As the summer is quickly approaching us, now is the time to focus on the interior updates your home needs. Some benefits to updating your home this year are increasing it’s value, keeping up-to-date on the latest trends, and making your home more functional. With cooler temperatures, it can be hard to get the ball rolling on renovations, but don’t let that stop you from getting things started before the hot weather hits. Focus your efforts on two of the most utilized rooms in your house, the kitchen and bathroom. Especially for those that enjoy hosting large and small gatherings, the kitchen tends to be where everyone gathers and the bathroom is sure to get a lot of use!
When updating your home there are two types of projects you’ll endure; projects that are quick and easy to do yourself, and ones that can require more time, effort, and even hiring a professional. Starting with the most time consuming projects is smart, that way you aren’t rushing to get them completed later on.
One major renovation to your kitchen that you should add if you plan to entertain or find yourself needing more counter space and cabinetry, is a large island. The kitchen becomes the hot-spot of any home, especially when hosting guests, so adding an island to your design is very beneficial and has a high return on investment. Another larger project is updating your kitchen’s flooring. There are so many options when it comes to flooring, but you’ll want to weigh out the pros and cons of each flooring material before deciding which is best for you. This is a project you can complete yourself or hiring help can alleviate stress and free up some of your time, while still getting that new and improved look.
If your budget allows for it, the most practical update for your kitchen is replacing old appliances. This can be a costly fix and may be something you’ll want to do overtime on a need-basis, but it will be very beneficial to you in the long run. If you can, match all your appliances to each other; stainless steel is a very popular and timeless finish option for all kitchen appliances.
Some smaller, not so intimidating projects that will give your kitchen the face-lift it needs, are updating your backsplash, cabinets, hardware, and lighting. These are all fixes you can make yourself and don’t take a lot of time. They also allow you to upgrade to a trendier look. Things like gold hardware and light fixtures, cabinets with a bold color, and an intricate backsplash are very popular and great for any dated home going into this summer. It’s important to keep in mind that these little updates increase value, so if you’re planning to sell in the near future, these are great ways to add equity to your home.
The statement piece in any bathroom is the vanity. If you’re going to change one thing in your bathroom this year, consider upgrading your bathroom vanity for a more trendy/updated look. Pick a nice hardwood vanity or go with a bold pop of color to bring your design to life. It can also serve many purposes such as counter space for getting ready in the morning and storage space underneath; make sure your vanity fits your needs not only as a design piece, but also functionally.
Your shower is the next thing to ponder updating, but this project could take a little longer and may require some additional plumbing work. If your current shower is not meeting your needs, add a larger walk-in shower that has plenty of storage for your products and a good shower head. Ditch the shower curtain and include a glass door in your new design, it’s much easier to clean and allows your shower to not take up much room visually; this is important for design purposes and also can help create space within smaller bathrooms. If you do have the square footage, however, adding a freestanding tub is a great way to keep the benefits of a bathtub without having it combined with your shower.
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Swapping out the hardware in your bathroom is a quick-fix that anyone can do. Use the same gold finishes as mentioned in the kitchen or switch it up with matte black to create a clean crisp look. You can also update the mirrors in your bathroom—going with a circular mirror is very trendy, even incorporating a vintage mirror can add some detail to your space. This is a great opportunity to also update your bathroom lighting, choose a fixture that matches your design but also provides good lighting for getting ready in the morning.
Lastly, a door from your backyard to the bathroom is a feature that’s becoming very popular in new-builds and is super functional for families with children and pets, especially if you have a pool. This door is something that can be easily added to most bathrooms, but you’ll want to make this your first step before beginning any of the other bathroom projects mentioned above. You may need to hire a professional before cutting holes in your wall to ensure your home can withhold an exterior door and so you don’t damage any plumbing or electrical during demolition; a property inspector can be a great resource if your home is older and you’re concerned about it’s structural integrity. Once it’s done you will be grateful to not have kids or guests running through your home to the bathroom during outdoor gatherings and day-to-day life. This is also super functional for pet owners as it allows your pet to enter into the bathroom to get their paws wiped, before tracking mud and dirt throughout the house.
Whether your home needs major updating or small simple tweaks, be sure to start planning, budgeting, and even tackling some of the projects now before the summer rolls around.