While you may want your honeymoon to last forever, the fact is it has to come to an end. After your honeymoon it's time to start building your lives as a married couple. One of the first tasks will be making your house a home for you both. After planning a wedding, it's likely that a remodeling project may be the last thing on your list. Here are some design ideas to consider for your first home, some easily installed, some lager projects for the future.
Make it Smart
Smart home technology has come a long way in recent years. You can now automate everything from your morning coffee to your thermostat and turning your oven on and off. Technology has also greatly advanced home security, making it easier to install and more affordable. For example, a smart video doorbell is a must have for every modern home. It adds peace of mind when you're home and when you're away by letting you see who's at the door regardless if you are home or not. Not only can it help deter criminals but it can keep and eye on any package deliveries to help combat porch pirates.
Tackle the Heart of the Home
The heart of a home is often the kitchen. It's where you'll spend time together cooking and sharing meals, making it a good place to start a remodel. For a budget-friendly approach, start small by replacing cabinet hardware and adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls. These are great weekend projects to tackle together.
If you want a bit more of a change, consider having the cabinets painted or refaced. This is a great way to update your kitchen without replacing the actual cabinets. Upgrade or update the flooring and it can feel like you have a brand new kitchen.
Create Spare Rooms
If you often have overnight guests, whether it's the in-laws or friends, you might want to look into the cost of building a guest house on your property. Not only for guests, the space can be used as a home office or as an art or music studio. Be sure you research zoning laws in your area and any required permits. It can be quite the undertaking, but well worth the effort when it's done. For many newly married couples this may be a project a few years down the line, but a good one to start planning for.
No matter what your individual style, combining your tastes together into one cohesive design scheme can really make your house feel like a home you can both love. Remodeling projects are also a great way to build a spirit of teamwork and improve your communication skills (not to mention conflict resolution when you don't agree). Whether it's room to entertain or a cozy haven just for the two of you, your home is a place to make memories together. And it's all yours.