It is only natural for a homeowner to become less excited by their property if they have lived there for years or feel like they have outgrown their home. Although it is easy to think about moving, it’s a completely different prospect entirely actually doing it.
In these continually tough financial times and a somewhat stale housing market, moving house is a huge decision to make. It might be better for you and your family to consider ways of reinvigorating your property without the stress of selling, buying and moving your life to another location.
Here are some tips for improving your home instead of moving that can also add value to your property.
If you have the space, perhaps in the garden, then an extension is a great way of creating more space in your home. It will cost money and will reduce the size of the garden but could be a vital step to get more room without moving.
Think about which type of room you are lacking: if you need a new bedroom for a new arrival, then build a new bedroom but if your living room is tiny then the extension can act as an extended lounge space.
Choose a design suitable to your house – don’t go for modern when your property is Victorian, for example.
When there is no space horizontally and you do not have a garden big enough to add an extra room, a loft conversion is a great idea. It is no small task and a proper building job will certainly be required but a converted loft can be one of the best ways to add value to your house.
If your loft is tall and already spacious it could be a prime candidate for a value-increasing conversion, but you need to make sure it is completed to a high standard. Get the professionals in if you don’t have the experience of doing this yourself.
Knock through walls
Sometimes a property can look small if there are a lot of rooms on a floor with many walls in between. Walls are bold and, depending on your point of view, obstructive; particularly as many modern homes are in the open-plan style.
Knocking through a wall or two to turn two smaller rooms into one large space is a good thing to consider if you feel your home lacks room. If you have a separate kitchen and dining room then this could be combined into one functional area.
Your kitchen might have been fitted when you moved in 10 years ago and that means it could be well past its use-by date. A kitchen re-fit doesn’t have to be too costly and is a great idea to pursue.
A new kitchen can really create a buzz about your home but remember it is one of the rooms which will suffer the most wear and tear so needs to be regularly maintained and decorated.
Whatever changes you decide to make, it is important that you spare a thought for the protection needed for your home. This means looking at important policies, such as The Co-operative home insurance, and taking necessary action.
Some images from a Norwegian home that I just adore this morning. I love Kaspara’s scandinavian style, and my FAVORITE room in her home is the kitchen/dining space. Love that large white dining table with those mix n’ match dining chairs- & how she painted some bright white and others in a pretty peach shade.
After seeing her bedroom, I am tempted to buy the STENKLÖVER duvet for myself! SO cute!
Brightening up your home with a fresh new look is easier and more affordable than ever! From bold color to surf inspired style and more – Gilt.com Lifestyle Editor, Chassie Post, has the hottest trends of summer that will help you transform your home with an updated look and feel.
Chassie shares how you don’t have to break the bank to get a fresh Summer facelift. Just a few well placed items (an accessory here, a bright fun pillow there, a patterned throw on the end of a bed) and your on your way! So now you can indulge in a new summer look without burning a hole in your pocket. Here are 3 fun trends to help inspire you… (head over to Gilt’s Home Business for these great steals and more!)
TREND #1: TURQUOISE
Reminiscent of the Maldives coastal beauty, turquoise brings a subtle richness to every room. Whether it is a splash of the magnetic blue-green with a fun pillow or decorative object or an entire room painted with the hue, turquoise is sure to spruce up any interior for Summer.
- Shine by S.H.O. Ikat Blue Hand-Tufted Rug, Gilt.com - Original Retail: $360-$1,095, GILT: $99-$399
- Shine by S.H.O., Sloane Tray, Gilt.com - Original Retail: $114, GILT: $69
- Pure Fiber, Brushed Organic Cotton Throw, Gilt.com - Original Retail: $136, GILT: $79
- nuLOOM, Electrik Handmade Cowhide Rug, Gilt.com - Original Retail: $1,809-$3,189, GILT: $735-$1,299
- Innit Concha Chair, Gilt.com - Original Retail: $425, GILT: $289
- Platinum Collection by SF Designs, Tufted Chaise Lounge, Gilt.com - Original Retail: $1,050, GILT: $555
- Howard Elliott, Patio Universal Round Ottoman, Gilt.com - Original Retail: $612, GILT: $349
- Safavieh, Paradise Findes Garden Stool, Gilt.com - Original Retail: $302, GILT: $139
TREND #2: VIVA MEXICO! MEXICAN INSPIRED DÉCOR
Mexico is notorious for their impeccable use of bright, rich colors. Pops of oranges, pinks and reds with exotic prints and hand woven rugs will immediately bring culture and comfort to any space in your home.
