Home improvements are in store if you’re looking to secure, decorate or repair your home for the winter months. If you haven’t already done so, you can make home renovations that will help to make this winter a bit cozier for you and your family. If you’re not snowbirds traveling to Florida or South California to get away from the fierce cold, then you will need to make proper adjustments for your house. There are a variety of ways that you can do this, here are a couple of ideas for you.
Add on a Sunroom to Your Home
There’s nothing like having a sunroom in the wintertime. It’s the second best thing to being outside during the spring and summer. With a sunroom, you and your family can enjoy being close to the outdoors without being nipped by icy winter air. A sunroom can be spacious and is filled with many windows, so that lots of sunlight can come in and heat up the space. This makes for a great place for children to play or for gatherings with family and friends. Some people even decorate their sunrooms with Christmas, Hanukkah and other festive items. Your sunroom can have couches, tables and even a full bar. The ideas are endless, allowing you to implement any design you have seen or thought up on your own.
Repaint Your House and Shutters
The winter can be cruel to the exterior of your home, which it would be a good idea to have it repainted and sealed with a protective layer that will prevent it from chipping and losing its color. A licensed paint contractor can be hired to do this for you before the holidays roll around. Plus, having your home repainted will last much longer than the festive winter season. So make sure to choose a color that you won’t mind having all year round. There are many different palates of colors that you can choose from, from harmonious dark hues to blissfully light hues. Your shutters can tastefully complement the colors you choose with the right palate. If you don’t have shutters, you can have them installed by a licensed professional.
Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home
The winter can get very cold, even in areas that are traditionally warm during this time. To ensure that you and your family are warm this winter, without having to worry about the power bill, you can have your home optimized for energy efficiency. This can be done by having insulation installed by a pro. But first, it’s a good idea to have testing done to determine which areas of your home have air leakage. Once found, you can have them sealed using one of the various types of insulations that are available. You can choose one or use multiple types. An expert can help you decide what’s best for your home.
Another way to make your home more energy efficient is to have your hot water heater, AC and furnace checked by a licensed professional to determine whether it needs to be repaired or replaced. It’s a good idea to have a new installation done if your home has older model HVAC appliances. There are EnergyStar compliant models that you can purchase for this task. A system can even be installed on your electric control panel that will drive down how much energy is being used at any given time. It can reduce your yearly spending on electricity by the hundreds. Your dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, stove and refrigerator can also be replaced with EnergyStar compliant models to help make your home more energy efficient.
Improve the Safety of Your Home
When holidays are near, many folks travel out of town or get careless with the security of their home. Burglars tend to prey on homeowners that are unsuspecting. To ensure that your home is protected while you’re in town or out of town, you can use the following ideas to help:
• Upgrade the doors and windows with ones that are stronger and more durable. Your doors shouldn’t be easy to break into. Also, having new windows and doors installed can also improve the décor of your home.
• Add thorny shrubbery by the windows of your home, so that burglars can’t easily get inside. Plus, you can decorate this shrubbery with holiday décor.
• Upgrade the locks to deadbolts or double deadbolts.
• Install lawn lights that light up pathways, doorways and windows. You can also install motion sensors that will detect movement of animals and people.
Remodel Your Basement or Attic
Transforming your attic or basement into another living space can add value to your home and make holiday visits less snug. If you are known to throw lots of holiday parties during this time of year, then you can use these extra rooms to entertain visitors or to create extra bedrooms for overnight guests. It can even be made into a playroom for all of the children that will be coming over. Make sure to seal the floors and walls of the basement to ensure that there are no leaks. It’s a good idea to have the room inspected to make sure there’s no presence of mold.
Renovating Your Living and Dining Room
Another area you’ll want to focus on if you’re planning to throw parties and gatherings this season is the living room. If it isn’t big enough, you can have it expanded, or if you think the floors aren’t durable enough, you can have stone or hardwood floors installed instead. Carpets aren’t good for lots of foot traffic, so you should reconsider using it if it’s the current décor. The dining room can also be renovated to accommodate your guests. Repainting the walls and redoing the floors and even adding new furniture and décor and put the final touches to your dining room.
Do any of these sound like something you’d like to do with your home? Then call the licensed remodelers at CA Green Remodeling today for a free estimate.