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If a new home has you dreaming of new possibilities for your lifestyle. This seems to be especially true when buyers home of choice has a spare bedroom and/or finished basement. Upgrade your lifestyle by creating a room dedicated solely to your interests.
Here are five ideas that will have you feeling like you're living the luxe life.
A home gym is a perfect addition to a finished basement or large spare room. To get a true gym feel install large mirrors, a widescreen tv and built-in speakers. Depending on the size of the room and amount of large exercise equipment you include in your room you can make this room even more upscale. Investing in a sauna and/or tanning bed will provide the perfect source of relaxation after a strenuous workout.
If you are a creative having a room solely dedicated to your craft is a dream come true. Whether you’re a painter, writer, scrapbooker or seamstress a whole room to neatly organize the tools of your trade is a new level of freedom. Most likely you are accustomed to packing up and stashing them away after each time you create. Claim your space and let your artistic genius flow!
An increasingly popular addition in new homes is a gaming room. And not in the sense of darts and foosball. Instead, homeowners are creating a space dedicated solely to their multiple video game consoles and creating the perfect gaming environment. Installing surround sound and a large widescreen tv will have you feeling completely immersed in the game experience. A comfortable sofa and well-stocked mini fridge will keep you fueled for those long hours invested in beating your next game.
Another popular choice is a sports bar or what many would call a “Man Cave”. As with a gaming room, you’ll want to create the ultimate game day experience with surround sound and a large high-def tv. Leather couches and a wet bar that includes a built-in beer fridge are a must for this room. Bring in a healthy dose of team pride with framed posters, signed memorabilia and mascot emblazoned items. All that’s left is to prep some game day snacks and stock the fridge before inviting guests over to cheer on the home team.
A spare bedroom should be taken advantage of. Don’t let it become a giant storage closet or a hardly used guest room. Instead, create a room that is unique to you and your lifestyle. Whether you’re a creator, a gym junkie or game fanatic your own room will get more than its share of usage. By investing in your own interests you’ll be gifting yourself downtime and a happier future.
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When you’re looking for a new place to live, it’s a valid question to ask whether you should rent or buy a property. After you take a good look at your finances, you may want to consider the following advantages to renting instead of buying:
Less On Your Shoulders
Once you buy a home, there's a lot of responsibility that you take on. Aside from a new type of financial burden, you’ll find that you have more to take care of with a home. If anything goes wrong in the house, it becomes your issue. Everything from broken locks to leaky toilets in your own home are something you must take care of. If you rent, it’s your landlord’s responsibility to fix those problems.
Whether you own or rent, you’ll need to pay a monthly fee to live on the property. The payment could be in the form of rent or a mortgage. Being without a mortgage, however, has its advantages. Renting means that you’re only responsible for the monthly rent and utilities. That’s it! Buying a home puts you instantly in debt- by a few hundred thousand dollars that is! You’ll also need to pay taxes, insurance, and keep some money aside for repair costs. Once you buy a home, buying just about anything else using credit can be difficult as well, not to mention a bit more costly due to higher interest rates.
No Need For A Lot Of Financing Paperwork
While you’ll need to fill out a rental application to rent a home or apartment, there’s very little involved. Buying a home, however, requires you to disclose your life story in order to get a mortgage. While you may be prepared to do that, some people don’t have the time or patience to wait to get approved for a mortgage. If you need to move quickly, keep this in mind.
When you’re renting a home or apartment, you’re free after the terms of the lease are up. You can move wherever you want once you have met the agreement. There’s no strings attached! The best part is that you don’t need to find a replacement tenant. It’s the job of your landlord or rental company. There’s no need to go through the stressful process of selling your home while you’re still trying to find a new one.
While buying a home gives you equity and a type of financial backing, renting can be advantageous for many reasons. This is especially true if you’re not planning on staying in an area for more than a few years. Being a tenant gives you the freedom to allow you to lead a more flexible lifestyle. When you’re considering your living options in a new city or town, think long and hard about your lifestyle. While buying a home may seem like the “responsible” thing to do, it’s not for everybody!
Do the walls of your home ever feel bland and uninviting? What you need for your home is to add depth to the walls. Everything from the colors of the walls to what you place on them helps to give your rooms a feeling of sophisticated complexity.
Try Using Contrast On Your Walls
If you choose a dark color for your walls, you can use bright colors as a contrast to bring out the prominent features of the room.
Use Texture On Your Walls
You don’t have to rely on paint to color your walls. It’s a good idea for you to use some tapestry or cloth and hang it on the walls to help add texture and depth to a room.
Reflect On The Room
Using mirrors can help to make any room appear bigger. Mirrors are deceiving in a way, but when placed strategically, they can really add a lot to a room. Allowing for reflections in the room also adds depth and a larger feeling to the space,
Don‘t Make A Space Too Busy
Avoid using a lot of colors in a room. While contrasting colors add something special to a space, bright, mismatched colors will only make you dizzy.
Make Use Of Tile
Particularly in kitchens and bathrooms, tile can help to add some depth to the space. Your kitchen can be painted a lovely color and finding tiles to match for a backsplash can really help the room to stand out. Even the color grout that you use can help add complexity to a room. If you have brick, wood, or any kind of stone present in a room, be sure to help those features stand out. The best way to approach design sometimes is to take what you see in nature and bring it into your space. From earth tones to highlighting the natural features in your home, you can really make your home feel well-rounded from the inside out.
Try Painting The Walls Different Colors
There’s no rule that says you need to paint a room all one color. Often, you can add a lot to a room just by having that one accent wall. Putting the piece of furniture that will be the focal point of the room on the accent wall can really bring out the features of the room. If your color scheme is leaning towards blues and whites, for example, paint each wall white except for one. Choose an alluring shade of blue for the accent wall. Be sure that your furniture matches with whatever wall color scheme that you choose as well.
Whether you’re recreating a room completely, or simply re-purposing what you have, it’s easy to make your design work for you and provide complexity and depth.