Sometimes your home’s bathroom or kitchen does not need additional TLC. But, you still feel like something can be done to make your house feel like home. We’ve covered some cool interior renovating projects you can tackle with the help of a professional that will make your home more welcoming and be the buzz of the block. If you’re ready to take your bland space and transform it into something the whole family can enjoy, keep reading.
In past blogs, we’ve shared ideas for fun and creative mudrooms that do more than keep mud out. You can reference that article for mudroom project inspiration. This article is going to cover:
• How to create an interior lighting plan that adds ambiance to your space
• Media rooms that aren’t just for movies
• Home addition types and figuring out which is the best fit for you
One more thing, we know it’s not fun to scroll endlessly trying to find the interior remodeling information you want, so, expect to come across videos and images that show you each bullet point. Let’s get this show on the road!
Interior Lighting That Welcomes You
Have you visited a place or home that left you with an inviting aura? You don’t need expensive furniture or artwork to pull this off. You can achieve the same ambiance through a combination of lighting types. The lighting types for interior renovating projects are:
• Ambient indoor lighting (general lighting)
o Ceiling mounted fixtures (pendants)
o Traditional recessed fixtures and/or LED Down lights
• Task Lighting
o Pendant and track lights
o Under-cabinet and vanity lights
o Floor lamp
o Table lamp
• Accent Lighting
o Wall lights
o Recessed lights and spot lighting
By combining each, you can achieve functionality and aesthetics. When we worked with past clients on their interior renovation in Westfield, NJ, we created a hallway that guided those who walked through it – with light. Rather than just go with a traditional sconce on the walls, we added lighting to the ceiling. In doing so, we were able to light up the dim, narrow hallway leading from the living to dining space – and keep with the contemporary design found throughout the home.
Media Rooms that Entertain with More Than Movies
When it came to interior renovating in the early 2000’s, homeowners would jump at the chance to turn that unused room into a media center with a huge TV, surround system, lounging chairs and wet bar. Nowadays, that’s still an option, but let’s face it, the possibilities have trended beyond typical media rooms. Today’s media rooms are spaces that can support family gatherings and hobbies as well as that big screen TV and extra-large lounge set. Media rooms now include full-kitchens to eliminate the need to go downstairs or to the other room when you have guests. They’ve become game rooms and even bars as shown in the image below.
Home Additions that Aren’t Your Average Au Pair
Adding space to your home is an investment in your home…so, why not make it an investment that’s going to fit your lifestyle, or if you plan to sell, provide you with a high ROI? Here are the top five home addition types that will make great interior renovating projects and additions to your Westfield home:
- House or room addition
- Bump out
- Garage conversion
House or room addition
With this type, a new room is added to the house: great room, dining room, family room, master bathroom or media room (if you got inspired from the ideas above, and need more space for your growing family, this option is for you).
Bump outs are enhancements to an existing room. Homeowners often go this route if they’re looking to add more square footage to a particular space, like a cramped dining area that isn’t comfortable and lacks sufficient space to entertain and socialize.
Sunrooms have long been the red-headed stepchild of the home addition world, thought of as drafty structures of aluminum and thin glass that are either too cold or too hot. Thus, they never get used.
Pre-fabricated sunrooms have evolved. They can now be built with thermal-resistant glass.
What’s a room with natural lighting without plenty of greenery and a bistro table to enjoy a drink on during a hot New Jersey day? Not one designed for full enjoyment. Today’s conservatory designs can include fireplaces and full dining areas.
Garages are tempting to convert: the box is already there, so how hard can it be just to finish it? If you’re turning the garage into a general living space, the wiring and number of outlets already in place can usually be extended. Some garages already have drywall on the studs, leaving one less task to do. But garage conversions come with some serious downsides. For one, it’s tough to make it blend in with the rest of the house on the outside, and for it to flow on the inside. HVAC systems need to be ducted to the garage. Garage conversions have low resale value, and houses with no garages are harder to sell.
If you want to put a picture to each example, you can find plenty of home addition types on our Instagram page.
Keep in mind that any type of house or room addition is like building a mini-house, complete with all the trappings of a house-build: architect, contractor, permits, wiring, HVAC, plumbing, change orders, and more. Always consult with a professional before moving forward. In most cases, you’ll have to apply for certain permits. If you live in or near Westfield, New Jersey, we’ve provided a link to access Westfield building/remodeling permit requirements.
Don’t worry though, we wouldn’t sign off without giving you the information you need to get started. Here are 5 important things to keep in mind when considering a home remodel.
If you’d like to give us a ring to discuss your wants and how to take your interior renovating project from the planning phase to the design phase, contact us for a free consultation.