Your dream home from a few years ago may not be your dream home today. Whether it’s the outdated look of your kitchen, or drafty doors and windows, you may feel that your house could use an upgrade. Your home should be a point of pride, and it doesn’t take much to bring out the best in your house and get back that new-home feeling. Below are six easy upgrades that can breathe new life inside and outside your home.
1. Revamp Your Entrance
First impressions matter, and your home is no exception. Whether your style is modern or traditional, your entrance provides guests with a glimpse of what they can expect to see throughout your home, and it starts before they even walk in your front door. An easy way to make a lasting impression is by painting your front door, especially if the paint is old and muted. A statement door can give your home a whole new look and dramatically increase your curb appeal. Past the door itself, a cheerful doormat is another great way to add personality to your entrance. You can also replace hardware and give your house numbers a facelift to add some depth and dimension to your entrance while giving it an updated look. Here’s a complete guide on how to create a grand entrance if you’re interested in learning more.
If your front door is past its prime and needs more than just a fresh coat of paint, you may want to consider a door replacement. Here are a number of benefits to replacing an old entry door and what that can do for your home.
2. Remodel Your Kitchen Cabinets
Remodeling your kitchen can be an expensive undertaking, but you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on your kitchen to give it a fresh new look. Since cabinets are such a large part of your kitchen’s design, a simple update can make a substantial difference in how your kitchen looks. We recommend a fresh coat of paint and new hardware, both of which are relatively inexpensive, especially if you choose to do it yourself. You can also mix up the colors on the upper and lower cabinets to add richness and depth to your kitchen. If you choose to replace the hardware as well, just remember to use knobs and pull handles the same size as your old ones so you don’t have to drill new holes.
3. Update Your Doors
While throwing a fresh coat of paint on your exterior doors is a great way to give your home a fresh look, interior doors can also make a big impact. Replacing standard doors with a vintage door or installing a barn door-style system can help you create a personalized look that adds character to your home. Another option is to upgrade your existing doors by replacing the hardware and repainting. If functionality is your main concern with interior doors, you can upgrade to a new solid core door, which will cut out noise and make your home look refreshed.
4. Coat Your Concrete Flooring
Whether it’s a garage, a patio, or a driveway, concrete floors are present in just about every home. They are durable and easy to clean, which makes them an ideal choice for outdoor areas and high-traffic spaces where the floors are likely to get damaged. The thing about concrete floors is that they don’t look great — they are cold and boring. Adding a concrete coating is a great way to extend the life of your concrete floor while making it look like a design element instead of just functional flooring. In fact, concrete floor coatings actually offer a number of benefits over traditional concrete floorings. They can also be installed in as little as one day.
5. Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Windows
While windows are among the most attractive features of a home, they are responsible for a significant amount of energy waste. In fact, heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25 to 30 percent of residential heating and cooling energy use. So, it’s easy to make a case to upgrade your windows, especially when you think about the amount of money you can save on energy expenses. Beyond cost savings, energy-efficient windows also offer better insulation, require less maintenance, and are better for the environment. The best part, there are a number of tax credits and rebates for energy-efficient upgrades for your home.
6. Slap on a Fresh Coat of Paint
Painting is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to upgrade the look and feel of your home. Whether you decide to paint the exterior or redo your color schemes inside, a fresh coat of paint can have a tremendous impact on the look and feel of your home. If you’re not sure where to start, or you need some inspiration to get you going, take a look at these inspirational galleries from Elle Décor and Behr.
You don’t have to undertake a massive remodel or spend a fortune to feel proud of your home again. All it takes is some simple upgrades, and your house can feel as good as new. If you have any questions or want more information on these solutions, call Clarity Windows and Doors today at 817-410-7272, and take the first step in bringing out the best in your home.