Many of us aren’t happy with the state of our homes. They’re not large enough, or they lack features we need to live a happy and productive life. After all, many properties were built in an era when people had radically different expectations.
Given the impact of the coronavirus, many people are considering whether to skip their next move altogether and simply “improve.”
You can’t blame them. There are now so many options for disgruntled homeowners to improve the quality of their accommodation; it is an embarrassment of riches.
Just remember there are so many things we can do to our homes in this modern day and age, that you don’t have to rush when it comes to looking at moving.
Here are some of the home modifications that are top of the list for property owners up and down the country.
Build A Modern, Spacious Side Return
When Victorian architects built kitchens, they assumed that people wouldn’t need much space. A skinny room with a counter, they believed, would be sufficient.
Over the years, though, the role of the kitchen changed dramatically. A kitchen is longer just a place where a lonely wife whips up a meal. Instead, it is a family gathering point – a place where everyone interacts.
Side return extensions, therefore, are becoming increasingly popular. Here you extend the kitchen so that it reaches the full width of the rear of the house, just as it would in modern home design.
The beautiful thing about these extension projects is that they allow you to make your home more contemporary. All of a sudden, you have the space you need to prepare family meals and sit down and eat them.
Improve The Landscaping Around Your Property
Do you ever turn up at your home and night and just stare at it, hoping it’ll look better? If you do, you’re not alone. Every day, millions of people return to unloved property, wishing they were more attractive and finding themselves sorely disappointed.
The trick to a beautiful home exterior is landscaping. Once you get the basic contours right, you can pepper it with plants that will grow and mature in the following years, helping it to appear beautiful.
If you’re considering landscaping, consult with a designer about what might work for your space. Not everyone has acres of land, so you might need to get creative, especially at the front.
Revamp Your Downstairs Cloakroom
Downstairs cloakrooms are usually small rooms that provide a sink and a WC for guests to access quickly when they come to your home. Unfortunately, they have a nasty habit of appearing stark, cold and austere.
Fortunately, you can do a lot to boost their appearance, all at a low cost.
If you have space, try to put a plant in the corner. Doing this will immediately lift the entire room and make it more colourful. Next, try to expand it in some way. The larger you can make it, the better. After that, try tiling it. If you can’t increase the floor space, you can make it feel premium with terra cotta on the floors and walls.
There are so many other smaller scale projects you can work on too, like updating he storage in your home, changing up colour schemes and re-painting and wallpapering. There is so much inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram these days if you’re unsure where to start!
Are you unhappy with your home? If so, just change it. You don’t have to move to get the lifestyle you want.