In the months since finishing my home, I’ve been frequently asked how I went about planning my home. Visitors walk around the open-plan ground floor and are in disbelief that this humble terraced home could offer so much space, especially considering how small it looks like from the outside. It wasn’t my intention to make so many changes to this small building, I’d initially planned on simply smartening up the place and flipping it for quick buck. However, once I started working on the place I soon realised that some real changes needed to happen if I was going to pass it on to a new owner.
The building as I found it was a typical one-bed terrace with a ‘vintage feel’ as the letting agent put it. This was a nice way of saying ‘extremely dated’. I knew what I getting myself in for to a certain extent: nasty old carpets, textured ceilings, thin windows – but what I hadn’t bargained on was the cramped space and uninspired design. My home was built at a time when houses were in much demand.
Designers and architects at that time did not worry themselves over considering what it would be like to live in these homes whilst they were drawing them up, they simply crammed as many units into the limited space that they had to work with. The result was homes like mine, and the hundreds that surround it: cramped, ugly and unpractical.
Thankfully, this is where my experience and connections in the print industry came in handy. I’d never redesigned a home before, but I did have the number of an old co-worker who did so for a living. The world of 3D visualisation is usually reserved for folks with a bit more cash going handy. It’s commonly used by property developers who are keen to show investors what their planned builds will look like in the context of the surrounding area, but it’s also used to model the interior of homes too.
I gave my pal a copy of the master plan for my home, alongside a few ideas that I had for the interior design and some images of the furniture that I was taking with me, and he put together a complete 3D render of what my home could like. This visualisation showed me the potential that my property had, but it was also daunting. There was so much to change that it would be impossible to do get it all done in a year. This is when I made the decision to start this blog and take my time transforming this ‘vintage’ terrace into a modern home that would match the visualisation.
Although I understand not every first-time homeowner has the good fortune to have a 3D visualiser on his beck and call, having the visualisation on hand was vital in guiding me through the renovation process and gave me some much needed motivation when it felt that the job was never going to end.