No matter how great your home is, there are always some new design ideas or gadgets for you to try. Such design solutions may seem small in comparison to complete home renovations, but they can make a huge impact on your everyday life. This is because they target specific requirements you might have, making your home more functional as well as more enjoyable.
If you are eager to learn more about some interesting upgrades I have chosen, just keep on reading.
Indoor-outdoor living space
Though living space keeps getting more and more compact, another trend is the expansion of the indoor living space outside. The idea is to connect your living room or your eat-in kitchen with your garden and blur the line where one ends and the other one starts. A simple and effective design solution is replacing the forth wall with grand glass windows and doors. Depending on your needs and the weather, you can open them up or close them all and enjoy the view.
To make the design even more practical, you can opt for slight roof expansions to keep the rain away even with the doors and windows open.
Fun and functional shower
Most of our mornings are spent in a hurry to get ready for the day. This is why having a shower is a better alternative to taking baths as it is more time-effective. However, that doesn’t mean that there are no ways to make the showering experience better.
Shower panels, for example, allow you to shower hand-free and to customise water temperature and pressure much more easily. Additional features like thermostatic control and massage nozzles make the panel safer as well as multifunctional. You can find more info on shower panels on this website.
Water-saving and silent toilet
Low-flow toilets are taking over the market, as they are getting more affordable. Their smaller water consumption, at about 1.2 gallons, makes them a more attractive alternative. Less water use makes them a greener product than the older models but they will also make your water bill drop significantly.
The amazing thing about these models is that they use less water and create enough power to flush properly. So, those myths about them not having enough power to do the job right are just that, myths.
Though some toilets use air to supplement for less water being used while flushing, the newest models manage to do it as silently as possible.
Right fridge to transform your kitchen
In the past several years, the accent has been on creating and installing energy-saving kitchens from appliances like the fridge to kitchen appliance spares such as the light bulb in your hood.
We especially love our huge fridges, but before you get tempted to buy a double-door model with freezer on one side and fridge on the other, think of the wasted space on the freezer side. Also how many times will you unnecessarily have to bend to get the milk? Instead opt for a model which has double doors, if you really need that much space, but has the fridge part on the top and freezer at the bottom.
Control light and temperature from your phone
Though a truly smart home is still a dream for most, there are already some functions you can control with just a few keystrokes. Light and temperature can be controlled from pads in your home, but you can even change them via your smartphone, from your sofa or even outside your home.
So no more checking and rechecking if you have set the thermostat right or if you have turned off the lights. You have the controls on you, wherever you go.
Adaptive watering system
Automatic sprinklers with timers might have made your garden watering easier, but what is the next step? Automatic irrigation systems can now not only control how much water you use or when, but also whether your lawn needs the water at all. Actually, these systems can adapt to the watering based on weather forecasts and other factors. No more fear from overwatering after rain and excessive use of water.
As the time goes, you will find new ways to make our work easier and our leisure time more enjoyable. Though you might upgrade our home with just one feature at the time, each can change your routine and create new, healthier habits for the future. These gadgets and ideas can save you precious time but also combat unnecessary water use and poor energy consumption.
Bio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.