Budget Tips Creating a Child’s Dream Bedroom

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You will no doubt have the mindset that you’ll do anything for your child, and that includes creating a bedroom of their dreams. Sadly, you are sometimes restricted by a tight budget, and matching the imagination of your kid can prove to be tricky as a result. While it might place restrictions on certain furnishings and features you can buy, a little bit of imagination of your own means that developing a wonderland for youngsters is still very much possible. So if you are currently in the position of decorating a child’s bedroom on a budget, read on for some tips on how to realise those dreams.

Focus on their interests

First of all, it is important that you take on board your child’s interests before proceeding with styling their room. For instance, if they have a passion for space, animals or all-things Disney, base the design of the rooms on these topics. Not only will it cater to their tastes, but it is also a great starting point if you’re struggling with where to start when decorating the room.

Revitalise the walls

One of the biggest – and most inexpensive – ways to add character to a room is by focusing on the walls. Obviously, adding paint or wallpaper is a relatively simple way to reflect your youngster’s favourite colours and/or interests, while also supplying plenty of character and a welcoming ambience. Alongside this, you also have the potential to add some wall features – sticking to the budget guidelines, think of things like a homemade collage or framed posters.

Add new flooring

Like the walls, targeting the floors is one way to add a large impression to a child’s room. This doesn’t mean you have to completely rip up the flooring and start again, either. After all, that could eat into your budget significantly. In fact, merely placing a rug on the floor can help to add an extra layer and tie the room’s decoration together in a subtle yet impactful fashion.

Change up the bed

If you already have a bed frame and mattress in place, that will help with keeping your outlay down. Although if the mattress could do with being replaced, do it – ultimately, comfort is more important than any design elements. Also, a duvet cover – whether it is just a simple, colourful cover or one that boasts popular licenced characters – is an ideal way to inject personality without needing to spend much money. The Threel online shop has a selection of affordable, charming duvet covers available for example.

Brighten up with curtains

For crafting a child’s room, the inclusion of a rug is not the only way to add a small feature to produce a sizeable effect. Bright curtains will help add character to the room, and if they match the duvet design – which you will find in certain cases – it will ensure the room isn’t too much of a mishmash of colours and styles. Oh, and not to mention that changing the curtains is super easy to do!

 

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Smart Security: What To Do Immediately After A Home Break-In

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Thousands of burglaries happen every single year in the US, and so it’s vital that homeowners take precautions. However, most people don’t understand the risks they face until it’s too late. So, those people end up having to improve their property’s security after a break-in. With that in mind, there is a step by step guide on this page that details the strategy individuals and families should follow. If the worst occurs, this is how people protect themselves and ensure it doesn’t happen again.

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Identify the vulnerable areas

Firstly, people need to consider the method criminals used to get into their home. Did the burglar find an open window or something similar? Did they manage to get in through a broken patio door? Whatever the outcome, it’s sensible to homeowners to improve security in those areas. For example, that could mean installing a new gate to stop people from gaining access to the garden. Families might also put a routine in place where they always check for open windows before leaving home. There are even specialist companies that focus their efforts on performing security assessments. Perhaps their services could come in handy?

Invest in home security tech

Essential technology:

  • CCTV cameras
  • Alarm systems
  • Coded door locks

There are lots of different home security devices available on the market today. So, it’s wise to search online for reviews to ensure homeowners don’t waste their money on inferior brands. At the very least, it’s sensible to install some CCTV and a home alarm system. Opt for products that use motion sensors for the best results. However, some people like to go a step further and secure their property using digital code locks. That option requires extra investment, but it provides an improved level of protection.

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Get new locks for all windows and doors

Lastly, it’s time to look for a local company that provides residential locksmith services. Explain the situation, and then ask for recommendations and advice. Some types of lock are easier to penetrate than others. So, it’s worth asking the experts for their opinions. Anyone with reasonable DIY skills should manage to change the locks without assistance. However, it’s often sensible to pay for professionals to handle the fitting. That way, the homeowners can relax, safe in the knowledge their properties are as secure as possible. Incidentally, it’s always advisable to change the locks every couple of years regardless of whether a break-in has occurred or not. The job isn’t going to break the bank.

