Maybe your house needs an aesthetic facelift. Or maybe the family has grown and you need more space. Whatever the reason might be, home renovation is inevitable if your house is old. Home Advisor reports that almost 85% of homes that were built before 1980 and are in need of home improvement. While some people would like to start with the main living area, first floor renovations might be a priority in most homes to protect the structural integrity of the home.
Here are 3 refurbishing ideas that can give your home a completely new look and also increase its lifespan:
- Kitchen Renovations:The kitchen is the heart of every home and it’s also a very busy room that can suffer more wear and tear than the rest of the house. In order to make it more functional and efficient, a bit of renovation is required. Start by opening up the kitchen so more natural light can come in and create a flow between the kitchen and dining room. The old cabinets and drawers should also be replaced with modern ones and maybe a new granite counter top. The idea is to add more space, light, and efficiency to the kitchen.
- Basement Remodel:According to Home Advisor, the average basement remodeling can have up to a 70% return on investment. Houses built before 1980 did not meet today’s technical standards to reduce energy consumption. To most people, the basement is the haunted place where old things are kept and nobody ever goes down there. But what if the basement can be transformed into a functional room that will also improve your energy consumption? Basement remodel can involve replacing the floors, and sealing up those openings that allow cold air and pests into the house. With ample lighting, clean spaces and beautiful fixtures, you can use the basement for anything.
- Replacing the Floor Boards:
Replacing buckled floors is crucial when doing first floor renovations. Old houses can start to feel a bit scary when you step on those wooden floors and hear the buckling sounds. A contractor will check if the underlying structure is safe and replace the floorboards with hardwood or stone tiles for that fresh look. The bedrooms might also need some upgrade in terms of modern closets, new fixtures on the bathrooms and opening up the space to have more light. First floor renovations can also include coming up with an extra room or transforming the attic to be another floor. That, of course, will mean that the contractor will also look at the roof and improve insulation so your home can remain energy efficient. Instead of windows, you can open up one wall with sliding glass doors to allow plenty of light and make the rooms look bigger.
There is so much you can do to transform an old house in the 21st century. The contractor will listen to your needs, and come up with a plan to implement them while still maintaining the essence of an old house. Unless your house was built less than ten years ago, a fresh coat of paint will simply not suffice.