comfort in style.

Gold and Silver Accents

Accessorizing your house in style is not a job meant for all. It calls for one to have a great aesthetic sense and knowledge about how luxury homes look like. Filling the interior of your house in bulky golden items will definitely not make it look lavish – in fact it looks rather crude. However, celebrity homes will more than often have some display of golden and silver accents for their interior décor.  Find a few antique style, dull gold or silver wall frames or candle stands to decorate your house with. You can also add warmth to your house by placing some brushed nickel table lamps on the entrance or the living area to give the overall ambience the luxury uplift.

Focus on Flooring

Complete hardwood flooring can come across as an unwelcoming and uncomfortable house. The classic visual appeal is created when part of the flooring is left with hardwood finish whereas certain parts of the house are highlighted with thick, wool carpets. When selecting a colour for the hardwood area, keep in mind that most celebrity houses opt for dark wooden shades as it brings richness and depth to the space.

A Chandelier or Two

Seldom will you come across a celebrity house that does not have a single chandelier. Crystal chandeliers that are coupled with silver metal frames are a royalty indeed. There are several designs available for chandeliers and they also vary in their price range. Select one that goes with the overall theme of the house and place it either at the entrance to make it impactful or in your dining area.

Moldings Around The House

Luxury homes focus on every detail of the interior as well as the outer look of the house. When talking about the interior decoration and design, any given room which is missing crown moldings on the ceiling not only looks average but also gives an incomplete feel – as if something fundamental is missing. Celebrity homes have their walls neatly connected to the ceiling via crown moldings. Surprisingly, this lavish look is not an expensive deal as well, hence you can bring a rich feel to your house in a low cost.

Tips on Choosing the Right Furniture for Your House

Best Furniture

When setting up a house, selecting the right furniture which is a good combination of your ‘needs’ and ‘style’ is an important milestone.  Purchasing the right kind of furniture for your house is a practical exercise – it encompasses the requirement of a place to sit, an area to cook and eat, a place to sleep and storage options. House construction companies in Lahore recommend that on the outset of a layout plan, furniture placement and spacing must be considered in order to avoid any future complications.

Apart from the practical aspects of furniture selection, it is vital to include your own emotions and personality when buying furniture. After all, your house and everything in it is a reflection of your mood and preferences in life. Considering the fact that you build most of your treasured memories in the space that comforts you, furniture selection for your house must be a combination of your style, mood, the functional requirements along with the quality and cost of the furniture you choose. Below are a few tips and tricks to help you select the right furniture for your house.

First and foremost, you must have a preplanned budget that you have to work around. Having a set budget has advantages in several ways – one, it gives you an exact idea of what you can afford and secondly, it minimizes the risk of any future disappointment in terms of having to let go of something that you really like but can’t afford. With a vast variety to choose from in today’s world, it is important to keep a check on how much you spend on a piece of furniture. For instance, if you spend half of your budget on a single reclining chair for your living room, you may end up compromising on the remaining furniture for that room which will ultimately have an impact on the overall look.

Secondly, try to mentally visualize what you want your house to look like. More than often, people’s houses circle around a certain style or theme. You can easily tell when someone has placed random pieces of furniture in the house and no theme/style has been followed. Although ‘abstract’ styling is a form of art in itself, however going completely random with furniture might not be a good idea.  As an added factor, once you know what style or theme you intend to follow in the house it becomes easier to select furniture accordingly.

Categorize your furniture shopping into two broad categories: Essential Furniture and Complimentary Furniture. This makes life a lot easier! Once you have the basic necessities covered for every room in the house and if that is covered within your budget – then you have all the extra amount of money that you can spend on adding cherries to the cake. Therefore, depending on the size allotted to each room (in square footage) and your basic requirement for that particular space, you can prioritize your furniture shopping.

When shopping for furniture, always keep in mind the space. In other words, don’t purchase furniture items that are a misfit for a particular room in your house – for example; buying a 6 seat dining table to keep in the kitchen when there’s space for only 4 seats. Modern house designs in Pakistan emphasize on the need to have maneuvering space in the house and the same can be achieved with smart furniture selection and placement.

4 Ideas to Give Your House a Contemporary Look

Modern House

A contemporary look, according to modern home construction companies in Pakistan, encompasses the idea of having a range of styles that have evolved and developed in this century. There are several different aspects to this. Outlined below are some of the ways that a house with traditional interior can be transformed into contemporary style.