If all readers follow the process outlined in this article, they should manage to prevent any further instances of crime. Of course, people who become a frequent target for criminals should contact their local police departments. It’s sometimes possible to link alarm systems to those establishments for a small fee. If families do that, the police will become alerted the second a criminal tries to gain access. So, there’s more chance of law enforcement catching them in the act. Still, a decent CCTV system should also provide enough evidence to secure a conviction.

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Fabulous Features To Incorporate Into Your New Build

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In 2017, more people than ever before are choosing to build properties from scratch. Why? Because by building from scratch you have the power to dictate what your home will look like, as well as what features are incorporated into it. And not forgetting the materials that it’s made of and how eco-friendly it is – sustainable property is big business and comes with a much higher value than normal property.

Usually, when you move your family into a new home, you have to spend weeks (sometimes even months) adapting it to make it fit your family’s needs. However, if you choose to build your next home from scratch, you can design it to meet yours’ and your family’s specific needs. Whether you are in the process of designing your own home or are thinking about it, it’s important to spend some time planning the features that you would like incorporated into the design.

In case you are lacking inspiration for creating the perfect family home, below are some feature ideas and suggestions – have a read and see what you think!

Smart furniture and fixtures

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Smart homes are all the rage. Today, the majority of all new builds are designed to be adaptable smart homes, which means that as new developments occur, the property can be easily adapted to ensure it’s able to utilize them. There are a lot more smart options that you may realize, so it could be worth taking the time to do some research into creating a smart home. From light fixtures that can be turned on and off and dimmed using an app, to washing machines, cookers, and kettles that can be switched on and off with the tap of a button. Smart homes are the future, which is why it makes sense to incorporate smart fixtures and fittings into any new build home.

Quality heating and cooling systems

As you are building a new home, naturally you want to ensure that it is as visually appealing as possible, which means that you need to be selective about the features that are incorporated into the design. Instead of investing in a basic HVAC system, consider spending a little more and getting a ductless air conditioner (and heater) instead. It might cost more, but it will look smarter, add value to your property, use less energy, and should also be more effective. In addition to an HVAC system, you may also want to look into underfloor heating – this offers a highly effective source of heat and will add a large amount of value to your property as well, making it a worthwhile investment.

A kitchen island

Kitchens can be difficult to adapt once the initial layout has been designed as this is what determines where the pipes and electrics are run. So if you have a certain idea of what you would like your kitchen to be like, it pays to discuss it with your designer beforehand, to ensure that your design preferences are met. For example, say you have always dreamed of having a kitchen with an island in the middle of it with a sink incorporated into it. This is the perfect opportunity to make that dream a reality. Adding a kitchen island to your kitchen can be the perfect way to ensure that it is a family-friendly, multi-purpose space. Just make sure to pick an island and countertop style that suits the room, style of the property, and your budget.

Built-in storage space

If there is one thing that every homeowner should invest in for their new build property, it’s built-in storage space. Homes with built-in storage space are like gold dust – everyone wants them, but they are hard to find. Although it is possible to add built-in storage to a ready built home, it is much simpler to incorporate it into a new build. It will increase the cost of the project, but not by too much, and it will ensure the property has plenty of storage space, which will then add value to it. So should you ever choose to sell, your home will be worth more than it would be without built-in storage.

His and hers sinks

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If your new property will have good sized bathrooms, in each opt to have his and hers sinks. Or, if you aren’t keen on the concept of his and hers sinks, another option could be one large sink that stretches across the room. A small sink in a family bathroom is a recipe for disaster, which is why his and hers sinks or a larger sized design, always tend to work well. The same goes for your bath and shower cubicle – the larger (and more luxurious) they are, the better. Think value, style and comfort.

Outdoor kitchen

Are you a BBQ family? If the answer is yes, then incorporating an outdoor kitchen into the design of your property is a must. Think countertops, a sink with running water, a BBQ pit, a smoker, a pizza oven, and a bar. Or, if this would be too expensive, just the bare minimum can work just as well. But if you have the budget to create an incredible outdoor kitchen, it’s a worthwhile investment to make. It will make eating outdoors and entertaining in the summer easier and more enjoyable, and will also increase the value of your property, so it could be a worthwhile feature to incorporate into your new build.

