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4 Thrilling Modifications to Make Your New House a Home

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 16 August 2017 19:01

When you buy a house, you generally buy something that you like and feel that you can mold into your own over time. In some cases, this may mean painting the living room a new color or making the garage larger. However, there are plenty of ways that you can make your house into a place that you never want to leave again.

Create a Movie and Game Room

The cool thing about owning your home is that you can watch television or play games as loud as you want without disturbing your neighbors. This means that you can go all out buying the largest TV that you can afford to watch movies or play video games on. It may also be possible to finish your basement to create space for a Foosball table or a dart board. Theater seating or plush recliners can make the experience even more enticing for everyone in the family. If you are concerned about too much noise coming from that space, you can use multiple layers of drywall or other materials designed to dampen the noise. When done properly, you may not hear anything coming from that space even with the television volume turned all the way up.

Add a Sport Court to the Yard

A sport court is a relatively soft tile surface on which you can play almost any type of outdoor game. It is ideal for conventional sports like basketball, roller hockey or tennis. It can also be used as a space for your children to ride their bikes or skate in a location where you can easily watch them. These courts can be as large or small as your budget will allow them to be, and you can choose from a variety of colors and surface designs to suit your needs. Adding an outdoor lighting system can make it easier to play at night during a family or neighborhood gathering at your home.

Add a Swim Spa

The lap pool is an attractive product because you can swim as many laps as you want without taking up a lot of space. A swim spa generally consists of a hot tub and a lap pool. They are also idea to put on a roof or a balcony depending on how your home is designed. Adding a glass bottom to an elevated pool often gives people the illusion that they are walking on air. If you don't want your pool outside, it can also be installed indoors for your convenience. The hot tub is the perfect place for mom and dad to relax after work or for the kids to enjoy time with friends.

Add a Temperature Controlled Storage Room

If you have a collection of artwork or a collection of cars that you want to show off to your friends, a sophisticated storage room may be the best place to do that. Since the space stays at the same temperature at all times, you won't have to worry about a work of art being ruined by excessive moisture. You also won't have to worry about a car's paint job fading or chipping because it is too hot or because it gets too much sunlight. In many cases, it may be possible to control the temperature and other variables inside of the room yourself. However, it may be possible to have someone oversee that space for you.

Your new house should have everything that you want and need to be happy and comfortable. Having somewhere to have fun with friends, relax after work or just enjoy time with your kids is certainly worth the time and money needed to make these modifications to your property.

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Rachelle Wilber

Rachelle Wilber is a former real estate agent now turned freelance writer that specializes in home realty, mortgage, and building. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies.

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