Whether you’re building a new house or updating your existing space, a low-maintenance home is an excellent way to save yourself time and money—plus it’s good for the environment too! If you’re wondering how to get started on a major project like this and getting a bit overwhelmed, don’t worry, we’re here to help with some great tips for designing a low-maintenance home in Orange County, CA (or anywhere!).

1. Declutter and Organize Your Home

The fewer knick-knacks you have around the house, the fewer things there are to collect dust, so get rid of anything that isn’t truly important. It also helps to have plenty of storage so you can put things behind closed doors, so they collect less dust. These are simple but powerful ways to create a less-cluttered, more organized, and low-maintenance interior.

2. Select Simple, Easy-to-Clean Features

One of the biggest day-to-day challenges in home maintenance is cleaning, so finding ways to reduce the amount and difficulty of cleaning your home is key. Choose simple light fixtures that are easy to reach and collect less dust. Consider alternatives to blinds that collect a lot of dirt. Choose tile or wood floors over carpet. Select cabinets that reach all the way to the floor, ceiling, wall, or other connected parts (think about eliminating those hard-to-clean, dust-attracting cabinet tops and the nooks and crannies around cabinetry and appliances). In the bathroom, consider installing floating toilets and avoid glass shower screens.

3. Use High-Quality, Durable Materials

By spending a little more upfront on quality fixtures and finishes and professional installation, you can save time and money over the long run. For example, when it comes to flooring, hard-surface materials like stone, wood, and quality tile are great options that can stand the test of time. Another often overlooked point is to be sure to choose quality cabinetry that will last. Although most cabinets can appear well-built while sitting on the showroom floor, knowing what to look for and ask about can make the difference between a 5- to- 10-year cabinet and a 50- to- 75-year cabinet. 

4. Limit Landscape and Exterior Maintenance

Reducing the upkeep required for the exterior of your home will save you a lot of money and time and is also very eco-friendly. You can choose vinyl or brick siding instead of wood, a metal roof over traditional shingles, and low-maintenance plants, pavers, gravel, and stone over grass and high-maintenance greenery in your lawn.

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5. Consider Downsizing if Possible

Obviously smaller homes on smaller plots of land require less cleaning, upkeep, and yard maintenance. Downsizing to a condo or town home can be even better since these homes usually have an HOA that takes care of most of the major maintenance issues, including landscaping and other exterior upkeep.

Home Remodeling in Orange County, CA

Chris Riggins Construction takes pride in being a trusted construction company in Orange County, CA. We provide a variety of custom home building and remodeling services such as kitchens, baths, living rooms, bedrooms, whole home remodels, and custom home builds. For a more precise list of where we work, view our Service Areas.

If you’re ready to start your home build or remodeling process, Contact Us, we are happy to help you on your journey. If you’d like to look around at our Orange County projects further, view our Portfolio.

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