With the holiday season now in full swing, many people are beginning to think about the coming year and planning their New Year's resolutions. When it comes to gaining a fresh start and a new perspective, few things are more powerful than updating and changing your home. The New Year is an excellent time to begin a home remodel, and the benefits can last for many years to come!26
During the holidays, you may have noticed areas of your home where improvements are needed. When we have friends and family in our homes, issues that we become used to get highlighted. Problems with flow, poorly functioning fixtures and appliances and outdated features are all more pronounced when we welcome loved ones into our living space. Make a note of those things that you would most like to change about your home, and implement them into your remodeling plan.
Start at the Beginning
The first place to begin is creating a home improvement budget. Determine how much can be invested in the project, and think about where your dollars will be best spent. Keep in mind that the cost of updating or improving your home will return in the form of increased property values, improved livability and, in some cases, savings on utility costs.
Cook up Changes in the Kitchen
Some of the most common remodeling goals are tied to the spaces where people congregate within a home. In many cases, this is the kitchen. A properly functioning kitchen can make a house feel like a welcoming and comfortable place to occupy. Fortunately, this is also an area where small investments can pay off big. Consider updating the lighting in your kitchen, or replacing outdated fixtures or appliances.
Create a Calming Bathroom Retreat
The bathroom is an often overlooked area of the house, but is a place where family members and guests spend a significant portion of time. Because these are among the smallest rooms in a home, there is plenty of opportunity to make big changes while remaining on budget. Consider improving the storage in the bathroom, which can help reduce visible clutter and make the room feel more spacious and inviting. This is another area where improved lighting can have a big impact. Changing to a low-flow toilet can cut down on water use and also change the look of the room.
Improve Energy Efficiency
For those who have the resolution to make their home more environmentally friendly, there are plenty of options to reduce energy use throughout the home. A number of different appliances can be updated with more energy-efficient options. A bonus is that swapping out your appliances will automatically update the look of your kitchen or laundry room, especially if you switch to stainless steel options. Water-saving features can be implemented in kitchens and baths, and many of these options also bring added features, such as a water conserving shower head that also has a range of new spray settings. Changing to energy-efficient light fixtures and bulbs is also a great investment.
At Quality Craftsmen, we are always here to help with home improvement projects of any size. Our team of professionals is happy to answer any questions that you may have about your home, and we offer free quotes on a wide range of renovation and remodeling services. Contact us today to speak with a contractor, or to share any questions or concerns.