5 Ways to Upgrade Your Home (Like A Pro)
It’s safe to say that homeowners are more conscious of the look and ambiance of their living spaces than ever before. Maybe this new enthusiasm about interior and exterior design is a result of the assortment of television shows featuring families renovating homes or all the beautiful homes you can see on Instagram (probably the latter). Achieving perfection is easier than ever in this hi-tech age in which we live. Additionally, you don’t even need a large budget to achieve the desired results. An upgrade can be as simple as installing glass doors between the patio or planting a tree. There are endless ways to give your home a dream makeover. Some upgrades are even covered by your home warranty company. Read ahead for Maid Sailors’ 5 best ways to upgrade your home while preserving your budget.
Accentuating space and openness will save your common areas from feeling gloomy and confining. One simple way to facilitate this effect is to use doors and screens that roll along tracks to divide rooms. Better than walls, they can be adjusted to accommodate interactions between guests or allow more light. You can also energize a room by installing a window in the ceiling to get the “heaven” effect.
2. Stainless Steel
Nothing communicates our contemporary love affair with functionality better than kitchens full of stainless steel. They’re smooth, slick and luminous. They epitomize luxury. You don’t have to have a luxury budget, however, to incorporate this expensive material. Stainless steel surfaces come with adhesive backing that you can peel off and stick to counters and old appliances. They give your home an instant facelift. They upgrade your kitchen in more ways than just visually: sponges glide over stainless steel, so having steel helps you to keep your cooking areas free of ketchup stains and greasy fingerprints.
3. Radiant Heating
A common feature of traditional Asian home design, heated floors are holistic. They provide ample warmth and comfort during the frosty months of winter that radiators and baseboard heaters cannot. Furthermore, you can say goodbye to cold feet. The principle is simple. Install pipes flowing with hot water below the floors of your home. Unless you have a plumbing background, you’ll have to watch videos that provide instruction on how to do it yourself. Another way to avoid the cost of hiring a company to do the work is to buy a system at your local home improvement store that comes with an in-depth manual written for non-heating specialists. In any case, have no fear! There are a growing number of these DIY products on the market.
Motion sensors respond to body heat. When they detect someone, the lights come on. When no one’s there, the lights go off, creating a solution to those rooms of your home where forgetful family members leave lights on needlessly. Having motion sensors also lowers the costs of your monthly electricity bills. There’s definitely a cool factor to lights that come on and go off by themselves, but energy friendly homes are considerably more attractive to buyers, so they’re a sound investment. Dimmers put another spin on having further lighting control. They enable you to lower or raise light at degrees that fit your mood. They create subtlety. They also allow you to adjust your lights to match color and design schemes. The best interior decorators believe that creatively applied lighting is as essential to your home as furniture.
5. Terra Cotta Tiles
They’re the essence of rustic. They personalize a bathroom, kitchen, patio or even driveway. They evoke classic French and Italian country homes and bring to mind earthy ranches in Santa Fe. They’re simple, yet romantic. Because they come in so many textures and designs, they showcase your home’s uniqueness and workmanship. You don’t have to go all the way out and landscape an entire area with them. Use them to Border a window or fill in a wall section. Mix and match the colors to create an exotic effect.
By now, you’ve probably realized that there’s no single definition of upgrading a home. Making both structural and design changes can offer an array of benefits. Renovating kitchens and bathrooms usually comes to mind first because these rooms are the most heavily used and undergo a lot of wear and tear, but it’s important not to underestimate the benefits of doing more nuanced home improvement work in other areas of your home. The upgrades discussed here are not only affordable but will also increase the value of your home. In any case, it’s always a good idea to book a cleaning with Maid Sailors, so we can leave your home looking brand new (even if it isn’t).