7 Ways to Make Your Home Work for You
It seems for most of us, all of our decisions and situations are created and controlled by others. It could be that our home, job, or community just doesn’t fit with the life we dream of.
And when winter rolls in, we might begin to feel extra dissatisfied with our house which seems dark, dysfunctional, and incompatible. Why not use that dissatisfaction to inspire some changes? If the home is where the heart is, it might be missing its inspiration.
Far from being a homeowner victim, you’re the master architect of a new 2015 plan to revitalize your living space. And you’ve got lots of choices, even in your budget range. First off, let’s get a sense of what you’re dissatisfied with.
This is Not my Dream Home
It’s a common statement: “my house just doesn’t feel right. It’s dark, gloomy, and I just can’t relax. It saps all my energy.” Do these common home complaints apply to your situation?
- The kitchen’s too small
- The bathroom is dingy and old fashioned
- The living room has no view and our old furniture can’t be placed right within it
- The home’s décor and cramped layout is circa 1974
- The windows are too small and all fogged up
- It feels cold, damp and then in summer it’s too hot and sticky
- There’s no good access to a deck or outdoors
Focus on the Real Benefit You’re After: Feeling Great
When people talk about home comfort, they’re normally referring to space, light, and temperature. When those are optimal, they complain less about old furniture, dreary rooms, and depressing décor and a lot of other things.
Lighten it Up a Bit
Big windows, patio doors, skylights, and sunrooms can really lift your mood summer and winter. New windows and insulation can improve the temperature and humidity issues thus keep you feeling more comfortable. And doing some minor surface remodeling, you can ease up the specific cramped areas of your home so you have room to relax and move easily.
It’s not about spending $100k and crossing your fingers. It’s about having the home that makes you feel good.
If you blindly focus on the renovation, which renovators and HGTV show people would prefer, you might miss out on getting the emotional lift that you want. Try these 7 upgrades one at a time and watch your mood lift with each one:
1. Bathroom reno: install new larger window, new LED lighting fixtures, new toilet and wash basin, and install new shower.
2. Kitchen reno: rebuild the counter top area where you actually prepare and cook food – create the necessary space.
3. Living room reno: Knock out a wall and install new panoramic windows or bay windows to let more light in and give nice external views.
4. Install a glass wall or solarium: this provides significant joy, nice views, direct sunshine, and relaxation all times of the year – no claustrophobia here.
5. New windows: good part of an energy saving solution that can let a lot more light in. Don’t be afraid to ask the installer to cut out a bigger opening for a big window – you want that extra light in your home.
6. Patio doors: choose a 2 or 3 section patio door to increase your living space.
7. Install plenty of LED lighting fixtures: creates high quality light that uses less power – that means more light in those cold winter evenings.
This isn’t your winter of discontent, it’s your time of great insight into what really matters to you and your life – contentment and comfort. And it might not cost as much as you would think. Time to stop procrastinating and get at it!
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