New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Owners of Historic Homes in Kansas City

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Home Remodeling Could Help You Create a List of Viable Goals

It’s tradition to come up with a list of goals you plan to pursue at the start of the new year. The ancient Babylonians are said to have started the practice – and we imagine their annual wishlist of accomplishments would be very different from ours today.

Depending on what your own goals are, you may be surprised to find a solution from an unsuspecting place: a home renovation company that specializes in houses built in the 1940s and earlier.

Keep reading for some great New Year’s resolutions ideas for owners of historic homes in the Kansas City metro area.

Goal: Cook More Meals In Your Functional Kitchen

After a kitchen remodel, you may find that you love spending more time in this important room in your home. A smart kitchen layout makes it easier and more pleasant to prepare food for your family.

If your new year’s resolution is to cook more often and skip takeout or food delivery services, then a home remodeling company like Architectural Craftsmen can help you achieve it by:

  • Maximizing storage with solid-wood custom cabinetry
  • Creating the perfect “work triangle” with your stovetop, refrigerator, and sink
  • Upgrading countertops to easy-to-clean-and-maintain, heat-resistant materials
  • Optimizing traffic flow throughout the room to make smart use of square footage

Goal: Reconnect with History

The history of the Kansas City area dates back to the early 1800s, when French fur traders sailed westward on the Missouri River and built cabins along it. In 1838, the town of Kansas was formed, and the Santa Fe Trail then led to the establishment of the town of Westport. It wasn’t until 1853 that the city was incorporated into the state of Missouri, before being renamed Kansas City in 1889.

Many homes in Kansas City from this time period still exist – as well as from the following decades, when Victorians, American Craftsman-style houses, Tudor homes, and American foursquares were popularized.

If you live in a historic home in Kansas City, your New Year’s Resolution may be to reconnect with the history of your home, neighborhood, and city, or even your family’s ancestral roots, particularly if your home has been in the family for generations.

Goal: Practice Self Care Every Day

Practicing self care means maintaining a healthy relationship with your mind, body, and spirit. By prioritizing yourself and your needs, you can reduce stress, promote well-being, and enhance your quality of life.

People practice self care in many ways; there is no single path to self care. However, performing self care becomes infinitely easier if you have access to beautiful spaces in your own home, including an oasis-like bathroom.

Yes, even historic homes can let you bathe in luxury, particularly when you consider the types of fixtures generally found in bathrooms of older homes – think clawfoot soaking tubs, marble countertops, intricately tiled floors, and more.

Although your older home’s bathroom may have seen better days and decades, a home remodeling company like Architectural Craftsmen can revitalize it with a major makeover worthy of the pages of a magazine. Then, you can spend uninterrupted “me time” in your own spa-like zone, as you enjoy a deep bubble bath, long shower with massaging jets, and ample space at the vanity to primp and pamper yourself.

Goal: Spend More Time in the Great Outdoors

If your goal is to get outside more in the new year, then outdoor spaces surrounding your historic home in Roanoke or Brookside could be just the ticket. A home remodeling company like Architectural Craftsmen can not only renovate your house’s exterior, but they can also create outdoor spaces where you’ll look forward to spending time.

Get fresh air, read in a hammock, or roast marshmallows with your family on a new stone patio that mimics the style of your Tudor-style home’s own stone accents. Add a pergola with exposed beams that reflect those along the eaves of your craftsman-style home. With beautiful, useful, and period-appropriate outdoor spaces surrounding your historic home, you can reconnect with nature nearby rather than driving to the park.

Our Home Remodeling Company Can Inspire You to Live a Better Life

Your historic home requires an expert touch and an understanding of architectural design choices to create functional, period-appropriate spaces, including kitchens, bathrooms, and additions. That’s where Architectural Craftsmen comes in. We’re not just a home renovation company. We’re a home renovation company that specializes in historic houses, from the 1940s and older.

We believe you should never compromise on modern amenities for daily living, nor should you erase your home’s origin story just to get the upgrades you want and need.

If you’re ready to remodel your home so you can tackle the most important New Year’s resolutions on your list, send us a message online to request a home visit and estimate.