When people talk about home improvements, too often they focus on kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. But updating one room may not necessarily give you the increase in value or psychological freedom you’re hoping for.
It might be better to back up a bit and look at your home from an overall perspective. A lot of people are. The home plan websites have been popular for a long time and they cater to people looking to create, exciting new living environments.
The Power of a New Floor Plan
A new floor plan can breathe life into your old home. By opening up previously secluded and darkened areas, more of your floor space is livable and easily accessible. Your old walls can really bring the mood down, but if choose an open floor layout for instance, you open it up for maximum living and lighting.
When homebuyers enter your renovated new layout, they are going to be smiling. It’s modern and it’s what they want. Now, they’ll want to buy and all that’s left to decide is the selling price. Your place might not be all that great, but the new layout makes it look like it’s worth it. Open concept layouts continue to be high on most buyer’s priority lists.
How Important is Flow in the Layout?
In our region, Asian buyers dominate and they are sensitive to the Chi of a home. Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophy that is about harnessing the positive energy or Chi of an environment. Chi is assessed by the layout, placement of stairs, and even how the house sits on the lot.
If you’re looking for ideas on house plans, houseplans.com offers plenty of ideas based on architectural styles. Envision a theme that is desirable to homebuyers or to yourself if you’re staying in the home.
If you’re renovating to open your home up and make it ultramodern, it’s a great idea. However, it might be wise to ask a designer who is in touch with the new type of buyer in our market. It would mean a lot to an Asian buyer who might feel that they don’t have to do the renovation again to suit their needs for good Chi.
With bids that are tens of thousands of dollars over asking price, it’s wise to take your time and do your renovation right. And even if you’re upgrading for yourself, you might want to learn more about how people move within your home environment. Consider it a lesson in better living.
Is it a good time to install a new patio door? Sure we do installations all year round. Having those big windows in your kitchen or living room will give you a big emotional lift in the middle of winter.
Don’t forget when you’re having glass or windows installed to have it done professionally. Shoddy installation is the number one cause of failure. Check out the 2014 weather forecast to see what kind of storms might be in store for us.