Pool

Have you always dreamed of having a pool in your garden? Well, if you are planning on building your new home on a large plot of land, now could be the ideal time to make that dream a reality. There are some incredible pool options available, from large square designs to natural pools, you have plenty of choices. Adding a pool to your garden will ensure that your new home is the epitome of luxury, with the added bonus being that it will add some amazing value to your home. If a pool is too pricey or too large for your garden, a hot tub could be a good

There you have it, everything that you need to know about choosing the features for your new build home.

 

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Form VS Function: Which Is More Important In Your Home?

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A lot of people seem to struggle with turning their home into the kind of place that they really want to spend their time. Much of the time the best that they can manage is making it fairly nondescript, the kind of place that could easily fade into the background of your life.

This is often because very few people are aware of the fundamentals of design, and what could be more fundamental than the age old question of form VS function.

Thinking carefully about this question you’ll not only come to understand many design concepts more clearly, but you’ll also gain a much greater idea of your own style that you can then bring into your home.

Form

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Form is essentially the pure aesthetics of something. You might say that a painting like the Mona Lisa is something that is all Form since, other than being beautiful, it doesn’t actually “do” anything. Without an eye to form when you’re decorating your home, things are going to become incredibly stale with little to no personality whatsoever.

However, there is, as with all things, a limit to this kind of design. Vintage homes tend to cause a lot of issues in this regard. Sure, you home might look absolutely fantastic on your Instagram feed, but elderly appliances and rusty pipes are going to make actually living in it much more difficult than it needs to be.

Function

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Function is what an object actually does. One of the most popular design movements that is almost entirely based around this idea is the Bauhaus school. The idea of Bauhaus design is that the function (ITALISJFODSJHGK) is the form. A chair is beautiful because it is well constructed, sturdy, and functional.

While it might seem a little restrained on a design level to a lot of people, this kind of thing can be incredibly useful on a day to day level. Folding drying racks might not be quite as aesthetically pleasing as their more traditional, hanging counterparts that you might see in a vintage home, but they are much more convenient for people living in smaller homes. These kinds of design ideas are key to focusing on function over form. The things that you have in your home should have a clear use, and if they don’t, then there is very little purpose in their existence.

Of course, it hardly takes a genius to see the flaw in this design idea. It can be incredibly difficult to give a home any sense of personality within these constraints. To do so, you would have to adopt a very specific, minimalist style that is not suited to everyone’s taste.

While there are clearly a lot of pros and cons to building your home around either form or function, it should be relatively obvious to just about anyone that the very option is for you to try and maintain some kind of balance between the two. That way you can avoid your home becoming dry and boring while making sure that you’re not constantly coming up against little inconveniences that make life more difficult than it needs to be.

 

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How to Protect Your Home From Burglary

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So, you just bought a house in a lovely neighbourhood last year, but suddenly the crime rates have gone up. It may just have been one isolated incident, but that won’t stop you worrying about protecting your own home and family. Fortunately, there are a plenty of things you can do to avoid being a victim of burglary. Here are simple ideas you can think about when you want to keep your property safe.

Take a Walk Outside

It can often help to see things from a burglar’s perspective. Talk a walk around the outside of your home and try and spot any weaknesses. Where would a burglar most likely be able to get in? Do you have any broken windows, doors? Could a burglar easily climb to the next floor to get in an open window? By knowing your homes weaknesses, you’ll be one step ahead of any potential intruder.

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Keep Your Gardens Tidy

For a burglar to notice the perfect time and place for entering a house unnoticed, they’d have to do their research. It’s not unheard of for burglars to hide in shrubbery or trees in gardens to monitor their victim’s routines. If a burglar was found in your home, your messy garden could be the best place to run and hide so he isn’t caught, only leaving when the coast was clear. Keep your garden clear so no-one has the potential to hide there.

Build a Fence

Building a fence around your home means that potential burglars have less opportunity to see into your property. The more privacy you have, the less tempting your home becomes to burglars because they can’t plan their entrance and exit as well as they would in an open view house. It’s also harder to climb a tall fence than it is to climb through a ground floor window.

Security

If you’re really concerned about the threat of burglary, there are precautions you can take to make you and your family feel safer. For example, have a look at the best home security camera system for your property. You can also install sound or motion detectors that switch on a light whenever something is detected. If you have valuables in the home that you want to keep locked away, you could consider investing in a safe.

