As fall fades and winter comes on in South Carolina, it’s the time of year when we all start spending a lot more time cozied up indoors with the windows closed against the bad weather. It’s also the time of year when we start to notice the parts of our homes that struggle with the winter weather, whether that’s retaining heat, never getting enough light, or even allowing dampness into your house.
You might tell yourself that you can get by this winter with a mood-enhancing lamp or a dehumidifier. You might also make a mental note to yourself that you need to get this fixed before you end up in the same position next year, but if you want to make those changes and start getting the most out of your house, a remodel, or addition will make a world of difference. Here are some tips to help you stop stewing and start moving towards making your house more home.
Think Big With An Addition
Thanks to everything that’s going on in the world right now, the holiday season will be a little, or a lot, different for everyone. Still, once things get back to normal, we’ll all be thinking the same thing around Christmas: were we going to put everyone, and where can I have some time for myself?
Adding a new room to your home might seem like a scary, intimidating proposition. Still, with a bit of imagination and some careful planning, it can be a surprisingly straightforward and creative way to add more space to your house, and Citadel Enterprises has Charleston and Mount Pleasant covered when it comes to reliable, experienced contractors. It could be a room on top of the previous structure or building a new space from the ground up, or it could be something as discreet as a new structure on your grounds that is separate from your house. Whether it’s an office, a media room, a basement, or an apartment above the garage, this is a convenient solution to the space issue that saves you having to think about whether it’s time to move somewhere more prominent or even invest in a second property.
And if an entirely new room feels like a step too far, why not consider adding an outdoor living space? Ranging from options that will keep you warm out there in winter to a new deck to make the most of the South Carolina spring, these home additions will bring a lot of light and warmth into your home.
Where Are You Working?
When you’re incredibly busy and working from home, it can be easy to let things slide and to allow those minor annoyances to go unchecked. We’re not talking about anything structural, necessarily, but the small things that add up to have a severe and lasting impact on your mood and mental health. Take a step back this winter and think about the rooms in your home where you’re spending the most time. Did you pick that room because it seemed like the best place to work productively when you set-up your home office? Or did you choose it because there was a free outlet for your laptop charger? Are you using an office chair, or did you grab one from the dining room? Do you have enough light, or do you find yourself sitting in a dark room at the end of the day?
You can make significant improvements to this space with the addition of a few lights, a rethink about the room set-up, and some new furnishings to make sure you start the new year off on the right foot.
Think About Bathroom Remodeling
How many of us can honestly say that we’re delighted with our bathroom? When we buy a new place, there usually are one or two elements that swing it, whether it’s a great shower, the fact that it’s got two sinks, or something as simple as the fact that it looks dry. But the longer we spend in our home, significantly when the weather worsens during the winter, every single fault in our bathrooms comes sharply into focus. A bathroom renovation is a chance to put all those wrongs right, to identify all those problem areas, and make the bathroom that you dreamed of, rather than the one you settled for before.
Instead of thinking about the quick fixes that will patch up those pesky problems, take a step back to see the big picture and think about what you would change if you could start from scratch. Think about tubs, showers, sinks, and toilets. Think about where you want that storage space, those cupboards, that heating. It’s also worth bearing in mind that this will increase your house’s market value should you ever decide to move on and that this is an investment as much as it is a gift to yourself and your family. Next winter, you’ll be able to enjoy that shower or soak in the tub and not worry about that spot on the ceiling or how cold those tiles are going to be when you get out.
Consider A New Kitchen
Winter might mean more time on the couch, but it definitely means more time in the kitchen as we rustle up seasonal favorites and warming dishes. It’s also a great place to congregate during the holidays as we help (or “help”) the chef and catch up.
And, every winter, we notice all the things that we don’t like about it. Maybe there’s not enough counter space. Maybe that you’ve hit your ankle on the stove again because whoever designed the kitchen clearly wasn’t thinking about where they were putting these things. You want your kitchen to feel like a social space and a practical one, and this should be the last winter when you feel like it’s not fulfilling those needs.
Whether it’s building that kitchen island you’ve always talked about, installing a new hood or even bringing in some appliances, or completely re-doing the lighting, kitchen remodeling and renovation is a fantastic way to bring new life to the heart of your home.