With the right construction and care, a well-maintained home can last a long time. Upkeep goes a long way, but the right home renovations can not only make a home stand the test of time but join the modern age. Knowing certain renovations you can use to modernize your residence can help you keep up with the world.
Update the Lighting
Incandescent lights are a thing of the past. Just swapping out older bulbs for newer LED technology can totally change the atmosphere in your home. You can also upgrade your yard’s security with landscape lighting powered by solar energy it absorbs all day before shining all night, and you can do that without wiring your yard. Wall-mounted lamps and sconces can free up crucial shelves and floor space in any room.
Replace Old Windows
On top of lighting in the home, allowing more light into the home can make a drastic difference too. However, older windows often allow a great deal of heat to be lost or added to the interior of your home. New windows are designed to help this issue. There are many different types of windows, from single-pane to triple-pane windows, crank windows, sliding windows, and Bow and Bay windows. There are enough options for everyone. Depending on your personal style, and the style of your home, you may enjoy something like the latter which allows for a larger amount of natural light into the home. Especially if you like sitting in the sunlight and reading a cozy book, or enjoying your favorite drink.
Get New Appliances
Even if your current appliances are still working, the increase in energy efficiency among new units is so high that it might be worth replacing them before they start breaking down on you. You’ll at least spare yourself that. Also, switching your laundry to a stackable unit can create extra square footage you can use for something else in that room.
The practical lifespan of roofing materials will vary based on each kind. Some will last over a decade, while others might last generations. However, what they all have in common is needing routine inspections and roofing repairs as necessary. This is one part of the home likely to be replaced several times over the lifespan of a home. But, it doesn’t have to happen as often with the right level of attention and care.
Protect the Foundation
There are more options than ever before for inspecting and fixing the foundation your home sits on. Even older options are cheaper than previously in many cases because of new technology. If your home doesn’t have gutters, adding them might not be a bad idea. Proper drainage under the downspouts can keep water away from your basement and walls.
More Than Just Solving Problems
Renovating a home to modernize it isn’t just for aging homes that have problems. Younger homes that are still in relatively good shape can benefit from upgrades. No matter how old your home is, doing these and other renovations is a chance for you to embrace opportunities, features, and styles that might have developed since the home was built or you moved in.