In today’s day and age, growing families, empty-nesters, avid entertainers and beyond are looking to spend more intentional time at home. But for many households, traditional rooms are becoming less attractive. More families are preferring spaces that can accommodate their lifestyles directly. If you’re interested in the basics of sprucing up your home’s features, keep reading!
Before starting any major project, it’s important to determine exactly what you would like to get out of it. Consider whether these renovations are a “want” or a “need” for your family, as this could affect both your time frame and budget.
With many major home investments going underutilized, it’s also important that you renovate to your life and style. Do you want the space to be more artistic or functional? And will those elements come into play during building or decorating? Feel free to have fun with this process and get the whole family involved in figuring out what to create. In case you’re looking for some jumping-off points, take a look at the following home additions that families are loving:
- Sport turfing or putting green
- Craft room
- Wine cellar
- Man cave/she shed
- Master bath
- Garden oasis
- Movie room/entertainment room
- Pool or hot tub
- Library or reading nook
- Fire pit or outdoor kitchen
Handle the Logistics
Once you’re ready to enter the renovation process, there are a few bigger considerations to make before breaking ground. If you want to add value to your home with this project, consider consulting a contractor or designer about the size and scale of your ideas. While smaller changes might warrant order-and-build pieces or DIY additions, it never hurts to call in a professional to handle the overarching job at hand and determine if your home is able to accommodate the changes you want to make.
Other logistical considerations to make include whether or not you’ll need building permits to do the work, how much customization you’ll require, and what time frame you have for completing the work. Keep in mind that delays on work and materials are more common as of late due to issues in the supply chain. With this, it might be best to choose a project that can be time-flexible while allowing you continued use of the major parts of your home.
Determine Budget & Affordability
Whether you’ve been saving up for a while, recently came into spendable funds, or are looking into how to get a home equity loan to fund your home modifications, unique features like these are going to call for a stable budget. It’s important that you get a quote for the project ahead of time and ultimately try to spend below your maximum budget without compromising safety and quality. Having a separate contingency budget for unexpected costs should be an automatic addition to your finances, too.
Create & Enjoy
However you and your loved ones are able to spend it, intentional time together is important, especially after a few isolated years. Whether you’re building together or making these renovations to be together, investing in your home is also an investment in relationships, memories, and traditions that will last a lifetime.