Remodeling your Home for the Future: Trends and Tips
A “back-to-basics” attitude is driving the top remodeling trends for 2017, as homeowners look to restore classic aesthetics while increasing utility of space and functionality of appliances. Knocking down walls to create larger, more open spaces, repurposing underutilized spaces and including technological advances in your home are all great ways to improve your standard of living while increasing the value of your home. Inviting a Carmax consultant to your house for an onsite walk through is the first step for all your home remodeling projects.
Open up your house
No room in your home should feel isolating. While not a new trend, knocking down dividing walls between rooms continues to lead home remodeling projects in Canada. An open concept kitchen and living area allows more interaction between family members, greatly increases the amount of natural light and provides more room when hosting dinner parties. Open floor plans are especially useful if you have children, allowing the chef of the home to cook while keeping an eye on the young ones. However, an open concept floor plan should not permeate all corners of your home. Consider keeping some areas, such as your home office or reading nook private and secluded.
Ensure every room has a function
Homeowners often feel that their house is too small for their needs – however, re purposing poorly used space can subjectively increase the square footage of your home. Common examples of such spaces include attics and laundry rooms. Most attics are left completely unfinished due to their often awkward shape and low ceilings. This should not deter homeowners from converting it into a cozy space to read a book or watch television away from the commotion of everyday living. Laundry rooms provide a unique opportunity to improve organization, thereby reducing clutter in other areas of your home. Installing shelving units and additional closet space are common strategies to gain more storage.
Automate your home for peace of mind
Home automation involves bringing technology into your home to increase the convenience of living. Recent technological innovations have greatly reduced the price of these remodeling efforts and are allowing all homeowners to share in their benefits. Small technological changes include connecting your smart phone or tablet to monitor your home’s carbon monoxide detectors, and control the furnace, air conditioning and light switches. These changes can have a large impact in reducing your energy bills. Larger changes can also be made, such as installing self-cleaning toilets, or appliances that will respond to your voice through Google Home or Amazon’s Alexa.
Whether you are remodeling your home to adjust for your changing family or to simply improve the quality of your life, a Carmax consultant can help show you how to use all your space efficiently and bring your home into the 21st Century. Click on the “Contact Us” tab on our website to start a conversation today.