There are ways to keep your home looking vintage without it being functionally outdated. Today’s average home buyer has a certain idea of what makes a kitchen easier to move around in or what makes good storage options. Check out this list of ways to modernize your home without getting rid of its charm.
#1. Knock Down Some Walls
Gone are the days of wall to wall rooms. Instead of a separate living room, dining room, and kitchen, we now have one enormous room with an island or bar for some separation. We crave more space to move around in. Open floor plans are the way to go. If you are looking for a big project, take down a few walls if it makes sense. This is a big undertaking that will require an architectural contractor and a team. Do not undertake this yourself, as you will need to make sure that the walls you are considering omitting are non-load bearing walls.
#2. Add More Storage
Who doesn’t like extra places to store things? Evaluate your closets and get some insight on whether it is even a possibility to add space. A lot of older home’s layouts have bedroom walls right next to each other. The closets in each room are sometimes essentially one closet with a divider wall. Take out that wall and you have one big closet. This only works if you are willing to sacrifice one closet. It would be ideal for a guest room possibly that won’t need closet space. You could add a wardrobe to the other room, as well if needed.
#3. Add A Smart Thermostat
New homeowners will relish in this update. Who wouldn’t like the ability to change the temperature in their home while they are away? This is a nice fast update that should only take an hour at most. There are also ways to schedule temperature changes at different times. Save some energy while you are at work and have it heat up or cool down a half hour before you are home! It’s also a great way to modernize your home without changing any aesthetics! Here are a list of the best smart thermostats of 2021.
#4. Add a Functional Pantry
Some older kitchen’s don’t even have a pantry. The horror! Others have a pantry that is so deep you might find canned food that could go in a museum! Today’s pantries are wide instead of deep and have roll-out shelving with light up features. Consider your own pantry space and change it up if needed.
#5. Brighten Up to Modernize Your Home
It is a heavy consideration, but adding white paint to a rather dark space is a very popular decision. We know, that might be stepping on some vintage design elements, but hear us out. Wood paneling and brick add character, but also darkness. Brighten it up by painting it white. A white brick fireplace is a very welcomed modern feature to today’s home.
#6. Add a Screened-In Porch or A Pergola
Got a concrete slab right outside of your backdoor? Add some shade with a screened-in porch or a pergola. Screening it in will take some effort and money, but the payoff should be worth it. New potential home buyers sometimes specifically seek out homes with screened-in porches. If you don’t want to go that route, a pergola adds style and shade to an otherwise sunny, boring slab.
Whether it is for yourself or the next home buyer, these functional updates are sure to bring joy and practicality to your home. Some projects are more extensive than others, but take it all in stride. Perhaps alternate between big and small projects so you don’t burn yourself out. Modernize your home at your rate.
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