Crowdsourcing Your Home Renovation
Help! You want to renovate a room or rooms and you want some ideas for your project. Now, there is CoContest, a web-based platform that will pull design proposals from a global pool of architects and interior designers. In seven days you will have concrete proposals and the fun of choosing a winner.
Last week, CoContest concluded an Italian competition. The contest was launched by Emanuele, a young Italian man who lives and works in Bruxelles, Belgium, to renovate a flat in the city center. The flat had been converted from an old factory with a courtyard, had great bones, but didn’t fully utilize the space. It was necessary to make various renovations and specifically, a reconfiguration of the internal spaces with better design and ease of us. Emanuele invested $550 (around 400€), and in seven days received 28 different designs created by many architects from seven different countries. With CoContest he had access to many ideas and project solutions that otherwise would have been very difficult to get.
After Emanuele reviewed all the proposals, he chose the project created by the engineer Ginestra Sgherri from the Italian region of Tuscany as the winner. Sgherri envisioned a very simple, but original project.
At number two, was a very interesting solution proposed by the Roman designers Zelda De Ruvo and Ilaria Palladenilli. Their open space design included the living room, a dining area and a very nice musical area with a piano yet felt spacious not tight.
In third place was an eclectic, but intriguing project created by the Serbian architect Jelena Pucarevic, who chose a very particular style of furniture and reimagined the kitchen’s position to gain more space for the living area.
About the Editor:
RJ Diaz is a senior project manager and a veteran of the renovation and remodeling industry in New York City. RJ is passionate about high quality, well-crafted construction and requires the same from every member and subcontractor on his team. RJ started RenovatingNYC in 2010 to share the best resources in the New York City renovation industry. For advice about your own renovation or remodeling plans, preliminary cost estimates and project opportunities, please contact RJ using the form below.