Forgotten No More: A List of Often-Forgotten Items when Building a Home

An oversight usually occurs when you restructure your living space without designing a comprehensive plan. When this happens, you don’t just end up wasting money, you also miss out on spending your time on your home restructuring project. To avoid this in the future, it is important to declutter your mind and set your priorities so you don’t miss anything. Use this checklist for a good head start:

Strategic power outlets

Strategic power outletsThere should be must-have power outlets in your every room in your home but aside from these, there are other places you could consider such as in the front part of the garage or somewhere in your garden if you care for some landscape lighting.

Add more to these by having power outlets installed in other strategic places in the house which works well for added functionality. For example, you could consider adding power outlets to your utility closet. This way, you can charge your vacuum and other appliances for cleaning inside the closet where you store them so when it’s time to bring them to life, they’re all good to go.

More space for kids

Kids can be a handful. If you have kids or are planning to have some, it would be wise to make more room for them. Add a living area exclusively for kids so they can have their own lounge area. You can put this additional living area upstairs so you can keep them busy there when you have guests downstairs.

When the kids are a little older, having their own space will urge them to become more responsible for cleaning up and clearing the area with their books and toys.

A more functional kitchen

more functional kitchenWhen you’re busy hustling, the last thing you would want to do is to climb a ladder to get to the cabinet where you are hiding your coffeemaker. Make it easier by prioritizing accessibility. Consider putting an easily-accessible cabinet for your most-used kitchen appliances. See to it that these cabinets can keep your appliances hidden when not in use. This solves the problem of functionality, storage, and aesthetics in one go.

More storage space

Anticipate that in the comng years, you would need more storage space for appliances and furniture that you want to stash away for whatever reason. The best way to do this is to add a storage at the top of your closet or under the stairs. This added storage will help keep your clutter away and keep your home looking neat and organized even if you have a lot of unused bulky items inside the house.

Ample lighting in the kitchen

Sometimes, it pays to have good lighting in your cabinets – specifically, in your kitchen cabinets. Think about the appliances and other items you will likely store in your kitchen cabinets and decide early on if you might make good use of lighting there.

More head height in the shower

More head height in the showerAnother thing that’s often overlooked is the height of the shower head. If you have tall people living in your room, consider installing the shower head height a bit higher. This would depend on how tall your family members are but as a rule, make an allowance of a few inches or so.

A gas line for your BBQ grill

Are you thinking of putting a BBQ grill for the back patio? If that’s the case, a gas line in that area will serve you well. Consider having one installed as a replacement to your tank.

Door swings

Check your doors and try to notice the direction it opens. If you have a small space inside the room, having your door open in that direction could make it worse. If you have minimal space in either direction, you could consider putting sliding doors, instead.

Four steps to home remodeling

Prior preparation is essential when building your home. You don’t just decide without weighing the pros and cons. To kick your home remodeling project in the right direction, here are some important tips to keep in mind:

Do the math

Home remodelingHome remodeling can be considered an investment, but this is not a license to go out there and spend all your money beautifying your home. Figure out how much you are willing to spend on your home remodeling project and stick to that budget. Establishing this early on will keep you from going over your budget and avoid more financial hurdles in the long run.

Identify your goals

Identifying your goals is an essential step to taking the correct route towards achieving them. If you want functionality, focus on that. If beautifying your home or adding value to it is your priority, zero in on that goal. Be clear on your goals to avoid missing out on important things.

Get the right look and feel

Look around and find your inspiration. Picking up home remodeling magazines and interior decorating resources is a good first step in determining the look and feel that you want your home to have – and actually achieving that.

Create a list

To say that there are a lot of things going on for new homeowners is an understatement. To keep you from missing out on the things you’ve initially decided on, it would be better to keep a list on hand. List out your priorities and how you want to get them done. This helps ensure that you are progressing well and constantly ticking off the essential items in your checklist.

Ask for help

Do not attempt to do everything on your own. DIY home projects may seem like a good idea at first, but the labor it entails could overwhelm you. If you are not experienced in home remodeling, ask other people for help. Be on the lookout for contractors as well. You may ask family and friends for referrals.

Fixing your home involves a lot of work but there is no need to do everything at once. Do not rush. To keep everything on-point, sit back and make a thorough evaluation before plunging right into home remodeling and renovation.