Home Improvements I’m Dying to Make

Those of you that regularly read my blog will know we renovated our entire house exactly one year ago. Home improvements aren’t easy, but this house absolutely needed it.

Luckily, we came out the other side and absolutely adore our house (you can check out my home decor Instagram for plenty of updates on how the house looks now).

There are some home improvements that I am dying to make, but it might not be cost-effective to do so. We want to make a profit on our house, but the absolute maximum we’ll be able to sell it for is around £180k because of the location. Therefore, if we spend thousands on home improvements such as a log burner, a new garage, loft conversion, etc. we won’t make a decent profit.

Just to make myself feel…better?…I’ve listed some home improvements that I would love to make, though maybe on our next house, whenever that may be.

Log burner

As mentioned above, I would LOVE  a log burner. I mean look at these:

 

Home improvements include a log burner. White living room with black log burner and white fireplace surround

Photo from http://www.sarahgordonhome.co.uk

 

 

Log burner with exposed brick behind and black fire surround.

Photo credit: https://thevintagegoodlife.blogspot.co.uk/

 

 

Black log burner with exposed brick behind it against black walls.

Photo credit: http://blog.making-spaces.net/

 

…and is there anything better than the smell of burning wood?

 

Bifold Doors

I suggested to Jay that we get bifold doors here in our dining room:

 

Low hanging pendant lights over dining table

 

They would look incredible and we could open up the whole space in summer and sit outside (although maybe we couldn’t now, because we have an indoor cat who isn’t allowed out, ever). If I was to get some, it would be from a reputable company like direct bifold doors. It would just make the space feel bigger and airier, and would be an amazing selling point when we did come to move.

 

Downstairs bathroom

Unfortunately in our house, there is just no room for a downstairs toilet. Lots of people put theirs under the stairs, however our stairs are placed stupidly. They go up through the lounge and over the kitchen, meaning we’d have to knock into the kitchen to be able to fit one in.

 

Interiors blogger truths. Kitchen with wooden floor and black granite surfaces.

See where the stairs come into the kitchen in the top right corner.

 

There is no space anywhere else to fit a downstairs bathroom, and it would cut into our living space. So is it worth it? Probably not, but I still want one.

 

What home improvements would you add to your home if money wasn’t an issue?

 

How to Care for your Home

Sometimes we can get so bogged down with how our home looks, but sometimes you forget that you have to care for your home too.

And I know, I’m an interiors blog, but a home needs to be practical and liveable in too.

We often take for granted that we can be welcomed by a warm home (because you’ve already put the heating on using your next). When things go wrong, we can feel isolated, stressed and uncomfortable in a place that’s ours. Nobody wants to be caught short, so make sure you’ve got the basics covered to keep your house ticking along smoothly.

 

Do Up Your Drainage

The buildup of debris in your drains and pipes can cause unsightly problems you certainly don’t want to come across. This build up will be worst in Autumn when all the leaves are falling. So arrange to get your drainpipes cleaned out around November in time for the winter.

If you have struggled to keep on top of your clear outs, find a company that can unblock and clean drains and pipes. Their specialists can safely dispose of the blockages that are clogging them up and you can then avoid potential disasters. Build-ups inside your drain can cause pungent and unpleasant smells and it can stop your water running smoothly. Avoid a drainage disaster and seek help from experts as soon as you can.

A warm bath or shower is something we all need in winter, so don’t risk losing out on those!

 

Care and Clean To Avoid Calamities

We are all guilty of giving our homes a quick once-over with the vacuum cleaner and a half-hearted swish of the duster. When was the last time you deep cleaned every room in your home?

You might not realise that your haphazard housework could be affecting your health. Mould, grime and dirt can build up in inconspicuous places in your homes and you wouldn’t even know about it. Mould and damp can be very damaging to you and your family’s health, so make sure you inspect walls and ceilings for any signs of this.

The next time you get a chance, turn your home upside down and finish off those cleaning jobs you’ve always pushed to the back of your mind. Move the sofa and bed to hoover underneath those, hoover behind the TV and clean all the cupboards in the kitchen (including the inside).

 

Freshen your Decor

 

Chairs with throws and a balcony

Have you ever just stopped noticing things? The things you see every day stop being seen and just become a part of the background. But have you ever actually spent time looking at the things you own? Are there loose threads all over your cushions, or holes where the lining starts? How chipped is the paint on your walls? Time passes so quickly, that suddenly you might have had your sofa for ten years.

 

There are obviously temporary measures you can take like getting your carpet professionally cleaned rather than replacing it. But sometimes everything just needs redoing. Spend time choosing new paint colours and it’ll change the look of a room as well as help to tidy up the paint. This kind of care for your home helps the look of it as well as just the hygiene problems.

 

Care for your home by following these small pieces of advice. You can avoid daily disasters by keeping the little things in check. Your house should be a place of peace and stability where you can switch off your brain and recuperate after a hard day’s work. A couple of small projects will take your home from unpredictable to unstoppable so strive to make your home clean, clear and coursing like clockwork! If you get these things covered you might even sell your home faster if you’re looking to move into a new abode in the near future.

