Have you ever dreamed of a re-do with your house? Do you have things about your home which you would love to change? According to Pew Research, it used to common for Americans to move residence at least once in their life. However, recently this has become more difficult because many homes are two-income earners which mean it’s harder to relocate. Thus, many families have to rely on renovations and repairs to keep their home presentable and valuable.
You can create a dream house from your existing home with a few changes.
Change your Windows
Old houses tend to have smaller windows with old-fashion grills. Today’s modern homes have larger picture windows and thicker glass that eliminates the need for protective grills. Opening your mind to tearing down part of your wall to have a bigger window will transform a room like nothing else. The work does not take long to finish provided you get a professional to handle the job.
Change your Doors
Old doors are either antique or functional. If the doors in your house are functional and worn-down, you can replace them with something more contemporary. With doors, you have two main types: the main entry door which is usually a signature door and the interior doors which are less elaborate but still stylish.
There are dozens of choices and once you get a replacement door on your front door, you will be gasping at the change it will bring to your house. This door can be a precursor of what’s inside and can be a lovely peek of what your personal style is – and not the style of your parents, ex-spouse, or the previous owner.
Shifting to an Energy Efficient, Smart Home
For many, their idea of a dream home is one that is energy efficient and smart. Although this is a major undertaking because of the initial costs, the payback is long term and immense. The key to realizing this kind of dream house is by working in stages.
Start with a plan. You should consult with an energy expert who is also well experienced with smart homes and basic construction. Make sure the plan is feasible and as close to the actual costs as possible.
Your next stage is to work with plugging the leaks, repairing what needs to be repaired, and insulating the house. This includes replacing doors and windows that are not well insulated and airtight. The best way to control heat gain and loss is by choosing the right replacement doors and windows.
The last stage would be to analyze your energy consumption and slowly replacing appliances that are gobbling up energy like nobody’s business.