If you have been contemplating moving home but decided with increasing costs, it is not financially viable, there are many things you can do in your home to improve it and make it more comfortable. Investing in your home can also mean if you decide to move later, your house could be worth more due to your changes.
There are many options for home improvement projects that can transform their look and feel, and there are options to suit all budgets and skill levels.
You can see a few ideas to get you started below of ways to change your home and make it more comfortable for you and your family.
How to Improve your Home for a Better Way of Living
1. Open Plan Living
A popular concept with many homeowners is embracing open plan living and creating multifunctional spaces all the family can enjoy. You can knock down non-load-bearing walls in your home to combine your living room, kitchen, and dining room, creating a space you can utilise for different tasks simultaneously.
The kids can do their homework at the table while the parents cook and clean, and once finished, all relax in the same space together.
Open-plan living can help bring families together and spend more time with one another, and it can also help create fantastic spaces for entertaining. You may also find that it can help increase the value of your home if it is done tastefully and to a high standard.
2. Installing Bifold Doors
Another option worth considering, especially if embracing open plan living, is installing bifold doors in your home, uniting your garden and home’s interior.
These doors are available in various sizes and can be custom-made, and they will ensure your home has abundant natural light flooding into it. When the weather is nice, you can open the doors fully, and if you have a patio or decking outside, extend your useable living space in your home.
There are various materials you can use for the frames of your bifold doors, such as aluminium, timber, and uPVC, and there are options to suit most budgets available.
It is common to start using your garden and patio much more when installing bifold doors, so it is also worthwhile investing in some high-quality weatherproof furniture for your garden.
3. Update Your Homes Flooring
Updating the flooring in your home can also transform it, help it stand out, and potentially increase its value. There are many different types of flooring materials you can consider for the various rooms of your home, such as:
- Hardwood Flooring
- Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) Flooring
- Laminate Flooring
- Ceramic Tile Flooring
- Vinyl Flooring
- Carpet Flooring
- Cork Flooring
The best materials will depend on the room, the foot traffic it receives, and what rigours it must endure. For kitchens, bathrooms, and other spaces that may get wet, LVT flooring is an excellent option that suits spaces in your home with high foot traffic.
Cork flooring is another excellent option, which is 100% recyclable and comes from sustainable sources, making it environmentally friendly.
The quality and prices of the different flooring materials can vary quite drastically, but there are suitable options available to suit all tastes and budgets if you look hard enough.
4. Create The Perfect Patio
Another project worth considering that will benefit you during the warmer months is creating a comfortable patio or deck for your family outside. You can use timber, paving slabs, or other materials to build a patio or deck, creating the perfect space for relaxing or entertaining in your home.
Build a barbecue and have a wood burner for the chillier nights, and you can furnish it with comfortable furniture that can survive in the elements. Ensure there is suitable lighting in your space, and it can encourage you to use the garden more in the evenings when the sun goes down.
However, if you are creating the perfect patio, you may also need to spend some time in the garden to have some beautiful scenery to enjoy.
You can add plants and flowers and dig borders for them, and a well-manicured lawn always looks nice. Ensure you create a garden that suits your level of commitment, as it will need plenty of maintenance to keep it looking fantastic.
5. Convert Your Loft
If space is an issue in your home and you desperately need another bedroom and a bathroom, one option you can consider is converting your loft space.
We converted our loft over 8 years ago and it was the best thing we’ve ever done. It completely changed they way we use the whole house, not just the attic space.
Not all lofts can be easily converted and will depend on the roof’s pitch, but you can add dormers to increase the usable area and give you more space. Space permitting, you can create a new master bedroom in your converted loft with built-in wardrobes and a shower room with a toilet.
Having that extra bedroom can make your house much more comfortable for you and your family and is also an excellent way to increase its value.
6. Build An Extension
Building an extension is the ultimate way to transform your home, ensure you have plenty of space, and increase its value. The extra space you create can give you your dream open-plan kitchen diner, a utility room, a downstairs cloakroom, or even a bedroom, depending on your requirements.
It can be expensive depending on the size of the extension you build and the standard of finish you desire, but it can be an excellent investment for your home and help improve the quality of family life dramatically.
You will need to create plans, get planning permission, and find a suitable contractor, but once all the work is complete, you can transform your house into your dream family home.
7. A Coat Of Paint
A cost-effective way that significantly impacts the look and feel of your home is giving the walls a coat of paint or wallpapering them. Don’t forget to look at the latest wallpaper trends.
It can have a big impact and does not have to cost a fortune; if you have the brushes, rollers, and other equipment, you can do the work yourself and save money on the costs.
All you need to do is buy the paint in your chosen colours and take time to decorate your home, ensuring you do it to a high standard and make it look fantastic. The result can be so satisfying that it may urge you to make further changes in your home.
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