Quarantine has forced everyone to stay at home more than usual.
This made problems around the house harder to ignore. Leaks, clogs, pests, dirt, mold, cracks, and noise can be unbearable if a person has to confront them 24/7.
Others might also lament the lack of storage, the outdated décor, the high energy cost, and the lack of natural light. The list of possible home improvement projects is truly endless, but some are more important than others.
Maximize your budget by prioritizing those with the most impact. According to Brad from SF Renovations, below are four of the best home renovations to make your home more livable:
1. Bathroom Renovation
Everyone visits the bathroom several times a day for personal hygiene and overall comfort. Any problem with space affects everyone in the house.
If there are clogs in the shower or the tubs, then people will find it hard to use these to clean up. If there is a leak in the faucet or showerhead, then everyone will suffer from the increased utility bills.
If the toilet refuses to flush, then the whole family will get antsy until it gets fixed. All of these qualify as emergencies. Taking care of them will make the house much more pleasant to live in.
Aesthetic changes could be made as well if there is an excess budget for non-essentials. The contractor might be tasked to remove the old tiles if they are cracked, discolored, or antiquated.
Pick new ones with a color scheme that matches your current preferences and modern sensibilities. Unless you have a large bathroom, it’s better to go with light hues as they can make spaces appear larger than they are.
You might want to update the fixtures as well. Rusty metal will only cause stains when water flows through them. Invest in high-quality products for longevity and visual appeal.
2. Kitchen Renovation
Many restaurants are closed or operating on a limited capacity. People who used to eat outside during their office breaks now have to prepare their own food at home.
As a result, they are much more sensitive to the functionality of their kitchens. Any malfunction must be dealt with immediately including faulty appliances and plumbing issues.
Given the increased frequency of use, the pantry may require expansion. The home renovations contractor must find ways to add storage spaces in the room in the form of shelving and cabinetry.
Floor space is extremely limited so optimizing bare walls is a good strategy.
If the kitchen hasn’t been updated in a while, then it may be time for a refresh. Cracks, stains, and discoloration on the surfaces make kitchens uninviting.
Consider using natural stone for both the countertops and the backsplash for a uniform classy look. Other options include glass, wood, metal, and composite materials.
Check if the sink has holes or other forms of damage. You may want to replace this with a stainless-steel sink with thick material and a high grade. This should last for several decades without any problems.
You can also add racks, hooks, and other organizational accessories to enhance the accessibility of commonly used items and improve your workflow.
3. Lighting Renovation
A lot of homeowners consider this as an afterthought and so they get sub-optimal results.
Poorly designed lighting leads to soaring energy bills, uneven illumination, bad lighting quality, security issues, working difficulties, and even preventable accidents.
A professional lighting audit can find areas of improvement in and around the home. The appropriate solutions can then be drawn up for each one.
If you wish to go the DIY route, then try to use the different online lighting calculators to figure out the right bulb wattage you need to give your preferred lighting technology, bulb layout, ceiling height, floor area, and so on.
The change will astound you after the lighting renovation.
You could stop at the ambient lighting, but many will want to continue by adding task lighting to specific areas such as countertops, kitchen islands, bathroom mirrors, vanities, dinner tables, office desks, garages, and other places around the house.
You might even want to install battery-operated lights inside the closets and cabinets to make it easier to find the items you need.
If security is a concern, then make sure that the perimeter of the house has enough illumination to discourage intruders. If you have a garden, then install solar lights to highlight landscaping features.
4. Smart Home Upgrade
Technology is revolutionizing the way that we live in countless ways. For example, phones have gone from voice-only landline units to keypad-driven cellular handsets to touchscreen smartphones.
Now entire homes can benefit from cutting-edge innovations.
Electrical outlets, light switches, air conditioners, speaker systems, television sets, security cameras, and kitchen appliances can all be connected to a central controller that taps to the Internet.
Owners can access the controls remotely through their smartphones so they can turn things on or off even when away. If they are inside the house, they can use a voice-activated assistant to perform tasks on command.
Smart homes can also be programmed to choose optimum settings automatically based on environmental feedback. If there are no occupants or user input for a certain period, the system can shut things off by itself.
This leads to better energy efficiency which means reduced consumption and lower monthly bills.
Who doesn’t want an environment-friendly and economical home?
The ability to check the status of different parts of the electrical system should also provide peace of mind for people who routinely go out for work or leisure.
They’ll never have to worry about the house as they can manage everything even while away.