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5 Ways to Modernize Your Home

By Al Twitty | November 24, 2017

Some people prefer to buy a home that is brand new with every modern amenity imaginable. Others look for a home that needs TLC and offers a great value. If you fall into the latter group you can still have a thoroughly modernized home. All it takes is focusing on the right changes to bring your home into the modern era.


Here are five ways homeowners can instantly make their house more modern.

Furniture Facelift
Sometimes the bones of the home are fine, but it’s everything inside that ages a house. The design experts at Boyles Furniture & Rugs note that one of the quickest and easiest ways to modernize a home is with new furnishings.
However, that doesn’t mean homeowners have to limit themselves to modern design style. Even furniture that has a vintage design can help bring a home into the modern era with popular fabrics and finishes. Another consideration is furniture with built-in technology for phone charging and more.

Open Floor Plan
One of the most distinctive changes in home design over the last few decades has been the broad adoption of open floor plans. An open floor plan is one in which the living areas are open to one another rather than being segmented off by walls. It’s most common for the kitchen to be open to the living room, but open floor plans can also include a dining area.
Removing walls to create an open floor plan is no small undertaking. It’s often possible to take walls down, even if they are load bearing, but the project requires a fair amount of prep work. A licensed contractor is also needed since the support of the structure as well as electrical components could be impacted.

Wirelessly Connected Devices and Appliances
Smart tech adoption has been on the rise the last few years, and the home is one place that is being transformed by connectivity.

Now you cannot only control all of these devices with smartphone apps, you can use voice-controlled home products that connect with smart speakers. It gives you the ability to simply voice commands as you move around the house whether or not your phone is within reach. It’s what many people consider to be the epitome of the Internet of Things (IoT) in action.

Update the Finishes
Another quick way to make a home look more modern is by updating the finishings. Installing new window treatments alone can make a home modern in more ways than one. Popular treatment materials and designs make the interior look updated, but the functionality is also a factor. Today’s most modern window treatments can be remotely controlled and synced with other smart home products.

Rugs, pillows, artwork and even the trim around doors can be updated to make a home feel more modern.

Intelligent Kitchen Layout
Over the years, the kitchen has become the hub of the home. It’s not only the place where people congregate, it also serves a functional purpose. Technology has greatly expanded what can be done in the kitchen, but in modern homes layout is a focus.

In the past it was best practice to have a kitchen work layout. This layout is based off of three points that create a triangle. The points are the stove, sink and refrigerator. However, in modern kitchens work zones are the new way to layout the space for maximum efficiency.

The trend has come about because kitchens are now multi-purpose rooms. Instead of focusing on a triangle with three components:
· Decide which zones you need in the kitchen for specific tasks.
· Group appliances together based on their use.
· Consider your storage needs and how to keep everything within easy reach in each zone.
· Figure out how much counter space is needed for a zone. Most major appliances need a nearby landing area.
· Include space for entertaining guests or consider how a zone can be converted to accommodate visitors.

The beauty of the work zone concept is it works with a variety of existing kitchen designs. The new layout will pair
perfectly with your trendy frameless cabinets and sleek hardware.

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