Did you know that the average age for first-time home buyers in the U.S. is around 33. The process for buying your first home at any age can be a stressful, time-consuming experience and in most cases will make you re-think the idea about buying a home in the first place. But it is worth it in the long run, after all the hard work, sweat and tears you will be the proud owner of your new home.
Home improvements can defiantly be intimidating whether you have just bought a newly built home, a condo, or a fixer upper. Doesn’t matter if you wanted to renovate your kitchen and bathroom or your whole house; you want to start right away adding your own personal style. That is where the home improvement in all of us starts to take root and plans are formulated. Here are some tips to help turn your house into your home.
Like everything in your home over the years windows will become outdated and because of this replacing them might not be the only option. If you are considering and kitchen or bathroom renovation then windows will be on your radar. By replacing your windows you will have less drafts, the new windows will be easier to clean, lighter to open and close and the safety featured will be substantially improved. They will be more cost efficient as well. So what are some of the things you need to know before you make the investment.
Bathroom lighting is generally one of the least thought about items in the home, given the amount of time we spend in the bathroom you would think this is top priority. The lighting in your bathroom should get the same attention as the lighting throughout the rest of the home. Most modern bathrooms are more than just a pit-stop in your day it is now a place to relax and recharge. Homeowners are now adding a spa tubs, shower systems and even steam showers.
New technology transforms our day-to-day lives, from bringing the internet to our kitchens to stoves that can be programmed to turn on, cook and shut down without you being there and refrigerators that will tell you when you are out of milk. The “smart home” is quickly becoming the norm and our bathrooms are keeping pace with the new technology. Here’s a look at the trends:
When we are looking for lighting options we are often provided with multiple light designs and fixtures, from recessed lighting that require contractors and tradesmen, to floor and desk lamps that need to have access to outlets. Ambient lighting, task or accent lighting are the most popular fixtures that are extremely versatile enough to be used in every room of the house.
That single, small lighting fixture protruding from the middle of your bathroom ceiling doesn’t cut it by today’s lighting standards. What to do? Alternative sources of general lighting include recessed ceiling fixtures and indirect lighting that bounces off the ceiling or the walls. Adequate task lights have become a must, too.
Is your family in need of another bathroom, a second or even a third bathroom? This bathroom is all about function over relaxation, the idea is to get in and get out: toilet, sink, and/or shower while keeping it simple. But this doesn’t mean the space has to be plain Jane or ho hum. Adding interesting tile, updated fixtures, a unique mirror or decorative light fixture will spruce up this space.
The toilet handle you have to jiggle a little, the shower doors that will almost instantly get mildewed unless you leave them open “just so,” the slightly loose tile on the floor to the right of the sink? There are lots of irritating little bathroom flaws that we never seem to take care of and just learn to live with them instead.
The quickest way to transform a bath is to change the look of its walls. When considering your options, remember that a bathroom wall covering must stand up to heat, moisture and frequent cleaning. Mixing and matching materials for their strengths in different areas works well, especially if the room has divided spaces. Here are three options: