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 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.

The Smart Technology: Home Automation Achieves New Levels of Innovation

Home automation is the next big thing in home construction and design. The concept has already established a footprint globally. Recently, architectural companies in Pakistan have also started tapping into the world of smart homes. Some control activities such as turning off a light or disabling an alarm are rather simple and inexpensive. Other complex operations such as advanced surveillance and security controls require more investment of both technique and money. So, is it as good as it sounds? Let’s go through a few things you can control right from your smartphone, and you can then decide for yourself whether it’s worth the investment.

Lighting Management

Lighting Management Through Mobile

Yes, you no longer have to get up from that couch to turn up the lights. A simple tap on your smartphone or a voice command is all you need to do and voila, you can now remotely control the lights of your entire house all from that smartphone in your hand. Shell some more rupees and you can even alter the intensity and color of the lights. All you need is a home automation device to be wired with the lighting system you would like to remotely control, and the device can be easily synced to your smartphone. If we have a look at the latest home construction in Pakistan we’ll notice that the architects always leave a room for automation systems to be installed in electrical sockets and distribution boxes.

Surveillance Systems

Surveillance Systems Through Smart Phone

Security being a major concern in Pakistan, surveillance systems have the highest demand when it comes to home automation. Basic surveillance systems are already being widely used, especially in the corporate sector in Pakistan and advanced possibilities are being explored. Smart cameras are directly connected with your home’s internet connection, making real-time surveillance possible from your smartphone. The premier home construction in Lahore and in other urban cities of Pakistan includes pre-installed surveillance systems.

Temperature Control

Temperature Control Through Mobile

Installing a temperature control system in your home is a technology rather common, but managing it with your smartphone is undoubtedly an innovation worth attention. With a smart temperature control system installed in your home and a complimenting control app installed in your smartphone, you can remotely manage the temperature of every single room in your home. Whether it is turning on the air conditioner before arriving home on a hot day, or turning off the heating system while your kids are asleep at home, it is all possible.

Curtain Mechanism

Curtain Mechanism Through Smart Phone

Curtains are no exception when it comes to smartly controlling your home. Yes, curtain automation isn’t restricted to installing motors and controlling them with the given remote device. You can now automate your home curtain mechanism to an extent that they are completely operated through your smartphone. By managing curtains, shutters, blinds and awnings right from the palm of your hands, your life would become far more convenient than you had ever imagined.

The modern-day technologists are constantly working on making life easier for us; let’s see what else enters the list of smartphone automation in days to come.

Why Use Steel Railings Instead of Wooden Railings?

This is a question commonly asked by people who are about to invest in their home or office design, construction or renovation. According to the leading architectural firm of Pakistan, Amer Adnan Associates, the answer to this question lies in the kind of investment you’re willing to part with and what design you have in mind in regards to your space. If we keep personal preferences aside, there are other factors that need to be considered before you can make a choice between the steel and wooden railings for your house/office. For instance, budget, longevity of material, installation cost and time, and much more. The modern home construction companies in Pakistan suggest that any house that needs to become a home, it is crucial that its elements come together seamlessly to display grace, warmth and unity. This will be in respect to the structure, design and most importantly, durability. For majority of homeowners, the first home that is constructed will be a residence for at least one or two generations. So every detail has to be mapped out and thought out thoroughly.

In this article, we will focus on why a majority of architectural services in Lahore and nationwide recommend steel railings over the wooden railings.

Durability to Withstand Forces of Nature

No matter where the steel railings are installed, be it stairs or be it in the balconies; they will always be durable enough to withstand direct exposure to sunlight, rain, storms and other natural destructive forces. The wooden railings, on the other hand, would require a great deal of care and maintenance. This includes polishing at least twice a year, spraying with chemicals to protect against pesticides and constant cleaning to avoid development of mold/fungus during the humid weather. In case of steel railings, all that is required is a wipe to clean and restore it to its original form and sheen.

Economical Than Its Wooden Counterpart

Due to overproduction of steel, the steel railings cost considerably less than its wooden counterpart. They are manufactured in factories in assembly lines and always made in bulk, which is why the end price is always cheaper than wooden railings. On the contrary, the wooden railings may get expensive depending on the type and quality of wood being used. Moreover, the additional cost of skilled craftsmanship in case of details motifs and designs will cost you extra. Ideally, any material utilized in construction in Lahore or any other city for that matter will automatically have the price at the cheaper end if it is manufactured and purchased in bulk.

Easier to Install and Maintain Over Time

When it comes to installation, steel railings are far easier to install than wooden railings. The entire unit can be assembled on site with ease. Unlike wooden railings, none of its components require building it onsite. Instead, steel railings can be brought onsite straight from the vendor to be installed within a very reasonable timeframe as opposed to making a pretend workshop for wooden ones. Steel railings contain spare parts, screws, nuts, bolts, etc., all things that can be assembled and disassembled at the request and requirement of the client. It is feasible if you wish to relocate and use existing railings at your new home/office.

Ethical Responsibility towards the Planet

Apart from all the reasons mentioned above that go in favor of steel railings over wooden ones, the biggest and most critical reason is the wood used. It is usually mahogany or oak, which are heralded as environmental and historical treasures of the forests. Every time you choose wooden railing over steel, you are becoming an unintentional accomplice and contributing to deforestation which is gradually destroying our planet. The final choice, as always, remains in the hands of the homeowners who want to spend their money on every aspect of the house/office, from construction till the end which is interior design. The burden of choice remains with you.

Floorboards: A Trend that is Becoming Popular Again in 2017

Whether we take a look at home renovations or new home construction in Pakistan, 2017 is witnessing many revisions in building construction as well as decoration trends. Out of many new things that have recently made their mark in home construction trends, floorboards stand apart to make a great impression. According to a recent survey, the home flooring is all set to experience the biggest increase in investment, with an average of 29% of homeowners looking to spend more on it. They are taking a great deal of interest in the selection of floorboards with the reason being that this flooring is considered a statement of elegance for the home and homeowners. Below are three types of floorboards that have become most popular in 2017.

Dark Floorboards

Dark Floorboards

If we take a look into the past, the light or blond wood flooring was quite popular and was considered an element of sophistication and class. However this year, bolder colors are pretty much in trend because brighter accessories have made their position in the market. The gray and dark brown shades of floorboards are the hottest trends for this year.

Brushed Finish Floorboards

Brushed Finish Floorboards

The brushed finish floorboards include those which are either natural or band-sawn. If you are among the homeowners who are more inclined towards ensuring natural wood look for your floors, the best idea is to opt for brushed finish floorboards which showcase ingrained texture. We have seen many people opting for this floorboard design this year.

Cork Floorboards

Cork Floorboards

The cork flooring is increasingly becoming popular in 2017. One of the primary reasons behind the comeback of cork floorboards is their design flexibility, eco-credentials and health benefits for the residents. The cork floors do not absorb dust and they are resistant to fungus as well as bacteria. One of the interesting facts about this flooring is that it greatly reduces noise in home.