Thursday, 16 April 2015

Ten Stunning Alterations To Improve Your Home

Home renovations have become wildly popular in recent years, as more and more people are choosing to upgrade what they have instead of moving. The right renovation can increase the value of your home, but more importantly, it can give you a sense of profound satisfaction, and turn the place you live into your own personal paradise.

10. Convert Your Attic Into a Bedroom



Converting your attic is the perfect way to create more living space out of nothing for a growing family, and it also increases the value of your home. A four bedroom house is a much more valuable commodity than a three bedroom house, and with the right touches, the sloping ceilings of many old attics will make for a charming bedroom. Before you embark on this renovation, be sure to ascertain if you will need to insulate the attic, gain planning permission, or if the floor joists will need reinforcing.

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


Kitchens and bathrooms often have the most potential when it comes to renovations, and can have a tremendous effect on the value of your home. You can bring about an almost miraculous change in many old kitchens by replacing the countertops, cupboards and lighting. Focus on achieving a bright, modern look, and if your kitchen is separate from the dining room consider tearing down an adjoining wall to give your house a more open feel.

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


Nothing adds to the atmosphere of a living room or den like the flickering light of a fire. People will instinctively gather around a fireplace to talk, and nothing compares to the feeling of stretching out in front of one during a cold night in winter, feeling the heat soak into your bones, perhaps with a glass of wine or a good book in hand. You don't need a functioning chimney to install a modern fireplace, and you can tailor your design to work perfectly with the colour and feel of any room.

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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18 comments

  1. Such great tips and all of these will also add value to your home - I think doing a loft conversion and putting a little bit of money into your garden/outdoor space is important

    Laura x

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    1. Yes that is important to point out, about adding value to your home.

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  2. I would love to have a bit of decking in the back garden, it always looks so nice and not so much work as grass.

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    1. I agree, decking is useful but I really want a house with a garden and some lovely flowers.

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  3. We recently had a new bathroom and kitchen fitted - love them! It has made such a difference. Monday - Wednesday this week we also had some plastering done ready to redecorate the kid's rooms x

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    1. We need a new kitchen, I will have to start looking around for one.

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  4. Some lovely alterations ideas and suggestions. I wish I had a big house so I could convert the basement, the attic, and build a second bathroom! x
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    1. Sounds like you have lots of plans, you just need to get the big house now.

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  5. These are great ideas and what fabulous homes! My own suggestion would be to have a purge on children's toys and discover at least 1 spare room you never knew you had!

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  6. Such great tips and the house looks SO good, I'd love an attic conversion!

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    1. I think an attic conversion adds extra value to your house, and would be such a useful space.

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  7. Great post, I've always thought attic conversions look great. I'm not a fan of the hardwood flooring or laminate. I always prefer carpet as it feels more homely x

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    1. I can see the benefits go hardwood flooring and carpet.

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  8. Such a lovely post! These conversions are incredible!

    Emma x
    BEAUTY AND RAGS

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  9. hardwood floors are on our 'to-do' list!

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    1. They can make a home look elegant I think personally.

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