Sometimes you just want to add something to your home because it makes you feel good. Not all remodeling has to be practical or necessary but should provide some added value. Here are a few suggestions for luxury or upgraded splurges that will make your life better and maybe interest future buyers.
- A Whole-House or Central Vacuum System. This is a vacuum system built-into the home with ports in each room. You would plug about a 25-ft hose into these ports with attachments to vacuum. Collection bins for these systems are usually located in a garage or basement. Benefit to homeowner: No need to drag a vacuum from room to room or up and down the stairs. Also, a central vacuum system has more power than a portable one and they suction the pickup away from the immediate user which might be great for people with allergies. High tech versions even roll the hose up into the wall. Make sure to have one port for every 500 sq. ft. Cost: around $1500 to $2500 to retrofit your home. Add another $500 for retractable hosing.
- A Steam Shower. This is a specially built sealed shower which has a steam generator that turns your shower into a convenient steam room. You can buy a prefab fiberglass unit or build it from scratch. Benefit to homeowner: This luxury is a bit more expensive but health benefits are great. Using steam rooms opens your sinuses, relaxes and soothes your muscles and cleans out your pores. To install a steam shower is a major project which includes wiring, vapor-proofing, door installation and maybe even two exhaust fans. Having a sloped ceiling inside the steam shower will help with condensation run off. Cost: fiberglass units $1000 to $5000. A built-in framed unit plus generator around $7000 to $10000.
- A Towel Warming Drawer. This is a heated, stainless steel drawer unit that inserts into your bathroom cabinetry and uses a regular outlet to warm your towels. Benefits to homeowner: do we even have to say how nice it is to wrap up in a warm towel after you take a bath or shower? However, your towels will take some time to heat up, so plan ahead. Cost: around $1700 to $3500.
- Heated Bathroom Floors. These are thin electric radiant mats that install under tile and are controlled by a thermostat. Benefit to homeowner: No more cold bathroom floors. Some systems have timers that you can set to auto warm the floor just before you get up in the morning. Heated floors can help curb mold growth in humid areas. Cost: around $16 sq. ft. for installation and material. Does not include the cost of tile for GFCI circuit.
So these are just a few suggestions of some personal splurges you can do to your home that will benefit you in health and well-being and remember what you might like a potential future buyer might also like.
Today I bring you a lovely picture of Falls Park from a different angle. We are on the lower side of the falls with the walk over bridge over head. You can see the banks near the river are well used here. And the water reaches it calm stage as it flows through the park.
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