Boost Your Home’s Value With These Great Ideas

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When many people think of their house, they think in terms of how many rooms it has, how well the bathroom and kitchen is fitted out, whether it has tiled floors, counters made of granite, and so on. But these kinds of facts do not help you with redesigning your home to make it more valuable to you, and future buyers of it.

To add real value to a house, we must do far more than just add more rooms or more furnishings. We must consider the effect that the furnishings and structure of the home have upon the individuals who live within it.

By choosing wisely, we can transform a poorly-designed home into a wonderful place to spend our time. When a house is badly designed, we know at a gut level that there is something that isn't quite right. A well-designed home can convey to us a sense of order and joy. It can make us feel inspired and enriched to spend time there.

Often house buyers come across homes about which they are adamant that they cannot be lived in without significant remodeling. Buyers are always looking for homes with good basic features of design which they can update. However, the truth is that most houses have elements of bad and good design within them.

Just updating all the furnishings and repainting the walls, even if done quickly and efficiently using electric paint sprayers, is usually a waste of time because these superficial changes cannot fix fundamental design flaws. It is necessary to think about the design of the home in a much deeper way to address the underlying issues.

Here are some design ideas that may help you in trying to make decisions about how to add value to your home.

1. The Relationship Of The Site To The House

Look at the land that surrounds the home. Look at whether it blends in and integrates with the property. This is an often overlooked fact but it is necessary to get a good basic understanding of the design of the home. Managing the interplay between the inside of the house and the outside of it can enhance both in powerful ways.

Consider the views you get out of each window. Are you overlooking anything unpleasant or undesirable? Are there beautiful views that are being blocked by unwelcome elements?

What about the walkway that leads onto the street outside? Do you need to block off noise? Do you require more privacy? Does the drainage interfere with your experience?

You can consider what changes might be required to make the house better blend in with the surroundings. An unused side area of the house could become the private garden, perhaps accessible from a private bedroom only. Adding a porch to the front of the house might improve how it looks within the existing neighborhood.

2. The Importance Of Natural Light

Do not underestimate the power of natural light in transforming the house. Adding windows and other sources of light can make people feel safe and feel uplifted within the property.

If it is possible, try to light the main rooms from two sides. Try using skylights or glass doors. Consider what can be done to reduce glare and give a nice balance to the light within the room.

If you have "green" inclinations, you might also want to consider the use of solar power for heat and light within the home.

3. Dissolve Barriers Between Indoors And Outdoors

Opaque walls and enclosed spaces can make people feel cut off from the outdoors. The use of glass doors, sliding screens, and movable walls can give a semi-transparent feeling to the walls of the home. They can make people feel more connected to what’s outside. They can make them feel less claustrophobic within the house.

4. Think About Outdoors As Another Room

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the area outside your home is completely different from the area inside your home. It is not as different as you might first think. If instead, you think of these outdoor spaces as a natural extension of your house, this can often trigger new ideas for adding value to your home. And also, you can get new insights into how the design of your home can be improved.

You can create defined outdoor spaces by utilizing courtyards, patios, walled gardens and trellis-covered pathways. These areas can give the impression of being natural outdoor rooms of your home.

Quite often, outside areas are completely disconnected from the house. This often causes a subliminal obstacle for people to go and use that space. By making an explicit connection between the outdoor space and your home, perhaps through the use of an easy-to-use external walkway, it is more likely that you and others will use these outside spaces more regularly.

5. Roof Overhangs And Propped Shutters

Just by ensuring the edge of an overhanging roof is visible from inside the house, you can give the occupants of the home a sense of feeling protected and sheltered. This kind of design element also has the practical value of blocking sunlight in hot countries.

You could also extend the roof in some parts of your home to cover pathways or porches. It can feel wonderful to be in an area that is both open and protected.

Inside the home, you can use similar ideas. You could have visible rafters or wooden beams on the ceiling. Again, this creates a feeling of protection inside the house and the sensation of it being robust and sturdy.

6. The Flow Of Traffic

Think about how you walk around your home. Does the path you take involve walking directly through the middle of living areas? If so, you may find that these areas feel incomplete and uncomfortable. You might not feel happy spending time in them.

A better solution would be to have the natural walking routes inside the home directed around the edges of the main rooms. Creating a maze of pathways within your home can give you a feeling of confusion that a subliminal level. Having fewer doors than feels appropriate can create a sensation of feeling trapped inside the house.

7. Compare Room Sizes

People tend to have an innate sense of the correct proportions of rooms. If you have huge bedrooms and small living areas, something will not feel right about the way your home is proportioned. If the design of your home is awkward in this kind of way, you may wish to consider removing walls to create bigger spaces from several smaller ones.

8. Choose Materials Wisely

Try and think about the materials used in the design of your home upfront. Don’t leave this as a last-minute decision while decorating.

By giving thought to the materials used inside and outside the home, there can be a feeling of unity between various parts of the house. You may wish to use natural materials, and you may want to alternate colors and textures to bring about the particular kind of effect you are looking for.

In this article, we have looked at eight different ways that you can add value to your home. Use these ideas as a launching pad for your own creative efforts. There are so many simple and elegant ways to make your home's design feel better than it is now and you can reap financial rewards in the future when you come to sell it.

Boost Your Home’s Value With These Great Ideas was last modified: June 7th, 2017 by Jim Cross