With the 2020 home improvement trend continuing, this article from Handicare Stairlifts looks at some of the home improvements you can make that will enhance your space. Read on to discover the home improvements we recommend you consider as this year’s project.
Upgrade your outdoor space
Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been spending more time in their gardens whilst trying to get outdoors and not leave the house. For some, it’s triggered garden envy and a feeling that the space they have isn’t being used efficiently. So, why not use this year to fall back in love with your outdoor space?
Whatever you want to use your garden for; hosting parties, taking time to be in nature, eating your breakfast in the sun or as a hobby for those with green fingers, revamping your outdoor space with that in mind can give it a new lease of life. The early months of the year are perfect for this task, as, by spring when flowers start to bloom, you’ll be able to put your feet up and enjoy your completed project.
Make your home, work for you
This can mean a different thing to every homeowner, but this year it’s time to make your home, work for you. Oftentimes we can put up with little annoyances in our lives because it seems like too much bother to fix them, but, in the long run, they can overwhelm us. Maybe it’s a lack of storage space in the kitchen or something more serious like a staircase you find yourself struggling to climb, tackling the issue and making your space fit your needs is essential if you want it to be your forever home.
Accessibility is one issue that people often do not tackle until it’s too late, but, by future-proofing your home before you need it, you can have peace of mind that, when the time comes, you needn’t worry. Whether it’s exploring stairlift prices in preparation for an installation or levelling uneven outdoor ground, doing these tasks now can make sure you are ready for the future.
Create an area to host guests
We are sure that for many people, being able to get together with family and friends once more is top of their priority list. With this in mind, why not create an area in your home to host guests? This space could be a dining room primed for dinner parties, and outdoor area perfect for barbeques or a cosy cinema room where you can relax together on colder nights.
Not being able to see the people we love most is hard, but one way to take your mind of off that is to get stuck into a project and, by creating an area to host guests you’ll be able to give yourself something to really look forward to.
Give yourself more room to work with
For those who find they are lacking in space, a bigger project that can be undertaken this year is to make more room to work with. With extensions and conversions, you’ll be able to maximise the footprint of your home and make the best use of the space you have available to yourself.
To make more room, the team at Property Division recommends this: “If you’re up for a major renovation project, you may want to consider converting your loft or basement. This will add value to your home and give you a lot more space. You can use the loft room as an additional bedroom or an office room or convert the basement into a games room, a gym or a cinema room.”
West Midlands Home Improvements say that, if you have the time and budget, looking to extend can be a great move: “Single-storey extensions are a fantastic home improvement option for 2021. They add large amounts of living space to your property, don’t compromise on existing space and can be completed in far less time than you’d think! Also, as we’re all spending a lot more time at home this year, why not finally create that additional room you’ve always wanted? The extra space could be used as a living room, dining room, home office, gaming room, home gym or a playroom for the kids.
“When it comes to single storey-extensions, there are virtually limitless possibilities! With modern-day house prices being astronomical, more homeowners are making the smart choice to renovate instead of move house. It’s far less hassle, far more cost-effective and is a great way of adding monetary value to your property for long-term returns.”
Dedicate room to your hobbies and passions
Finding time for hobbies and passions can be hard in such a fast-moving world, but by dedicating room to what you love in your home you’ll have much easier access to it. You may be an avid painter, a budding home cook or a yoga fanatic but, whatever it is you love to do in your spare time, creating room for it within your home can mean you can spend more time doing what you love rather than just thinking about it.
You don’t need to dedicate a lot of space either. If you are working with a smaller blueprint, simply creating an area to store your supplies where they can be easily picked up and used can make a big difference. Or, if you do have more space available, why not create a room dedicated to what you love? This way, you won’t need to pack-up if you are midway through something in order to make room for life and you’ll be able to shut the world away and while away the hours whenever you please.
As well as your hobbies and passions, you might want to dedicate some room for your work as well, especially if you’ve found working from home to be your new norm. Neil Mead from DIY Week explains: “With many of us being forced to work from home due to the Covid-19 restrictions, one of the best and currently most popular home improvements is turning a spare room into an office, or at least making it a space more suitable for working in.
“Whether it’s a spare bedroom, converted loft, or even an under-utilised summer house, making the space brighter, cleaner and more organised will allow you to focus more easily on your work tasks. Even if you don’t have a whole room available, just making an area suitable for working, by changing the décor and adding some office furniture, will at least provide a dedicated workspace that will help you to concentrate and improve your productivity.”
Home improvements to make in 2021
- Upgrade your outdoor space
- Make your home, work for you
- Create an area to host guests
- Give yourself more room to work with
- Dedicate room to your hobbies and passions
So, whether you choose to upgrade your outdoor space or create a dedicated area to pursue your favourite hobbies, each of these home improvements can make a big difference to your everyday life and there is no better time to achieve them than now.
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