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Don’t Leave Items on Show

One of the biggest temptations for burglars is seeing something as an easy target. For example, if you leave your car keys on a windowsill, why shouldn’t a burglar attempt to steal them and your car? Keep keys, jewellery and other expensive items out of sight. That includes garden items, such as barbeques and lawn mowers. It’s surprisingly easy for burglars to make a quick bit of money by stealing things you’ve left outside.

Know Your Neighbours

Your neighbours could be all the difference when it comes to stopping your home from burgled. If the spot something suspicious, neighbours you’re friendly with will attempt to stop it or call you straight away.

 

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3 Ways To Freshen Up Your House

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Freshening your house up can be a difficult task, purely because it’s hard to decide what to do! What new item do you put into your house to improve your standard of living, a lot of people don’t know the answer to that question. Thankfully, here is a list of the 3 best ways to put a little bit of life back into your house to make it better for everyone.

Install A Skylight

Skylights are the next big thing in making your house a bright place to be. The drawback with skylights is that it can only be done in a room with a roof, you can’t do it through a ceiling so before you plan anything to make sure it can actually be done! Skylights are windows that are installed on the top of a room to let more light in, which can have a staggering effect on the room. By allowing much more light in, the whole room in question brightens up, giving it a completely different look! This is especially true for rooms that are relatively dark. Companies like Veluxa sell and offer installation services, so you can find something perfect for you!

Get An Air Purifier

Air purifiers are one of the best ways to give your home a freshen up without actually changing anything about it! Air purifiers are small units that do exactly that. Using a small amount of suction, they are able to run all of the air in a room through a filter, taking out all of the dust, odours and microbes that might be flying around! The effect of this is immediately noticeable, websites like Acpulse.com sell a wide variety of air purifiers, so you can find one that suits you! Not only does it make your house fresher, it also has health benefits by making purer air for you to breathe because it takes out any nasty microbes or germs that might be lingering in the air! They can also prevent things like mold too, so it’s definitely worth investing.

Hang Up Some Paintings

Paintings can really change the dynamic of a room. Instead of staring at a blank, empty wall, wouldn’t you rather be looking at something engaging instead? This is where the paintings come in, or even a family photo printed on a canvas! Often rooms look boring because there isn’t a lot going on, so by adding a painting you eliminate the boringness! Companies like Novica sell a plethora of paintings, prints and actual paintings, all you need to do is find the right one for you, stick some nails in the wall and hang it up! Do make sure that the painting won’t drown out the wall you’re putting it on though, always measure before you buy so you can see how large it will look on your wall.

Any of these 3 things are certain to make your house a fresher place, whether it’s making the air cleaner to breathe creating a much lighter atmosphere throughout the house, or if it’s installing some skylights to, quite literally, brighten up a room, you can do virtually anything! If you’re looking for some things to do that will increase your quality of life, read this.

 

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Top Places to Sharpen Up Your DIY Skills

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Learning how to do some DIY and home improvements are highly desirable skills for many people. But many people, particularly young people, no longer have the same level of handiness of their parents or grandparents. There are various places that you can go to improve your skills so you are able to undertake some jobs yourself. As well as being much more affordable than calling in the professionals every time you have an issue, there is a great sense of satisfaction to be gained from completing jobs yourself. So, let’s take a look at the top places that you can go to sharpen up your DIY skills.

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Your Local Hardware Store

Many hardware stores offer classes that allow you to improve your DIY skills by listening to the experts first-hand. Even if they just give you the basics, this is a good starting point if you have never done anything like this before. When it comes to buying equipment, they can also give you advice depending on what sort of jobs you are looking to undertake. It is in the interest of these stores to provide you with advice so they are always good places to go.

The Internet

The internet has made a whole host of information much more readily available. As well as step-by-step guides, there are also plenty of video tutorials that take you through all kinds of tasks. It is extremely helpful to watch someone doing the job before you actually try it yourself. When it comes to power tools, you can check out https://woodworkingfuel.com/tools/power/ for a comprehensive guide. It is worth getting as much information as you can if you are attempting a job that you are not too familiar with.

