If you have lived alone in your house for awhile, you will realize that the overall ‘look’ of your house has slowly been going downhill, unless you are extremely house-proud and conscious of appearances. This is because, living alone, you don’t have access to an outside perspective; your friends are not going to comment on the faded wallpaper, peeling paint of tired flowers that were in vogue ten years ago out on the lawn. So it takes a wakeup call for many people to start working on their houses to make them look presentable. Here are a few things you can do to bring new life to a house without straining yourself too much.
Change the Fittings
Painting will brighten up the inside and outside of a house no end, but it takes a lot of elbow grease to get it done; a lot of money if you are hiring it out. So instead of painting the walls change the fittings around them. Paint just the doors and window frames so that they will be different from before. Think about the colour of the walls and use a shade that will flatter it and make the walls pop again. You can even paint the doors and windows the same colour to match, or go crazy and do patterns on the front door. If you can change the front door altogether, it will make an even bigger impact. Go for something dramatic like a teal coloured door with a brass knocker, or a standard wooden door and knob painted brown.
If you have a garden or a garden space, then you will know how difficult it is to maintain it. Plants, especially in urban areas, need lots of sunlight and daily watering. With a hectic lifestyle, the flowers in the pots outside probably don’t get much of either. So forget about the usual old garden and have a roll of artificial grass in Singapore instead.
If you already have soil and plants etc. you will have to tear it up, concrete over it and then lay down the artificial grass lawn. The pain is worth it however as this is much easier to maintain and never needs cutting. It’s much easier if your garden space is just a few feet of balcony in the back; then all you have to do is ensure a drainage system in a corner and call the company to come install it for you.
Name/Change the name of Your House
If your house already has a name, then maybe it’s time to change it. Some houses are called ridiculous names that have existed for decades and are really outdated; change it for something more flattering, even if old. If you don’t have one, then maybe it’s time to brainstorm and add a name that will evoke both the owner (you) and what you feel about the house, or as a tribute to the history or environs of the house.