Home Improvements That May Not Improve Your Home

Home improvement projects are, by definition, improvements made to your home. Not all projects are created equal though and some ill-advised undertakings can actually end up impacting negatively on your home, especially if you might be selling and moving on in the future.

Glossy home magazines are sometimes the culprit here. They print a piece about some hot home improvement project or another and homeowners try to copy it, not realizing that what works in a fancy photo studio is not going to work in their home. Here are a few examples of home improvement trends that you might want to avoid;

Stadium Sized Kitchens – Over the last few years these pictures of stadium sized kitchens have kept cropping up. Suddenly it seems that in the eyes of some designers if you do not have room in your kitchen to host an episode of Masterchef its not a good cooking space.

But before you go looking for a tradesman to knock out your kitchen walls and extend it into the garden, stop and think. How practical would that really be? Wouldn’t it be easier if you had a kitchen that allowed the cook to pivot easily from the roast in the oven to the vegetables in the fridge without having to put on a pair of Rollerblades? The best kitchens have a spacious feeling while still being practical to work in and a good kitchen specialist can help you achieve that perfect balance.

Badly Placed Porches – Adding a porch to your home is a great idea. A nice place to sit and enjoy the great outdoors, even nicer if you screen it in to keeps the biting bugs at bay. The problem with many porches though is where people choose to add them – right in front of the lounge.

Now thew homeowner has a great new porch but now in many cases the view from the lounge is completely ruined. All of that wonderful natural light that used to flood the room is gone and peering out of the window loses all its joy when all you see is a darkened space full of lawn furniture.

Instead of ruining your room with a view consult with a good builder and find a different spot for your porch (the side of your home perhaps?) that will not have such a negative impact on the interior.

Curbing: The Home Improvement Trend to Stay

Home improvement is a catching trend. People improve the state of their household so that they can enjoy a better life and take advantage of the renovations. Some people opt for home improvements to increase the resale value of their place. Whichever the reason, there is no denying that any change done to the home gives it a much fresher and approachable look. However, most of the renovations are done for the interiors, like getting granite counter tops for kitchen or perhaps installing new flooring for the home. The exterior of the house is an untapped resource of real estate glory. Exterior of the house can be improved by installing designer windows or getting vinyl siding for the house or even constructing conservatories. Curbing your front yard or lawn is the latest mode of renovations.

Suburban areas have a capacity to accommodate a fairly large garden in their front or back yard. There can be several elements incorporated into the landscape provided they can be separated. Concrete curbing offers this advantage. It helps isolate the flower bed from the lawn and disallows the weed or any rubbish to get in between. Concrete is the perfect element for curbing as it is strong and can be molded in any shape. Besides, it does not rust or rot like metal or wood. It can withstand the harshest of climate. There is also an option of adding dye to generate any desirable colour to the mix. The concrete borders can thus be matched to the colour of the house or perhaps in contrast. Concrete Landscape borders are popular as they can be laid around any given structure without any problems. These are very easy to install and can be completed in short amount of time. The concrete is mixed and fed to a machine which then extrudes beautiful and continuous border around any structure you desire. You can avoid cars from being parked on to your lawn by laying down curbs between the driveway and lawn. In this way, your garden can be tread mark free.