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When it comes to your home you may have decided that this is the last one you buy. Your forever home is finally here, but does it really feel like it? The chances are, it doesn’t. But there are things that you can do to put your own stamp on the place.
Ideas To Help You Create Your Forever Home
I wanted to share with you some of the things that you could do to help you finally create the forever home you probably imagined the moment you stepped through the door.
Make the kitchen the hub of the home
One of the first things you could do would be to consider making the kitchen the hub of the home. It is the place where you may all congregate at the end of the day, you may like to eat in there, socialise perhaps, or remain part of the action if you are entertaining outside.
There are so many ways you can make the kitchen feel like the very heart of your home, installing feature windows is one of the things you could consider. Enabling your kitchen to feel part of the action inside and out. Perhaps adding a dining area or making a kitchen and living space more open plan so that you can make it bigger and a place where everyone can be. Your kitchen may need replacing, and the layout changing to suit your needs, and while it can be a big investment it would certainly be worth it in terms of future value and how much more you use the space.
Could your home be more energy efficient?
As it might be time to put down roots permanently, you may want to think about how energy efficient the house or property is. Maybe some investment in things like new windows or doors could help with heating bills or keep the home cool in the summer. Insulation in walls or loft space can actually be a cheap job to do but could make all of the difference. As you plan on staying there now, you may even want to look at solar panels on the roof, collecting rainwater in the gardens for watering plants and grass in the summer, and generally being a little more self-sufficient.
It’s all about the kerb appeal
First impressions count for a lot, so you may want to think about how you present your home on the outside. Now that you plan on staying here, the things you do to the exterior of your home can make a massive difference to the appearance of the street and help with neighbours’ homes as well. It could be simple things like cleaning the gutters or getting your windows cleaned regularly. Every little bit of help.
Minimise your home of unwanted clutter
Clutter can build up over time, and if you have been in your home for a while and don’t plan on leaving it anytime soon, you may just be tempted to leave it where it is. But clutter can also cause problems when it comes to the appearance of your home as well as how you feel in it. Minimalism is a real trend of late, and decluttering your home of unwanted things can be extremely liberating.
Create the sanctuary you deserve in your bedroom
Your bedroom is often so low on the priority list when it comes to redecorating, but this has got to stop. Now that you are in your forever home you have no reason not to indulge in the decoration of your bedroom space and create the sanctuary in your home that you deserve.
Why not paint the walls in your favourite colour, treat yourself to a new bed and mattress that can really make a focal point in your bedroom. Whether you are looking for a luxuriously upholstered bed frame, an ottoman style bed to provide you with additional storage or a bed that will match your bedroom furniture style.
Did you know that most mattresses should be replaced every 7-10 years, but this number can vary depending on the mattress type you have – can you even remember the last time you replaced your mattress?
How to know when you should replace your mattress
- Starts to sag or is damaged in areas
- You start to wake up feeling aches and pains
- It starts to make noise (if you have a pocket sprung mattress)
- You sleep better on other mattresses
- You wake up more tired
- You can no longer find a comfortable position.
It is time to do whatever makes you feel special and relaxed within the sanctuary of your own bedroom. A real haven from the busyness of life around you.
Invest in the bathroom
Your bathroom, just like the kitchen, can be one room in your home that you invest in ad find that it really helps increase the overall value of your home. A new bathroom can be quite exciting, it can be a real indulgence and it gives you the chance to do exactly what you want. If you are a bathtub girl then go for it, if you love your showers create the wet room of dreams.
Decorate your home exactly how you want to
Decoration of your home is your own prerogative, and it is a chance for you to decorate it exactly how you see fit. If you plan on staying, then there is no reason why you can’t be creative with your design ideas. Add brilliant feature walls or experiment with colour. Have fun with it.
Change the layout and floor plan of your home
As this is your forever home, you can go crazy with your layout and floor plan, and as long as you get any necessary planning permissions, you could knock down walls and make the whole floor plan work for you and your family. The great thing is that it can be tailored to what suits your style of living, so an open plan living, dining, and kitchen area with a separate room left for entertaining, or separating all rooms off as just two ideas you could consider.
Extend it in different ways
When it comes to changing layouts why not consider something a little different and have an extension of some sort. You could extend on the side or the back of your how if you have the space, adding extra space for rooms or making other rooms be bigger. Or you could convert basements, attic areas, or garages to add extra rooms in that way. Permission may be needed, but the investment in your home will always be worthwhile.
Make more of the garden
Finally, a forgotten aspect of your home might be the garden. So if you plan on staying put why not make this evident in your garden. Create a vegetable patch, plant trees, and design a new space for enjoying in the warmer months. You won’t regret it.
I hope this has given you some inspiration on how you can create your forever home.