Living Room Remodeling Ideas For Your Home

A living room is the hub of a home, and host to celebrations, family gatherings and low-key movie marathons. According to the Remodeling 2014 Cost vs. Value report (www.costvsvalue.com), a midrange family room addition* costs $80,765 and you can recoup 68.8% of the cost during resale. Use these tips as inspiration to create a more functional living room, while adding value to your home.

1.)   Incorporate a home office area: Designate an area for a multipurpose office space that everyone in your family can use. If your desk and family’s computer are in plain sight, they are likely to get more use than when located in a separate home office.

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2.)   Extend your space outdoors: Add a multi-season sunroom directly off your living room that you can enjoy year-round. Work closely with your builder to mimic your home’s original style and structure so the new addition feels like a seamless extension of your house. The additional square footage will also increase your home’s value.

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3.)   Update your windows: Replacing windows can be expensive, but installing energy-efficient windows will cut down on your current energy bills and will update the look of your home. If you have active kids or live in an area prone to severe weather, consider impact-resistant windows. These will help protect against damage to the house and could reduce home insurance premiums.

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4.)   Add customized storage: Finding a discreet place for media systems, personal items and extra storage can be difficult. Custom built-ins will showcase your belongings and keep your main living space organized. Add recessed lighting inside the shelves for a streamlined way to highlight your favorite personal items and books.

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5.)   Manage your home technology from a mobile device: Install a budget-friendly speaker system that you can control from your mobile device, like this one from Sonos. You can also manage lighting, heating and cooling systems, and surround sound on any mobile device using Revolv’s home automation technology.

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Need more inspiration before you begin your home renovation? Check out our Home Remodeling Trends for 2014 here.

*According to the 2014 Remodeling Cost vs. Value report (www.costvsvalue.com), a midrange family room addition includes: “In a style appropriate to the existing house, add a 16-by-25-foot room on a crawlspace foundation with vinyl siding and fiberglass shingle roof. Include drywall interior with fiberglass insulation, pre-finished hardwood floor, and 180 square feet of glazing including windows, atrium-style exterior doors, and two operable skylights. Tie into existing HVAC. Add electrical system to code, including 12 recessed ceiling lights.”

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