Small Apartment Renovations

Has the time come to consider an apartment renovation? Every space needs renovating sooner or later, but often it may be put off and delayed because it just seems so complex and daunting.  The prospect of disruptions of daily life and the headaches of dealing with multiple contractors, plus uncertainties about scheduling, and of course the issue of cost. These are valid issues when considering small apartment renovations.

That’s why AQWA Constructions makes small apartment renovations a specialty. We are Brisbane renovation builders, and we have done this many times – we have the experience, the skills, and the resources to handle all the details. We will be with you from concept to completion. It’s easy to get started – contact us for a renovation quote by calling 0414 234 695, or get in touch online.

Big Ideas for Small Apartments

Before the first sketch, before the first nail is driven, it’s vital to have a very clear picture of what is wanted and what’s important. Let’s look at some small apartment renovation ideas.

The Same Only Better

When an apartment is renovated, it is usually because it offers something to the residents that might not be available simply by moving to a new space elsewhere. That could be an excellent and convenient location, amenities like a great yard or a garage space, or even a beautiful view. It’s important to identify the qualities that make the apartment special so they can be highlighted as much as possible – and to identify the things that need to be upgraded. Maybe the location is perfect, but the kitchen is way too small. Maybe the floorplan is great, but the interior and fixtures are old and worn. Each apartment will have its own opportunities and constraints. The renovated space should faithfully retain the best qualities, solve problems, and present a refreshed and elevated experience.

Open Up Spaces

Many apartments that are ready for a renovation feature spaces that are broken up and enclosed – a kitchen closed in by four walls, with a separate dining area that is a bit too small to be comfortable is a common expression of this. To the extent possible, it is highly effective to open up and connect related spaces – a kitchen that flows into the dining area, with appliances or the sink moved from isolation over by the walls to a central island, so the combined area becomes a relaxed social area in addition to serving the practical needs of food prep. Likewise, if a rather dark, enclosed interior space can be opened up to an attractive yard or balcony using a window wall and doors, the feel of the space becomes much larger although the square footage has not changed.

Don’t Overlook the Bath

A complete bath makeover does wonders for upgrading an apartment. It’s possible to turn an ordinary bath into something like a miniature spa using off-the-shelf fixtures and some thoughtful creativity – design and utility for the bath has come a long way, and everything is easily available. This is probably one of the most overlooked improvements in small apartment renovations. When you redo the bath, it will also be a great opportunity to inspect plumbing, and repair as needed.

Look to the Lighting

Changing to updated and more attractive lighting will make a big difference. Even recently built spaces tend to have very basic, even minimal lighting. The builder always wants to save money and does not know the likes and dislikes of future residents, so rather plain and functional lighting is the norm. You can change all this – indirect area lighting with focused accent spots in the living room, under-cabinet task lighting in the kitchen, ceiling channel lighting to brighten up a dark hallway – just about anything you might want is available. Your contractor should also go through the apartment’s electrical service and fix any faults.

Insulate Your Space

When renovations are ongoing, it can be a good time to improve and increase insulation, not only in perimeter walls, but also in the walls between interior rooms. This helps retain warmth in colder months and makes the space easier to cool when it gets warm outside. And the more people living in the apartment, the more everyone will appreciate the noise reduction – it can be substantial.

Talk (and Listen) to Your Contractor

The contractor’s first task is to listen. Every space is different, and every customer has a unique perspective and different needs. Let your contractor know what you want from the renovation, in as much detail as possible, and take advantage of their knowledge and experience by listening carefully to their suggestions and advice. Everything is on the table when it comes to small apartment renovation ideas. Establishing good communication right from the start will help carry the renovation project through to a successful outcome.

AQWA Will Make it Happen

AQWA Constructions is a leader in apartment renovations, and we’re ready to begin with yours. Let’s talk – we want to hear your ideas and show you what can be done to make your apartment the unique, comfortable home or investment you deserve. We are here to answer your questions and help bring your dreams to life. Call us on 0414 234 695, or get in touch online for a renovation quote.