Are you constructing a new house? Do you need to choose all the fittings and accessories for it? Not sure where to start? In our guide, we help you sort through the main options on today’s market, so that you know what to expect and what your preferences are, even before you go shopping. It’s an exciting venture and can include looking at a tilt garage door, or considering a brick driveway. Or perhaps you’d like a vintage-looking tap.
Let’s look at the most important aspects to consider.
Your first consideration will need to be what style of fittings and accessories you prefer. You may like to align that with the theme and style of your house. It needn’t constrain you, but it can help make decisions sometimes.
Are you going for a vintage, Victorian, 60s, or modern style, or do you prefer the rustic country charm that so many magazines portray? Do you want a relaxed or a formal feel? Do you want a harmonious look, or will you simply pick items that catch your eye?
Your roof is one of the most visible parts of your home. There are several options:
- A thatch roof gives the air of a country home. Research the extra yearly costs involved, as well as the risks and maintenance necessary.
- A tin roof can reflect a Victorian style home perfectly.
- Shingles will hark back to a vintage style.
- Roof tiles can look very smart.
- A flat roof is a good option if there’s good drainage.
Driveways and Pathways
The options for driveways and pathways are:
- Stone: It gives texture and a crunchy sound to your driveway. It also fits in with a more rural house.
- Bark: Yhis also gives a country feel.
- Brick: A smart, elegant aesthetic can be created with brick.
- Concrete: Practical, durable, and weed-free, concrete or cement is suitable for a modern house.
What’s more, you can contemplate a covered archway over the paths for shade and a sense of mystery.
The doors of the garage and the outer doors of your home should ideally match for a harmonious view. If you like the natural look, choose wooden garage doors and front door. If you prefer something painted, let them be the same colour. You can select metal or weatherboard too.
Then, you have to decide on the style of door: sectional, tilt or roller for the garage. They can also be custom-made for best results, so choose your provider carefully.
Paint and Wall Claddings
Both the inside and outside of the house deserve special consideration when it comes to decoration with paint or other materials. Mostly, inside walls will be painted, so you can consider colour schemes, accent walls, and feature walls.
If you have face brick outer walls, then you need do nothing further. But if you want to decorate your wall with stones or other form of decorative cladding, words and phrases, then opt for a colour scheme that’s natural and blends in with the environment. Ochres, browns and golds work really well here.
Inside the house, you need to consider whether the floors you have will be:
- Carpets (Think colour scheme and type—thick pile or hard-wear)
- Wooden Floors
They all have benefits and drawback. The best option depends on whether you have a house in a predominantly cool or warm climate, and how the look fits in with your overall scheme.
The cupboard doors of the kitchen and bedrooms need to be considered as part of the whole. Yes, your kitchen cupboards must be different to your bedroom ones, but overall, the style will reflect the general theme of the house.
Generally, you can choose between melamine and wooden, but the available styles are vast. For example, it can be great fun selecting between French doors or antique.
Baths, Sinks and Showers
Your bath, sink and shower in the bathroom will cohere if you choose an era or style. We’ve seen oak caskets for basins, with stone basins and wooden toilets in a bathroom adorned with many plants. It gives you the feeling of being in the middle of a forest.
Or you could select a completely modern look, with marble, glass, tiles and porcelain as part of the theme.
Make sure your taps reflect the same style, for example with the former style, you would choose vintage taps.
There are more aspects to consider: light fittings, lamp shades, light switches, door handles and kitchen counters. It’s a good idea to source from places that offer you a wide range of options. Still, be prepared that it may take some shopping around until you get the items you really like.
Enjoy the process. It’s worth it in the end.