We’re all looking ahead to a brighter future right now, as the days get longer, the sun shines brighter and the amount of time we have to wait until we can welcome friends and family back into our homes gets shorter and shorter. We’ve all followed the rules and stayed inside, keeping in touch with our loved ones over video calls instead of over a drink, but we can finally start looking ahead to the time when we can open our front doors and say “Come on in!”
And with the spring traditionally being a great time for home improvement projects, here are a few ideas to help you make sure your house is all set to be a warm welcoming space for visitors this year.
Rethink Your Kitchen
We all know that, even though we tell visitors to grab a seat in the lounge while we get the food ready, it will be a matter of minutes before everyone joins you in the kitchen while you get the food ready.
If you want to make sure there is actually room for people to enjoy a drink and a chat while you do the hard work of putting a Sunday feast together, then it may be time to rethink your kitchen layout. Don’t be afraid to think big; reconsider those major appliance placements or think about whether an island would be a helpful addition (or not!).
Get Them Out On The Deck
As optimistic as we’d like to be, the garden is going to be the most sensible place to spend time with guests for the foreseeable future and with the spring coming in and summer on the way, at least the timing has worked out! With that in mind, a garden deck is a great addition to any home, creating a comfortable outdoor dining area and relaxation zone. You can put out a table, some loungers, even a barbeque!
If you’re worried about how it will hold up to unpredictable weather (not to mention food and drink spills!) Forma outdoor decking options have an incredibly durable outer layer, and their unique dual surface finish means that they mimic that gorgeous non-conformity of natural wood timber boards. Ecoscape has a range of beautiful composite decking options available and more information about their durability and their materials.
Bring Back Movie Night With A Home Cinema Room
How many of us have spent lockdown thinking about how what we’d like to do with that empty room, that garage space we don’t use, the box room that’s just sitting there? If you and your friends are movie lovers, why not think about converting that unused space into a home cinema?
The cinemas may be reopening, but there’s nothing like the experience of having friends and family over to watch a great film, and if something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right. This is a project that can be as big or as small as you’d like, from investing in a proper projector and sound equipment to bringing in cinema style seating. Don’t forget the popcorn!