The time has never been more perfect to invest in improving your own home. I’m not talking DIY your house and sell it for ten million pounds profit kind of improvement; I’m talking about actual home improvement, not house improvement. The days of picking up a property and doing a spot of decorating to sell on as a profit making venture are long gone, and the time has come to put a bit of pride back the family abode.
There are many things that spring to mind when someone mentions home improvement; tearing down walls, re-tiling bathrooms, re-fitting a kitchen and landscaping the garden for example. Other firm favourites are sorting out the flooring and slapping up a splash of paint. These all combine to improve the look of a home’s interior, and put a bit of your own personality into a property. The common factor that is often missed in renovations or home improvements are the replacement of the internal doors.
Considering double glazed front and back doors are high on the priority list of any home improvement, it is astonishing to see many lovely looking homes making do with bog standard plywood doors from the sixties. As an interior designer, it is always a pleasure to see original doors, especially in a period property, and I take great pleasure in sanding them down and waxing them up to restore them to their former Victorian glory. New builds and more modern houses do not benefit from doors from a period home, something just doesn’t sit right with the dimensions of modern living, in which case the designer is more or less given carte blanche when it comes to choosing interior doors.