5 Strategies For Turning Your Home Into A Sanctuary

Have you recently said goodbye to apartment living and purchased your first single family home? If you're like many people in your position, your old apartment served primarily as a place to sleep. Now that you're a homeowner, you're looking forward to enjoying spending time at home -- but you can't seem to quite get in that particular groove. In fact, you may actually be experiencing a degree of dissatisfaction and restlessness as you settle into your new life as a homeowner. The key to loving spending time in your home is to make it into a personal sanctuary. Following are five strategies designed to create a household ambiance that you will barely be able to bring yourself to leave. 

Remodel Your Kitchen 

If you've never been much of a home cook, now may be a great time to start. However, many modern kitchens really weren't build with meal preparation in mind, so take careful stock of what you've got and compile a wish list. Perhaps you'd like more work surface space to roll out pie crust or assemble ingredients for a stir fry dinner. Maybe your current kitchen only has limited storage space to hold gadget, tools, and ingredients. Whatever the obstacle, a home renovation expert can help you transform your current kitchen into a space where you'll love whiling away a weekend afternoon creating delicious things to eat.

Chef-style home kitchens are a huge trend among today's homeowners for good reason. Few things will make you appreciate staying home more than the aroma of a roast chicken or a loaf of bread in the oven. 

Create a Serene Outdoor Space

Instead of generic yard designs with traditional lawns, a few flower beds, and a sprinkling of specimen trees and shrubs, today's homeowners are creating customized outdoor spaces that reflect their individual needs and preferences. For instance, if you're an avid reader, consider creating a small outdoor reading nook that provides optimal peace and serenity so that you can enjoy perusing your favorite reading material outdoors.

If you love vibrant visual beauty, you can take up flower gardening. Planting a culinary herb and vegetable garden is another way to create a pleasant home environment as well as provide delicious and nutritious fare for the table. 

Create a Dedicated Hobby Room

Whether it's crafting, scrapbooking, sewing, stamp collecting,or putting together model cars, having a dedicated room for your hobbies helps create a personalized home environment. You can even choose to have an extra room remodeled into a home gym if you're a fitness buff or create a small library if you're a book enthusiast. 

Put the Living Back in Living Room

Recent design trends have skewed toward creating living rooms that resembled showrooms more than spaces where people actually live -- and many people agree that the time has come to put the living back in living room. What this means is choosing decor and furniture that you actually like rather than something you've seen in a magazine and think might impress others. Choose artwork that has personal meaning and furniture that's meant to be used, and if you're lucky enough to have a fireplace, use it as often as possible. 

Create a Spa-like Environment in Your Bathroom

When you were living in an apartment, you probably enjoyed a quick daily shower as a part of your regular grooming routine. Now that you're a homeowner, however, consider transforming your bathroom into a spa-like sanctuary. Your local home renovation expert can help you devise a plan that includes amenities such as such gas fireplaces, small seating nooks, and state-of-the-art tubs and shower fixtures. 

For more ideas and to get started on your home remodel, contact renovation companies near you.