- SHINE by S.H.O., Reyn Accent Table, Gilt.com - Original Retail: $894, GILT: $499
- Frog Hill Designs, Silk Ikat Pillow, Gilt.com – Original Retail: $159, GILT: $72
- Safavieh, Mirabelle Pillow (Set of 2), Gilt.com – Original Retail: $123-$146, GILT: $50-$58
- Kim Seybert, Coaster: Moasic, Gilt.com – Original Retail: $86, GILT: $38
- Zinc Decor, Stray Dog Designs Shelly Table Lamp, Price: $550
- Frog Hill Designs, Authentic Mexican Otomi Pillow, Gilt.com – Original Retail: $179, GILT: $92
- Coyuchi, Wave Rug, Gilt.com – Original Retail: $63-$360, GILT: $32-$180
- Seda France, Camellia Montagne Pagoda Candle, Gilt.com – Original Retail: $35, GILT: $7
- Pottery Barn, Talavera Melamine Serve Bowls, Price: $27.50
- Art Institute Museum Shop, Rainbow Colored Glasses, Price: $45
TREND #3: NAUTICAL
We cant always be at the beach, but we can always have something that reminds us of it. Bring the beach indoors with pieces inspired by summertime surf. Driftwood, rope, nautical stripes, and blown glass evoke the feeling of being seaside. Get that laid back yet luxurious East End look with decor that evokes Hamptons chic style and the sunny shores of Montauk in July.
- iCanvasART, Martha’s Vineyard, Gilt.com - Original Retail: $191-$677, GILT: $85-$299
- SHINE by S.H.O., Lanterns, Gilt.com - Original Retail: $114-$117, GILT: $69-$79
- Safavieh Pillows, Sibine Pillows (set of 2), Gilt.com - Original Retail: $146-$180, GILT: $55-$69
- Pure Fiber, Anchor Pillow Cover, Gilt.com – Original Retails: $85, GILT: $30
- Grandin Road, Nautical Rope Lanterns, Price: $49-$59
- Canvas Striped Storage Bags, GarnettHill.com - Price: $28-$58
- Cooper Classics, Aaron Mirror, Gilt.com - Original Retail: $258, GILT: $174
- Soicher Marin, North Eastern Schooners, Gilt.com – Original Retail: $240, GILT: $144
photo: Lifestyle Editor, Chassie Post
The idea of decorating around your sofa is a new notion to many, but it’s quick and easy to do, and the finishing look can be very impressive.
If you have already got (or have recently bought) a red sofa, you may be finding it difficult to fit into your living space. Bright colours such as this can often present home owners with the problem of how to accessorise it with the existing décor.
One way to really create something striking is with a feature wall. This can either be a whole wall painted the same red colour as your sofa, or if you want a less obvious look, incorporate the red into the wall using a contemporary-looking wallpaper. You can also do a similar thing with ornaments and other furniture; use a mirror or a clock with a red frame, or choose some red vases or some vibrant red flowers.
Coffee tables and end tables are always a great addition to a living space, and a nest of tables adds to the practicality of them even more. Consider dark wood or glass to go with your sofa, or perhaps a contrasting colour that is already used elsewhere in the room.
Picking out the same shade and using it as a highlight in the walls and accessories in the room can really help to tie the room together
After a long move from NJ to AZ, we are settling nicely in our new home. We’ve decided to rent for at least a year to get a feel for Scottsdale. Purchasing a new home is a BIG step, right? Plus, I LOVE looking at real estate and want to do this for a LONG time before buying. So far we are loving our rental home. It is small, but located on a 1 acre lot with all kinds of beautiful cacti, fruit trees, & brush/bushes.
I haven’t lived in a rental since my 20s, so I am not sure how much I should spend on updates/changes. The first thing I’d love to do is add some new light fixtures. There are 3 rooms that I am currently shopping for new light fixtures: the Eating Area/Kitchen, Master Bedroom, & Dining Room.
Here are a few Pendant Light Fixtures that I’m considering. I feel like I should be on a budget since this is a rental home, but I do LOVE some of those more expensive lights!
Which ones are your favorites?
HEKTAR Pendant lamp
Progress Lighting 1-Light White Pendant
ONSJÖ LED chandelier, chrome plated
Hampton Bay 1-Light Brushed Nickel Warehouse Pendant
Brief Birds’ Nest Kitchen Pendant Light White
IKEA PS MASKROS Pendant lamp
Muuto E27 Pendant Light
between $100 & $300:
Factory Light No. 5 Rod
Norm 12 Pendant Lamp
Filament Design Vista 1 Light Brushed Steel Incandescent Pendant
cage pendant lamp
Design House Stockholm & Form Us With Love’s
Design House Stockholm Form 1 Light Round Globe Pendant
Ivanhoe™ Sky Chief Warehouse Porcelain Pendant
Factory Light No. 9
Patrick Townsend White Orbit Chandelier
Frame light – large
David Trubridge Coral 600 Pendant Lamp
Puncto 4203 Suspension Lamp beech natur/cable white
Superstar Suspension Lamp
tom dixon bronze copper shade pendant
Muuto & Thomas Bernstrand’s Studio Pendant Light
SLAMP Goccia Suspension Pendant
Here is my current Eating Area:
Toronto is a sprawling metropolis which provides a great deal of opportunity not only for those building their career but also the opportunity to access some of the most unique real estate available anywhere in Canada. Most of the boroughs located outside of Toronto allow for an easy commute via the Go Train which takes you directly to the downtown core. If you are looking for a home, you can choose from many excellent outlying areas around the main city, or within the City of Toronto itself. We are going to take a look at eight homes that are currently for sale in the local area.
