Your home needs so much from you! There seems like an ever-increasing number of indoor and outdoor tasks, each taking longer than the last. Pretty soon you’re overwhelmed! The less high maintenance your future home build can be, the better. How can you cut down the demands for maintenance that come with a home?
Design Your Home to Last
The first and most critical thing when building (or buying) a home is to look for materials that will stand the test of time. You want things that are not only classically built but that have a long life. For example, wood and bamboo flooring can be refinished if it gets worn over time, but will generally not need to be replaced for a long time Similarly using solid materials, such as brick and stone, on the outside of your home, can keep your home looking beautiful longer and make sure it withstands the test of time.
Choose the Right Materials
It’s also important to use high-quality, strong materials on the interior of your home. This seems cost-intensive, but it saves a great deal of money in the long run. Rather than repainting every few years, using high-quality paint in an eggshell finish can make it possible to wash a wall rather than repaint it. Having sturdy appliances in the kitchen can save you money on service costs since you won’t have to service them as often. Countertops should be a classical color, in a strong, natural material. Because it’s non-porous, quartz requires little maintenance. In contrast, even marble needs frequent refinishing because it remains porous.
If we could magically make our yards as low maintenance as possible, that would be amazing! Thinking ahead can make this almost happen. You need to have easily cared for ground cover. With drought-tolerant plants. Ideally, these plants are indigenous to your area, so they don’t fight the natural climate. Unlike countertops, hardscape patios should be made of permeable materials, so that water runoff goes back into the ground. You want dwarf shrubberies that are easy to maintain. If you like, swap a portion of the lawn for moss instead, which never needs cutting!
Your home needs you almost as much as you need it. There are ways to make sure that your home needs the least amount of extra care possible. The hours you save can be spent on spending time with those within the house—your family!