Future-Proof your House | 4 life-cases  to anticipate.

As one’s needs and family situation change over the years, many people resort to costly and time-consuming renovations. Of course, going through this process every couple of years is not ideal. It is best to future-proof your residence by trying to predict possible life changes and creating an efficient and flexible environment that secures comfort in any major life change that may come your way.


1. Selling and Renting.

These days, a relocation to another region or even another country because of a job prospect or a change in personal life, is always a possibility. All the more if you are already an expat in the country you are now living in. When they relocate, many people choose to sell their home, or even put it up for rent in order to have an extra income while keeping the possibility to return to it. So when you are buying and renovating your next house, it is helpful to keep in mind that you may need to sell or rent this very house. So make sure the renovation you decide on will on one hand, make this your dream home and on the other hand, also be perfect for selling or renting to others. If you build a house with oddly special features that cannot be altered, it may be difficult for another person to rent or buy it. Your architect should be able to help you “future-proof” by finding that perfect balance and making sure you maximize your return on investment.  

2. Having Kids.

Another life-changing moment is having children. If this is in your plans, even if it is 5 years into the future, do take that into account if you are in the midst of a renovation project now. Doing another renovation in a few years is costly,wasteful, and unnecessary. There are ways to plan for children already, without feeling like you live in a kids’ house without kids. The idea is to lay the groundwork for the future plans, so when the change happens, the house can be made ready with minimal construction, cost and hassle.

Here’s our piece on how to work from home when you live with a family. 

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3. Parents visiting or moving in.

In many cultures, many households include elders, parents and grandparents, as they move in at some point in their life cycle. This s another case that calls for “future-proofing” your residence. Even if your parents/ grandparents do not live with you, it is possible they come and stay with you for a few days or a few weeks. If you are renovating now, make sure your house already take that into account by ensuring a private bathroom for your visitors, or even a ground floor bedroom and bathroom, considering potential mobility difficulties that may develop. 

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4. Future-Proof because of Style Evolving.

Finally, a case that calls for future-proofing is the simplest and most comon one. as the years go by and trends come and go, your personal taste of interior design could also change. A person’s aesthetic in their 40s is usually different from the one in their 30s. Having that in mind, it is usually not the best to invest a lot of money in furniture you may need to replace later. Your architect or interior designer will be able to help you discern what is a trend may change and what is timeless and will always work. One way to err on the side of caution is to avoid following extremely trendy and popular styles and just stick with timeless options so you can easily evolve the house’s style in the future.

 Bonus Advice? Do not ask social media, ask your architect! 

 If you are renovating or building your house, get in touch with us. We would be happy to help with any questions you may have.


Working with Architects: Why we do not suggest last minute changes.

When designing your dream space, it is possible to feel uncertain about many of the decisions you will have to take, from the set up of the space, to the type of kitchen, to even the selection of materials. It is even possible for you to have a complete change of heart in the middle of the process. Last minute changes may be often but not always beneficial. 

While understandable, you can imagine that restarting from scratch in the middle of the process, or – to a less dramatic extent -, many changes during the process, can cause problems, and a considerable waste of time, money and energy.

Keeping that in mind, it becomes clear that the best course of action would be to take your time in the design phase and think your options over before making decisions and proceeding.

Here is how to avoid a messy process full of potentially costly changes

1. Choose an architect that can challenge and elevate your ideas, and show you what else is possible before deciding. Let your architect widen your horizon, so when you do make a decision, it is an informed decision after enough ‘window shopping’, and not the first thing that came to your mind.

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2. Give the architect enough time to not only develop the design, but also sleep on it. Good design takes time to mature. Architects need time to think, design and draw. Equally important is the time during which the architect may not be working on the design directly but actually, thinking about it in the back of their mind. The cooking time, the marinating time.
3. Use samples, mock-ups and visualisations before deciding.

If you are interested in samples check out our piece on their major importance to get some great ideas!

4. Keep the communication open with your architect. Feel free to stop them and ask whenever you feel lost in the process, or need a different type of visuals to help you understand the design they are proposing.
5. A home is a living ecosystem. Consider building into the design the flexibility for future changes. Ask your architect to help you future proof your house.

6. If you find yourself wanting to change things in the middle of the process, remember to check if any interdependent item of the design will also be affected. Will this change affect another part of the design? Will it have cost consequences? Have any interdependent items already been ordered? Paid for? Once you are aware of the consequences of a change, you can decide better if the change is worth it.

If you are renovating or building your house or just refreshing your interiors, get in touch with us. We would be happy to help with any questions you may have.

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-Private Client of AKKA



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