5 Simple Home Upgrades

Owning a house is a fun process of slowly fashioning and transforming your living space into a home sweet home. With each completed project and conquered DIY weekend, your own individual style begins to take shape.

5 Simple Home Upgrades

While remodeling can prove a serious upheaval, there are also many simpler upgrades that you can try on your own. Here are seven project that will keep you busy working on your dream house this year.

1. Updating Appliances
If your kitchen appliances are beginning to age, a great place to invest is in new appliances. Today, ovens, refrigerators, and dishwashers offer automated controls which can connect with your WiFi networks and home monitoring system.

Speak of out with the old and in with the new, stainless seems on its way out of the door in favor of a new premium exterior finish that Whirlpool calls “White Ice.” Similar to an Apple iPhone, the new collection features clean white lines, silver accents and streamlined controls on refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers and microwaves.

Whirlpool is hoping to appeal to an audience bored with stainless, but looking for an inexpensive way to update their kitchen while keeping it from looking dated.

2. Super Stairs
Staircases are often a granted fixture in houses. But what many homeowners don’t realize is that their staircases can be changed or modified to create an elegant and eye-catching statement. This might mean installing hidden shelves and cabinet space in your existing staircase. Or it cold involves putting in an entirely new set of stairs.

Spiral staircases are experiencing resurgence in popularity, from an outdoor spiral staircase on a second story deck to a fancy iron spiral stair inside. The sleek modern lines add character to a home while maintaining a classic appearance.

3. FastMac Wall Socket/USB Port
Because of how often tablets and smartphones are used, they seem to consistently need to be charged. As interior designer and lifestyle expert Robin Baron states, “Times have changed. I’m seeing technology play a role in every room in the house.”

Since wall sockets always seem to be at a premium, being able to charge a phone or tablet via its USB port allows homeowners to charge their electronics while leaving the regular sockets open for more pressing things like lamps, televisions, radios, etc.

4. Mattress Adjustment
Perhaps the simplest “project” on this list, can have a huge impact on your rest at night. While there are mattresses that can maintain separate temperatures, those tend to be astronomically expensive. Instead, Chilipad is a mattress pad whose temperature can be altered to suit individual needs. Each person can heat up or cool down their side of the bed independently of their partner. Other mattress pads focus on adding a foamy layer for additional comfort.
5. iTouchless Sensor Toilet Seat
If your bathroom could use a face lift, try a new toilet seat that lifts itself. A motion detector on the iTouchless toilet seat helps it go up and down without the help of hands. This makes it both convenient and sanitary.

With these great home additions will add character as well as convenience to any dwelling.