Working with Friends and Family

If you have friends and family who are particularly skilled at DIY and home improvement, you can work alongside them to complete some jobs and get some first-hand experience. Even if you just start off as an assistant, you can watch them complete certain jobs first-hand and then attempt them yourself when you feel more comfortable. There is nothing like getting some real life experience for helping you to become more confident. However, make sure you are learning from someone who knows what they are doing as you don’t want to learn jobs the wrong way!

Volunteer on Home Building Projects

Another good place where you can learn some valuable skills is to volunteer on a home building project. Sometimes, you will find yourself building a home from scratch, while other times you will be working in the interior. As well as learning some valuable skills yourself, you are also doing something that is positive for your community. The people who are leading the project need to show you how to complete the jobs well so that everything is safe. This means that you will be learning skills the right way and can bring them back to your own home.

 

 

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Family Friendly: The World’s Best Places To Raise Your Children

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As soon as you become a parent, you worry about your children endlessly. There isn’t a moment of the day that you’re not wondering how they are, fretting about some potential danger or showing concern for their wellbeing. So it isn’t surprising that so many of us feel a little stuck when it comes to choosing a place to locate their family. You want what’s best for your little ones and this entails so many different things. Crime rates, proximity to traffic and main roads, local education institution’s ratings, extracurricular activities available in the local area. The list goes on and on. The community that you choose to live in while your children grow up can have all sorts of effects on their behaviour, attitude, safety and interests. It is also going to be a place that you stick around in for a long time, perhaps until they leave for college or get a home of their own. So it needs to be perfect. So whether you’re planning on starting a family or are thinking of relocating your current one, here are some of the best places in the world for them to grow up in.

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USA

America is the land of opportunity. With so many different states, it can be difficult to decide which would be the most family-friendly. As you can guess, all states will have their pros and cons but some tend to continuously come up trumps when it comes to raising little ones. Here are a few of our favourites.

Rockville, MD

Maryland might not have been at the top of your list of potential family property hotspots, but it should be. Rockville has now featured three times in a row in the 100 best places to live list. Its main advantage for families with young children? It’s astounding public education system. MCPS is the largest school district in the state and all 25 of the MCPS high schools rank in the top 11% of high schools in America. Pretty impressive, right? Obviously, you want your kids to have a brilliant education, as this sets them up with the foundations from which they can build their careers which will determine their quality of living as adults themselves. With the district boasting an impressive 89% graduation pass rate, your little one should do fine. What’s more? All of these schools have optional language programs, meaning that your child could become bilingual or perhaps even trilingual if they show talent. As for the local area? It has all of the amenities that any growing family could want, amazing public transport services, renowned health care systems and over 1,000 acres of parkland for your children to play and exercise in. With this great reputation, however, comes great demand. A home in this area isn’t going to come cheap, with the average property costing much more than average and the average income of individuals living in the area more than double the national average.

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UK

The UK may not be as large as the USA, but it has just as much diversity and opportunity. It could prove to be the perfect place to raise your family. The British NHS is a free health care service that is available to all of the nation’s citizens. This is hugely beneficial, as you never know when the worst might happen. Britain allows its nationals with brilliant service that won’t leave them saddled with a lifetime of debt. On top of this, there are plenty of job opportunities and some of the world’s best higher education systems.

Newcastle

Surprisingly, a poll has revealed that the best place to raise a family in the UK is Newcastle, located in the North of England. A survey conducted by moneysupermarket.com analysed six categories to determine the best place for raising kids: the number of outstanding schools in the area, access to parks, job availability, burglary rates, house prices and average income. Newcastle topped the polls! The city is extremely affordable to live in, with the average property costing £160,000. Compared to the UK’s average of £230,000, this is extremely cheap. In comparison to the average London property, which will put you back about £483,000, it’s a steal!

