Has this ever happened to you? One day you take a look around your home and you notice that your stuff is taking over. It’s spilling out of closets and piling up in your bedroom. Your kitchen is crowded and not laid out efficiently; your bathroom is hopelessly last century; the back deck needs a total renovation, and wouldn’t it be great to have a patio in that spot where nothing grows? But worst of all, your a/c seems to be running an awful lot.
Take heart, there are solutions for your home woes beyond selling your home and moving. “Livability” upgrades can transform your home into your dream property, and many of the projects you can undertake without breaking your bank account. We’ll discuss a few ideas to get you started.
Add a Decorative Concrete Patio – Perhaps the most spectacular example of enhancing the livability of your home, and increasing its aesthetic appeal as well as value, is the addition of a living area outside. A decorative concrete patio can include a sitting area, a dining area, or even a fire pit. It can have retaining walls for landscaping and include paths to play areas. A smart way to accomplish this is to hire the best decorative concrete patio contractor Atlanta, GA has to offer. Call them with a list of plans or ideas for the patio of your dreams. With a professionally designed and built patio you will be able to host anything from a small gathering around the fire pit to a large outdoor barbeque.
Modernize Your Bathroom – According to most realtors, bathroom upgrades are one of the best returns on your investment that you can make on your home. While a total floor to ceiling remodeling might be your dream, you can also make small changes that will have a big impact. Just changing the flooring, or the light fixtures, or the sink and tub faucets will spruce up the space. Whatever you decide to do will pay off in the long run by increasing your home’s value.
Maintain Your HVAC System – Your HVAC system is the hidden engine that runs your entire home. Summer or winter, you rely on it to cool and heat your home so that it is livable. Consider reaching out to an HVAC professional to schedule an inspection and yearly maintenance on your unit. If you have an older unit that is struggling to heat or cool your home, an HVAC professional can diagnose the problem and make suggestions for repair or replacement. There are many new models that run quietly, keep you comfortable and are far more energy efficient, costing you less over the long run.
Add New Storage Space – There is a “law” that states that we all tend to fill whatever size space we live in. Short of getting rid of everything you own, there are ways to upgrade your storage space so that everything has a place and you can easily find everything. There are closet organizers that can make the most of your closet space.
You can find lots of ideas in your local home improvement store, and you’ll also find suggested layouts. You can also go vertical with shelves in your closet. Chances are that there is room above or below the clothing racks, or even in that hard-to-reach space at the end behind the door. Try placing an antique trunk at the foot of your bed for out of season clothing. Exchange your small nightstands for three drawer dressers at each side of the bed. A tall chest in the living room can hold a lot of things that need a home. Think creatively! Storage space can be found in even the smallest home.
Spruce Up Your Kitchen – Improve the efficiency of your kitchen by adding pull-out shelves and baskets to your existing cabinets. You can find a huge selection of these in your local home improvement store. Try installing open shelving in your kitchen. Open shelving is one of the hot new design trends sweeping the country, and it is practical. Instead of hiding your appliances and other frequently used items way in the back of cabinets, display them on open shelving. This creates more space in your cabinets and adds visual interest to the walls of your kitchen.
Add a Screened In Porch – If your deck is unlivable at certain times of the year –too hot, too cold, too wet- consider building a screened in porch in its place. This can extend your living space enormously, and extend the amount of time you can spend outdoors. A screened in porch can be used for gatherings of friends and family or it can be a place for you to relax in solitude and just enjoy the outdoors.
Your home is where you spend the majority of your time. It is a place of retreat, of celebration with friends and family. A home that is comfortable will always welcome you at the end of a hard day. Livability is an important concept to keep in mind when you think of ways to improve the way your home works for you.