It’s that time of year when we’re hurtling toward the holidays and everything they entail. Usually, that involves a lot of entertaining—and eating. Then we're faced with our post-holiday New Year’s resolutions. According to Forbes.com roughly 40 percent of Americans were still making those resolutions up until a few years ago. But there’s a big difference between making them and keeping them! Forbes also reports that only 8 percent of Americans actually keep their resolutions! Maybe that’s because we tend to resolve to do things we really don’t want to do. Maybe instead of resolving to lose weight and go to the gym, it's time for a New Year (Home) resolution.
Resolve to Remodel Your Rochester-area Home
What if (instead of torturing yourself) you made a resolution to remodel your home? Why does that make sense this time of year? One thing that happens over the holidays is that many of us have a lot of guests in our homes to celebrate. And while that can be great fun, it can also surface some the flaws and shortcomings of our homes.
Think about how well your current home functions while you are entertaining your guests. Is there enough space? Are people comfortable? Is cooking and entertaining fun for you (and your guests), or do you dread having to work around guests? Let’s look at a few specific rooms that tend to be problematic over the holidays.
People tend to congregate in the kitchen. What was that like at your house? Were guests comfortable? Was there enough space for them to mingle? Was your kitchen bright and welcoming? Or was your kitchen cramped and dark? Were you cut off from guests who had to be elsewhere while you prepared meals? But before you jump into redesigning your kitchen, you’ll want to think about exactly what it is you want to change. That means coming up with a plan that reflects how you use your kitchen. Here’s a post that helps you figure out your “kitchen personality” so that your Rochester kitchen matches your persona.
Your Family Room
Did your guests enjoy hanging out in your family room? Was it a natural draw because it’s open and spacious? Could friends and family stay connected to you while you were in the kitchen? Was it a fun and relaxing place that felt like it was connected to the rest of the home—or did your guests feel isolated? Maybe simply “re-doing” your existing family room isn’t practical, given the current layout of your home. Perhaps you’ll want to look into a family room addition that provides the space and comfort you crave.
Your Guest Bathroom/Powder Room
This is the other room that everybody sees. Did you shudder a little bit inside every time a guest went into your bathroom? Were you concerned that they’d notice that it’s a slightly past its prime? Remodeling a guest bathroom or powder room can actually be a lot of fun. It's kind of a "one-of-a-kind" room that doesn't have to mimic the overall interior design of the rest of your house. It can be fun and fanciful—or simply functional. But it should be inviting and interesting. But before you get too carried away with your flights of fancy, pay attention to these four things to remember when remodeling your bathroom.
Your Guest Bedroom
It’s not unusual for homeowners to have overnight guests during the holidays. Maybe you regularly have overnight guests. Do the kids have to give up their bedrooms for the guests? Perhaps adding a guest bedroom will solve your problems. If you work with your remodeler, you might be able to come up with a multi-functional room that serves as a home office or a craft room that can also easily double as a guest bedroom.
Maybe this year, instead of (or in addition to) resolving to run a half marathon, lose 10 pounds or develop biceps of steel, you should resolve to improve the quality of living in your home. That’s a resolution you can get excited about—and actually accomplish! If you’re looking for additional ideas and information, I’d encourage you to download our free Remodeling a House, Creating a Home eBook. It’s a great way to expand your living space, add your own style and personality into the design, and improve the functionality of each room. With a home remodel, you can make your current home into your dream home!