Make Your House the Perfect Home for the Holidays
The holiday season is here. When Thanksgiving arrives next week, it kicks off a nearly six-week celebration filled with festivities and fun. Our homes become a holiday hotspot for banquets, parties, and other merrymaking. But is your house ready for all the visits by family and friends? Tis the season for home remodeling and renovations designed to add much-needed space, enhance the kitchen experience, and address important safety and security issues. Here are some popular home improvements that might help you get through the holidays.
One common problem facing many homeowners is inadequate outdoor lighting. Sometimes it’s not having enough lamps, while in other situations it’s not using the correct bulbs. Whatever the case may be, don’t leave your family and friends in the dark. Make sure driveways, sidewalks, and porches are well-lit so arriving guests can safely reach your front door. Start by checking existing fixtures to confirm they are working properly, and then consider what additions are needed. Flood lights around the driveway and yard will help arriving guests notice any icy or slick spots, and the extra lights will ward off criminals looking for a holiday jackpot. Upgrading old porch lights with new brass fixtures and energy-efficient LED bulbs makes a great first impression with visitors and adds the benefit of enhancing home value.
This is also the perfect time for sidewalk installation. Guests may track snow and mud into your home if no paved path is present, and wet, soggy ground can lead to sprained ankles and other injuries. If your existing walkway is looking weathered and worn, be sure to tackle any sidewalk repairs before visitors arrive. Chipped, loose, or cracked concrete walkways pose a serious tripping hazard, and when blocks are uneven, ice accumulations are far more difficult to remove. Whatever sidewalk situation you are in, Excel Fencing & Decking is here to help. As one of Maryland’s best sidewalk paving companies, we can handle any repair work or build a new path.
Make an Entrance
If you want to impress guests right from the start, try enhancing the entryway. Adding a mudroom offers one convenient location for shoes, boots, hats, and coats, and also keeps dirt and snow from being tracked into the house. You’ll never need to wonder where to find gloves, scarves, or umbrellas once installing space savers like custom cabinets or built-in shelving. A fresh coat of paint will make for a welcoming environment, especially when paired with wreaths, garland, and festive flora.
Something’s Cooking in the Kitchen
If there’s one room that always seems to need an upgrade, it’s the kitchen. The hub of activity during the holidays, a kitchen is never big enough, no matter its size. Installing a lazy Susan or roll-out shelves is a great way to maximize space, or try enlisting hanging cabinets to increase storage capacity without compromising floor space. If you just want a quick facelift for the room, replacing kitchen counter tops will do the trick. Investing in energy efficient smart appliances will reduce your electric bill, and you’ll also save time as the tech upgrades assist in meal planning, preparation, and clean-up.
Excel Fencing & Decking is here to help make your holidays less hectic. Our kitchen remodeling team can transform any size kitchen into an amazing new space. From appliance installation to major renovation projects, call on our Maryland home remodeling experts to make your house the perfect home for the holidays.