Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
A home renovation is a big step for anyone and because there are so many areas in the home that could use a little updating, it can be difficult to know which section should be a priority or what matters the most when planning. While many homeowners have different needs based on their specific lifestyle, there are certain areas that have become a necessity for the majority no matter what. If you are looking for answers on what should be a top priority in your upcoming renovation, check out the following areas that are important to homeowners and buyers alike.
Location. Location. Location. These have always been the top three words in real estate but now they carry a new meaning for homeowners. So many now work from the home as well as children doing schoolwork at home that areas of quiet are considered essential. They are a must which means creating a space that provides an area of quiet where you can take those zoom calls or concentrate on completing that assignment. Look at places in your home that are off the path of the main sections such as the kitchen and living room. This allows family members to enjoy their normal activities without having to walk around on eggshells so as not to disturb you or your task. Basements or spare bedrooms tend to offer the best solutions to this situation.
While not typically high on the renovation list, garages have taken on a whole new level of importance in the home. Often they are a source of untapped space that can provide you with multiple solutions to storage needs and even additional areas in the home. Transform your garage into useful spaces like:
Turning this space into a functional bonus area for your home means gaining that little extra you needed. By adding flooring and some insulation you can find that home office you need or the family can enjoy movie night like never before. There is so much potential so if you are looking to gain some extra usable square footage the answer may be right in front of you.
No surprise here, kitchens are the most used area in the home and fulfill multiple roles. Homeowners are looking to gain the most out of this space which means an emphasis has been added to update it into its best form. There are multiple ways to update a kitchen such as:
Installing a kitchen island
A kitchen needs to be functional and well suited to your unique lifestyle whether that is more cabinet drawers that make it easy to access heavy items such as mixers and large platters or a bigger pantry with sufficient storage. Take time to inventory the functionality of your kitchen and consider the things needed to make it better equipped to serve your family.
Open floor plan
We enjoy having distinct areas in the home, having sections allows us to create a space for specific purposes but we also have a need to feel connected with our family. An open floor plan still provides boundaries for each area while keeping an open flow. Typically an open floor plan links the living, dining, and kitchen areas together which are the main common areas in the home. This means you can take care of dinner prep and still feel connected to everyone gathered in the living or dining room. Using the open concept floor plan is seeing multifunctional at its finest plus It also gives the feeling that your home is larger. Read about more of the many benefits this layout can give you including a sense of wellness in this blog post.
It comes as no surprise that the home office has garnered an increase in attention in the last couple of years, but it has truly become a main priority for most homeowners today and to potential buyers. It is near the top of the wishlist for many as they look for a place where they can continue to be productive and meet those deadlines head on. Countless individuals have made the transition of working from home a permanent one making it essential to have a designated work space. The kitchen table or living room was fine as a temporary option but homeowners are looking to create a space just right for them. A spare room or even a rarely used dining room can make the perfect home office for you.
Space for pets
For many their pet is more than just a furry addition to the home, they are our extended family making their happiness a priority. Homeowners are looking for ways to make their home more friendly for their sweet fur babies including:
Storage for their toys and such
As pet owners ourselves we understand the priority they take in our life and know that keeping them in mind when designing upgrades or updates for the home matters. We also believe that having pet-friendly items should not mean you compromise on the beauty of your designer, rather they can go together. Many of our vendors have furnishing options that match your style and are perfectly suited to your furry friends. You can give your pets exactly what they deserve in the style that you love.
Outdoor living spaces
The need for outdoor spaces has increased dramatically over the last year as more and more homeowners want a space where they can safely hang out with family and friends. Many of us spend more than 70% of our time indoors and having an area where we can step outside to enjoy a short break from work or have dinner with the family is a must. An extended deck or even an outdoor kitchen can increase the value of your home as well if you are looking to sell. For added comfort consider using motorized shades so you can keep the sun out of your eye but still enjoy its warmth. We are an authorized dealer for Graber blinds, a company dedicated to the details.
The bathroom, of course, continues to be an important area in the home, it is the one place everyone needs at some point during the day. It is the place you go to get ready for the day and where you prepare for bed. Doing a few updates such as better flooring or a multipurpose vanity can improve the flow and function of your bathroom easily. While you may not want to do a full renovation, choosing a different bathroom vanity can give you more storage and the style you’ve been wanting for a while. New lighting and hardware are some extra ways you can refresh your bathroom space.
Ready to update your home?
Does your home need some renovations to bring it back up to speed for your specific lifestyle? Are you ready to transform certain areas into a more functional and purposeful space? Our experienced design team has assisted hundreds of clients in creating new areas that function in a way that is exactly what they needed. How can we help you prioritize your needs through design?