Many of us have plans for what our ideal home should be like. Unfortunately, the houses available may not fit what you’re looking for. Still, there are plenty of ways to make an ordinary home into something you’ll love.
The first thing to consider is what your priorities are. When looking to buy your house, concentrate on the most important things you want, such as the kitchen layout or number of bathrooms; know what your deal breakers are. Even if the home you buy doesn’t have everything you want, you may be able to limit the work you need to do later. Once you’re in your new home, you’ll want to know your priorities, including financial priorities. It’s a good idea to have at least a loose budget in place as well.
The improvement process will probably involve quite a bit of renovation, so you’ll need to be ready for the disruption that can cause, and there are a number of practical considerations to worry about. If you’re hiring tradesmen, you’ll want to make sure they have a good reputation. You’ll also want to find out what permits you need and have those in order before beginning any work.
One simple way to improve some homes is by building an addition, which can be risky. Not only do you lose yard space, the process is similar to building a new house. There are utilities and the foundation to consider. It’s also crucial to make sure the work is done properly and up to code. However, it can still be a good option if you have the yard space and need to add additional kitchen space, or a bedroom or living room. Adding an additional story on to some homes can have the same effect without the same level of disruption.
Other forms of renovation can also help you to increase space and flow. Taking out or moving walls will help to open up a crowded main floor, and removing hallways can help to add closet or bedroom space. Finishing a basement or attic is a relatively simple way to add space as well. New floors and new paint can also help to freshen up a house more easily than might be feared.
Beyond the wall colour, decorating and arranging the house well can help to improve the feel of a house. Use of rich tones and increased display shelving can help create a feeling of luxury, along with mirrors or reflective tile to spread light. Simple cosmetic changes can also help to improve a kitchen or bathroom. New fixtures and new kitchen appliances will make the appearance more appealing without going through major renovations.
Although you may worry that getting everything you want in a home is out of your reach, if you look carefully into making some changes, the features on your wish list might be easier to get than you thought.