It does not matter how much you love your home. After you have been living in the same property for a certain number of years, there is always going to come a time when you start to think about how you could make it look and feel a little different.
Part of this may be precisely because of the amount of time you have spent in it. With the property market the way it has been over the last couple of years, there are a lot of people out there who have had to think about ways that they can breathe new life into their homes instead of moving somewhere new. That impulse to start fresh is not easy to meet right now.
But it is also the case that our tastes and our lifestyles change, and that is absolutely reflected in what we want from our homes. For example, people whose children have grown up and moved out of the family home will be thinking about what they can do with all that new space.
On the other hand, maybe you are spending more time at home than you have been, and you realize that it is not quite as perfect as you thought it was. Whatever the impetus behind this facelift, there are plenty of things that you can do to give it some new life. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Think About Working From The Outside In
What’s the first thing you see when you get home, and how does it make you feel when you see it?
Even though there are still people working remotely right now, there are a lot of us who have returned to the office and are getting reacquainted with the feeling of arriving back at the end of a long workday and a tedious commute.
If you are arriving home and the exterior of your house isn’t sparking joy, then think about what you could do to liven it up a little bit. It could be as simple as repainting your front door and window frames, but why not think about adding some new lighting? Or installing some hanging plant pots?
Think About Adding More Exterior Space
As we head into the autumn, most of us are resigned to saying goodbye to our gardens until the spring for the most part. Even though the British weather is extremely unpredictable, it seems fair to assume that we are all going to be in for a lot of rain for the next several months. But there is no reason why the weather needs to dictate how much time you can enjoy your outdoor space.
A veranda is a great way to add a little extra room to your garden and to add an area where you and your family can still gather outdoors no matter what time of day.
Nationwide Home Innovations offers a free survey and design of your bespoke veranda, with a range of different shading and heating solutions to help you stay in your beautiful outdoor space for as long as you want to. Visit their website to find out more.
Commit To Redefining Rooms
One of the easiest ways that our homes can start to feel a bit stale is when we stop using the rooms for their original purpose.
There are so many examples of this, from the child’s bedroom that is only used when they come back home for Christmas, to the home office that never really got started, to the garage that has turned into a bit of a tip since you decided that you didn’t really need a car anymore.
If you have a space that is feeling a little empty and lifeless, then you should commit to giving it new purpose. Maybe you could turn that bedroom into a home entertainment centre? Would the garage work nicely as a home gym?
Be Bold With Your Garden
We talked about adding a veranda to your outdoor space, but really: why stop there? Your garden is an area of incredible possibility, and so many people do not use their outdoor space to its full potential.
If you have always wanted to see if you have green fingers, then this could be the perfect time to find out what you should be planting for next year. Given how much food prices are going up right now, why not try growing your own vegetables?
Or maybe you’ve always wanted to try something more ambitious with bushes and hedges? Animal lovers could think about how they could make their garden a more attractive refuge for local wildlife. This is your space and whether you want to pave it all over or get really wild with it, the choice is yours.