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If you're searching for a simple home upgrade that is cost effective and will boost your resale value and your mood, we have the solution. Consider adding a garden window to your new or existing home. Garden windows are designed to help houseplants flourish by bringing in more natural light, but they provide multiple benefits.
What Is a Garden Window?
A garden window is similar in appearance to a bay window, but smaller. Typically, homeowners install garden windows over their kitchen sink, but there are no hard and fast rules that regulate where you can add this affordable home upgrade. Whichever room boasts the addition of a garden window will benefit, both from the additional natural light it provides and from any houseplants you place there. This type of window features a flat bottom that protrudes outward. This allows you to use it as a sort of mini greenhouse to bring green living things into any space in your home.
As an added perk, your garden window can open on both sides to allow a fresh summer breeze to infiltrate closed up spaces.
How Can a Garden Window Benefit Me?
Your new garden window offers advantages beyond boosting your home's appearance. These include:
Energy Efficiency: New garden windows are built using welded, vinyl frames, insulated glass and sealed side vents. This makes them highly energy-efficient.
Access to Natural Light: More natural light in your life means you'll feel happier, sleep better and process vitamin D more easily. You may even be more productive.
Ability to Grow Indoor Plants: Houseplants add oxygen, aroma and beauty to your indoor spaces. A garden window lets you grow plants that typically would not thrive indoors.
Increased Resale Value: Buyers love replacement windows that are both energy-efficient and attractive. They also appreciate rooms with lots of natural light exposure./p>
When you install a luxurious garden window in a room that's seriously lacking in light and life, it's more than a facelift. It's transforming. As a result, you may find this room quickly becomes your favorite space.
Is a Garden Window a Cost-Effective Upgrade?
The average cost to install a garden window is $2,500, according to HomeAdvisor. However, if you're replacing an old, leaky window, you'll begin recouping that expense right away, just in the amount of money it costs to heat and cool your home annually. Each year, homeowners lose hundreds of dollars through leaky doors and windows or through windows made with single-pane glass. By installing a new energy-efficient window in place of an aging window or door you'll help better insulate your home. Accordingly, your HVAC unit won't have to work as hard year-round. You space will also feel more comfortable because the humidity in the room is better controlled.
Why Invest in a Garden Window?
When it comes to improving your new or existing home, there are so many simple projects that add value and function. However, when you spend a lot of time inside, there's no better pick-me-up than a room filled with live plants and swathed in natural light. In all kinds of weather a garden window will lift your mood and brighten your day. For a small and affordable home-improvement project it makes a huge difference.
Home improvements are a great way to add value to your home if you’re hoping to sell in the near future. The problem is, however, that many home improvements are costly and time-consuming. And, if you don’t plan carefully, they could even cost more than the amount of value you add to the home.
The good news is that there are several home improvement projects that will cost you less than $100 and won’t uproot your life in the meantime.
In this article, we’re going to give you five home improvements, all under $100, that can add value to your home. That way when you do decide to sell, you won’t have to scramble to make updates. Read on for the list.
1. Add a fresh coat of paint to your trim and baseboards (Cost: $75 - $100)
Trim and baseboards fall prey to getting kicked and covered in dust and cobwebs over the years. Adding a fresh coat of white paint will make an entire room feel new.
2. Improve your lighting (Cost: ~$50)
Bright lights help to make the rooms of your home feel more spacious. If you can’t increase the natural light of a room, bright, LEDs are the next best alternative.
The cost of LEDs is constantly decreasing, and they’re becoming more energy-efficient as well. To really get the most value out of your budget, use different color temperatures depending on the mood of the room (warm for bedrooms, bright white for bathrooms, etc.).
3. Add a burst of color to your front door (Cost: ~$20)
It can be difficult to increase curb appeal on a tight budget. One way to do so is to repaint your door a bright color that stands out but still fits with the style of your home.
4.Install a new shower head (Cost: $80 - $100)
Adding a new shower head to the main bathroom is a great way to add a bit of luxury to the room. While many stainless steel shower heads cost around $200, there are several chrome options that look just as nice and cost half the price.
5.Upgrade your hardware (Cost: $50 - $80)
Replacing your kitchen cabinets is an expensive endeavor. However, you can easily revamp your existing cabinets by replacing their hardware. Add a fresh coat of paint and they’ll look brand new.
