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5 optional upgrades to think twice about when remodeling

1. Bi-fold doors

Bi-fold doors have become a standard fixture in new home builds, most commonly installed between the living spaces and al fresco zones. Ideal for blurring the boundary between inside and out, glass bi-folds look good and feel well-suited to the Australian outdoor lifestyle.

But Anchor Homes project consultant Laurie Raikes believes owners rarely take advantage of them.

“The concept is great but in reality they never get used,” he says. “You’ll pay a lot of money [on a project home] for bi-folds as an upgrade and they’re difficult to screen. You may want to consider allocating that money elsewhere.”

Bi-folds can also encroach on your living space, as they protrude once stacked, and may impair views as each panel has a wide frame.

On the other hand, sliding doors are generally cheaper and offer larger expanses of glass to maximize light and views.

2. Fancy Fittings

When it comes to designer fittings, Raikes says you risk alienating future owners with different tastes to your own. He also cautions against items like bar fridges and spa baths, which may have limited appeal.

Raikes installed a spa bath in his new home, but now regrets doing so.

“I thought it was a great idea, but I’ve probably only used it twice in 12 months,” he says. “A spa bath takes up a lot of space and might cost up to $2000.”

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What to get a millennium for their first home – after college

A quality mattress: You spend practically half your life on your mattress, so it’s something you should spend real money on (and buy brand new), Langmaid said.

“If you are on the same mattress that you’ve had since you left home for college, it’s time to upgrade,” he said. “It’s time to get the piece that is made for you, that you sleep well on. . . . Everybody needs a great mattress.”

Mattress preferences vary from person to person. Langmaid said he likes a bed that will swallow him up, while others might prefer firm support. The key, he says, is to go to a store, rather than shopping online, and try them out.

He cautions buying a cheap mattress because it should last for at least 10 years, but one way to alleviate any financial burden is to opt for financing or a payment plan.

He said a high-quality mattress was the first real piece of furniture he bought after graduating college, and although he uses it for guests now, it has lasted him all this time.

Clothes organizing tools: “When you’re in your 30s and you have people over and they open your drawer and it’s a hot mess, it kind of is a reflection I think on just you in general — how you keep your home,” says Meg Biram, 35, a D.C.-based lifestyle blogger. She recommends investing in containers to organize your closets and drawers.

“If you have everything piled into one closet but it’s not well-organized with containers and hangers and dividers, then it can just be a nightmare every day trying to find stuff,” she said.

She said she’s organized her shoes with tools from the Container Store. If your budget doesn’t allow for store-bought accessories, she suggests small shoe boxes to help organize drawers. She uses these to organize garments by type — hiking socks vs. athletic, for example.

Vacuum: Everybody needs to have a good vacuum, Langmaid said. “You need to spend at least $100 on a vacuum that suits your needs,” he said. “And you need to use it regularly.”

Biram recommends the Dyson Animal Stick Vac V8, which is a pretty hefty investment at $350 , but she said it’s worth every penny. When she and her husband got married several years ago, they got a $70 vacuum from their wedding registry. It lasted about a year before they replaced it with another vacuum for less than $100.

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Calm, colorful, clean kids’ room

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In many households, no room is a bigger magnet for clutter than a child’s bedroom. Designers say parents are increasingly interested in managing that clutter effectively — and attractively.

“Everybody wants their house to look like a magazine, and that includes the kids’ rooms,” Los Angeles designer Betsy Burnham says.

But her advice to parents: Be realistic about how you and your kids actually live. Be honest and really ask, “‘Are we a tidy family? Are we too busy? Do we have too much stuff?’ It’s OK if you’re not a tidy household.

Choose a neutral color palette for the major design elements in the room, like furniture and wall color, she says.

Then you can add pops of color through rugs, bedding and pillows.

Burnham also likes the neutral palette for kids’ rooms, where, she says, it’s easy “to overdo it, and think that just because they’re kids they get a brighter palette.”

Another way to create a relaxing feel for kids: Leave open play space — “to maximize their creativity and their imaginative play,” Martin says.

“It’s important to have an area where they can actually play in the center of the room,” she adds.

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