Your home plays such an important role in your life. It’s where you spend a lot of your time, where you can express your personal style, and where you make lasting memories with your family and friends. It’s wonderful when your house truly feels like home, and it’s even better when it’s a smart financial investment.
When you build, you have the perfect opportunity to allocate money to the areas that really add value to your home. This could drastically increase your home’s resale value, should you eventually decide to sell. With that in mind, here are our top areas to concentrate on to make your home really stand out:
1. Large Windows
One of the absolute best ways to increase the value of your home is by using large windows. Windows are a crucial aspect of both your home’s appearance and function. Large windows will ensure an abundance of natural light and encourage airflow to minimise those pesky power bills.
2. Front Door
Another great way to improve your home’s value is to install a quality front door. Since your front door is the centrepiece to the face of your home, it is critical to your street appeal. Undoubtedly, your front door plays a crucial role in creating visitors’ and buyers’ first reactions to your house. To make the best impression, the style and colour of your door should complement the architectural style and colour scheme of the house. Current trends value clean, simplistic designs over excessively decorative ones.
As an entry point into your home, your front door should also be secure. Some doors can look beautiful but be unsafe. Choose a door that is both attractive and secure. Look for doors with the highest possible residential security rating, equipped with tempered safety glass and security plates. A front door that creates the right first impression and helps keep your home secure is a real asset to any home.
It’s often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and that is for very good reason. A modern, spacious and functional kitchen sits at the top of many buyers’ wish lists. Use bright and fresh colours for your kitchen cabinets and consider installing soft touch drawers or under-cabinet lighting to improve the ambience.
Choosing stainless steel appliances will instantly modernise your kitchen with minimal effort and the sleek look of stainless steel instantly brings an updated appearance to the room.
You can also make a huge impact in your kitchen by using stone for your bench tops. Stone bench tops come in many styles and colours, so you are sure to find an option that will complement and enhance your kitchen. Most importantly, stone is extremely durable and low-maintenance, so it’s made to last.
Many homeowners may not realise just how critical bathrooms are to the value of their homes. One of the most significant changes you can make in a bathroom is by using quality tap ware, sink ware and shower fittings. Try matching these components to towel rails, toilet roll holders and the like.
No matter your bathroom’s size, you want to maximise the space you do have by adding plenty of storage and ensuring you have ample lighting to keep the room feeling bright and airy.
The placement of your bathroom and/or toilet is equally as important. The last thing you want is a toilet backing on to an area with no privacy, such as your dining room or your alfresco area.
5. Create Space
These days especially, home buyers are very interested in houses that feel spacious. This doesn’t necessarily mean they have to be large, but it does mean they should feel open inside rather than closed off by too many walls. Gone are the days of boxy floor plans that separate rooms from one another. Open floor plans can contribute to a brighter interior and enhance the flow inside your home.
At Bendella Group, we have a range of floor plans that are all aimed at maximising living space and creating a seamless blend between the indoors and outdoors. We can also modify our plans to suit but we would always encourage you to keep the overall design as open as possible.
Don’t underestimate the power of lighting to influence the feel of your home’s interior. Generally speaking, less is not more when it comes to lighting. Small spaces can feel larger with brighter lights. The colour of your light is also something to consider since it can change the mood of a room. Stark, white lighting appears clean while more yellow tones feel warm and possibly cozier. Upgrading to dimmable lights gives you more control over your home’s ambience.
Natural light is especially desirable. As mentioned earlier, this can be achieved with large windows that will let in more light. Another option gaining popularity is to install tubular skylights — also called sun tubes — that funnel natural light from outside through a fixture in your ceiling. With so many lighting options available, our Colour Selections Consultant can guide you through many options to achieve your desired look.
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