Life presents inevitable transitions. Your needs change, responsibilities alter, and a new way of life blossoms. However, as you move forward, does your house remain firmly trapped in the past?
Maybe your formerly adequate kitchen is no longer an efficient, attractive place to cook and entertain. Perhaps your children are grown and you now have unused or underused space. You may also be wishing for a bathroom that is not excruciatingly small and outdated.
Move or Remodel?
Many consider buying a different house. However, in the world of real estate, it is rare to find a home that will not require at least some modification. In addition, moving has a number of associated expenses and involves significant upheaval.
It is usually more productive to determine your existing home’s renovation potential. Then you can pursue solutions that best fit your evolving lifestyle. You might be surprised to learn how easily your current and future needs can be met right where you are.
As you consider potential ways to update your home, we’d like to share seven tips on how to make the most of your home improvement investment:
Idea #1 – Adopt an open floor plan.
A strong trend in home remodeling continues to be taking down walls and visually connecting the kitchen to adjacent living areas. The kitchen is, after all, where everyone naturally gravitates. It makes sense to incorporate the kitchen into a multi-purpose space with flexibility to accommodate a variety of activities.
Homeowners who have embraced the open concept say that the livability of their home increased exponentially.
Idea #2 – Develop striking focal points.
Pleasant rooms have eye-catching focal points. It may be a fireplace flanked by inviting window seats. It could be an engaging piece of artwork. Just make sure your chosen center of attention particularly pleases you. Choose something you’ll enjoy seeing every day.
Idea #3 – Establish designated storage space.
Quite honestly, we don’t recall ever meeting a homeowner who said they had too much storage space. It seems we could all use just a little more. An exciting trend is to create designated storage areas. And while you’re at it, you may as well make it pretty–petite chandelier and all.
Idea #4 – Leverage the laundry room.
The laundry room is often an afterthought. But careful planning can render that space multi-functional and pleasant.
Here is proof that a laundry room can be ridiculously functional and breathtakingly beautiful at the same time. Even the most hum-drum chores would be pleasant in a room like this. The sleek styling, carefully planned layout, and efficient appliances promise to make life much more enjoyable.
Ample counter top area and storage cabinets mean this space can be used for a variety of activities–not just washing and folding laundry. Crafts, sorting & organizing, sewing, and kid projects would work well here, just to name a few.
Idea #5 – Use color and texture to “Wow” a room.
In the words of our designer, “Color is everything.” But it is important to pay close attention to the cohesiveness of your plan. Every detail will affect the outcome. In this bathroom, mirror-framed mirrors glisten. Gleaming chrome faucets relate to the soft sconce lighting. Thoughtful tile design creates a pleasing flow from floor, up the half walls, and into the shower.
The wall color adds a soothing backdrop for the beautiful elements including rich Cherry cabinets and glass tile backsplash.
By carefully planning and coordinating every element, your remodeled bathroom with give you the ultimate enjoyment.
Idea #6 –Make your guests feel welcome.
Nothing says “I’m glad you’re here” like a well-appointed guest bathroom. The space doesn’t need to be large. The amenities don’t have to be extravagant. Sleek simplicity can carry the day. Yet your guests will be more happy and relaxed knowing that you prepared for their visit in such a thoughtful way.
Idea #7 –Treat your kids to great design too.
What could be more fun than having a bedroom designed just for you? This room is filled with delightful colors, cozy furnishings, and enough storage to keep it looking tidy and inviting.
The cabinetry is versatile and encourages good organizational habits.
But it’s all about the rugs. THOSE RUGS! Ready for slumber party fun.
Are you ready to jazz up your own home? When would you like to start? Contact C&R today to schedule your free in-home consultation and we’ll help you discover your home’s potential.
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The designers, consultants, and craftsmen of C&R Remodeling create beautiful and highly functional kitchens, bathrooms, additions, decks, patio covers, and whole house remodels. Schedule your personal, in-home consultation by calling 503-363-1343 or by completing the “Contact Us” form.