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7 Little Upgrades That Make A Big Difference In Your Home

By on Mar 9, 2016
7 Little Upgrades That Make A Big Difference In Your Home

Oftentimes in a remodel, you may focus more on the big picture and overlook small details. But little touches can make a difference not only in look and feel, but lifestyle as well. Since you’re already changing the look of the room, how about changing the functionality as well?

Many homeowners have small inconveniences that rarely have the opportunity to be resolved. As you are designing a room, here are a few changes you can make that not only improve the value of your home, but improve the function as well.

Organize Your Counter Space

1. Organize Your Counter Space

I don’t know about you, but my sink is consistently cluttered with different pumps and accessories. Clear the clutter and create a greener household by including counter-mounted soap dispensers in your design plans. If you're remodeling or replacing your countertops, this is one detail you won’t want to overlook. By installing soap dispensers, you’re reducing waste from multiple containers. Consider adding a second dispenser if you’re someone that keeps lotion near the sink.

Update Your Lighting

2. Update Your Lighting

Proper lighting has the power to change a room. It can welcome guests in for a cozy dinner or create a more productive atmosphere. As you think about the room you're remodeling, think about what improvements you can do to brighten up your home. When choosing your light fixtures, consider using LED or other energy-efficient option.

  • Have you ever wanted to create the perfect mood lighting, but are confined to your standard switch? A dimmer switch might be the perfect update to include. In addition, you'll be reducing energy, benefitting your wallet and the environment.
  • If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, undercabinet lighting is a smart addition. Not only will it aid in cooking, but it gives a sophisticated look to the kitchen, highlighting unique countertops and a backsplash. With so many options in undercabinet lighting, there is the opportunity for a DIY project. However, if you’re looking at a more complex installation, call a pro.

Creating Peace In the Kitchen

3. Creating Peace In The Kitchen

The sound of a slamming drawer or cabinet is startling if you desire a relaxing environment in your home. Consider the small upgrade of soft-close hinges and drawer slides. This is a small detail that can make a huge difference in your kitchen or bathroom. The slow close of the drawer or door also prevents any worry about small children, or adults, getting their fingers pinched when closing the drawer. These can be installed yourself to your existing cabinets, or could be included in your next remodel.

Plug It In

4. Plug It In

Save yourself, your family and your guests the trouble of finding a place to charge their devices. Built-in charging stations are predicted to be a hot trend in 2016 and can be included in any room of the house. When working on your home improvement plans, see how you can work in this tech-savvy idea that will surely impress.

Consider adding a station in the kitchen where family tends to gather and devices are used to read recipes and play music. This can be added as its own drawer to pull out as needed or as a designated shelf in a cabinet. Perhaps you’d like to keep electronics away from kitchen foot traffic. You can create a charging station in a desk in your home office or living room. Either way, it’s certain to help keep track of the many charging devices your family has.

Laundry Room

5. A Livable Laundry Room

Typically, stand-alone clothes drying racks are cumbersome and tend to take up any available space in the laundry room. This does not make for an ideal situation as you haul loads of laundry in and out. Including a built-in drying rack in your renovation plans could make a world of difference for your household chores.

There are plenty of options when deciding what will work best for your laundry room. One idea is to attach to the wall and pull down as needed. Another way to dry clothes is to create a drawer with slats inside, to let sweaters dry easily. Whatever you choose for your family, it’s sure to change the way you utilize the space.

6. A Step Up for Your Bathroom

This is a great idea if you have little ones. Instead of step-stools that get in the way of bathroom traffic, install a vanity step allowing children to easily reach the sink. Disguised as a drawer, it’s easy to store away when not in use. Additionally, this improves safety by reducing the risk of any sudden falls due to the stool moving or slipping away from the child.

As kids outgrow the stool, the stool can easily be transformed into a toe kick drawer to create additional bathroom storage.

Hot Water

7. Hot Water When You Need It

An instant hot water tap could be the life-changing addition you can’t live without in your kitchen remodel. Previously popular in Europe, the hot water tap is now becoming the must-have luxury kitchen item in North America as well. Because of its on-demand functionality, instant hot water taps use energy only when in use, making it the greener option.

Safety is a concern when it comes to a hot water tap, as water tends to come out at around 200 . It’s important to take caution when turning on the tap, however, most products on the market have a safety button that must be pressed to activate. Many available right now require purchase of the faucet and water tank, costing between $200-$400 depending on the model. Contact a plumber to help with installation.

Conclusion

These are just a few ideas to get you started on your next home remodel. There are many possibilities. It’s best to write down a list of household headaches you’ve had and see what small upgrade can make your home a happy one.

What could you change in your home? If you’re ready to get started with your remodel, contact a pro today.


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