How to Host Your Family at Home
The entertaining season is quickly approaching, which means plenty of holiday parties, visits from out-of-town guests and other celebrations. Is your home ready for friends and family?
Make your guests feel extra special this holiday season with the following tips:
Clear Out Your Fridge
Your kitchen is about to get plenty of extra work. Take the time now to go through your fridge for expired salad dressings, condiments and other items. Also check your spice cabinets. Give your fridge and freezer shelves a quick wipe with an equal mix of vinegar and water. When you’re done, replace the baking soda box to eliminate odors.
Check Your Dining Table and Chairs
It may have been a while since you sat down in your dining room. They’re often the least used rooms in the home. Before you serve Thanksgiving dinner, you might want to check all chairs. Are they level? Do they need sliders? Spot treat any stains and give the table an extra coat of polish.
Buy or Borrow Extra Serving Items
You don’t want to be in the middle of cooking a big meal and realize you don’t have the tools you need. Once you’ve decided on the courses you’re going to make, go through your entertaining ware to make sure you have enough utensils, platters and other serving items. Do you need a gravy boat? An extra pitcher? Instead of buying, you can always ask a neighbor or guest to borrow them that day.
Have Your Fireplace Checked
You should have your fireplace inspected and “flushed” each winter. Besides helping prevent fires, having a clean chimney stops blockages that can create carbon monoxide poisoning. A clean fireplace also heats your home more efficiently, cutting down on heating bills.
Evaluate Your Entertaining Space
Consider adding an outdoor entertaining area to enjoy in the coming seasons. Outdoor living spaces increases space to host events, offers enjoyable areas to sit and relax, and extends the time you spend outdoors.
The Benefits of a Year-Round Playing Surface
Make your home the neighborhood hangout with an athletic court in your own backyard. The benefits of building an outdoor sports court are immeasurable. It’s a place to hang out year-round without waiting for open baskets, tennis reservations or competitive games.
DiSabatino Landscaping has partnered with VersaCourt to build personal courts across the Brandywine Valley. These custom designs work with the terrain and slope of your yard and can be tailored to any style or color. They offer basketball, volleyball, tennis, pickleball, hockey and shuffleboard courts.
The best way to get your kids off their screens and outside with their friends is giving them something to do outside. Other benefits of an outdoor sports court include:
- Accessibility day or night
- Increased fitness and sports skills
- An activity for guests at every family gathering or birthday party
- Convenience of your own court without driving to find one
- Versatility as a clean, flat area to use for other sports and games
- A safe, fun place for kids to hang out after school
- Low maintenance surface
VersaCourt also offers multi-sport game courts that give players the ability to play multiple sports on the same durable, easy-to-maintain surface. They have a wide range of accessories and add-ons to choose from.
Give DiSabatino Landscaping’s team a call to learn how you can install an outdoor sports court the entire family will enjoy.
Ideas for the Biggest Impact on Your Home
As values and interest rates continue to rise, many homeowners are deciding to stay in their current houses. If you’ve decided not to move, you may be considering how to refresh your home.
Enhance the enjoyment of where you live by improving the comfort and functionality of your living areas. The following ideas will help you make your home the perfect place for your family:
All Weather Outdoor Areas
Many homeowners desire separate areas for dining, entertaining, and relaxing. These separate areas should complement each other but remain separate with distinct areas by adding borders, landscaping, or accent walls. An experienced landscape designer can show you how to take advantage of every area of your property.
Kitchens and Bathrooms
A new kitchen or bathroom is one of the biggest changes you can make in the look of your home. Most kitchens start to look dated after ten years. New cabinets or countertops will instantly update the style of your house. Changing the flow of your kitchen or adding a larger shower in your bathroom will make a big impact on your space.
Working from home? More than 35% of active job holders work remotely, making extra space a top priority. A home office allows you to have the privacy of your own space without the hassle of a commute. You can easily transform a home office into an extra bedroom with a pull-out couch for guests.
Closets and Garages
Clutter can make any home look too small. Free up space with shelving, drawers, and organizing bins. Hang large items that aren’t frequently used. Investing in a closet or garage storage system will free up the rest of the rooms in your house, allowing you to live more efficiently.
Today’s sunrooms are energy-efficient, with state-of-the-art technology. They can be outfitted with large windows, retractable screens, or folding doors. One of the most popular ways to use your new sunroom is as a place to host guests. From a large dining table to conversation chair seating, sunrooms add essential extra space. Extend your entertaining with a sunroom that helps bridge the gap between indoors and outdoors.
Creative Ways to Transform Your Lower-Level
As colder weather arrives, you might be looking for ways to enjoy your home indoors. One of the quickest and easiest way to gain additional footage is with a basement renovation. They don’t require heavy construction or framing, and they can be tailored to accommodate the needs of every homeowner.
The following ideas offer original ideas to revitalize your home. As with any renovation project, make sure you work with a professional firm with the proper insurance and licensing, and be sure all permits are approved beforehand. Basements should also be inspected for any water or mold issues before installing drywall and electrical elements.
Guests will enjoy having a separate space away from their hosts. Create a separate bedroom and bathroom for friends and family to stay the night. It will come in handy during the holiday season and for children’s sleepovers. An extra sleeping area usually requires a window, so you may have to install an egress depending on the township you live in.
Need a place to play your guitar without waking up the family? Want to start a rock band? A basement music studio is the ideal place to fill your rock fantasies. Install soundproofing walls, add a few speakers, and plug in an amp and microphone. The studio can be as amateur or professional as you want it to be.
The pandemic created a major shift in home workout systems. They have become more streamlined, affordable, and practical for personal use. The size of your home gym can be as large or as small as you’d like. You can even include add-ons such as showers, saunas, or steam rooms.
The Philadelphia area is known for its fan base. From the Eagles to the Phillies and the Flyers, display sports memorabilia and cheer on your home team with your own bar area. The newest designs can be as sophisticated as you’d like them to be. The options are endless, from adding a butler’s pantry or a wine cellar to a built-in fireplace.
View our Interior Renovations gallery for design ideas here.