If it’s been a while since your home was built or last remodeled, you may be eager for a change. This is especially true if your house has outdated or unfashionable features that give away how long it’s been since you last updated your home. Here are five possible remodeling projects that will make your home look modern and fashionable once again.
One: Glass Fences and Railing Systems
Glass fences and railing systems are a way to make your home look modern without having to completely tear apart and remodel the building itself. They will instantly open up your outdoor area, and they are an excellent option if you have gardens or landscaping that you would like to make visible while still keeping the safety that fences provide. You can also replace a fence more easily than a wall or a roof, and so if you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive and quick remodel that will instantly update your outdoor area, glass fences and railing systems are an excellent option for you.
Two: Reclaimed and Rustic Accents
Another relatively inexpensive and instantly fashionable remodeling option is reclaimed, rustic accents. The idea of taking something old and fashioning it into a striking household centerpiece has only become more popular over the years. It has the appeal of introducing environmentally-conscious elements into your everyday life in a visually beautiful way. From accent walls to coffee tables to simple wall decorations, the possibilities for these sorts of accents are endless. They can also be combined with other methods such as painting or embroidery to make them even more unique. If you choose to use reclaimed, rustic methods in your remodel, you will be able to completely control the scale of the remodel and end up with a completely one-of-a-kind feature that will instantly make your home seem modern.
Three: Metal Roofing
Metal roofing has become increasingly popular over the past few years as a durable, visually striking solution to many of the problems with roofing. Your roof is obviously going to take a beating from the weather, and so durability is the number one concern when your current roofing material reaches the end of its lifespan. Metal roofing has a far longer lifespan than other types of shingles, and it also has the advantage of being instantly modern visually. In addition, metal roofing can help with environmental regulation and energy efficiency due to its incredibly leak-proof design. One disadvantage is the price, however, since metal roofing is on the high end of roofing materials. Still, its durability and lifespan is such that, if you are able to afford the initial price, contacting a metal roofing contractor could be well worth your time and money.
Four: Open Floor Plans
If you have a bit more of a budget and don’t need to replace your roof, an open floor plan is a way to bring your home into the 21st century. Older houses tend to strictly divide up their kitchens, dining rooms, and living areas, but the large number of walls and hallways can leave these older houses feeling cramped and claustrophobic. Open floor plans have become more or less the standard for fashionable, modern living, and by bringing down just a few walls your house could become more open and social. Of course, there are many things to consider before you begin a remodel of this magnitude. Be sure to contact the professionals who can tell you where the water pipes, ducts, and electrical wiring are located in your house. Even if the walls you wish to eliminate have those elements, it is possible to create an open floor plan, but the difficulty and expense of the job rises astronomically and therefore should be considered before committing to a project such as this.
Five: Minimalist Redesign
Minimalism is chic. The popularity of the Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and the tiny home boom of a few years ago is evidence enough of that. If you’re dying for a redesign that will modernize your home but are facing a low or no budget remodel, then consider selling or giving away items rather than adding new ones. Not only will this method modernize your home and open up the space, you will also be able to use any money earned by selling your extraneous furniture and decor to add a new coat of paint or a snazzy modern centerpiece. As ever, remodeling isn’t just a matter of money, it’s a matter of taking what you have in front of you and finding new and innovative ways to use your space.