 

*Collaborative post.

 

How to sell your home faster

Sell your home faster with these tips and tricks.

At some point in the future, you might want to put your current home on the market and relocate. The issue is that many families struggle to secure a fast sale, and that leaves the homeowners feeling a little disheartened.

However, in most instances, you just need to make improvements with the buyer’s desires in mind. There are lots of ways in which you can make your house attractive to other families, and there are some excellent ideas below to sell your home faster that should point you in the right direction.

Regardless of how much money you have to spend, you should see the expenditure as an investment. Indeed, these suggestions could even assist you in securing a better offer for your property.

 

Give the walls a fresh lick of paint

Before you do anything else, it makes sense to redecorate your house, so it looks clean and fresh. It’s best to use neutral colours because most buyers will want to paint again once they settle into the property. It will also make it easier for the buyer to visualise living there if the walls and colour schemes are neutral.

It’s much easier for them to add a splash of colour to their new home if you use light shades right now. Some of the best neutral tones include:

  • Whites
  • Beige
  • Light grays
  • Light blues

If you want to make easy work of the task, be sure to involve the entire family. Your kids are only going to become bored if you have to move all the items out of their bedrooms to paint. Get them involved in some of the easier DIY tasks.

 

Remove all your family photographs

The last thing buyers need to see when they enter your property is lots of family photographs.

During viewings, you’ll want people to imagine themselves living in the house. That is hard to achieve if there are lots of pictures of your family all over the walls. Still, you don’t want to leave the area looking bare.

For that reason, you should head down to your local home decor shop and pick up some cheap art prints. You can hang them on the walls and ensure the house doesn’t appear too sterile.

Sell your home faster by adding simple artwork. Black and white photos of mountains in frames.

Of course, you should avoid anything that doesn’t have mainstream appeal. You don’t want to put anyone off with strange or unusual artwork that will distract buyers from the crucial elements of your home.

 

Show that you have a functional garden

You have an outdoor space, and so it makes sense that you should alter it to ensure it’s as attractive as possible. The best way of doing that involves highlighting how functional your garden can become.

Consider keeping a barbecue outside or something similar. You might also want to invest in some furniture so you can show buyers they can have a seating area.

 Our wicker furniture actually makes our garden look bigger, so this is worth thinking about too. While you don’t want to spend a fortune, ensuring the garden appears useful and vibrant is a wise move. So, plant some flowers that are going to bloom at the right times too.

 

Garden patio with chairs and a parasol and bright flowers.

Replace your kitchen and bathroom suites

Again, you don’t want to break the bank just before you sell your home.

However, if you’ve had the same kitchen or bathroom suite for more than five years, it makes sense to install a replacement.

You’ll want to save as much money as possible during the process because kitchen and bathroom suites can become expensive. For that reason, you should check online auction websites like eBay because you can often find some fantastic deals. My second-hand kitchen is the best thing I’ve ever bought! 

New kitchen and bathroom suites should add value to the property. So, there is a decent chance you will secure a healthy return on your investment. Just don’t make the mistake of messing around with the plumbing. You’ll have to employ the services of a professional because you could end up causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

 

Declutter and put your possessions in storage

You don’t need to empty your home of all your family’s possessions. Still, you do need to ensure potential buyers have enough room to walk around the property.

So consider decluttering the rooms and hiring a storage unit somewhere. This is a fantastic idea because you’ll pack some of your belongings in advance, and you’ll save time when you decide to relocate.

Your children’s toys and similar items are going to get in the way when you shoq people around your property. For that reason, you might want to pack them away into boxes first. You should also remove any dining room tables and anything that takes up a lot of space.

 

Think about adding some curb appeal

Gorgeous cottage with plants and flowers everywhere.

Curb appeal is vital when you want to sell your home quickly.

Psychologists claim that human beings make their first impression of something within only a couple of seconds. Considering that, it’s essential that you work hard to improve the exterior aesthetic of your property. You can do that by repainting or replacing the front door, adding some flowers to the lawn, and ensuring your driveway looks clean and tidy.

Some families choose to replace the windows in their homes because that can also create the same outcomes. If you have a house that uses cladding, you might think about giving that a fresh coat of waterproof paint.

 

You should manage to make your home more attractive to buyers if you use some of the ideas mentioned in this article, thus being able to sell your home faster.

However, you know your house better than anyone else, and so you are the person best placed to make all the final decisions. Just use some common sense and always look for ways to make savings before you part with your hard-earned cash.

With a bit of luck, you will secure the asking price in a matter of weeks and start the ball rolling. You can then place an offer on a new home and prepare for the relocation. Whatever you decide to do, ensure you don’t leave things to chance because your home could sit on the market for many years, and nobody wants that to happen.

 

5 Steps To A Minimalist Living Room

Minimalist, modern living is a way to form a relaxing space, so here are the basic steps to achieve a minimalist living room.

