A home is like a poem. It is never finished, but there comes a point in every homeowner’s life where they realise that it is perfect. Sure, there may be things that don’t quite look right, there may be things that need a little touch up here and there. But these small flaws, these quirks and oddball features are part of the home. They are what gives the house its personality, and without them, it wouldn’t feel like home.
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It seems that a home is never finished, there may be things that don’t quite look right, there may be things that need a little touch up here and there. There’s just something that needs adding, something you know just by looking at it, but can’t put your finger on. What could it be?
If you feel like you have achieved this, then congratulations, enjoy your home and everything warm and fuzzy that comes with it. However, if you think you are just on the cusp of satisfaction, then keep on reading.
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You probably spent the first year or so in your new home getting used to everything. You trusted the appliances and utilities; you were so enamoured with your space that you didn’t feel there was any need to improve anything around the house. But that first year goes fast, and things probably started breaking down, wearing away, and tearing apart.
So you upgraded. You bought a new washing machine or refrigerator or water heater. You added a fresh coat of paint to the door frames, you renovated the bathroom, tore up the carpets and set in laminate flooring. Your home was getting there.
And now, it is perfect, or almost perfect anyway. There’s just something that needs adding, something you know just by looking at it, but can’t put your finger on. What could it be?
Let’s start in the master bedroom. The place where you and your partner lie down for an excellent night’s rest. Perhaps you let your dog sleep at the foot of the bed, perhaps you keep it as your sanctuary; a place for relaxation, reading, and recovery.
With this being arguably the most treasured and important room of the house, you want it to be as comfortable as possible. Take a look at the bed, could it do with an upgrade? Or a new mattress to ease you off to dreamland and give you a better night’s sleep?
Maybe you’re sick of traipsing across the hall when you need the bathroom in the middle of the night. For this, consider installing an ensuite for better convenience and privacy. Your bedroom will soon start to feel like a hotel.
What about the rest of upstairs? The kids’ rooms, the attic, the spare room that has started to mimic a modern art exhibit. These are all places you can organise and renovate to add further satisfaction to your home. Turn the spare room into a study, a place for you to practice your hobbies, or a home gym. The possibilities are endless and will help ease some of the mess stress that may have accumulated recently.
Living room, dining room, hallways, kitchen, downstairs bathroom. The possibilities are endless when considering how to perfect your home. Downstairs is the place where visitors and guests will see more than anything else, so it helps to have something that will make them want to come back. Not too often, though, we all need our privacy, this place isn’t a hotel!
You can make substantial changes to your downstairs like renovating the kitchen, installing new appliances, or giving the living room a makeover. Or, if you don’t feel like it, then you might be surprised how something as simple as rearranging furniture will do the appearance of any room.
These aesthetic changes to your house will make you happy to come home after a long day of work. They will make you excited to relax after running errands all day. The living room is a place for family games and laughter. The dining room, one of family chats and catch-ups, Christmas Dinner, special occasions, and more.
Significant changes in the house can be stressful. There will be a lot of mess for a long time; there will be moments where you regret it all and feel like it will never get done. But keeping a positive attitude is the key to a successful renovation.
You’ve had the years of muddy floors and toys littered across like some Hasbro obstacle course. But now is the time to make your home just that: yours. Ensuring that you can make the home of your dreams a reality is crucial to feeling satisfied as the days go by and you can look around your house feeling accomplished and comfortable.
Depending on where you live in the world, you’ll get at least a bit of warm weather and sunshine at some point throughout the year. When that time comes, you want to be able to relax in an area that makes you feel happy.
If the grass is looking patchy, consider re-turfing. If the swing set is old and rusted, getting rid of it (or saving it in storage for the grandkids) will make the whole garden more picturesque. Or, if you really want to feel like you’re on vacation in your backyard, contacting local pool builders to add a slice of paradise and luxury to your home, perfect for the summer months, BBQs, and parties, is something to consider.
Your backyard can be a place of tranquillity, and so adding more flowers will not only make it look beautiful but also add an ambience that will make people literally stop and smell the roses. Doing this will make you eager to invite family and friends round and host garden parties or BBQs or birthdays.
No matter how you choose to leap that final hurdle and get the house just right, exploring these opportunities will make you finally achieve that. There may still be things you aren’t happy with, but getting everything you wanted and more out of home pays for itself in its unique way.
Think of the state of the house when you moved in; look at pictures if you have them, and look now at what you have done to make the house undisputedly yours. The changes may not seem that significant in your head, but seeing them will make you realise that all of the stress and the work was absolutely worth it.
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