No matter how much you like the layout and design of your house, there is undoubtedly something about it you dream of changing. Sometimes all you really need to do is make an adjustment to the design or function of your space. Before your next home improvement project, consider these changes that can really take your house to the next level.
1. Change the Color
If you are looking to make a big impact with a relatively modest cost, it might be time to break out the paintbrushes. A new coat of paint on the walls can quickly upgrade a room and bring it in line with current style and color trends.
Avoid the cost of hiring a contractor and tackle this project yourself or with some friends. Just be sure you put down newspaper or drop cloths to protect furniture and flooring from stray paint splatter.
2. Focus on the Entry
Your entryway gets a lot of attention. Pretty much everyone will come and go through the door, walk up and down any steps leading to it, and possibly put their bags or keys on the table right inside. Give the space some much-needed love and make a great first impression with visitors.
Small touches can really make a statement and work well in this limited space. Start by updating the finish on your door. Add a coat of paint in a shade that complements the exterior of your house without getting lost. Add a few potted plants or shrubs to the landing outside to help give the space some interest.
3. Rethink Your Fireplace
Did your house come with a builder’s fireplace that is drafty, unattractive, and unused? You are not alone. Luckily, there are some great ways to update that underutilized space and turn it into a centerpiece of your home.
Start by shopping fireplace inserts for one that fits in your space. Whether you choose a gas or wood-burning model, it will give you a more efficient heat source that you actually want to use. Once it has been installed, look at the space around it. Update tired brick with a faux- stone veneer, add some floating shelves and you have a functional space that your family will gather around.
4. Add a Bathroom
If you are sharing a single hall bathroom with guests, it may be time to carve out space for an extra. Create a master bedroom complete with walk-in closets and a bathroom by taking over an adjoining bedroom.
5. Remodel the Kitchen
A kitchen update can be a major home improvement, but it also provides a solid return on the investment. Decide how much time, effort, and money you can devote to the project ahead of time and plan accordingly.
A full remodel will include having all of the cabinets removed and replaced, and new flooring, appliances, and lighting installed. Of course, changing out appliances, cabinet hardware, and some fixtures can make a huge impact on the appearance of your kitchen without the hassle and price tag of major construction.
6. Upgrade the Backyard
Don’t overlook outdoor spaces in your home upgrade plans. A patio complete with sunken hot tub, outdoor kitchen, and pergola can certainly take your home to the next level.
Make sure your new outdoor kitchen area has built-in storage for utensils and pans. Add a refrigerator for commonly used ingredients and keeping food and drinks cold before they are served. Fully operational sinks will help you keep any dirty dishes out of your house and help make prep work a breeze.
7. Invest in Storage
No one really wants to spend their hard-earned money on closet organizers, but integrated storage solutions can make a huge impact on your home’s appearance. Custom-designed cabinets, closet organizers, and ceiling-mounted storage solutions for the garage can help you keep your home neat by giving you a place to store everything out of sight. While visitors to your home may not notice the storage you install, they will surely see its effect on reducing clutter.
Whatever your dream home looks like, there are plenty of improvements you can make to help bring that vision to life. Start with small changes that make a big impact, and build from there. Before you know it, your home will be showplace ready and barely recognizable.
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