When you begin a home remodel you make a list of all the things you want, all the things you don’t want, and all the things you really want but could live without (for now anyway). Sort of a necessity vs luxury list of sorts. But, there might be things you haven’t thought of yet for your home renovation and this is why the list was created below. You might like to check out naturalhomes.org in the same regard. Below, it’s a simple list of things that aren’t directly in correlation with design considerations necessarily, but rather quality of life considerations. The little things, you know? The things that you didn’t know you were missing out on until you actually had them and then you were like “oh my, how did I ever do without this!” Yea, those types of considerations. Let’s see which ones you have on your list and which ones you don’t.
Built-In Dish Soap Dispenser
Let’s be honest, adding another bottle under the sink with all of your other cleaning supplies or adding a bottle to the actual counter is just wasteful space. Instead, you could add a built-in dish soap and even a built-in hand soap dispenser in your counter. It saves space, yes, but it’s also more attractive and functional too.
Built In Purified Dispensers
These dispensers work just like a filtered water product that you place in the fridge. But, this one is mounted right next to the sink. When you turn the water on, you turn the knob of the dispenser and it automatically filters your water. This will also pay you back in terms of money – no more plastic bottles of water will need to be bought.
Soft Close Hinges
Slamming cabinets is never a good sound. It used to be that you could go to the home improvement store and purchase those little octagonal or round tabs – they were sort of plush in design. You would then place them on the corners of the cabinets or drawers so they would cause a less noisy close. But, these days there are actually hinges for your cabinets and tracks that you can buy for your drawers that do all of the work for you and you don’t have those ugly tabs glued on every cabinet or drawer. These allow you to close the cabinet or drawer but the hinge sort of “catches” the momentum, slows it down and closes it in a softer – and quieter way.
Under Cabinet Lighting
Not only does this type of under cabinet lighting add to your kitchen in terms of looks and more light, but if you have ever cooked or prepared food on a counter before and wished there was more light so you could see what you were doing, this is the perk you’ve been looking for. However, make sure that you splurge on LEDs rather than something like fluorescent. People go traditional and then end up regretting it. LEDs are a much better choice.
Motion Activated Porch Light
If you’ve ever fumbled for your keys in the dark or wished that there was a more energy efficient option than leaving your outside lights on for hours at the time, there is. These can be placed right on your porch like a regular old light, but when you step up on the porch, they turn on. The extra added benefit is if a stranger comes up on your porch at night, they will also turn on and in turn deter the intruder. Being technology savvy during your home upgrade can be a really thoughtful option.
If seeing ugly outlets in your kitchen or bathroom has always bothered you and you wished there was a way to conceal them, there is. These Legrand outlets use a sort of hiding feature – when you want to use the outlets you press on the faceplate. When you want the faceplate to come down and hide the outlet you just press it again.
Gas Log Fireplace In The Living Space
As remodelaholic.com suggests, fireplaces not only add warmth to space, but they are aesthetically pleasing too. Especially, when you got fireplace with ledgestone. Online stores like tilemarkets.com has good variety to sift through. But, one thing that many people are starting to take notice of are gas fireplaces. These have logs just like a wood burning fireplace, but the logs are more about look rather than function. The fireplace can be turned on with the flip of a switch, and the fire is lit. When you want it off, flip the switch off, and the fireplace turns off. These give off a lot of heat, so don’t be fooled just because it’s not a real fire using wood.
Of course, there are a thousand other things you probably already have on your list, but chances are there were at least a few things you can grab from the items mentioned above that you either really like the idea of having or that you plain old forgot about.