You’ve been picturing the perfect remodel in your head for some time. But whether you’ve been saving for years, or received that anticipated bonus check from work, you’ve got to make sure your money is spent wisely. When it comes to remodeling any part of your home, optimizing the space you have is perhaps the most important factor. Simple techniques can ensure that even a small area can be transformed into an open and airy space. So, here are a few tips to get you started and moving forward towards that perfect picture in your head.
Creative Storage Solutions
One easy way to be sure that you get your money’s worth is investing in cabinets, drawers and other spaces for storage purposes. Nothing clutters up a space like excess storage. Simply having multiple options can clear up an area to make it feel more open. So, when you’re purchasing cabinets and such, be sure that you have an idea of how much you will need to put into those spaces. And for cabinets specifically, installing them vertically is the best bet. If you have a few tight spaces that seemed to get too cramped, consider open shelving to maximize storage potential. Not only will you open up a room, but you’ll save a lot of money in the process without having to extend the actual physical space.
Believe it or not, lighting plays a big role in the feel of a room. Out of date, low-power lighting can make a room feel dark and cramped. Before you even get too far, update the lighting fixtures in the space and see if that doesn’t brighten up the area. You might be surprised, and you might just save a lot of money.
With modern homes being built with an open layout, it is important to section of different zones of each room. This may sound trivial, but when appliances and furniture spill over from one room to the next, it can create a sense of clutter. So, when remodeling a room or area, be sure to create explicit zones for each part of the room to ensure the maximum space possible. When there is established areas for each appliance (especially in the kitchen) you can be sure that the room will look the way you want it to at all times.
Though some additions can cost more initially, government credits and lower electricity bills make these types of additions more than worthwhile. For example, installing a tankless water heater in the basement not only saves space, but saves money. When deciding on new purchase for a room or space, consider some energy efficient additions!
At the end of the day, a remodel will only be as good as you wish it to be. Trust yourself and be creative. Plan ahead for the best result, and try a few quick rearrangements of furniture and appliances to get an idea of what may be best for you. Remember, home is where the heart is, so keep your heart and your love in it, and you cannot go wrong!