Begin with Paint!

The colour of your house will speak volumes about the style that has been followed throughout. Choosing the right colour for painting your house, whether on the outside or on the inside, can be quite a challenging task. More than often, everything else that comes into the house is somehow decided with reference to the paint palette that has been used. Out of the endless range of colours and textures that are available, only a few suffice to bring that touch of sophistication that you are looking for. The interior can either be designed around understated hues or a mix of loud and dramatic tones. Hues however, more instantly bring that glamorous feel to the house with their elegant palette options.

Wooden Floors

It may seem like wall-to-wall carpet provides a very warm and cozy environment in the house, however it fails to match with the level of elegance that comes with wooden floors. They are surely more appealing in appearance and can easily be installed at an affordable price. Hardwood floors live longer than carpets do and are also much easier to maintain. Technology and development has now helped achieve a variety of colours, textures and materials to choose from for wooden flooring. The different types of wooden materials also vary in their price which makes it easier for the buyer to select what suits his budget the best.

Consider Developing an Indoor Garden

Although every home will not have a floor plan that allows for indoor gardens, however nothing like it if one can be created in the house. One of the most popular design demands in modern home construction these days is the development of an indoor garden. All that is required is a small space or a corner of your living room or the area under the staircase, and by developing a basic garden feel you can tremendously contribute towards creating a contemporary look in your house.

Include Contemporary Art

It is, most certainly, a beautiful combination to have thoughtful architectural design go hand-in-hand with contemporary artwork. You can have décor items or paintings which complement the contemporary design of your house. Even adding a few books on the shelf that are about historical artwork or modern design can make a difference. Playing with the aesthetics of the house can add great value to the overall contemporary ambience of the premise.

4 Ways to Create Energy Efficient Home Designs

Energy Saving Tips

Construction that is energy efficient basically includes heating, cooling and water mechanisms that are cost and energy efficient. The greatest benefit apart from comfort and cost saving is that such structures promise a longer infrastructure life.  Home construction companies in Pakistan are now focused more than ever on creating energy efficient designs. Some of the ways to create such home designs are shared below.

Energy Utilization Assessment

Before investing into any new idea or method, an initial assessment is a must. If you are remodeling an existing structure or building a new house it would be wise to first conduct an energy assessment survey and see where you stand. There are some companies that exclusively offer the service of conducting an energy audit for your building. This assessment will give you and your architect a clear picture of the present consumption of energy in your house and will also propose what the best ways would be for you to cut down on energy wastage as well as its cost.

Design Smartly

Experienced home construction companies will begin their task by smartly designing a cost-effective design.  Once this is successfully achieved and agreed upon, builders who are well-versed with the idea of energy-efficient construction will build upon the design step by step. This is perhaps the most crucial aspect of designing a net zero energy home and for this phase to be successful it is vital that the builders, architects and planners must be on the same page at all times. Factors such as the surrounding climate, the overall size of the structure and the building orientation must be the basis of the proposed design.

Solar Solutions

One of the most readily available natural resources is sunlight. Advances in construction techniques and building materials have persuaded architects and builders to make use of solar designs. Using solar energy is one of the most effective and smart methods to cut down on electricity bills for your home. There are many ways in which solar solutions can be incorporated within home designs.

Energy Friendly Appliances

Last but not the least; an energy efficient house is not complete unless the daily working materials within the house are also installed with the purpose of saving energy. A recent study shows that over 60% of the energy use in a home is accounted for by the plug loads and appliances that are used in the house. The best way is to eliminate phantom plug loads in the house. Managing energy efficient plugging systems for house appliances is an essential part of ensuring an overall energy efficient home design.

4 Recommended Kitchen Designs from Top Interior Designers in Lahore

Kitchen Design

This year kitchen trends are leaning towards more personalized and individual styles, rather than the more traditional and formal designs. From quartz counter tops paired with metal and wooden accents, to kitchen islands in monochromatic hues and shaker inspired designs, this year trends are shifting towards modern yet unique and customized styles.

Today we are going to share some of the latest kitchen designs and trends, suggested by the top interior designers in Lahore.

Monochromatic Hues

For a more contemporary and sleek design, consider shifting towards a monochromatic color scheme. Turning towards varying shades of gray and white undertones, while pairing them with bold and vibrant accents can help create a warm and rich appeal. When paired with sleek counter tops and minimalistic designs, dark wooden or tiled floors can help add a modern and contemporary vibe to your kitchen. Most interior designers recommend the use of white backsplashes and white Corian countertops, for a minimal and sleek design.

