A home renovation isn’t just about replacing worn-out furniture, fixing broken things, or getting nicer stuff because you just got a financial windfall. It’s something that you have to carefully think about because it will affect your family and your life well into the future. Moreover, renovation shouldn’t be restricted to structural changes. Think of lifestyle enhancements, too. Let’s talk about lifestyle enhancements first, and then we’ll cover some structural change you might want to make.
Enhancing Your Lifestyle
Do you want a place to chill out, a nicer place to entertain guests, a comfy bedroom, or a more efficient home office? Then think about building a den, buying or repairing living room furniture, sleeping in a nicer bed, and getting a faster Internet connection.
Den Renovation: A place to chill out
If you have a den that you don’t use much or you’d like to turn an available space, say a basement or spare bedroom, into a den, then think about what makes you happy. If you love TV, enjoying watching the big games on weekends or enjoying a nostalgic Western, a white-knuckle action movie or a silly romantic comedy after a long day at work, then organize your den to make it comfortable as possible to enjoy your favorite shows. Package Deals with DIRECTV, a Samsung LCD TV, and La-Z-Boy Rocker may be all you need to feel perfectly content. You can, of course, do more, creating a unified seating arrangement, adding a display case to show off your college sports trophies, and so on.
Living-Room Renovation: Consider a furniture makeover
If you’re embarrassed about your living room because the cats have scratched your sofa or there are stains on your Walnut wood coffee table, then you have two choices: you can go out and spend money to replace the furniture you’ve come to dislike or you can take a DIY approach. It really depends on how much you like to fix things. Some people feel a deeper sense of satisfaction repairing their own furniture.
Bedroom Renovation: Sleep in a nicer bed
If you’re unhappy with your bedroom, it’s probably because you’re not happy with the central piece, your bed. Once you pick a bed you like and find the perfect mattress for a good night’s rest, then use this piece as the theme for the rest of your bedroom. For instance, if you choose a Cherry bed frame, because you like its timeless warmth, then match the rest of your bedroom furniture with Cherrywood, from nightstands to dressers. Or if you get a bed with Mid-century details (tapered legs, beveled edges), then match the rest of your bedroom furniture to reflect the handcrafted style of Pennsylvanian woodwork.
Home Office Renovation: Get a faster internet
If you’re not pleased with your home office, it could be because you have a slow internet connection. Since you probably like to work at a fast clip when you’re at your desk, this can be frustrating. However, before you simply try to find a company that promises you a faster Internet, hire a tech guy to help you troubleshoot the issue. It could be something like your hardware, an incorrect router configuration, or other internet users leeching your bandwidth. Simply getting a new ISP that promises faster, better connectivity may not resolve the problem. There are at least a dozen reasons why your internet connection could be slow. Once you’ve got your Internet problems resolved, then start to figure out if you need to change the look-and-feel of your office or get new office equipment.
Fixing Structural Issues
While there are many structural changes you could make to your house, from getting more energy-efficient windows to landscaping, two things that vex homeowners the most are house sidings that make their house look unattractive and a roof that has buckling shingles or other signs of roof damage. Review websites that specialize in creating durable, beautiful house sidings and get a roofer to thoroughly inspect the roof to decide on whether you need major or minor roof repairs.
Figure out Where to Focus
Before you pick up a hammer or the phone to renovate your home, pause, gather the family around the kitchen table, and brainstorm what changes should be made to improve the house. If you’re too hasty, rushing in where sensible people fear to tread, you’ll focus on the wrong things, squander your money, waste your time, and end up with more regret than satisfaction.