Changing the Look of the House – Furniture, Carpets and Rugs

The summer time is usually connected with spending time outside, meeting new people having fun on the beach. But not everyone prefer this kind of entertainment. There are people who like to spend their free time on home decorating and changing their home. That might be a great idea!

Sometimes small differences in decorating might change into a big home renovation. Home owners are not seldom dream about having nice afternoons in their well decorated houses. And when our holiday ends our beautiful home will make them last longer.

To make this happen home owners are replacing their old furniture with new one, which are modern and very fancy, that will serve in their homes for a long time. They are getting rid of old carpets that aren’t looking good – sometimes they are putting panels there and sometimes contemporary rugs. The market is offering a wide selection of them and the only problem might be how to choose the most suitable one.

It might seem that the old furniture and the new one have no difference. But there is nothing more wrong. Even the smallest coffee and bed tables vary between each other. Also in material that they are made of. We can find not only wooden, in many shapes and species, or a glass one but also metal.

An addition to fully furnitured rooms there should find carpets, rugs, mats and other floor coverings. They are making the whole room look complete and more comfortable. And depending on what kind of interior do we have – is it a modern one or one with baby or a dog, we might decide whether to have a finishing (in contemporary interiors with many different furniture) or a soft rug – to make the home more clear.

When we do all those things we can be happy from having a new home and spending our time in the way that is pleasure and also practical at once. Now the holidays will last longer.

Which Home Upgrades Are Worth the Money?

Home renovations are expensive, plain and simple. Even worse is the fact that the housing market is still volatile after years in a slump due to the downturned economy.

Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean that homeowners have to throw in the towel and give up on renovating their properties. Instead, it literally pays to put thought into the type of home improvements that you invest in to enhance both the appeal and value of your home.

Get a New Paint Job

Painting is one of the best home improvement investments that you can make, hands down. The reason why? A new interior or exterior paint job will offer impressive results with a reasonable price tag. When hiring a professional to get the job done, the average price runs anywhere from $3600-$6000 for a house interior of 2400 ft.². An exterior paint job for a home of the same size could cost a minimum of $5000.

Experts also recommend painting the exterior of your home in an attractive color, like pale yellow, if you hope to sell it quickly on the market. Or, consider painting your home in a complementary color to all surrounding homes and buildings so that it doesn’t detract from the ambience of the neighborhood.

Replace Your Front Door

Boosting the value of your home can be as simple as making a security upgrade by replacing your front door. Installing a new steel entry door can provide an excellent ROI in a home remodel when it comes to cost versus value.

On the one hand, a new front door can help to support the curb appeal of your home and make an attractive first impression on guests and potential buyers. On the other hand, a security-enhanced entry door can be used as a selling feature to improve the resale value of your property.

Transform Your Kitchen

If you’re going to spend any money redecorating and renovating a room in your house, the kitchen is the perfect place to begin. Many people consider the kitchen to be the heart of a home and will make their purchase decision based on the quality and size of a kitchen alone.

If you’re hoping to sell your home in the near future, upgrading to stainless steel appliances is the first step in the right direction. It also helps to expand a single kitchen sink into a double sink, along with upgrading cabinets and flooring to improve the appeal of your kitchen with a few simple renovations.

Home Improvements: What Not to Do

While the above renovations may provide an impressive return on your investment, there are several home improvements that will essentially pour money down the drain. For starters, replacing a roof completely instead of repairing and patching any leaks could run you roughly $21,000. A new roof at that price will provide a return of only $12,000 after a house has been sold.

Likewise, while a new pool may have family fun written all over it, it could cost up to $50,000 with $2000 a year in maintenance. All of that work, and it may increase a home’s resale value by only 8%.

To put your money where your mouth is, make wise decisions in cost-effective home renovations to improve the appearance and value of your property!

Two Key Questions Before Renovating Your Kitchen

There is a reason why so many parties gravitate to the kitchen. It is the warmest room in the home, figuratively speaking; the place where everyone feels relaxed, welcomed and chatty.

As warm and welcoming as they may be, kitchens are also often the first room to really date the house. Cabinets, counter-tops, fixtures and appliances have traditionally been among those major household expenditures that can become visibly dated because of changing styles. Avocado appliances or vinyl veneer cupboards can define a home’s age almost to the month. In renovating a dated kitchen there are two key questions you should ask before you begin anything:

1. Am I renovating this kitchen for my pleasure, to fulfill all my senses through cooking and socializing for many years to come?; or

2. Am I renovating this kitchen with an eye to the resale value of my home?
In either case, you will want to utilize the best quality products you can afford, creating the finest kitchen with reliable appliances, thoughtfully laid-out cabinets, and flooring, window-coverings and counter-tops that are both efficient and pleasing to the eye.

Beyond these basics, there are a few things to consider.
If your renovation is really about making your kitchen a destination and a retreat for yourself, your family and friends for many years to come, you can let your imagination run free. Without worrying about what potential future buyers might think, you can use favorite colors, textures and styles.

A dazzling back-splash can set the tone for the entire room and make a statement about the kind of family you are. An unorthodox lighting scheme can make a stunning impression. Quartz counter-tops that pop to the eye can be a joy in your life as long as you live in the house.

The greatest advantage of doing this renovation “just for you” is making your kitchen as practical as possible based on the reasons you use it most. If your vision for your kitchen is really to host a social scene, raise the counters to make room for high stools around the perimeter of the room. Turn the kitchen into a stage for your culinary performances.

If you routinely cook for a crowd, incorporating special appliances like a stand-alone steamer or indoor grill can be worth the effort. If a member of your family has a bum knee, the entire configuration of the cabinets can be aligned to put the items at appropriate heights, leaving the lower sections for rarely used larger items or for drawers that do not require getting on hands and knees. When you are renovating your kitchen for your own needs, anything goes.

Think about your needs – your real needs, not the needs of the ideal Mario Batali you of your gourmet daydreams – and discuss it with your designer.

Your plans should be a little different if you expect to be selling your home during the lifespan of your kitchen. The basics should remain the same. You still want to use quality products and the best appliances and fixtures you can afford (they’ll pay for themselves in the resale). The difference is that you want to keep an eye toward what an “average” homeowner would want. Go with less splashy colors, textures and styles in selecting the components that are expensive to replace, like counter-tops and cabinets. If you want to make a statement, do it with window-coverings or lighting, which can be easily replaced if the next owner doesn’t share your exquisite style sense.

Asking the question “Who is this renovation for?” is the necessary first step in the process of re-doing your kitchen. There are a great many questions that follow in this exciting project, but this is the initial step to determine the big-picture plan.

For answers to all the questions you have, RodRozen Designs, an interior design company based in Vancouver, BC is here with advice on every aspect of your interior design, renovations, construction and custom services including window-coverings, draperies, furniture, mill-work and bedding.