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Malaysia

Malaysia lies in Southeast Asia and would give your family an entirely new way of looking at the world. A change of culture could do everyone good! It makes children wiser and allows them to see things from different perspectives. The national language is also Malaysian, which means that your children will likely become bilingual. This is an excellent life skill and children who can fluently speak more than one language tend to be more successful later down the line, as employers target those who can communicate internationally.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s capital and is also the region’s largest city. It may be urban but this thriving home to over 1.3 million people will welcome you and your family with open arms. Not only do you have all of the benefits of the Western world, but you get to raise your children in one of the most multicultural locations possible. You won’t be short of work opportunities in this major city, so whatever specialism or interest you may have, there’s more than likely going to be something available. This will allow you to comfortably support your family, even with Kuala Lumpur’s relatively high living costs. Finding property in the area is relatively simple too. You are unlikely to need permission from the FIC (Foreign Investment Committee), so the process, if handled correctly, will be fast and painless. From bungalows, to semi-detached properties, terraced homes or detached houses, there will be something large enough to accommodate any size of family, which is impressive for such a large city.

Penang

If Kuala Lumpur isn’t ticking all of your boxes, try out Penang. It has numerous educational institutes that will see your child receive some of the best lessons available, from kindergarten right through to college. It also has plenty of job opportunities, being home to endless thriving small businesses, as well as major corporations. So regardless of the environment, you want to work in, Penang is likely to have something that is perfect for you and your partner. The region also has plenty of brilliant schools.

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The Key Home Upgrades To Consider For A Better Quality Of Life

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When it comes to our homes, we all want to be able to live in a place that is not only somewhere we love taste wise, but also that we feel comfortable. There can be many different factors that make up that feeling of comfort. Whether it’s a safe environment and local area, the right levels of heating and warmth, or even just somewhere that you feel like you can be yourself, it’s important that your home can add to your quality of life, rather than take away from it. But, it’s not always easy to know how to achieve that.

Whether you’ve just moved into a new place, or you’re looking to take on some DIY to get your current place up to scratch, you should aim to focus on comfort and quality during the entire process. To get from one end of the scale to another is often a difficult task, but it’s not impossible. If you really want to ensure that your home enhances your quality of life, there are a range of key home upgrades that can make it happen. So, take a look as some of these suggestions and see if any of them will work to boost your comfort levels at home.

Extend Your Property

When you lack room in your home, it can affect both your comfort levels and your overall quality of life. So, one of the first home upgrades to consider would be

to get additional space by extending your property. You should definitely consider the cost of this, but if you have the budget available, it could definitely make a lot of improvements to your home life.

Rearrange Your Rooms

If you have plenty of space and you’re still not comfortable, you may want to think about rearranging your rooms around. It may be the case that you’re not using each space to its potential. But, by creating better functions for each room, you could be able to get a lot more use out of them all and enjoy better comfort levels.

Redo The Decor

Sometimes, it’s just the design that is all wrong. You could have enough space and utilize it well, but if the decor is not right if can really affect your standard of living. So, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re working with the right colors, themes, and even styles. If you want your home to look and feel perfect for you, you’re going to have to nail the decor.

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Upgrade Your Lighting

It may seem strange at first, but when you realize the difference that light can make to a space, it becomes more logical. Because when the lighting in your home sucks, it can seriously affect the way that you feel when you’re there. Just think about it. The brighter or lighter a space is, the better it feels. Dark rooms can often be depressing. So, if you can’t do anything about the natural light, work on upgrading the lighting you have around the home to make a difference.

Upgrade Your Water System

Closely related to light is heat. And we all know that the temperature of your home is crucial. If you want to ensure that your home is warm enough all year round, it could be worth looking into upgrading your system. Be sure to consider the best tankless water heaters for the job too. Then, you will have heating and hot water available right away, and these systems can often be more energy efficient too.

Remodel Your Kitchen

If there’s one space in your home that can often make or break how you feel about it, it’s the kitchen. Being the heart of the home and somewhere that you spend a lot of time, it’s important that you’re in love with the overall look and feel. So, why not remodel? But, be sure to understand what it is that you’re getting into before you start.

Change Your Suite

From kitchens to bathrooms – they all matter. Maybe the reason that you’re not feeling comfortable at home is that your bathroom is all wrong. It might sound silly, but having a space to bathe in, clean yourself, and even pamper in can be really good for you. So, why not take your master bath and change the suite so something that you’re going to like a whole lot more? It simple switch could really lift your spirits.

