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Functionality vs. Appearance — How to Strike the Perfect Renovation Balance

Whether you’re getting investment advice or purchasing a new car, there are always important questions you need to ask in order to strike the right balance between functionality and appearance. Questions about your lifestyle, family growth plans, work habits, and more can help you determine the best decision for your needs and style. This is especially important to do when you’re planning to remodel and renovate your home. Learn how to strike the perfect renovation balance with these helpful tips below.

The Kitchen

Functionality

Since the kitchen is such a fundamental part of the home, the functionality of this space is essential. This is the most used room in the home where all of the cooking, holiday baking, family get-togethers, and everything in between happens. That’s why it’s important to take the time to think about the best way to utilize the space you have, and how you can enhance it. When remodelling, consider questions about the amount of counter space you need, the ideal location of the sink, the cupboard space, and the general layout and whether it flows.

Appearance

Although it’s important to have a kitchen that you can move around and cook with ease in, it’s also the focal point of the home that everyone notices. So you want it to be aesthetically pleasing to look at, too. Adding new flooring, cabinetry, and swapping out old appliances for energy efficient ones, are well worth considering. We also recommend updating countertops to material like quartz or granite since they dramatically improve and modernize a kitchen while boosting the value of your home.

The Bathroom

Functionality

We all know that the bathroom is used for a few specific purposes. Therefore, the functionality is pretty straightforward. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t improve the overall space. If your bathroom is smaller in size, there are some great ways to free up more space, like with a floating vanity or shelves.

Appearance

With a few minor remodelling touches, you can transform your dated bathroom into your own personal spa-like retreat. You can combine different elements, like a modern vanity with a raised bowl sink, eye-catching faucets, sleek glass tiling, or a rain-style showerhead. Simple upgrades can spruce up your bathroom dramatically.

The Bedroom

Functionality

The master suite is where you can let loose and create a space for you and your partner to enjoy. Think about what you really need to make those weekday mornings flow easier — maybe it’s a walk-in closet or a more minimalistic design that lets you find what you need without a hassle. Alternatively, maybe you’ve been dreaming of having a personal reading nook in the bedroom where you can catch up on your latest book during those chilly winter evenings. When you’re considering function for the master suite, make sure you’re clear about your needs and wants before getting started.

Appearance

Whether you prefer retro and vintage or modern and chic, there are endless options when it comes to designing the appearance of your bedroom. Whatever you choose, just make sure it flows with the overall design of your home.

The Basement

Functionality

If your basement has been collecting dust over the years, now’s the time to turn it into a functional space that you and your family can use and enjoy. The functionality will depend on the purpose of your basement remodel. If you’re installing a games room, kids room, family room or a woman’s cave, plan it out carefully and think of how it will also serve your family best as an extra room in your home.

Appearance

The basement is one of the best areas of the home to renovate because it’s removed far enough from the main level to give homeowners the freedom to really get creative. Whether you decide to install a personal gym, a den for the kids, or an entertainment room with a bar, think about the amount of storage and space that you’ll need to make it work, and how you can turn it into a cohesive design that’s warm and inviting.

Living Room

Functionality

The living room is also frequently used, but the functionality of it will depend on your lifestyle and family needs. If you have children or if you’re planning to, you may want to consider a comfortable layout that can free up more floor space while also providing extra storage for toys. Also, having any delicate furniture or décor pieces might be best left out of the design. If you’re a single bachelor or a couple who loves to entertain, think about factors like how your living room can best accommodate more seating space when it’s your turn to host board game night.

Appearance

The living room is usually where you get to lay out in comfort, watch movies, or host a good Friday night get-together with friends. So having comfortable and functional furniture is essential. Consider items that can double up as extra seating options while keeping with your design theme.

The reality is, both functionality and appearance are essential when you’re remodelling your home. Spending a little extra time thinking through your remodel and determining your needs and wants can help you strike the perfect renovation balance between both. When you’re ready to get started on your home reno project, contact us at the Renos Group.ca. Our team has been helping homeowners for over 25 years, and we can help with any of your dream designs, too!