Home renovations and home improvement projects are the things that’ll make homeowners really glad. Big or small projects alike, all have the same impact on the homeowner’s heart. There’s surely nothing better than making one’s house feel more like home.
In case you aren’t aware of it yet, there are home renovations more worthwhile than others. When spending money on a home project, you’ll want to go for improvement projects that’ll make your home not only look better but also increase its value. Should you decide to sell your home in the future, those upgrades can make your home more marketable.
So, what home improvement projects are worth undertaking? Here are some ideas, as discussed by an experienced MV Realty Broker.
Remodel Your Kitchen
The kitchen is, without a doubt, one of the most frequently used parts of your home. The bigger your family is, the more cooking you do. On top of that, there’s also the washing of dishes, baking, and other kitchen chores. Particularly in recent years when the home was the place to be, your kitchen may have undeniably gone through heavy wear and tear.
Take a look at it now. Is it still functional? Or, is it already worn out? An old kitchen may not be working well for you anymore and that makes cooking and prepping meals tedious and burdensome. This is when you know that a kitchen remodel is called for. For this home renovation project, you might want to hire mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering services to get it done right.
Now, here are three kitchens remodel ideas worth doing:
- Shelves: Build shelves under your kitchen island. All that extra storage will come in handy, particularly if you’re running short on storage space.
- Backsplash: Upgrade your backsplash, as this small detail can significantly improve the overall aesthetics of your kitchen.
- Outlets: Install new, multiple outlets, especially if you have more kitchen appliances now than when you first moved in.
Convert Your Garage Into A Living Space
Garages today aren’t just meant to house a car. In fact, many garages are also used as storage space, though not very efficiently. That’s a lot of wasted square footage, which you can make better use of.
If your garage has become a dumping site for all your clutter, that calls for renovation. With a good builder, you can transform your garage into an outdoor living space, entertaining area, a guest room, or the man cave you’ve always dreamed of.
This home improvement can help increase your home’s value simply because that would add some extra square footage of useful space to your home. Typically, the more rooms a home has, the higher its value becomes.
Upgrade Your Appliances
Some appliances are non-permanent fixtures in a home, while others are sort of permanent because they’re built-in. This depends on your home’s layout. For example, your kitchen cabinets may have been custom-made to hide a refrigerator including the microwave oven. If you have permanently fixed appliances in your home and you’ve had them for quite some time, upgrading those appliances may be called for.
Over time, appliances will deteriorate. And there’s perhaps nothing more that can age home than having old, dysfunctional, and non-energy-efficient appliances.
Assess each of your built-in appliances, including your air conditioners, heaters, and wall-attached television. If they’ve gone way beyond their service life and you’re certain they can use a replacement, go ahead and invest in new ones.
Replace Your Garage Doors
Fourth on this list is a garage door replacement—from an old, manual one to automated, smart garage doors. It’s high on the list of getting a return on investment (ROI) from your home improvement efforts because it boosts both the aesthetics and functionality of your garage door.
The most compelling reason is security. Modern doors are equipped with more security features than the older garage doors. This fact alone explains how and why modern garage doors can increase your home’s value.
Your wooden-framed windows are bound to deteriorate over time. They’ll make your windows look less than attractive. In addition, worn-out windows can make your home less energy-efficient. When your windows are no longer as functional as they used to be, your energy consumption will increase, resulting in high utility bills.
For instance, windows are meant to lock well, so they can trap hot or cold air inside your home. If you notice your home is cold despite keeping the heaters on high, check your windows. Heat may be seeping out, rather than staying in your home.
However, when you change your windows, don’t limit it to one area. Replace all your windows in one go, as a big project. You wouldn’t want to create a mix-and-match image of having worn-out windows in one area and modern ones in another.
Curb And Garden Landscaping
Your garden is perhaps the first thing visitors will notice about your home before they’re even invited inside. So, it goes without saying that your garden should look the part: well-kept, welcoming and inviting. You don’t need to have the grandest or biggest garden in the neighborhood or the most expensive plants. What matters the most is how clean and well-maintained your garden is.
If you have not yet worked on its landscape, tackle that as your garden project for this year. You can explore different landscaping designs and choose one that suits your preference and budget.
The home improvement ideas mentioned above are among the select few that can give the most ROI when you resell your property. Look around your home and assess whether these suggestions may be just what your home needs.
Let your home improvement vision come to life with the help of experts in architectural design. The returns you’re bound to receive will make the expense of the renovation well worth it. Most importantly, you’ll finally be able to address your home’s problem areas to improve their looks and functionality. And with that, you’ll feel so much better.
In case you have any architectural, structural, HVAC, and MEP design including fire sprinkler design requirements, or need a home renovation or home improvement project design, feel free to contact us. We provide you with the full permit set design + T24 for your request.
Annalise Fay is an architectural consultant, currently working with an architectural and structural design consultancy firm. When she’s not helping clients with their homes, she spends her time blogging about home design and renovation.