If you’re the house-proud type, then I’m not here to upset you or to insult you. I’m sure your home is lovely, well decorated and well thought out. However, if you’re like most people then your house is probably also somewhat underwhelming. Chances are that it’s just… a house and that it’s not really going to make anyone go ‘wow’ when they walk in or end up on an episode of Celebrity Cribs. You probably have a living room with a sofa and two arm chairs, you probably have a bedroom and a few guest rooms, and you probably have a front garden with a little bench in it… just like everyone else.
While your home may be perfectly nice if it fits this description, it also means you probably aren’t making the very most of it. You don’t actually have to be super rich in order to make your home look like something that might inspire envy from your friends and you can actually get a long way with just some basic changes and additions. You’d probably be surprised what your home is capable of, so read on and find out just what changes can benefit you the most…
Your Spare Rooms
Having a spare room is one of the biggest wastes of a room possible. The very nature of a spare room or a guest room means that you’re only likely to use it if you have guests round or if you need to store your junk. The rest of the time you’ll be getting zero use from it.
Instead then, why not see if you can’t use your spare rooms for something a little more inventive that will impress your guests and make your home more fun to spend time in. For instance, a guest room could in fact be a home theatre (you just need a projector and some heavy curtains), a home gym or a library. Any of these things will make your home much more desirable and they will barely cost anything to implement. Then when you have guests, it’ a simple matter of unfolding a sofa-bed to give them somewhere more interesting to sleep.
Likewise, if you have spaces in your home that are just for storage, then that is also a waste of what’s probably a large amount of space. Anything from a basement to a loft to an attic can be converted into a studio apartment, a bar or a second living room and this will greatly increase the number of potential uses for your property. Most basements are capable of this, you just need a waterproofing company and some imagination.
The other way to get more from your home is just to invest in a few centre pieces and features that will make your home stand out and give it that wow factor. These features needn’t be expensive even – just a little different. How much nicer would that bench in the front garden look if it was next to a small novelty lamppost? And you’d be surprised how inexpensively you can add a balcony, with nice garden table, to your upstairs bedroom. All it takes it a little imagination and time and you can get a whole lot more from your home.
Today’s guest post is authored by Daniel Lorenzo. He is an interior designer by profession and an innovative one at that. He is keen sports enthusiast and loves to spend his free time watching soccer on tv.