8 Smart Things to Add During Your Home Renovation

by | Feb 5, 2024 | Cool Spaces & Ideas, Home Design

8 Smart Things To Add During Your Home Renovation

Advances in technology over the years have slowly but surely made our homes more convenient and our lives easier. Whether we’re meal planning for the week, going grocery shopping, cleaning, or working from our home offices, even the smallest smart additions can make a huge difference.

Many smart features are also designed with cost savings in mind. For example, smart thermostats, kitchen appliances, and lighting systems can all be programmed to follow set routines to avoid overuse and keep your energy costs down.

A home renovation is the perfect time to add technology and other modern conveniences into your home. Keep reading and check out 8 cool things to add to your house as part of your next remodel!

1. Pop-Up Kitchen Outlets

One of the most innovative trends in kitchen design over the last few years is pop-up outlets. Pop-up outlets are totally retractable, and can be installed in strategic locations on your kitchen counters to make using countertop appliances or charging your devices convenient and easy.

Here are a few of the benefits of including pop-up outlets in your kitchen remodel:

  • Your backsplashes can remain outlet-free.
  • It’s easier to comply with specific kitchen-island and kitchen-peninsula electrical codes.
  • You can avoid hazardous cords hanging off your countertops or island.
  • It’s easy to charge your devices while you eat or cook.
  • Pop-up outlets typically use only minimal power, so they can save you money on your energy bill.

Other convenient and discreet places to add extra kitchen outlets include inside cabinets, in charging-station drawers, or even behind removable sections of backsplash tile!

2. A Built-In Spice Rack

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Rather than taking up extra counter space — which is especially valuable real estate in smaller kitchens — you can add a built-in spice rack to your upper or lower cabinetry. From pull-out drawer options to rotating racks, hiding your spices in a carefully-designed built-in rack makes life easier and saves space for other purposes.

Another major benefit of pull-out spice racks is that they’re a great accessibility feature for people living with disabilities or those who want to age in place. A well-designed spice cabinet prevents you from having to kneel or reach when preparing meals.

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3. Baseboard Vacuums

Looking for cool things for your house that will make cleaning easier and all your friends jealous? Then baseboard – or “toe-kick” – vacuums are a no-brainer! Once you’ve had baseboard vacuums installed, all you need to do when cleaning the kitchen or other area of your home is to sweep dust and debris close enough to the baseboard unit so it can suck everything up.

Baseboard vacuums can either connect to your home’s central vacuum system (if you have one) or a dust bag. A central vacuum, also called a “whole-house vacuum,” is a system of interconnected pipes that can be built into the interior walls of your home and is connected to a main unit, generally in a garage or basement space.

4. Outlets Near Toilets for Bidet Attachments

Although they’re historically associated with fancy European hotels, bidets (or bidet attachments) aren’t just luxury items. In fact, washing yourself with a bidet after using the bathroom can help prevent rashes, urinary tract infections, hemorrhoids, and a range of other medical issues. It also limits toilet-paper use, which minimizes your home’s environmental impact.

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If you’re renovating a bathroom, consider installing a small bidet if you have the space for it, or simply add outlets near your toilet to allow for a bidet attachment, which is a simpler, less expensive, and space-saving solution.

5. A Smart Thermostat

There has been a huge uptick in the popularity of smart thermostats over the last few years, and for good reason. Installing a smart thermostat in your home during a remodel can add comfort, convenience, and reliability to your life by allowing you to adjust the temperature remotely with an app or with your voice through Amazon Alexa or another smart-home assistant. That means even if you’re out of the house, you can make sure your home is at a comfortable temperature by the time you return.

You can also set timed routines on most smart thermostats, so you can make sure you wake up to a comfy 68-degree bedroom whether it’s winter or summer. Smart thermostats that meet Energy Star criteria have been shown to save most users money on electricity by avoiding over- or under-heating.

6. Arrival Sensors

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Arrival sensors are great for convenience, home monitoring, and security. They’re designed to alert you through connected devices when there’s movement in your home (or just outside it, depending on placement). They can also be programmed to turn on or off depending on whether or not you’re home. Installing arrival sensors can help you keep track of the comings and goings in your home and protect your family and belongings.

You can also integrate arrival sensors with other cool things for your house like an alarm system and doorbell cameras.

7. USB Outlets

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Installing USB outlets in your home — especially in rooms or areas where you frequently charge your devices — is one of the simplest things you can do to make your home smarter. Say goodbye to the need to hunt down a charging block or drain the battery on your laptop so you can charge your phone. Since USB outlets also typically include regular outlets, it’s possible to charge more devices at once!

You can also find furniture that includes built-in USBA and/or USBC ports, including nightstands, dressers, and even couches and beds! With all the devices we use on a regular basis, these items can make a big difference in helping you stay organized.

8. Home Office Organization

If you’re remodeling or adding a home office as part of a remodel, think about including space-saving and convenient organization solutions in your design. Whether you’re working from home or setting up a hobby or craft room, staying organized in your office space is much easier when you incorporate smart organization. Here are a few ideas: 

  • Built-in shelving or bookcases
  • File cabinets
  • Desk drawers
  • A paper shredder
  • Labels
  • A wall-mounted dry-erase calendar

When it comes to home office design, another thing to keep in mind is noise control. Opting for elegant carpeting or using rugs, throw blankets, and cushions in your space can help absorb noise and keep your home office free of distractions! It’s also important to ensure the lighting in an office space is comfortable and adequate to avoid eye strain.

Include Smart-Home Gadgets and Solutions in Your Next Home Remodel Project

At L. Evans Design Group, we always take the extra time to ensure we understand not only your design preferences and aesthetic vision but also your lifestyle needs. This allows us to prioritize things that will make your life and home simpler, more beautiful, and more fun. We’ll work with you to ensure your space combines modern convenience, innovative solutions, and a design you truly love.

Want to incorporate these or other smart-home features in your project? We can’t wait to hear about your ideas and discuss a few of our own! 

Call at (971) 404-1241 or contact us online to set up your project consultation.

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Let us help you with your next full home, kitchen, bathroom, custom addition, or aging-in-place redesign project today! 

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