Outside the kitchen, you can also update towel racks, bathroom drawer knobs, coat hooks, and other outdated hardware. Using a consisted, dark color throughout the home is a good way to give your house a theme and a sense of continuity.
With these five simple upgrades, you can increase the value of your home, boost your curb appeal, and avoid breaking the bank at the same time.
“Curb appeal” is a term that worries many sellers who are concerned that their house doesn’t have what it takes to woo buyers when they pull up to your driveway. Some aspects of curb appeal aren’t always in your control, such as the neighborhood your house is in, the state of sidewalks and roads, and eyesores like outdated power lines.
However, there are many things you can do to make your house stand out amongst the rest in a positive way. Better yet, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to achieve curb appeal.
In this article, we’re going to give you 6 inexpensive ways to increase the curb appeal of your home to woo potential buyers.
1. Match your landscaping to your home architecture
We all have our own preferences when it comes to bushes, trees, and plants in our yard. However, some landscaping decisions work more fluidly and naturally with the architecture of your home.
A good way to achieve this is by planting things that are native to your area and avoiding expensive trees that are in fashion one year and out of style the next.
2. Paint your trim, shutters, and front door
Sprucing up these accent items will improve the appearance of the entire exterior of your home. Don’t be afraid to choose bright and bold colors, so long as they match the color and style of the rest of your home.
3. Buy a new mailbox and house numbers
For less than $40 you can buy a new mailbox and house numbers that will give your home a sense of newness. Like with the other items on the list, go with options that match the style of your home.
4. Upgrade the lighting
Although the lights might not be on when people come to view your home, they will certainly notice old lighting. Make sure walkway lights are standing straight, equidistant from one another, and clean.
Installing or updating your porch light is also a good way to up the curb appeal when potential buyers get to your doorway.
5. Photograph the home at the best time
Since most home buyers begin their house hunting online, your first opportunity to show off your home’s curb appeal is in your listing photos.
While there is no set rule to the best time of day to photograph your home, you’ll want to avoid harsh glares or extremely overcast days. Try shooting after sunrise, sometime before noon, in the late afternoon, and just before sunset (the golden hour). Then review your photos and find the ones that show off your home the best.
6. Wash or pressure wash your home
Before spending hundreds on landscaping, take some time to wash the exterior of your home. Viewers will look at your house first and foremost, and dirty siding won’t win over any hearts.
You can use soapy water and a long-handled brush, or you can rent a pressure washer for as little as $30.
The bathroom is a room of sanctuary in the home. It is the one room where, for the most part, you can find cherished, quiet time all to yourself. Even if it means locking the door to keep the kids out for the best two minutes of your day.
Which is probably why creating a spa-like bathroom is a top trend at the moment. The best part about this trend is that it doesn’t have to be obviously trendy. It’s about subtle, minimalistic details that are both functional and visually appealing.
For those looking to invest in renovating their bathroom with a nod to both current and future styles to come here are six spa-like features that are fully functional and will transcend time.
A European-style walk-in shower is the epitome of a spa-like bathroom right now. Open any magazine or click through any Pinterest board and you would think this is the only style of shower available.
Not only does a walk-in style open up the room adding dynamic space but it is also incredibly functional. Especially if you plan to age in place. The walk-in showers lack a ledge or lip is ideal for those with limited mobility. So whether it be from age or a wild new move at your dance class you won’t have to worry about tripping.
A popular addition to the walk-in shower is a shower bench. Typically, tiled to match the rest of the shower area it offers a space to relax and the option to slow down and enjoy your You time. Wooden shower benches are another popular option cropping up in the pages of editorial spreads everywhere. A shower bench is also another great feature to have for future planning and certainly more stylish than those plastic chairs.
Due to the style of a walk-in shower, many homeowners are skipping having the addition of a tub altogether. Many people have found that after investing in a luxurious deep soak tub they just don’t make the time to use it. However, those who do enjoy a good soak opt for a free-standing tub. This separation of shower and tub allows for the tub itself to take a spotlight and emphasize the luxurious nature of your bathroom.
Another old favorite being ushered out is the medicine cabinet. Instead, homeowners are installing a large mirror that is a work of art and statement piece. The most popular shape of the moment is the circle. You may find that your new home already comes with a builder-grade mirror that just needs some creative details to spruce it up. Add trim board in your color and finish of choice to give it a whole new lease on life.