When you buy your dream home, you want to spend a bit of money on it and give it that WOW factor that will make it perfect. What that is depends on what you like, the house itself and the budget you have. So here are some inspirational ideas to help you plan how to make your home just that bit more ‘you’ and fill it with the features that you will get the most enjoyment from.
Making use of the basement
Many homes have a basement and these can often end up simply being a storage area – a little dark, sometimes with a slightly musty smell and used only when required. But there is so much more you can do with a basement. Say, for example, you are a wine collector – then why not make your basement into a wine cellar? You can even add a spiral staircase from the level above to enter the room and make for a statement space that you will want to show to all of your guests.
Unusual types of extension
For many, one of the first things we do to our dream home is to add an extension and maximize the space available. While there are many classic looks for conservatories, single story extensions, orangeries and garden rooms, there are also many innovative ideas. A cantilever extension is a modern idea that is popular in warmer parts of the country. Another idea is to create an outdoor media room complete with smartphone-controlled TV and mood lighting.
Making staircases interesting
Talking about spiral staircases, why do most homes have straight up and down staircases? Why not instead look to replace it with a spiral, helical or custom designed staircase like some of the amazing examples from UK manufacturers Elite Metalcraft, that works perfectly with the space and creates an eye-catching feature in your property.
Alternatively, if you need a straight up and down staircase, why not look to make it double up as innovative storage space? If one side of the staircase is open you can make drawers and cubby holes to store all sorts of items and use unusual drawer handles to make the whole area into a feature.
Using glass in different ways
Most of us think of glass as the stuff of windows or perhaps a conservatory roof but there are lots of ways to use glass within the house to make for a real WOW factor. Glass flooring is one idea popular with people living in some types of house – if there is something worth seeing below the house then it is a perfect idea. Take a house built partially over a river or the ocean. Here you can add a glass floor to enjoy the amazing view downwards as well as out of the windows.
Making your home what you want it to be is about finding the perfect features and working with people that can create those features for you. That way you can get the maximum enjoyment from your home for many years to come and have something that will truly WOW every visitor.