How Renovations Can Beautifully Transform Your Home
Do you own a home and wish to know how renovations can beautifully transform your home and make it a little cozier and more in line with your dream home? If so, you’re not alone. It’s safe to say nearly everyone has their ideal dream home, but few people manage to make it a reality. That’s mostly due to the cost of building a home from scratch. Most people find it more affordable to buy a home that’s already on the market, and that means settling.
No matter how wonderful it is, a pre-existing home won’t come close to being your dream home. Since your dream home is unique to you, it makes sense that it would be nearly impossible to find a matching property that already exists. However, you can turn an existing property into your dream home, and you might be surprised to see the difference some basic renovations can make.
Upgrading your home is worth considering since statistics show that 93% of homeowners report having a better quality of life after finishing their renovations. You deserve to feel amazing and enjoy your home, and a few changes can make that a reality for you.
Consider how you’ll finance your renovations
Do you already know how you’ll finance your home renovations? Will you be paying cash, or do you need to take out a loan? Be sure to get your finances lined up before you start. You’ll need to know exactly how much money you can spend so you don’t go over budget, even in the planning stage.
Make a list of your most important renovations
There might be one hundred or more small and large changes combined that you’d like to make to your home. Start by documenting everything you want to renovate, no matter how small, and be detailed in your list, even down to hardware changes.
Once you have your list, identify the most important renovations – the changes you want most. For instance, most people like to start with their main bathroom or kitchen since these rooms get a lot of attention. However, if you have a torn-up backyard and being able to spend time out there is a priority, you might want to start there.
If you aren’t sure what you want to transform but know your home needs some kind of upgrade, check out this home renovation guide from Whistler Builder. There are some brilliant ideas for transforming your kitchen, living spaces, bathroom, storage areas, and even outside spaces. You might get inspired just by seeing what’s possible.
Begin with the most affordable renovations
Obviously, your budget will determine which projects you can move ahead with, so look at your list of priorities and start with what’s most affordable. If your most urgent renovation is also quite expensive, you might need to compromise or start slow. For instance, if you want to create a luxurious master bathroom but you can’t afford everything at once, start with cheaper elements.
Replace the toilet, rearrange the plumbing to prepare for the full renovation, or get new sinks and fixtures. When you have enough money saved up (or you can get a loan) for that fancy jacuzzi tub and waterfall shower, you’ll have everything else in place. Doing one thing at a time will still get you the same end result.
Be open to layout changes
For some, an open floor plan is ideal. For others, it’s a nightmare. Consider your personal preferences and see how your layout stacks up. Do you have narrow hallways with tiny bedrooms on one end? You might want to consider combining two small bedrooms and widening the hallway. If you have too much open space, you might like to enclose an area to make an alcove or den.
Be open to changing the structural aspect of your home because sometimes that can make all the difference.
Consider what you can’t change – does it matter?
Home buyers have many regrets about features they can’t change. Things like having a three-story home, poor circulation, inconvenient floor plans, and more. If you find any of these unchangeable elements on your list, take some time to consider whether or not these are deal-breakers. If they are, you might be happier buying a new home.
In this case, you can search for a home with all of your features in mind and find something that comes closer to meeting your basic needs. Renovations will be a bit easier, and you won’t have to force yourself to live with features you hate.
Build your dream home one piece at a time
If you don’t have the funds to build a custom dream home, that’s okay because your ideal home is just a few renovations away.