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Common Furnishing Challenges and Solutions

greek-interior-redecorate-wardrobe-questgreekislands1You’ve just bought your new Greek home but don’t have the budget to renovate it just yet. If you cannot renovate your bedroom from scratch, there are many ways to update it to create a room that is unique to your own style and preferences. The good news is that homeowners with a little do-it-yourself carpentry know-how can renovate their homes with a simple DIY wardrobe project.

Common problems with new furniture

There are a number of common problems experienced when fitting any type of furniture in a room. Because not all rooms come in simple square shape designs, many will have some obstacles and obstructions. Below are some of the challenges you may encounter when installing your wardrobe, as well as the solutions to enable you to get the job done right.

Two common obstacles to the design of a bedroom include a chimney breast and a curtain pole/ track.

The chimney breast is a common feature in many bedrooms and is found on the outside wall, which is generally the longest wall in the bedroom. This is what makes this wall the most suitable for fitting the runs of the wardrobes. There is no specific way in which you may plan your renovation around the chimney breast. Your options are to either fit robes into the alcoves or run your wardrobe right across its front. It is therefore advisable to opt for the front frame constructed wardrobes in such a case, instead of the carcass robes which will involve a lot of cutting and shaping of the backs and sides.

Another common problem is the lack of adequate depth next to the bedroom window, for the fitting of the wardrobe. The solution for this is the placement of a recessed filler. Place a recessed filler close to the window, but with space left down its side for the curtains to be drawn into. The curtains normally still extend further than the wardrobe when drawn back. As a result the wardrobe will not appear to be standing independently of the window.

Sloping ceilings are yet another challenge. To overcome this problem you will require the expertise of a fitted bedroom specialist. This is because the manufacture and placement of wardrobes with sloped doors requires a lot of skill.

Radiators are another obstacle, because they must be avoided when fitting furniture. The heat emitted by the radiator will most likely damage the furniture as it is constructed using resins and glues. However, the radiator is an easy obstacle to overcome. If it stands in the way of your ideal bedroom design, you may simply have it moved to a different location in the room.

Electric sockets can be a problem if they are in the way of your bedroom furniture layout design. These may similarly be moved to a different location in the bedroom. Also check that your over-bed layout design does not interfere with any loft hatch. Ensure that any hanging pendant-type ceiling lights do not interfere with the opening of your cupboard doors as well.

Renovating Your Greek Rundown Property

renovating greek propertyGreece has many old, rundown properties in need of some tender loving care and attention. When these homes are renovated they bring with them a characteristic charm that can only be found here. So if your dream is to own a small, whitewashed stone house – the sort of thing you see on postcards in the resorts then read on about how you can achieve this and avoid some of the common pitfalls. 

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Is Renovating For You?

house planIs renovating for you?If you're planning to relocate to Greece and you intend on renovating your own property, be sure to think about what the renovation process involves. Have you thought it through and how can you be certain that you will still be high spirited half way through a renovation? If you are prepared to put all your finances into a renovation project; then make sure you have done your research and sums on your finances.

Today, property prices abroad have generally rose worldwide. Just a few years ago, it was quite possible to buy your chosen dream property at a small price, but unfortunately these days and prices are a thing of the past. This explains the rise in many home renovations and 'DIY' projects, which have now been made easy and manageable for even a DIY amateur. Depending on how deep you want to get with your renovation project, you should plan every detail and get as much information on the topic before you take the plunge.

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Greek Island Architecture

grecian architectureThroughout the ages, Grecian Architecture has played a leading role in shaping the architectural landscape globally, having a significant impact on other leading styles like that of the Italian Renaissance. Each Greek Island possesses its own style of architecture in addition to unique customs and traditions. The principal aspects of indigenous Greek architecture are Minoan, Mycenaean and Greco-Roman.

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Getting Planning Permission on your Greek Property

planning permissionIf you have bought and renovated a property before, you will probably find that you may have exceeded your initial budget. The same applies when building a property. Building costs vary, depending on where you buy, what you choose to do and who you employ to work. If you stick to your bidget and go to the right places and deal with the right people, you could build your own dream property for less than you could buy a renovated property for.



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Building Your Own Summer Kitchen

bbqburgersAs summer approaches, you will probably be noticing the rise in temperatures in Greece. During the hot months many people prefer to live almost completely outdoors, which is why summer kitchens are such an excellent idea. It is very appealing to spend most of the summer days outdoors in the lovely weather and that is why many people enjoy spending these summer months living outdoors.

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Old Property on the Greek Islands

old port housesGreece is still a property hot spot for those who want to build a new life or own a second home in this established holiday destination.  Years of tourism, relaxed ex-pat property ownership laws and a cost of living still well below that of most European countries mean that Greece is a tempting place to put down your property roots and if you are looking for something rural and authentic rather than a new build, the islands hold many treasures.

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Renovating to Make a Profit

buildersWhether you are renovating for business or pleasure, one of the main targets is to make a profit. If done properly, a renovation project can be the quickest and easiest way to make fast money however, if you are not so good at sticking to a budget, then you risk losing profit quickly.

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