By: Bidmyreno Admin | Feb 16, 2016
A home requires ongoing maintenance and repair as it ages, as well as updated decor to keep with the times. Neglecting your homes needs will cause it to deteriorate and make it difficult to sell. Consult a contractor or home service expert in regards to home improvements that are necessary over the years. They are in tune with the expected lifespan of a homes structural elements, mechanical systems, building materials etc. When it comes to updating the design of your home, you can either choose to gut each room and start fresh, or apply some simple improvements to modernize the existing space. Call on interior designers and home stagers for suggestions. Here are some examples of age-appropriate home improvements:
Historic or vintage homes that have never been renovated have inadequate electrical supply for modern appliances and average everyday usage. Replace the electrical panel, and increase the amps of service to at least 100. Galvanized plumbing is commonly found in old homes and need be replaced after 50 years. Brown water caused by rusting pipes is a sign of a renovation need. The perk of pre-60's homes is the quality wood or tile flooring that is often hidden under existing carpet. A quick re-finishing job will bring the floors back to new. It is important to consult an expert when renovating a home with a historic designation, as opposed to just being old, as there are specific guidelines related to maintaining the original structure. For example, exterior paint may need to match a list of historic colours. Bidmyreno's is an expert in this field.
Few design aspects of 60's and '70's era homes carried forward to modern day. Their bright colours and geometric architecture tired quickly. At most, you may be able to get away with retro inspired furniture and accessories in a bedroom or office. Make their typically 2-
dimensional appearance 3-dimensional by replacing single-paned windows and sliding doors,and by installing architectural features such as wide molding and shutters. Cover acement slab entranceway or patio with patio stones, and add dormers to a flat roof forheight. On the inside, improving existing kitchen and washroom cabinets will save money. Try replacing dated hardware with stainless steel or nickel knobs and hinges, and sanding, staining or painting solid wood cabinets. Replacing retro light fixtures with classy overhang lighting and chandeliers provides an instant update. As well as replacing blue, olive and pink bathtubs with standard white or a stand-up showers.
Flowery wallpaper, curtain and furniture fabric, laminate flooring and counters, and dark green carpet were popular in the '80s. Strip wallpaper and repaint, and replace laminate flooring and counters with the stronger materials of tile and granite. Brass & glass tables and light fixtures were also common.
Newly built homes will obviously require fewer improvements, and the current trend of neutral colours and simple design are easier to change than the elaborate colours and designs of previous eras. It may be time to install a new HVAC and start making eco-friendly improvements of all kinds.
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