It’s less difficult to measure comfort than you’d think. Throughout the day, any minor annoyance – or major obstacle – can lower the sense of comfort in your home. The more of these you run into, the less comfortable your home feels. For a smoother home experience and a less stressful life, here are a few ways to make your home more comfortable:
1. Add Storage Space
Finding yourself in a kitchen or any room stacked with storage bins isn’t the most comfortable place to be. With any room that requires equipment, utensils, or supplies, it’s tough to find space for it all. The more trouble you have finding places for your things, the more creative – and sometimes dangerous – the storage becomes.
By adding some extra cabinets, a walk-in pantry, or even inset shelves, you can avoid the dreaded toppling pile. Sometimes, this can be done with a simple addition to the room, or two. Depending on the room and what needs to change, a complete remodel might be necessary to get you what you need. If you aren’t ready for a home addition, remodeling existing rooms is one of the ways to add more space to your home.
2. Improve Temperature Control
Many homeowners will find this situation familiar: after turning off the space heater in the bathroom, the robe you’ve wrapped around yourself just isn’t quite enough to stave off that draft. No one should have to wear three sweaters and long johns to feel comfortable in their own home.
By replacing outdated, inefficient windows or doors, you can improve your home’s insulation so you can shed the extra layers and keep the outside where it belongs instead of allowing it into your home to create drafts.
Take a look at the Zephyr Thomas team installing a picture window for this homeowner!
3. Lower Costs
Getting the utility bill every month doesn’t need to be a fretful experience. No homeowner should fear their mailbox or inbox. Modern building techniques are significantly more efficient than in the past, and as such, they come with bonus savings.
Outdated or damaged siding, windows, doors, etc. can all be ways you might be losing money on your energy bills. By replacing drafty windows or old, damaged siding with newer, energy-efficient materials, you may notice a nice reduction in your utility bills over time.
Check out the timelapse video below to see the Zephyr Thomas team replacing the siding on this home!
4. Create an Intuitive Layout
Every home has a trouble spot that bugs its owner. Sometimes it’s a drawer that pulls out into a cabinet door; sometimes it’s an awkward bottleneck into the kitchen that creates traffic jams. Maybe it’s a bathroom layout that makes no sense or an unfinished basement that is awkward to navigate. No matter what it is, it drains the comfort from the rest of the house.
Remodeling the kitchen cabinetry or knocking out that pesky extra wall takes care of the trouble spot for good. Remodeling the bathroom, finishing the basement, or overhauling other rooms with dysfunctional layouts can all reduce friction and make your home more comfortable to live in and move around in.
Interior renovations are popular home renovation trends and are good projects any time of the year and especially in the winter. Whether it’s bathrooms, basements, kitchens, and more, Zephyr Thomas can help you with your interior renovations!
5. Finish Your Basement
Taking the time to finish your basement will help your home feel more comfortable. It will add extra space and another gathering area. There are many ways to warm up a cold basement, including finishing it if it is currently unfinished. A basement can be a great place for watching movies, playing games, or even a home gym area.
It can even add extra bedroom space if that’s something you need. Even if you just plan to use your basement for storage, finishing it will add comfort and will protect your belongings from potential damage. This is just one of many reasons to finish your basement.
Take a look at how the Zephyr Thomas team completed a basement remodel for this homeowner!
6. Repaint the Walls
Painting can help your house feel more comfortable. Brightening up your walls can help refresh your home and bring back new life into your home.
Colors can affect our moods, so choose calming shades if that’s the feeling you wish to create. Stick to light, pastel shades for an airy feeling. Pick darker shades if you want to add a bit of drama to a room, but remember that dark shades can sometimes make rooms feel small.
7. Build an Outdoor Entertaining Space
If you love hosting gatherings but feel limited because of space, adding a deck to your home can add more entertaining options. With a deck (or patio), you can create a nice indoor-to-outdoor transition, especially if you install french or sliding doors. These options allow you to use both indoor and outdoor spaces easily and freely.
Be sure to think about what you will use the deck or patio for. This is one of the most important things to consider when adding a deck to your home. If you plan to host dinners or barbecues, add some built-in seating and dining features. You can even add an outdoor kitchen if you want!
Take a look at the Zephyr Thomas team building a home addition with a deck for this homeowner!
8. Create Better Lighting
Adding better and thoughtful lighting can do wonders for your home. Think about the function of each room. What do you do in each room and what do you want to feel in each room? In most rooms, you’ll want to layer your lighting.
Adding different light fixtures will allow you to control the brightness in the space. For bedrooms, installing wall fixtures will help keep your bedroom at a dimmer light in the evenings, which adds a cozy feeling. In the kitchen, installing track lighting over workspaces allows you to have bright light where you need it.
9. Consider a Home Addition
If you feel like your home is a bit cramped, it might be time to consider a home addition. There are so many options for home additions. You can expand your kitchen, expand your living space with sunrooms or patio enclosures, add a garage, or add extra bedrooms and bathrooms.
Even adding a small addition can make your home feel much more comfortable. Simply having a little bit of extra space can totally change the entire feel of your home.
Check out the Zephyr Thomas team enclosing this homeowner’s patio and turning it into a home addition!
Improving comfort is just one of the types of home improvement and these are a few ways to make your home more comfortable. It’s your home, it should make sense for you and be comfortable. If you have any questions or are interested in improving your home, call us at 717-399-4708 today to start a free quote or stop by the office to tour the Zephyr Thomas Showroom!