At this time of year, the warmer weather and lighter, brighter days make daily life more pleasurable. With winter and springtime now just a fading memory, the summer is the ideal time to get outdoors and have fun with friends and family. It is also worth considering that this time of year can also be ideal to consider undertaking some meaningful home improvements to your property that will add fun and functionality to your daily life.
Many people are deciding to choose home improvements over a family vacation this year as the cost of living crisis deepens, and family budgets are seemingly stretched further and further. The money saved from an expensive exotic vacation can be channeled into meaningful home projects and renovations that will add value to your home and increase the enjoyment you can get from your property.
The following article describes three distinct home improvement ideas. Each of these projects can be undertaken in most homes and will significantly add to the practicality and enjoyment you can get from these spaces.
1. Dedicated gaming room
It is estimated that approximately 3.2 billion people enjoy playing video games in some form. This makes gaming one of the world’s most popular pastimes, and the video games industry is now thought to be worth over 300 billion dollars globally. Gaming is a fun hobby that more than a third of the world’s population enjoys.
If you are one of these people or have family members in your home who enjoy gaming, it can be wise to consider creating a dedicated gaming room. This space will provide hours of fun and can be enjoyed on an induvial basis or by playing together with others. A perfect idea for this space is to buy a custom arcade machine that will be a focal point for the room in both design and functionality.
Arcade machines are ideal for reliving the nostalgia of the 1980s and 1990s when such machines were commonplace in arcades worldwide. Older gamers will have fond memories of playing arcade classics such as Outrun or Pacman on such systems. Today’s modern arcade cabinets can play the latest titles or can run a large selection of classic titles thanks to the improvements in computer technology.
For retro gamers, the arcade machine can be the main gaming platform. However, for increased choice in your gaming options, you may choose to add in a next-generation console or gaming PC
2. Home gym
Installing a gym can add value, functionality, and fun to your home and is remarkably easy to achieve. The garage is one of the best locations for a home gym, as most homeowners can store their cars on the driveway or street without any problem. This will then allow you to enjoy a full and invigorating workout at a time that suits you without needing to pay expensive gym membership fees. Start by fully clearing out the garage and thoroughly cleaning all surfaces and walls.
Next, consider repainting the space and then installing some strip lighting to improve the visibility (especially if you have a dark garage with only one light source). Add some exercise mats to allow you to work out comfortably before deciding on some key pieces of exercise equipment.
As a rule, opt for quality over quantity. It is far better to have a smaller selection of high-quality equipment that will last for years rather than lots of poorly built equipment. In terms of final touches to your home gym, consider adding a Bluetooth speaker system that will stream your favorite motivational music to help you work out effectively.
3. Spa bathroom
Many people will have experienced the relaxation and enjoyment that comes from visiting a spa. It is an indulgent weekend treat that allows the perfect opportunity to unwind after the stresses and strains of the working week. It is also possible to mimic this experience from the comfort of your own home.
Your bathroom can be transformed by adding in some massaging water jets for the shower or a jacuzzi modification for your bath. Either of these additions will dramatically improve the pleasure and relaxation you get from shower or bath time. In addition, consider adding some plant life to your bathroom to give a natural feel to the space.
Many plants, such as ferns, ivy, and lilies, thrive in your bathroom’s warm and moist conditions and can help you achieve a true spa atmosphere. Finally, install dimmer switches on your lighting so that you can easily control the ambiance in this space and adapt the illumination levels for all times of the day.