If you’re thinking of renovating your bedroom or living room, the walls are an interesting element to consider playing with. Gone are the days of monotony where every wall had the same cream/white paint. Apart from having innumerable paint color options from almost every brand like Asian paints or Berger, here’s some other ideas to spice up your walls.
Staying with paint, you can look into either contrasting the color of one of your walls from the rest or adding in a pattern/texture. Your paint company can share plenty of options with you. Typically texture walls typically cost around 2x the cost of a regular paint job.
Wooden panel walls used to be a sign of luxury in the old days, and you surely find plenty of wood panel walls up in the hills given the temperatures. They are back again with a modern twist and lend some serious character to your room. From charcoal finish to the more traditional teak grain here are a few wooden wall options for you to consider.
If you want to give your space a slightly unfinished or warehouse feel, exposed brick walls are a neat option. We would suggest doing it in slightly larger rooms because your room could end up feeling a bit smaller. Today there are a number of brick tile manufacturers with different sizes and finishes that you can buy and install to create an exposed brick wall. Be sure to think of the other elements in your room such as the lighting, flooring and ceiling to complete the look.
If you want more choice of designs, wallpapers are the way to go. Pick a color theme for your room and visit a wallpaper vendor. They’ll have plenty of options to show you.
Doors and Windows today are not just restricted to being made of wood, but are also done in UPVC and aluminum. When it comes to windows, in our experience, more and more people are opting for UPVC over wood. This post should help you get a quick sense for the plusses and minuses of one over the other.
UPVC Windows and Doors
A shift from wooden to UPVC windows and doors is happening in India because UPVC tends to cost a little less and requires less maintenance over its lifetime. They are less susceptible to moisture, which also helps in our hot and humid environments. They are also fire proof and termite resistant to top it all off.
Where UPVC doesn’t score well is in their design and color selection compared to their wooden counterparts.
In terms of brands of UPVC windows and doors in the Indian market today, you’ll find Finesta, Encraft
Wooden Doors and Windows
Wood is a good insulator, and therefore provides better protection from the heat and cold than other materials. Wooden windows are also eco-friendlier, given they use wood (natural) vs. PVC (manufactured) and also require less energy to manufacture. Most of all they tend to look better than UPVC windows and doors. If maintained well, wooden doors and windows tend to last longer than UPVC.
On the flip side they are more expensive to make, require more time and money to maintain, and under moist/humid weather conditions show more wear & tear. For your reference, our experience suggests that the cost of wooden doors and windows is around 50% higher than UPVC.
Repairing Old Doors & Windows
If you don’t need new doors and windows you could always consider the repair option. A good carpenter can fix up your old wooden window and frame, and the painters can help paint or polish it to make them as good as new.
When renovating your home one of the most confusing aspects to plan for is the waterproofing. It’s something that doesn’t seem to add much to the aesthetics of the room, but can actually have the biggest impact on a space by protecting it from seepage and preventing structural and health damages caused by dampness and mold. The worst thing about damage caused by seepage is that you won’t realize anything is wrong till it’s too late.
There are several reasons that cause damp walls, some of the more relevant ones are listed below:
Cracks on the exterior wall that allow rainwater to seep in.
Gaps in the floor tiles allow water from bathrooms to seep through and damage adjoining walls.
Water collects in the balcony due to improper drainage and seeps into interior walls.
Cracks in plumbing pipes.
Insufficient air circulation in bathrooms cause buildup of moisture.
Remember as a thumb rule that water needs to be guided out, which means wet surfaces need to be properly sloped and sealed.
Waterproofing requires a lot of demolition of walls and floors, so combine it with a larger home renovation project. Use a reputed company, like Dr. Fixit, Fosroc or Asian paints, for waterproofing and get a warranty even if it’s a bit more expensive. Ideally your waterproofing should last up to 10 years without damage if applied correctly.
Types of waterproofing commonly used in India
For floor waterproofing one suggests using URP chemical above the cement concrete along with a waterproof membrane under your floor tiles and turn the membrane up around 4″ up onto the skirting on the walls. Make sure you re-grout your tiles every 18 months or so, this will avoid any moisture going through to the substructure.
In order to waterproof your walls, remove the existing plastering, add a layer of tapecrete chemical (approx. 2-3 mm thick) followed by the wall plastering and paint.
Hope you found these tips useful, do share your renovation experiences with us in the comments below.