When you’re making improvements to your home, you might focus more on the bigger picture and not worry too much about the same details. However, small changes can make a big difference in the look and feel of your home. If you’re already changing up the look of your home, why not make changes that improve the functionality of your home at the same time?
A lot of people live with small inconveniences around the home that usually don’t get resolved. If you’re making improvements, here are a few small changes that you can make at the same time to improve the function of your home, and add value.
Add Countertop Dispensers
In a lot of busy kitchens, the sink is cluttered with different bottles of dish and hand soap. Clear some of the mess and keep things tidier, by putting in a counter-mounted soap dispenser as part of your kitchen design. If you’re already going to replace your worktops, you can do this at the same time. By adding soap dispensers, you can get also cut out the plastic waste of using multiple containers for dish and hand soap.
Update Your Lighting
Having well-planned lighting can completely change the feel of a room. The right lighting can help you create the mood you want. While you’re thinking about the room that you are remodelling, consider what changes you could to the lighting to make things brighter or create the mood you want, whether with new lighting or larger windows from double hung window specialists. If you switch your light fixtures, go for LED lights or another energy-efficient option.
If you want to be able to change the mood in a room, swap your light switch for a dimmer switch. A dimmer switch means you can control the amount of light in the room, and lowers the amount of energy you use, letting you create the mood while benefitting your wallet and the environment.
If you love to cook, it might be a good idea to install under cabinet lighting. These lights will act as task lighting to make cooking easier and will make the kitchen look sophisticated. Use the lighting to show off new countertops or a backsplash.
Keep The Kitchen Quiet
If you want your home to be a relaxing place to be, the last thing you want is the sudden noise of slamming drawers or cabinets coming from the kitchen. Make a small upgrade to your kitchen by adding soft-close hinges and drawer slides. This little change makes a really big difference to your kitchen. If you have small children at home, soft close doors and drawers are a safer choice too, as they are less likely to pinch little fingers as they close. You can install the fittings yourself to existing cabinets, or include them if you’re working on a larger kitchen renovation.
Add Charging Stations
Save yourself, your family, and any guests in your home the struggle of trying to find a free socket to charge their phones or other devices. Built-in charging stations became popular in home design a few years ago, and for good reason. You can add a charging station to any room in your house to save the search for plugs.
If you use devices in the kitchen to read recipes, or the children gather there to do their homework, then you add a charging station in the kitchen. You could make a station in a drawer that can be pulled out when you need it, or put one on a shelf in a cabinet.
You could add a charging station to the inside of a desk in your home office or living room. Wherever you choose to add one, a charging station is a useful way to keep track of all the devices that your family has that need to be charged.
Upgrade Your Laundry Room
Usually, stand-alone clothes drying racks take up all the floor space in the laundry room and get in the way. This is a nuisance when you’re trying to take loads of laundry in and out. If you’re improving your laundry room, add a built-in drying rack to make laundry easier.
You could attach a drying rack to the wall that you can fold down when you need to use it. Another option is to build a drawer with slats inside, that you can open out and can then be used to dry sweaters. Whatever you choose, it’s bound to change the way you make use of the space.
Add A Step In The Bathroom
This idea is ideal for families with young children. Instead of using step-stools to help your children to reach the sink, that can get in the way or be a trip hazard, install a vanity step. You can disguise this as a drawer in the vanity unit, making the step easy to tuck out of the way when it’s not needed. This is safer too, as, unlike a stool, the step can’t move or topple over with a child standing on it, causing nasty falls.
When your children have outgrown the stool, it can be turned back into a drawer to offer some extra storage in the bathroom.
Hot Water On Demand
An instant hot water tap could be the simple addition to your kitchen remodel that you find you can’t live without. The hot water tap has become a desirable luxury kitchen item in recent years. Because of the on-demand functionality, instant hot water taps only use energy when they’re in use, making them a much greener choice too.
You might be worried about safety with a hot water tap, as the water comes out at a very high temperature. It’s important to be careful when turning on the tap, but most hot water taps actually have a safety button that needs to be pressed in order to activate the tap, so it can’t be turned on by mistake. Make sure the tap is out of reach of young children.