Whether you live in an apartment or have mortgaged a home, your home has now become the place where you keep everything. Sometimes, this is a good thing, while other times, it ends up being a nightmare. You want to design your home in a more efficient way, not because it will look better, though it might, but because you want to be more efficient, and clutter is never efficient. For this reason, we have decided to write this article where we will discuss some of the benefits of designing the interior, and exterior of your home in a more efficient way, as well as the ways in which you can achieve this.
Efficient Interior Design
When people hear interior design, they may picture in their heads having to hire a professional interior designer who will tear down a wall, or charge them thousands of dollars for their services, but this doesn't have to be the case. If you have the money and time, you're more than welcome to do your own research on some interior designers near you. This article is focused on doing it yourself and experiencing how you and your home will become more efficient.
Let’s start with the most unused place in your house, if you have it. This is the attic. The attic is commonly the place where you will find lost items from five years ago, your grandmas rocking chair, and a crazy doll. In the attic you will need to ensure that there's enough insulation installed. If your attic is not insulated correctly, your home may stay cool when it needs to be warm, and vice versa. This means your home will need to use more energy, which is not efficient. Make sure the vents are working properly and if needed, install some attic fans. Attics tend to get warm in the summer and you will feel this throughout the house. With attic fans, this is not an issue.
Next, we'll talk about ways in which you can be more efficient by maximizing the use of space around your home. You can maximize space in the living room or your children's rooms by buying chairs and tables that can fold and fit into shelves. If you do a google search you will find exactly the kind of thing we're talking about. This may take some customization and out-of-pocket expenses, but will make you a lot more organized. We're talking about using your stairs as drawers. This will allow your stairs to serve two purposes, as a walking mechanism, and to store shoes, clothes, cleaning supplies, dog food, and whatever else is currently taking space in your home.
Get rid of your beds, and purchase sofa beds. Again, doing this will help you get rid of something that takes a lot of space inside your bedroom. This may be a choice for a younger single person who wants to maximize their space and decrease their expenses. Having a sofa bed opens up your bedroom for other creative use of the space. Within the same realm of the sofa bed is the foldable/dropdown dining table. Instead of purchasing an expensive dining table, increase the amount of space available in your living room or kitchen by installing a table that folds into the wall, and unfolds whenever the family is ready to eat.
We have spoken little of efficiency on the outside of your home. One of the largest space eaters is the barbecue pit. Most people purchase their home with a barbecue grill already installed in their backyard, but others don't have the luxury. For those who have minimal space in the back, and zero barbecue, purchasing and installing an open-and-close barbecue will save time and space. Much like the fold down dining table, the fold down barbecue is ready whenever the family is, and there's no need to move it or cover it with a plastic cover. For more space saving interior furniture please follow this link.
Efficient Interior Characteristics
We've spoken mostly about interior design with furniture in mind, because, frankly, furniture takes up all of the space inside a house, that's what they're for. However, there are ways to make your home even more efficient. The first is color. You may have to spend some money re-painting your house, but it may have needed it anyway. The color you choose, whether dark or light, will have an impact on the efficiency of it. Take into consideration where the sun hits your house the most, is it in the living room, or your children's rooms? This will allow you to select a darker or lighter color for these rooms. The darker rooms will keep the place cooler, the lighter colors will keep your rooms warmer.
You can also look into purchasing efficient light bulbs, automatic switches, and automatic thermostat regulators, such as the Nest. With efficient light bulbs, you will get a brighter bulb that uses much less energy, and are often made from recycled products. Automatic switches let you program and choose when you want certain lights and machines to turn on or off. For example, you can set the porch lights to turn off when the sun goes down, or the garage door to automatically close when the front door gets locked. Finally, a thermostat regulator like the Nest will make sure you maximize usage and minimize energy waste.
In conclusion, we have provided a few ways in which you can make your home a more efficient one. From space-saving furniture and stair drawers, to self-regulating energy savers, such as the Nest, this article has provided enough tools and ideas to make your home more inviting, less cluttered, and more energy efficient. We hope you not only read this article, but you apply some or all of the tips included within it. Like my sixth grade English teacher told me, a clean desk is a clean mind.