If you made a list of all the possible home improvements you could make, you would be all day making that list. There is no end to the projects you can start around the house. In terms of priority, repairs should probably come first, especially if those repairs fall into one of the following categories:
- Repairs that fix something dangerous
- Repairs that save you money
- Repairs that are environmentally beneficial
After repairs, there are home improvements. Even if nothing is particularly broken, there are still savvy home renovations you should look into. Even those come in a few categories:
- Renovations that increase equity
- Renovations that increase your enjoyment of the home
- Renovations that increase utility
In this post, we will look at one more category: renovations that are most visually impactful. Here are 5:
It’s not the granite countertops that make the kitchen. Don’t get me wrong. They’re beautiful. But not every kitchen has tons of counter space. That expensive material can easily get lost under too many kitchen gadgets and all manner of other things obscuring the countertop.
The first thing you see when you walk into a kitchen is cabinetry. In fact, you see the cabinets before you walk into the kitchen. Head on over to http://dewils.com/ for a sense of how visually impactful luxury cabinets can be.
In modern, open floor plans, cabinets do not just impact the look of the kitchen, they impact the look of the whole front area. Rundown cabinets make the whole house look rundown. Beautiful cabinets make the whole house look beautiful. If your kitchen budget is limited, do the cabinets, then the counters.
Floors are everywhere in the house. There is no getting away from them. Not every room in the house has cabinets. But every square inch of the house is covered in floor. Few things change the look of a house more drastically than your choice of floors, and floor coverings.
I’m not going to leap into the carpet vs. wood debate. There are good arguments on both sides. Both can make your home look stunning. Over time, carpet will probably need to be replaced more often, and will require more maintenance. So if you have wall to wall carpeting, changing it up is one of the most visually impactful things you can do for your home.
Are all of your interior walls the same color? Try painting one of them a different color. And it will quickly become the focal point of the house. If you like displaying the trophies and awards your kids bring home from school, try devoting one wall to floating shelves and painting that wall a bold color. It doesn’t really matter if you paint one wall or paint them all. A new coat of paint is a new house.
While you are busy changing the look of your home, don’t forget the outside. And while a fresh coat of paint on the outside is always appealing, vinyl siding may be even better. Siding is durable and easy to maintain. It is not as easily changed as a paint job. But it will stay looking fresh and new for a much longer period of time.
One of the least expensive but most profound things you can do to change the look of your home is to change the lighting inside and out. Good LED bulbs can cost as much as $20 each. If you get the fancy ones that can be controlled with a smartphone, they can cost as much as $60.
But by getting rid of incandescents, you can put sunlight into your home without a skylight, and burn less energy doing it. You will literally change the colors in your home because color is a property manipulated by light. Changing the color temperature in your home changes everything, literally everything.
The look of your home affects how you feel about your home. Change the look with cabinets, floors, paint, siding, and light. Any one of those changes will give you a new appreciation for the place you call home