Some people love purchasing home gadgets, while others can think of a million other things they would rather spend their hard-earned cash on. However, sometimes innovative upgrades can also be a practical option that will pay for themselves over time.
From a personalized kitchen layout to the most secure home safe, here are four innovative upgrades to make in your home this year.
1. A personalized kitchen
Finally! This is the year that you are going to upgrade your kitchen and design it exactly how you want to. There is a good chance that you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so it only makes sense that you would want it to be designed and organized in a manner that works for you.
This might require ripping everything out and starting from scratch with new, high-quality appliances, a large island and smart kitchen tech. You may have been waiting years to have a kitchen that features top-quality material on the countertops and enough seating for your whole family to sit down together.
On the other hand, you may have a kitchen layout that works for you; however, it would be smart to invest in a good coat of paint for the walls and spend some time decluttering the cabinets in order for it to be as efficient and usable as possible.
Wherever your kitchen is on the spectrum, there is nothing more substantial than having a well-planned kitchen in your home.
2. A new letterbox
When was the last time you looked at your letterbox and thought to yourself, “Wow! That is a good-looking letterbox”? Usually, this isn’t an aspect of the home that most people pay a lot of attention too. However, that is a shame, as there are plenty of functional yet aesthetically pleasing letterboxes on the market.
Just like with any addition to your home, you want to take into account the style of your house and the vibe of your interior design. For an innovative, contemporary look, opt to place a modern freestanding letterbox at the front of your home.
You will be surprised at how much better it looks when you approach your home each evening.
In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, you want to ensure that the letterbox you are purchasing is designed by an industry-leading provider that takes the security features into account. There is no point having a funky mailbox if it is making your home unsafe.
3. Some sleek storage
Generally, one of the main complaints homeowners have about their homes is that there is too much “stuff” everywhere. The key to a relaxed mind and comfortable home is that every item has a place and that storage is created to smoothly integrate with the design of the house.
Decluttering your home can take a significant amount of time, depending on when the last time you did it was. However, the results are notable. Tackle one room at a time and be stern when it comes to what you keep and what you find a new home for.
There is no point being surrounded by a plethora of items that you don’t use and which only distract you from seeing what you do.
Look to add shelves or built-in cabinets to rooms where storage is limited. Be creative with where you find spaces. For example, the space underneath the stairs is often overlooked but actually can work as an innovative place for an additional built-in bookshelf, coat closet or extra storage space.
4. An updated security safe
Every house should have a home security safe. For perpetual peace of mind, utilize this safe as a place to keep vital documents such as property insurance policies, passports and original birth certificates. You may even want to put digital copies of personal photos, safety deposit box keys, and family heirlooms inside.
When you travel, use the home security safe to keep your valuables such as jewelry and money out of harm’s way.
For the most innovative home security safe, opt for one with a digital code for opening, as well as override keys for manual access.
What innovative upgrades are you considering on adding to your home this year? What projects are you excited to get to work on? Let us know your home plans in the comments below!
Jay Flavell is the General Manager at Sandleford Holdings. He has been working in the DIY & Home Improvement industry since 2007 and has vast experience sourcing and developing products from overseas suppliers in the Far East. Jay has also been successful dealing with a number of major DIY & Home Improvement retailers throughout his career.