Small Home Updates that Can Make A Huge Difference


You love your home and neighborhood and may have lived there for a minute, but you might not have noticed that it’s starting to show signs of maturity. Just as there comes a time when it’s necessary to replace the roof, it can also make sense to update all types of fixtures and finishes that have not held up well over the years, are no longer stylish, lack today’s features, or require too much upkeep.

Many of the houses in our area are old enough to need freshening up. Homes that were premier showcases only ten years old may still feel somewhat new but have started to look sluggish. Even many huge, more expensive homes may have been constructed using lower-quality building materials that may have worn out too soon.

What makes interiors appear aged or tired?

Materials that haven’t aged well can give even the nicest home seem shabby. They may be things that you’ve grown accustomed to or never noticed. Examples of this are we frequently see include brass plated light fixtures that have begun to pit, cabinets that are warped or contorted, faucets that have begun to deteriorate, and doorknobs where the brass plating has rubbed off exposing the dark metal underneath.

The style of fixtures and finishes can also make a once-elegant home look antiquated. Here are some great examples:

  1. Brass lighting fixtures look outdated compared to today’s sleeker more contemporary and modern fixtures that are brushed finishes like nickel or black.
  2. Light oak cabinets and floors also date a house. White cabinetry, deeper finishes like espresso, and even wood stains in blue or forest green make your kitchen look new again.
  3. Wall-to-wall carpet gives a house a very outdated appearance these days. Even in bedrooms, hardwood floors are more desirable for their clean, rich look. Besides the style issue, nothing derails a home’s freshness more than wall-to-wall carpet that has seen better days 

The Results or Impact of an Update!

If you look around your home and decide it’s starting to look old and you don’t know where to begin, we can help. There are many things that can be done that have a higher-impact but smaller-scale that will bring your home up-to-date with your needs and lifestyle today. Instead of knocking down walls, we can stay within the existing layout of your home, replacing worn-out elements. Stylish, high-quality new fixtures and finishes will not only update the look of your home but can also reduce maintenance time and expenses. To give you an idea of the capacity of an update, our work might include replacing your house’s lighting fixtures, corroded faucets, and worn brass-plated door knobs with handsome new ones. We can install quality wood cabinets in the kitchen and give that old master bathroom a spa-like feel with elegant tile and updated light fixtures and new tub, toilet and sink.

Many homeowners have the intention of staying in their homes for many more years to come and just want it to feel fresh and modern again. Room by room, we can renovate your home so it does indeed look stylish and brand new. If you’d like to delve into the endless possibilities for your own update, just give Mitchell Construction a call and we can help you get started!

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