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Popular Improvements For Homes in the City

Popular Improvements For Homes in the City

There are a variety of different styles of homes and apartments throughout New York City.  Manhattan contains brownstones and multi-floor apartments.  The boroughs contain more traditional row homes.  Despite the many options that are available in the city, homeowners will still frequently make home improvements.  These improvements make the space more comfortable, personalized and even energy-efficient.  Residents in NYC commonly perform a few improvements after purchasing a new piece of real estate.

The windows that come with a home are not always modern.  It is not unusual to find older wooden window frames that hold thin panes of glass in every room of the house.  Replacing the windows in a home will allow more light to enter the space.  New windows also have better insulating properties so that heating and cooling systems operate more effectively.  This reduces the amount of energy consumed each month.  Installing new modern windows takes only a few days.  Choosing the right style of windows can enhance the outside appearance and curbside appeal of the home.

The lighting fixtures in a home sometimes contain old wiring or a design that does not match the new decor of the space.  Changing the lighting fixtures is a simple home improvement option that has several benefits.  There are modern fixtures that match every style including some that mimic the unique architectural elements inside of certain NYC brownstones.  Modern fixtures also have energy-saving options like dimmer switches.  Newer fixtures have the potential to extend the life of compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs).  Changing the fixtures in a large room gives homeowners the opportunity to install a ceiling fan that will help to circulate the air throughout the house.

Some of the homes in the New York City real estate market are designed for fast-paced lifestyles.  This sometimes means that areas like the kitchen receive less attention than the bedroom, bathroom and living room.  A very popular home improvement is a kitchen renovation.  This can turn a simple kitchen into a space that makes cooking easy and enjoyable.  The kitchen can be redesigned to include more counter space, a floating island and even a separate prep sink.  Counters made from natural stone with tile backsplashes create a functional and elegant workspace.  Modern appliances like stainless steel refrigerators and induction cooktops will allow for storage and accurate cooking temperatures.  Renovating the kitchen turns any New York City home into a convenient space for living and entertaining.

The following includes information is written by Ken Torrino, web relations for Elliman, brokers for NYC, Queens Real Estate.

Popular Improvements For Homes in the City