10. Convert Your Attic Into a Bedroom
9. Build a Conservatory
A conservatory is perhaps one of the most romantic home renovations you can undertake. Adding a conservatory brings nature into your home, and creates a tranquil haven where you can entertain family and friends or just relax and read a book on a rainy afternoon. It also has the practical benefit of adding more floor space to your house, and, quite often, increasing its value.
8. Construct a Deck
You can think of a deck as a less labour-intensive version of a conservatory. The point is to create a living space that flows effortlessly into the outdoors. A deck is a great place to entertain guests, and adding furniture or a hammock to a covered deck adds an air of charm that cannot be matched. Bring some plants up onto the deck, and for maximum effect add embedded lights or some hanging lanterns. It can also be an incredibly rewarding DIY project.
7. Renovate Your Basement
Upgrading your basement can be as simple or as grand a project as you please. Start by adding carpeting or hardwood floors, drywall and finish the walls and add some attractive lighting. Having a finished basement will add immensely to the value of your home, as well as giving you a cozy place to retreat and have some time to yourself. If you have the funds to spare, you can add a games room, a library, or even a home theatre.
6. Upgrade Your Kitchen
5. Add a Second Bathroom
Having two bathrooms instead of one adds greatly to the value of your home, and you can often work with even the smallest of available spaces. To make a small place seem larger, focus on bright colours and comprehensive lighting, and add mirrors and large, elegant floor tiles to draw the eye outward. Install attractive, modern fixtures, and don't go overboard with the decorations. A few small touches and the right colour scheme can turn a small bathroom into a cozy and peaceful retreat.
4. Install a Fireplace
3. Consider Hardwood Floors
If your floors seem old and tired, there might be no better choice than to go with the perennially popular option of hardwood. Hardwood flooring can add a certain level of class to any home, and by choosing the right kind of wood you can compliment any colour scheme. Dark woods like walnut and cherry are stately and sophisticated, and work well for dens or other rooms with low key lighting, while maple or birch are bright and vibrant woods that work perfectly in bright open spaces, especially kitchens.
2. Update Your Entranceway
The entranceway is often the first feature people will see when they approach your house, and a few small touches here can make a world of difference, adding to your curb appeal and giving your home a welcoming feel. Paint your door a bright colour and add an attractive gold or silver knocker. Spruce up your entranceway with flowers that compliment the colour of your door and walls, and people will feel at home before they even step in the door.
1. Do Some Landscaping
When it comes to landscaping, you can embark on elaborate projects or you can add a few simple features that nonetheless turn your facade into a work of art. Add some flower beds and a stone or marble walkway, and don't go overboard with the garden furniture. A simple table and chairs will make your home appear infinitely more inviting. You can even blur the lines between your home interior and your garden with a set of bifold doors or a large entryway.
What do you think of these ways to improve you home?
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