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Homeowners have dozens of remodeling projects at their fingertips, so it can be challenging to choose where to start. Setting a clear goal for your renovation plans will help you narrow the options. These six improvements will make your home feel more high-class and sophisticated and are well worth the investment.
1. Mid-Range Kitchen Remodel
The most impactful home improvements take place in the kitchen. Oddly enough, a mid-range remodel adds more value and appeal to your home than a full-scale renovation. You don’t have to completely overhaul your kitchen’s design to make it look more elegant. All you need to do is make a handful of practical changes:
- Add more countertop space
- Get a bigger stovetop
- Replace old cabinets and drawers
- Retile the floors
- Install a ceiling fan to improve ventilation
- Put a new backsplash behind the sink
These changes will allow you to incorporate some equally functional and luxurious features. A new mosaic backsplash design, a fancy marble countertop material and an elegant fan design are just a few possibilities.
2. Upscale Bathroom Remodel
The master bathroom should be your first choice if you want to do a complete upscale remodeling project. There’s something about a high-class bathroom that everyone can appreciate. This space is supposed to be a place of self-care and relaxation, so it will greatly benefit from luxury additions like these:
- Bidet toilet attachment
- Multifunction showerhead
- Upgraded vanity
- LED vanity mirror
- Heavy-duty floating shelves
- Climate-control tile flooring
- Low-temperature light fixtures or mood lighting
Any design update or bathroom accessory promoting good hygiene habits and enhancing the room’s comfort is a worthwhile addition. Every day will be a battle between your family members for who gets to use the bathroom first.
3. Indoor & Outdoor Lighting Upgrades
Upgrading light fixtures is a great way to brighten your property, boost its curb appeal and make it feel more welcoming. A warm, bright house is always better than a dark, foreboding one. Strong lighting also plays an important role in home security. There are a wide range of options to choose from:
- Wall mounts
- Recessed lighting
- Pathway lights
- Table lamps
Using different fixtures will give your home a unique multidimensional lighting style. Just remember to dust off or brush the lights at least every two months and thoroughly clean them every six months to maintain a fresh glow. You don’t want them to become dull and uninspiring.
4. Accessory Dwelling Units
Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are fantastic additions if your property has the space and resources. An ADU can increase a home’s value by 30% when properly executed. Some homeowners use them as rental spaces for extra income, while others keep them as hangout areas or guest rooms for friends and family.
There are two main types of ADUs:
- Detached ADU: This separate dwelling unit is often located in the backyard or driveway.
- Attached ADU: This unit is attached to the rest of the house, usually via the garage, basement or attic.
Choosing the right ADU for your home’s unique layout is the key to making this improvement work. Detached ADUs provide more privacy and can become a popular attraction, but they’re also more expensive to build. A conversion ADU might be the more appropriate choice if you have an unused attic or basement.
5. Smart Home Appliances
One of the hallmarks of a high-class household is the presence of smart home appliances. Their main purpose is to simplify or automate daily chores, but they also improve the home’s energy efficiency, lower utility expenses and improve quality of life. Every room in the house stands to benefit from smart home appliances.
Start small by adding smart thermostats, water filters and video doorbells. Implement a smart home security system, refrigerator, washing machine, dryer and dishwasher if you want to make significant improvements. These upgrades will make a huge difference in your daily life and enhance your home’s appearance.
6. New HVAC System
Air quality and climate control are crucial aspects of your home’s livability. Switching to a new HVAC system will remove more air contaminants and turn the house into a clean, breathable living space. Upgrading your old system will also improve your home’s energy efficiency.
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends replacing your HVAC unit every 10-15 years or sooner if it’s in rough condition. Systems that make too much noise or don’t filter properly should be upgraded. You will immediately notice a difference in air quality after switching to a new system.
Create the Luxury Home You’ve Always Wanted
You don’t have to move to a new neighborhood to make your home feel more high-class. Location certainly helps, but design is more influential. Focus on the kitchen and bathrooms for a major impact or make smaller upgrades, such as smart appliances. A handful of these strategic improvements will help you create the luxury home you’ve always wanted.
About The Author
Ava Roman (she/her) is the Managing Editor of Revivalist.com, a women’s lifestyle magazine that empowers women to be the best version of themselves! She loves brunch, cats, and yoga.
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