The start of a new year gives you the opportunity to evaluate various aspects of your life and determine if changes are needed or desired to help you achieve certain goals and dreams. As you go through this process for 2021, don’t forget to take stock of your home in Delaware and honestly assess whether it still supports your lifestyle, and if not, what upgrades could help.
Life evolves, and with it, daily routines, household needs, and personal preferences. Yet, it’s easy to simply continue existing in a space that is less than optimal. If you still love your home but need it to change with you, remodeling is the key. With a carefully planned home improvement project, you can target a specific space within your house or on the outside and make it more functional, attractive, or modern.
How to Improve Your Home in 2021
When you’re deciding what home renovations to tackle in the upcoming year, there are a couple main factors to consider. First, upgrading your house in Delaware should enhance your quality of life, whether that be through convenience, comfort or capacity. Secondly, you want to ensure the project adds value to your home so you see a worthwhile return on investment (ROI).
Here are a few ideas for home improvement projects in 2021 that can help you accomplish both goals:
1. Roof Replacements
Your roof is arguably one of the most important components of your entire house. It protects everyone and everything within the structure. Experts recommend you replace your entire asphalt-shingle roof every 20 to 25 years—or less if the new roof was installed over an existing layer of shingles. The lifespan of a wood shingle roof is roughly the same, while metal or rubber roofs should last longer. Now is a good time to check your records and figure out the last time your roof was replaced. Even if the whole system doesn’t need to go, have your roof professionally inspected for any damage or deterioration and make the necessary repairs.
2. Garage Addition
Adding a garage onto your home, or property in general, is a significant investment. It can expand livable space for your family or create a useful storage area for vehicles, outdoor equipment, or other items. On average, the cost of building a garage addition in Wilmington, Delaware, is about $40 to $50 per square foot—or $22,000 to $43,000 overall. However, the cost can fluctuate dramatically depending on several factors such as the size of the garage, whether it’s built onto the house or standing alone, the level of interior finishing, and the quality of materials you use. Once built, however, the garage becomes a versatile space that can later be remodeled to offer new uses for your household as your needs change.
3. Bathroom Renovations
Bathrooms are the unsung heroes of the home. If your bathroom is old, outdated or lacking in space—or you simply don’t have enough bathrooms in your house—that creates challenges for your family in addition to deterring potential home buyers in the future. You’ll get the best ROI by upgrading your bathroom with a focus on making the space more energy efficient, functional and modern, and replacing the key fixtures. An upscale bathroom remodel doesn’t typically provide the same return, but it can greatly enhance the quality of your life. Depending on your lifestyle, you may desire a luxurious space for relaxing, dressing, and bathing. Another option is to expand a half-bathroom into a full bathroom or add an entirely new bathroom onto your home, both of which increase its potential resale value.
4. Smart Home Updates
The trend toward smart home upgrades and automation was already underway, but the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated it. Upgraded technology contributes to making your home a safer, healthier, and more convenient living environment. If you’re planning to work from home or your children are participating in distance learning for part of 2021, smart home updates will improve your professional and personal life. Some of the most popular high-tech solutions and systems for residential properties include smart thermostats and smoke detectors; home security cameras; smart locks and doorbells; smart speakers and displays, like Amazon Echo or Google Nest Hub; smart plugs; dimmable lighting; and smart kitchen appliances.
5. Home Office
For many households, home offices have evolved from mere niceties to essentials. Based on your profession, how often you work remotely, and who else needs to utilize the space. Your home office can be fully customized. You can remodel a spare bedroom, basement, attic, or even large closet to become a personal workspace. If your budget allows, you may also consider a new addition to your home that is created specifically for this purpose. A few attributes to prioritize when designing your home office include privacy; mitigating noise and distraction; including enough outlets and data ports for your technology; and decorating the environment to be conducive to a low-stress, productive workday.
6. Outdoor Living Spaces
Homes best serve their families when they support a blend of outdoor-indoor living. For your own health and wellbeing, it’s optimal to have a space where you can get outside and enjoy fresh air and sunshine on your own property. As you’re considering how to improve your Delaware home in 2021, consider adding a deck, patio, or porch where you can spend time with family and friends or steal a few moments of solitude. Other exterior residential improvements that add value to your property include sprucing up the paint and siding, re-paving your driveway, or augmenting the landscaping.
Upgrading Your Delaware Home in 2021
You may already love your home in Delaware, but that’s all the more reason to evaluate ways to invest in the property both as a valuable asset and as the space where you spend time, make memories, and live each day with your family. No matter what type of home remodeling you have on your mind for 2021, Bromwell Construction Company can help you get the process started. We offer a wide range of remodeling services to keep both the interior and exterior of your home looking and functioning how you desire–now and for the years to come.