Love them or hate them, you have to admit that minimalist, open plan spaces manage to tread the tightrope of being both impactful and relaxing all at the same time.

When we first looked around our house, we knew straightaway that we’d be knocking a wall down to create an open plan living space.

You want a space where you can combine a dining area with a lounge, or even a kitchen too if you choose to go fully open plan like me. Such spaces aren’t that hard to create. Just read the guide below to find out how to create a minimalist living room.

 

Step 1: Create space

The thing that you must do before all others when creating a minimalist living room is to examine the space you have to work with. You’ll have more work ahead of you if the rooms are separated off, as you will need to knock those walls down before you get going.

However, that doesn’t mean you get an easy ride if your space is already open-plan. Now is absolutely the time to clear any clutter and old items out. You need to create more space to allow new items to come in. 

Just remember to be sensible about the things that you are getting rid of, especially if they still have some use in them. You could donate this to charity, or friends and family instead of throwing them in the bin.

You don’t even need to have a car big enough to fit the larger items in because you can use a company like Shiply to pick them up and deliver them for you. This service makes it easier to be environmentally friendly with your minimalist renovation than ever before.

 

Step 2: Neutral pallet

Step Two is to define your neutral pallet for the space. Modern neutrals include different hues of white, greys, and even the odd splash of black to emphasise certain elements of the room here and there.

Just don’t go overboard on the latter through, as it’s likely to shrink your living space and make things seem smaller than they really are.  

 

Step 3: Consider utility

Step Three is all about choosing the new furniture with what you need in mind first, rather than just getting it because it looks pretty. The idea being that to achieve a truly minimal space you want the least amount of items to fulfil the job in the room as possible.

 

Step 4: Consider placement

Step Four is all about deciding where to place the items mentioned in Step Three for the best effect. Consider the space between pieces of furniture and the effect that this has on the room before you make your final decision.

 

Step 5: Decorate with a light touch

Last of all, even minimalist rooms can have a few decorative touches. This, however, must be done with a particularly light touch.

That means the occasional objet d’art, or picture on the wall. These items should be chosen to coordinate with the original colours you’re working with. The reason for this being that it will help you retain that sense of space that is such a calming and expansive part of a minimalist living room. 

 

So there you go. Five easy steps to obtain a minimalist and clean living space. Do you like tidy and minimalist, or cosy and lived in?

 

Achieve a Beautiful but Practical Bathroom

Wondering how to achieve a beautiful but practical bathroom? Here’s the best advice!

Most importantly, your bathroom needs to be practical. You need a working sink, toilet and bath/shower. But you can have all these things, as well as make your bathroom beautiful.

Here’s how to create a beautiful but practical bathroom that you can relax in.

 

Making your bathroom practical

Firstly, your bathroom needs to do the job it’s there for. You need toilet, sink and shower/bath as well as any storage units to hold products, razors, flannels, etc.

You need to prioritise your bathroom essentials and get rid of anything that isn’t used or needed. Especially if your bathroom isn’t the largest.

A bath can take up a large amount of space. You could get a shower that hangs over the bath, but if you only have a scrub in the tub a couple of times in winter, you should consider getting rid of it. You can replace it with a stunning walk-in shower instead.

Or you could use the extra space to store other bathroom necessities.

Money is also an important practical factor. Only go with what you can afford to spend. You should be sensible with where and how you’re spending.

Is it necessary to have a top-of-the-line massaging shower head, or would a cheaper alternative do the job just as well?

There may be other pressing matters that money can be spent on. Do you have a damp problem? Maybe the paint on the ceiling is peeling? These things can make your bathroom look shabby, so be practical and sort them out.

 

Making your bathroom beautiful

Your bathroom is used regularly, but also looked at regularly. Maybe you get embarrassed when someone asks to use it. This is a sign to make some changes!

First, you should draw inspiration, find ideas, and take advice from professionals in the industry of creating beautiful bathrooms, such as Drench.co.uk.

You should then take all the information you can find or are given and make them fit around YOUR bathroom. You must do this, because there is no point in getting things into your bathroom that neither fit or suit its shape and style.

Then you should assess exactly what is needed in your bathroom and see how these necessities can be made to be pleasing to the eye. This could mean filling your walls in waterproof tiling that suits your colour scheme. Or, this could mean decorating your toilet with little accessories, such as plants.

Finally, you should ensure that your bathroom is kept clean and stain free AT ALL TIMES. And yes, this means getting the old elbow grease out and scrubbing away at all those bathtub rings in your bathtub until they disappear.

Our bath/shower has a glass panel that has a flexible plastic slider that ensures water can’t escape under the glass panel and onto the floor. This is the sort of place mould tends to grow, so we bleach it every month and leave it to dry.

 

Your bathroom is a place that is going to be both looked at and used regularly, so it needs to be in equal parts a beautiful but practical bathroom. Bare this in mind when it comes to your next bathroom renovation.