3 ma­jor home ren­o­va­tions that are worth the ef­fort

The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY -

Build­ing a new home? Over­haul­ing an ex­ist­ing one? Here are three ren­o­va­tion ideas that will add beauty and value.

Ex­pand Your Liv­ing Space

Don’t let that basement sit un­fin­ished and un­used. Sub­stan­tially ex­pand your home’s liv­able ar­eas by turn­ing your at­ten­tion to the bot­tom floor. Fin­ish­ing a basement is an in­volved project, po­ten­tially re­quir­ing elec­tri­cal and plumb­ing work, in­su­la­tion, dry­wall and more -- but the end re­sult is worth the ef­fort and ex­pense. What’s more, some of the less tech­ni­cal as­pects of this ren­o­va­tion could even be DIY-ed.

Be­fore get­ting started, con­sider what type of space would most ben­e­fit your house­hold long-term. You may even be able to re­coup some cost of the in­vest­ment. For ex­am­ple, turn­ing your basement into an ath­ome fitness cen­ter means ditch­ing the costly gym mem­ber­ship. Want to re­duce time and money on your com­mute? Your basement may just make an ideal home of­fice.

Add a Fo­cal Point

Is your in­te­rior de­sign in need of a lit­tle some­thing? The right eye-catch­ing el­e­ments can make a room pop while adding vi­tal­ity to your liv­ing spa­ces. A fire­place, for ex­am­ple, adds am­biance and com­fort while also cre­at­ing a nat­u­ral gath­er­ing space.

What’s more, new mod­els pair the charm of a tra­di­tional open­front fire­place with the de­sign flex­i­bil­ity of gas mod­els. The Phoenix TrueView from Heat & Glo of­fers the con­ve­nience of gas with­out the glass, giv­ing home­own­ers an un­ob­scured view of the flames against the tra­di­tional brick or fade-re­sis­tant re­flec­tive black glass liner. An op­tional Blue­tooth speaker sys­tem al­lows one to hear the fire as well as see it -- mak­ing it a fo­cal point for the ears as well as the eyes.

Boost the Back­yard

If you find that your house­hold spends very lit­tle time in the back­yard, fig­ure out why. Is there a lack of shade? Are there not enough places to sit? Take a poll so you can di­ag­nose the prob­lem and take steps to cor­rect it. Con­sider also how to make this space us­able for a larger por­tion of the year, such as adding a fire pit or an en­closed, heated pa­tio. Lastly, con­sider aes­thet­ics. A bit of land­scap­ing can make your back­yard as visu­ally ap­peal­ing as your home’s in­te­ri­ors.

This sea­son, con­sider the ren­o­va­tions that will go fur­thest to boost your home’s liv­abil­ity, beauty and value.

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