As we grow, our tastes and needs change. What’s deemed as suitable accommodation for a young adult moving out for the first time is vastly different compared to what’s needed for an elderly person. Of course, not every residence is outfitted the way it should ideally be at purchase, and so home improvements are needed to transform the space into what’s needed.
Considering this, here are some home improvement tips for each generation.
The Young Adult’s Pad
A first property will likely need more work doing to it than most might expect. After all, young people are more likely to prize the aesthetic designs of a place. That said, as this is the beginning stage of home ownership, it’s likely that the young adults will soon move on to another property once they’re married and with kids. Consequently, most home improvement strategies here are surface level design choices, rather than fundamentally redefining the home through extensive, and expensive, refurbishments.
Changes in colour schemes and wallpaper will predominantly take place, if only in effort of appearing smart, minimalist and modern to impress their peers. The integration of smart technology will also feature heavily here, including systems like home automation software to maintain that up to date styling and features. Moreover, millennials are also more environmentally conscious compared to older generations, so installing energy efficient equipment and power solutions would also be more appealing.
The Family Home
There’s an old saying; more people, more problems. There’s a lot more to think about when it comes to outfitting the family home, and most of them have to do with the term’s ‘storage’ and ‘safety’. As children grow up, their toys, clothes, aesthetic choices, and needs for certain amounts of space develop too. A lot of the home improvement tips for a family revolve around these needs.
For example, safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs should be installed if young children are around. Moreover, when they’re older and you’re strapped for space, an extension is often added to the house, whether it’s making an old room larger or adding a new room entirely. Conservatories are also a popular choice here, as they add another communal area for the parents to break away from their duties and relax.
Of course, many people also want to avoid using storage units, and prefer to safely stash their family mementos close by. Home improvements in storage help here; such as purchasing beds with built in draws underneath, or even things as simple as extra cabinets and shelving units. In the end, most rooms become multi purposed for sake of space in the family home; kitchens will be knocked through to the dining room, and garages will be converted into bigger bedrooms, etc.
The Elders Residence
Unfortunately, as people get older their needs become even more demanding. As the body starts to fail in some respects, mobility assistance becomes a key issue that needs to be addressed. Considering this, the elderly residence will often be transformed, with new tech apparatuses installed to benefit the home owner.
Therefore, home improvements should take place. A ramp can be installed at the entryways to allow innovative, fold up scooters from Mobility Solutions to get inside and outside. Moreover, stair lifts should be installed to ensure that no area is barred to the resident, whether it’s upstairs or downstairs. Smart heating systems could also be installed so that the temperatures can be better controlled, especially though automation technologies.