If you’re looking to increase the value of your home, you may be considering taking on a home improvement project. Make sure to choose projects that will increase the aesthetics and efficiency of your home both now and in the future. Here’s a run-down of the top 5 home improvement ideas for modern homes:
1) Energy efficient windows and steel entry door replacement
Sustainability is a hot topic in today’s housing market, so homeowners looking to increase property value should undertake projects that boost the energy efficiency of their home. Look for windows that have been given an A rating by the BFRC to replace your current single-pane windows; you’ll start seeing instant savings on your monthly household heating and cooling bills. Likewise, steel entry doors use magnetic weather stripping to maximise heating and cooling efficiency. And while they’re not perfect for all home designs, they’re sleek, modern look fits perfectly in a contemporary home.
Updating the lighting fixtures in your home to have a more modern look can help boost the aesthetics and the value. LED lighting is becoming a staple in modern homes, and looks particularly luminous in pendant chandeliers. While steel and chrome finishes are trademark of the contemporary style, the latest trend is to add a pop of colour. Red glass chandeliers, blue glass mini pendants, and black chandeliers and pendant light all make great additions to a contemporary home, especially one with an otherwise muted colour scheme.
3) Upgraded appliances
Major kitchen appliances are more energy efficient than ever, so if you’ve been thinking about replacing your dishwasher or refrigerator/freezer unit, now is the time to do it. As with your window and entry door replacements, look for new appliances with a rating of A or above (e.g. A+ or A++) to ensure you’re getting the greenest technology on the market. Stainless steel is still the go-to choice for kitchen appliances, but now we’re seeing them being integrated into the kitchen cabinetry or the countertops to create a more seamless look.
4) Kitchen island
The kitchen island is now seen as a staple component of modern kitchens. Not only does it provide you with extra space to prepare meals, it also serves as an informal eating area and hangout spot. Kitchen islands work best in large spaces with open floor plans, but it is possible to add an island in a smaller space as well. The key is to make sure you have approximately 91 cm (36 in) of walk space around the island. For smaller rooms, a simple table or butcher’s trolley may function as an island, while larger rooms can accommodate two-sided or bi-level islands.
5) Updated flooring
Polished hardwood floors are a trademark feature of modern home design, but if it’s been some time since you moved in, they may be looking a little worse for wear. Consider sprucing them up with a product like Restor-A-Finish—which acts like a stain—or resurfacing them altogether. Another simple, cost-effective way to update your flooring is to buy new area rugs. Look for trending colours and punchy geometric prints to give your home that sleek modern feel.
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Article by Martin Simeonson
Martin Simeonson is an interior designer full of advice on room decorating ideas with a Scandinavian twist.