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Go For Better Storage Solutions

Sometimes, it’s not down to the look of your home, but they way you treat it. It’s well-known that a cluttered home can cause chaos. Not only is it dangerous, but it will mess with your mind too. So, to help you declutter, you’re going to want to opt for better storage solutions. This could be as simple as heading to Walmart and buying new storage, or building options into your home. Either way, go with the decision that’s going to benefit your quality of life.

Convert An Unused Space

While on the subject of space, let’s think about how you use it. One of the main reasons for why you don’t feel comfortable could be because you feel cramped or crowded (hello clutter!). So, why not think about converting an unused space into your home and using it for a proper purpose? Whether you want to turn your attic into storage, use your basement as an additional living space, or transform your garage into a tranquil haven, you may find that your comfort levels change when the space does.

Check Over Your Air Conditioning Unit

When you live in a hotter climate, you’re going to want to make sure that your air conditioning system is on point. Like your heating system, this can make or break the way you feel about your home. Dealing with your air conditioning unit is one of the most important forms of home maintenance to keep on top of. So be sure to check it over, change the filters, and know when it’s time for an upgrade.

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Get A Techie Home Hub

Sometimes, all you really want from your home is for it to be itself, but better. That’s where a smart home hub will come in. These beauties can hook up everything from your heating system to your garage door so that you can control everything from one place – often a smartphone or tablet. So, if you want to make some of the most boring home jobs easier, like turning on the oven or shutting the blinds, get smart about it.

Invest In Your Priorities

It’s also important to remember that your personal comfort levels are only going to be influenced by the things that matter to you. So you’re going to want to make sure that the home upgrades you invest in are in-line with your priorities. If you like food or entertaining, you’re going to want to invest in a good dining space – both inside and out. Or maybe movies are your thing? Then a sweet home cinema could be the home upgrade you need.

Get To Work In The Garden

Then you’ve also got to remember to think about the outside too. Because sometimes, it’s your outside spaces that matter the most. There are so many ways that you can beautify your garden on a budget, so start to get some ideas together. You might find that a gorgeous garden is all it takes to boost your quality of life.

 

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Attic Conversion Ideas: What Will You Do With The Extra Space?

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Lots of families choose to convert their attics every single year. It’s a wonderful method for adding more space to your home and increasing the value. However, you need to make a decision regarding what you plan to do with the new room. Some suggestions on this page should inspire you. Still, you don’t have to select any of the ideas mentioned here today. The purpose of this post is just to point you in the right direction. You should always consult your family and work out the best option together. Also, just bear in mind that you’re probably going to need at least $15,000 to complete the job to legal standards.

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A home office

If any member of your family works from home, you might consider turning the attic into a functional office. There are many benefits to selecting that idea. Firstly, the person working in the room is not going to get disturbed by other individuals in the house. They can complete their tasks in privacy with virtual silence if they insulate the attic properly. Of course, you will have to pay electricians to run power into the new space. However, you’ll have to do that, regardless of your plans. You will also have to apply for planning permission in most instances whatever you decide to do.

A playroom for the kids

Maybe your children’s bedrooms are quite small, and you want them to have more space. Well, you might like the idea of turning your attic into a playroom for them. They can keep all their favorite toys and games up there. You could even install a large screen TV if your kids enjoy using their Sony PlayStation or XBox. Add some comfy sofas, and your little ones will have somewhere cool to invite their friends over for the weekend. You could even hang some disco lights from the ceiling if you want to use the space for birthday parties, etc. The possibilities are endless.

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A cinema or recording studio

If you’re quite an ambitious person, you might like the idea of turning your attic into a theater or recording studio. Individuals who do that will have to make sure their roof is 100% secure and leak-free. According to experts like Elevated Roofing, any damage to the tiles could result in significant issues in the future. The last thing you need is for all that expensive electrical equipment to break due to rainwater. You’ll also have to think about using superior insulation and soundproofing techniques if one of these ideas seems suitable. You’ll probably make a lot of noise up there, and you don’t want to disturb your neighbors.

Whatever you decide to do, the ideas in this article should have given you some inspiration. You can accomplish almost anything if you have the right levels of motivation and funding. So, now is the time to make a decision and create a plan. You should call professionals in advance to obtain some quotes so you can work out how much the job will cost. It’s also sensible to contact real estate agents and find out how much value the conversion could add to your property.

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