In our blog about maintaining a work-life balance while working from home, we touched on the topic of separating your spaces. It was stated that one of the best things you can do to improve the balance in your life is to separate your work areas from areas designed for entertainment and relaxation.
In the unpredictable weather of western Pennsylvania, the option to simply escape outside may not always be an option. According to weather-us.com, Pittsburgh averages 151.2 days of rain per year. While we would love to be outside in our beautiful backyards, it is not always possible. Therefore, it is important to have spaces inside your home in which to escape.
There are quite a few areas of the home that can be perfect for a getaway. The three most popular areas are the basement, bathroom, and kitchen.
Most homeowners are not utilizing their basements to their fullest potential. Even in houses with finished basements, you will often find inefficient uses of space, unorganized storage areas, or simply a cluttered mess. While it is common to think of your basement as one large room, there are many opportunities to transform your basement into an efficient multi-functional space.
A game room renovation is perfect for bringing friends and families together in an interactive and social environment. Get together for some 8-ball on the new pool table, go all-in with your friends at the poker table, or play video games with your kids on the wall-mounted big-screen TV.
Obviously, if you’re trying to stay healthy and fit at home, you’ll want to consider a home gym. Creating a separate home gym starts with a well thought out design. Aside from considering what equipment you want to add, you will also want to think about details such as padding for the floors to protect them from damage, mirrors to ensure the proper form, and an upgraded HVAC layout to keep you comfortable during your workouts.
It’s one thing to snuggle up with your spouse and binge your favorite shows on your 32” TV in the living room, it’s another to have the gang over to watch the latest blockbuster release on a massive 4K screen with surround sound and theater-style seating! Imagine how popular you’ll be when you invite your friends over to watch the big game with you.
For the homeowners that want to have the guys over for the game or an exciting girls night in, a bar area is a must-have in your renovated basement space. Two essential features of a basement bar are storage space and serving space. If you really want to stand out, you can add a tap system, wine fridge, custom cabinets, and bar lighting. The options are almost limitless.
A master bathroom is a location that, with some inspiration and vision, can be transformed into a spa-like retreat. By adding some high-end features, you can turn your bathroom space into the perfect in-home getaway.
Heated floors are a feature that you have no idea you want until you’ve experienced it. You’ll completely forget the feeling of freezing toes right out of the shower. By installing radiant heaters under the tiles, you will add a warmth and comfort that reminds you of being at the spa.
Pamper yourself with a multi-functional shower head. A shower head with multiple settings will provide you everything from a relaxing waterfall feel to a high-pressure massaging function depending on your mood and preference.
It’s one thing to soak in a nice hot bath, but it is a whole other thing to recreate the feel of a hot tub in the privacy of your own bathroom. Adding calming scents like essential oils will give you that calming and relaxing environment you’re looking for.
It is easy to get caught up on the features of your new bathroom, but the look of the space can have an effect on the mood of the room as well. The color scheme of the space should include neutral colors such as white, blue, or beige to create a soothing environment. The addition of natural plants and flowers can help to add life to the room and promote a healthy environment.
You don’t have to be a world-famous chef to dream of a beautiful kitchen. In fact, according to a study in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, researchers found that the act of cooking improves a person’s wellbeing and is associated with life satisfaction.
Appliances are essential to a kitchen renovation. Appliances are one of the first details guests see as they walk into a kitchen. However, when considering new appliances, it is not all about the look. How they fit into the space is equally important. Custom cabinets and other elements of the kitchen designed to fit around your appliances will ensure a beautiful and seamless transition.
Countertops can make or break a kitchen renovation. Countertops come in a variety of materials, textures, and colors. The look and feel of the countertops should match the overall aesthetics of the kitchen. Maintenance and cleaning are also important details to consider when choosing a countertop.
Let’s face it, there never seems to be enough storage in a kitchen. However, a well-designed kitchen area will take into account your need for “more space”. From built-in drawers and cabinets to a walk-in pantry, space no longer needs to be a problem. For most of us, less clutter equals less stress…and less stress equals better health.
Maintaining and improving your health while staying indoors is no easy task, especially if you don’t have the right spaces for it. If you are looking to transform your indoor space from ordinary to extraordinary, let the professionals at Pittsburgh Stone & Waterscapes guide you through the process of your next renovation.