Your home is only as good as its function. A roof and four walls is the bare bones of what you need out of your home. It needs to be safe, secure, and healthy. After that it needs to be functional and helpful, and only then can you start to work on improving its overall aesthetic.

If you find you get annoyed at certain aspects of your home, then it’s time to improve the health and function of your property. Only then can any design choice you make feel worthwhile and actually elevate your entire property, because your health and wellbeing come first, and then aesthetic:

Upgrade the Insulation

If you find your home is damp and cold a lot of the time then it is desperately in need of new insulation. Bring in a specialist to help you understand where in your home there are problems. For older homes, this could be your entire property. In newer (but not brand new) homes the issue might be in your windows and doors. The inert and non-toxic gas that is trapped between the panes of glass in double glazing is what keeps heat from transferring, but it does dissipate over time and you’ll need to have that fixed.

Upgrade Your Heating and Cooling

Even places that rarely saw hot summers before are beginning to get slammed with heatwave after heatwave. It’s time to upgrade your old system to something that can adequately heat and cool your home so that you stay well and healthy no matter the temperatures outside. Don’t worry about the cost, either, as you can easily find financing for air conditioning and heating options. Just find the right company that offers these financing options and you can upgrade your heating and cooling system with a payment option that fits your needs and budget.

Upgrade Storage

We all have a lot of things by the time we own a house and live in it for a few years. Though you can declutter some of it, a lot of things are necessary to keep. You want them, like them, use them regularly or seasonally. It doesn’t matter at the end of the day, but what does matter is how you store them. If everything is out your home can feel cluttered and claustrophobic fast, whereas if everything has not just a place to hide, but a place where it belongs you can open up your home and improve its overall function.

The best way to do this is with custom shelving solutions. Rather than put an armoire in your room, consider turning an entire wall into a seamless shelving unit. You can put this unit around your television set or even around a window to make it fit into your overall design and even give you additional features like a window seat.

Upgrade Internal Flow

Older homes did not have the insulation that they do today. Instead, they made do by making small rooms that could be far more easily heated. Today that just means the flow is broken up and spaces feel dark and crowded. Opening up these spaces is not just good for the overall function of your home, but for its value as well. People love open-plan living for a reason; because it makes small spaces feel bright and airy.

Work your way up when it comes to improvements, right along Pavlov’s hierarchy of needs. This way you can enjoy the benefits of your upgrades immediately, and put your money where it is most needed.