4 Ways to Upgrade an Old Homestead

| 12/12/2017 10:39:00 AM

Tags: homesteading, Pennsylvania, Bobbi Peterson,

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Home improvement projects do not pertain to urban homeowners alone. In fact, those of us who aim to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle are in a constant state of improvement and upgrade. If you’ve owned your property for some time, or are purchasing a used homestead, here are four improvements and upgrades to consider making.

Remodel the Kitchen

As one of the center points of any domicile, the kitchen usually plays host to family and friends throughout the day as a source of food, entertainment and general familial congregation. It’s one of the best locations to begin your upgrades, and can set the tone for the entire improvement project. Getting your new kitchen right will automatically increase the value of your entire home, making it a worthy investment. Most kitchens are inherently fully functional at the start, leaving quality and style as the necessary focus of your renovations.

Painting the walls to lighten the area and brighten the mood can serve as a logical and simple first step. Upgrading your kitchen with power-saving or environmentally friendly appliances can save you money on your utility bills and make better use of green energy alternatives. Besides the modernization choices, there are aesthetic choices that can upgrade your kitchen. Adding vintage touches to your new cabinets, shelves and other decor preserves the charm of your country life while ensuring lasting use and durability.

Eliminating Plastic From Your Home

Once you start paying attention, you’ll begin to notice how many plastic items you have in your home. While plastic bins can serve your storage needs well, the best materials to ensure lasting use and durability are quality wood, stone, metal and glass. Counters, appliances, shelving, drawers, chests and the like that are made from quality elements last longer than their plastic counterparts. Also, they serve the décor and aesthetic mood of your home and lifestyle well.

Even your tools and work items such as buckets and piping are probably made of plastic. Wood and metal tools will make your field and farm work more efficient, increase productivity and lead to greater output. Even something as simple as trading in that plastic rake you use to gather up fallen leaves for a quality metal version can make a difference in your daily life.

5/27/2018 10:41:07 PM

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4/5/2018 12:45:04 AM

One thought, do not get rid of your plastic shelves, rakes, etc. just because they are plastic. If they are in good shape use them until they start showing wear then replace them with the better quality wood or metal items. Of course if you are purchasing or building for the first time then go with the best you can afford with the more durable and decorative wood being a preferred choice

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