Mixing Metals

While you might not be inclined towards painting your kitchen in one color, consider the addition of metal accents, for a more personalized touch. As stainless steel no longer has the expensive and exclusive appeal which it once had, most people prefer the use of copper and brass accents, as they give a more warm and homely touch to the interior. The use of metal can help add character and depth to your kitchen, as mixing metals can add visual interest. Copper accents and accessories are often used to add contrast when paired with black or dark interiors.

Replacing Granite with Quartz

Most interior designers and construction companies recommend the use of quartz in kitchens. Although the two materials nearly give the same look and finish, quartz is preferred as it is durable and resists scratches, burns and chips. Quartz, unlike granite, does not have to be sealed annually to prevent stains, while its subtle color gradation lends itself well to sleek and contemporary designs.

Sleek Countertops and Handless Units

This year interior designers are moving away from decorative and glazed styles, and are instead turning towards modern and sleek designs. Contemporary countertops while maintaining the impression of non-cluttered and clean spaces, are slimmer and thinner in their designs. Pairing these countertops with solid gray or white accents, can help add a compelling, and refined touch to your interior.

One of the more highly recommended kitchen trends includes the addition of sleek, handless units in gray or earthy tones. With a streamlined and uncluttered look, these units are excellent for adding a simple, yet modern finish to your kitchen.

We hope that you enjoyed these design trends and were inspired by these kitchen styles. For more design trends and household tips, stay connected to our blog.

A Look at Home Construction in Pakistan

House Designed by Amer Adnan Associates

One of the most rapidly growing industries in Pakistan in terms of business as well as public awareness is architecture. Although the field entails a versatile range of services, when it comes to home construction – architecture is about the creativity of design and efficient utilization of space. It is imperative for any successful home construction company in Pakistan to have a strong business relationship with civil/mechanical engineers. Primarily, in any construction in Lahore or anywhere in Pakistan, it is the civil engineer who focuses on innovation to bring to reality an architect’s creative design. In order to achieve successful results house construction companies in Pakistan aim to maintain good communication, skill and quality control check with their civil contractor.

Considering to be one of the most challenging jobs for an individual and also for an architect, home construction in Pakistan requires expert strategy and execution skills. Modern house designs are simple on the outlook but are very complex to design as they require creative skills that can manage spaces efficiently with a subtle and elegant overall look.

Today parameters such as quality, creativity, productivity, efficient and timely execution of work and safety measures have become key differentiators for the construction industry in Pakistan. Companies that have an edge on the listed benchmarks have a stronger and loyal clientele as opposed to those who have questionable credibility.

Another key element that is part of the home construction job is proper project management. Often companies provide very good home designs and have a good team of engineers lined up to execute the plan. However, they lack efficient project management tools and mechanism in order to monitor the execution of work at every stage and plan ahead of time what needs to be done next.

Companies offering a complete range of residential construction services include building the project from scratch and also indulge in remodeling existing structures to fit the client’s need. The range of services offered by such companies include, full remodeling, concept-to-completion home construction, household repairs, design and plan, design and construction of kitchen, bathroom and rooms separately, outdoor layout and design, basement renovations and designs etc. Home construction companies in Pakistan are often equipped with competitive architects, a team of management staff who look after the completion of each task in the project and supervise the overall project and a team of engineers who are experts in technical/mechanical/electrical tasks on the project.

After discussing the objectives, requirements and the client’s budget architects or home construction companies in Pakistan provide various predesign services such as environmental studies or determining feasibility. Unless it is predefined by the client, home construction companies also assist in the selection of a construction site and accordingly produce a cost analysis and land-use report. For instance, space requirements may be determined by the age/number of potential users of the house. Once the feasibility is approved by the client then the construction company prepares drawings along with a report presenting ideas for the client to review.

Then the construction company/architect develops the final construction plans that demonstrate the building’s details and appearance. The plan also includes drawings of the structural system (ventilation, heating, etc.) plumbing, landscape and site plans and electrical layouts. Construction companies also provide guidance regarding construction material and interior furnishing.

The construction plans are to be continually revised on the basis of client’s needs and budget constraints is a necessary part of the job.

Architects and home construction companies sometimes specialize in one phase of work whereas, most home construction companies in Pakistan cover a greater range of services that focus on planning, predesign services and construction management till the final execution of the project.