When you imagine your ideal home, you probably focus on things the number of bedrooms, size of the swimming pool and distance from the gate to the driveway. And the same applies when you finally own your dream home – you focus on the big things – converting the study into a games room, extending the driveway, turning the cellar into a microbrewery and other such major projects. While it’s only natural to focus on the big things, this means that sometimes the smaller things, the things which can really make your house into a home, get overlooked. Get these things right and you’ll be surprised how much more you love your dream home.

A major annoyance in many homes, and one that most people are resigned to being able to do nothing about, is the amount of excess noise which we have to put up with. This kind of noise can come from any number of sources – perhaps your windows are too thin, your floorboards are old, your doors and drawers slam easily. It’s going to be difficult to eliminate all excess noise (especially if you live next to an Air Force base) but there are several simple steps you can take to ensure that it’s kept to a minimum:

If the slamming is relatively mild you could just put down felt pads inside the frame of the door and the inside of the drawers and this will reduce the amount of noise it makes when it closes. If the whole thing is still too noisy for you, you can fit dampers and slam-proof hinges which slow the door’s velocity as it approaches the frame. If this doesn’t do the trick, think about replacing the doors and frames with something that will add value to your property. The same goes for your garage door. Oftentimes, older door openers can be responsible for making so much noise, they will wake up everyone in the house. Take a look at http://www.garageautomatics.com/ and get a newer model which won’t keep everyone awake.

Another luxurious addition to your home which will boost comfort is a deep banquette and a large dining table. Many small families have a large dining room with a dining table to fit the room. Yet dining at such tables with so few people can seem rather strange – it looks as if perhaps everyone’s body odor is causing them to sit so far apart. Either that or they’re practicing voice projection as they eat. A quick look at the pages of history can show us how to appreciate having a larger-than-usual amount of space when dining: Ancient Romans used to eat while lounging – body spread out horizontally, propped up by cushions and eating with one hand. Replace your chairs with a deep banquette, have the food spread out in bowls within the reach of each diner and spread yourself out.

Another annoyance is spending time getting the lighting right in the rooms you spend time in. Different combinations of light switches can take up space, too, and make a wall look ugly. For a far chicer look, get rid of the switches altogether. Create a number of different lighting settings and connect your lighting to a central, voice-activated control unit with motion sensors. You can have the system automatically change the lighting in each room depending on the time of day and to switch to different settings if someone enters or exits the room. If you’re not content with the setting, simply tell the system what you’d like.

Try to maximize the amount of natural light you get in your house. Natural light has an incredible effect of people’s perception of a living space and increases occupants’ general health. Are there dead wall spaces which could hold a large window? What about skylights? If you have an atrium with a roof, you might consider taking the roof off completely.

To really perfect your home, make a list every day of the annoyances that you come across. Does it annoy you when you get out of bed and the temperature of the floor is not exactly the way you wish? Does the beep of the oven make you want to smash the oven door into tiny pieces? Does it take too long to find something you want to watch on TV? All of these problems have solutions, and you can start implementing them right away!