1. Stacked Townhome located at #9 – 11 Pine Street, Toronto
This adorable property is located in an area known as Brookhaven, and is merely 7 blocks away from the Weston Go Station. From the moment you walk up on the front porch you feel instantly comfortable. Each room in this townhome has been updated and painted professionally in recent years. Many young couples struggle to break into the real estate market, but this affordable property is priced well within the first time home buyer range. The home itself is located in a newer building and there are many windows that let the natural light in. The drapery is custom, the appliances are new and double French doors lead you out to your own private balcony. If you are looking for a fantastic home that needs nothing, this is the one. Property is listed on Comfree.
2. Amazing Leftover Lot Use at 70 Galley Avenue, Toronto
What does one do with a sliver of land that does not work for a conventional home? Simple, they hire an architect to design a functional home that uses the space the best. Williamson Chong drew up a plan to utilize every square inch of this lot located in the desirable Roncesvalles area in an extremely tasteful way. Inside the home, the spaces are airy and open, from a completely modern and amazing kitchen to a relaxing back yard.
3. Unique design at 22 Alfresco Lawn
The basic history of this home is that the property was purchased by a couple, Esther Cheong and Paul Fantauzzi. They tore down the existing home and designed a new home based on what they believe home buyers want. The home that now exists on the property is extremely appealing and provides a connection with the outdoors through the use of open space and natural light. Some of the most interesting ideas include a door from the master bathroom that leads to a private patio and a walk in closet that features its own window. This home is located near the Queen Street area of Downtown Toronto. Property recently listed on Paul Johnston.
4. 51 Cosmic Drive – renovated to perfection
This castle is located in Toronto and has many amenities that the modern homeowner wants in a home. Many careful renovations have been done with comfort in mind, including a full theatre room, a chef’s kitchen with two wall ovens and an outdoor room. The back yard features a pool where you can relax or cool off after a long hot day at work. The yard is professionally landscaped and well maintained. All of the plants selected are low maintenance. Many of the improvements have been made with personal luxury and comfort in mind – what just about everyone is looking for. Picture taken from 51cosmicdrive.com.
5. Cedarvale Area Home
Located in the Cedarvale district of Toronto, this home is understated. It was designed by John Shnier who is a local architect for a retired professional couple. The home is over 3000 square feet and is quite plain looking from the outside. Once one enters the home, the details are striking from the millwork and cabinetry located throughout to the abundance of natural materials used on every perceivable surface. The lower storey of the home opens out to a large patio style deck and pool.
6. 44 Belvedere Drive, Oakville
Another amazing home in the suburbs of Toronto, designed by Guido Costantino, a firm that has also designed some incredible restaurants. This home touches on most modern concepts including clean lines, an abundance of light with large windows, minimalistic landscaping and understated colors. There is a theatre room which has three tiers and a 133 inch screen with a surround sound system that is comparable to theatre quality. This is a “Smarthome” which means that all of the lighting, doorbell and blinds are operated by smartphone, the television or your ipad. The home also features a four car garage, 9 bathrooms, a wine cellar, a fully equipped gym, a pool (with fireplace outdoors) and 3 indoor fireplaces. Image taken from Torontolife.com.
As the hot weather approaches those indoor home improvement projects become more and more appealing. Here are some ideas for updating your bathroom that you can do yourself. No matter what type of remodeler you are these ideas will defiantly keep you busy during the hot summer months ahead.
If you pride yourself as fashionable modern home owner consider something sleek and modern, as your bathroom sink shouldn’t be the entire focus of your bathroom. If you find that your high end fashion sense isn’t satisfied by a traditional looking sink try a wall mounted sink. This will open up a huge amount of space in your bathroom allowing you to splurge on that pricey handmade shower curtain you’ve had your eye on.
If you are looking to makeover a child’s bathroom get creative, install a above counter sink that sits 6 inches in height above the countertop. You could easily let your children paint this sink to give it a little personality and it would serve as a great indoor activity.
When choosing a summer project remember to keep it simple, make sure that you have all the materials you need before getting started and most importantly make it fun!
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