When undertaking a major home renovation, individuals will often focus much of their attention on the aesthetics of the area that they are renovating. However, there are other practical concerns that should also be addressed during the planning phase of this project.
Create Open Space
It can be easy to inadvertently create a cramped space when you are renovating the home. When you are creating the initial design schematics for the renovation, a preference should be given to making open spaces. Whether this involves removing cabinets and countertops or removing walls, create more usable space can help to make your home feel larger on the interior than it may actually be.
Take Advantage Of Overhead Space
Maximizing the amount of storage space that is in your home can be another important concern. When you lack adequate storage space, your home's interior can start to become cluttered with items that you may simply not want to throw away. Utilizing the overhead space in your interior areas can allow you to easily increase the storage space in your home. The addition of cabinets may be one of the more common ways that homeowners will take advantage of overhead space due to its affordability, effectiveness and aesthetic appeal.
Incorporate Outdoor Air Flow And Sunlight
For homes that are located in areas with mild climates, increasing the amount of sunlight that enters the home or the ability of fresh air from outside to enter the home can make your home more energy efficient and comfortable. This might require the installation of larger windows or skylights. Homeowners may assume this will always result in a less energy efficient home due to drafts, but energy efficient windows have seals that will prevent unwanted drafts.
Limit Major Structural Changes
While there are a number of structural changes that you may wish to undertake, it can be wise to limit these changes so as to avoid major projects. One of the more common requests during a renovation project will be to remove a wall. In most instances, this change will be fairly simple and affordable to make. However, if the wall is load bearing, removing it can be extremely complicated and expensive. Changes to the plumbing can be another issue that homeowners may underestimate, but it may be necessary to make major design changes and upgrades for the plumbing pipes to accommodate the new fixtures. By carefully considering whether these types of major changes are necessary, it may be easier to keep the renovation project focused on the goals that matter the most to you.
Contact a company, like Kreider & Diller Builders Inc, for more help.