It might feel bittersweet, but when the kids fly the coop the perfect opportunity to invest in some upgrades for your home awaits. We’re not necessarily talking a drastic overhaul of your home sweet home, but it’s certainly prime time to restyle and rethink your lifestyle… and inset a few luxuries extras here and there too. You deserve it!
Here are five ideas to introduce a little indulgence and remodel some of your home’s shortfalls, without committing to a full-blown home renovation. And first up are the two most heavily trafficked areas – the kitchen and bathroom.
1. Make it ‘your’ bathroom.
You’re no longer sharing a basin with the kids, so why not upgrade to a double vanity plus add some extra elements to transform your bathroom from practical to peaceful in an instant. Think an oversized walk-in shower with rain shower head, spa bath or deep-soaking tub and maximise natural light (opt for a larger window or add a skylight) to keep the room feeling and looking bigger, brighter, airy and tranquil.
2. And now for the kitchen.
Don’t hold back. Dream a little! A few simple changes could turn your humble kitchen into a modern masterpiece you’ll be fighting to spend time in. Options to upgrade your kitchen include:
Reconfiguring your cabinetry layout to including a breakfast bar to enjoy your meals at or an island bench for preparing, planning and entertaining from too.
Upgrading to energy-efficient appliances now it’s just the two of you.
Extending your kitchen size. Do away with a second meals area or part of your family room to build in a bigger cooking zone plus walk-in pantry.
Adding some modern design and cooking elements fit for an aspiring masterchef: oversized underbench oven or double oven, six-burner stove, reconstituted-stone benchtops, a breakfast bar?
3. Take back that spare room.
Now you have spare rooms, what will you do with your bonus space?
Create a retreat zone? One for each of you! Perhaps a home office with custom-built desk and shelving for your library, a sun room, a craft/creative space?
Make two rooms one? If a spare room is abutting the master-suite, there’s always the option of making two become one and creating a walk-in robe and retreat space for your bedroom.
Your own home theatre? Add recliners, a widescreen television, blockout blinds plus surround sound and you’re set.
An exercise studio? Convert that spare bedroom into your own personal gym or yoga studio with a few simple changes: polish those floorboards, add a fresh coat of paint and in goes your exercise equipment.
4. Think open plan
You may have been a fan of all those smaller rooms when there were a few more people bunking in and vying for private space, but now its prime time to create your dream open-plan living zone. Chat to your building designer first, but removing a couple wall divisions could be just the trick to deliver your ideal open-plan living space, create a new sense of flow and let more natural light come flooding in.
5. Don’t discount the power of a fresh coat of paint.
Sounds simple, yes? But now that there’s no-one making that room theirs and plastering bits and pieces and undesired hues across your walls, it’s the perfect time to roll out that blank canvas you’ve dreamed of. inside and out, a fresh coat of wall paint in a light hue (off whites ranging from greys to creams are a great choice) can make a big impact – think a lighter, brighter and more modern-looking space.
For advice and inspiration to renovate your Melbourne home, phone The Makeover Group on 1300 768 464 or see www.themakeovergroup.com.au