With so many vacations to beaches, mountains and big cities and everywhere else — being canceled this summer, many would-be travelers are diverting time, attention, and a few of their dollars to staycations.
Turning your home into a “resort” — or at least a better staycation destination — isn’t as crazy or as complex as it might sound. Some fairly simple changes can add a getaway feel to your all-to-familiar surroundings.
Those looking to make their home a better staycation destination should think about what they love about their favorite vacation spots, said Matt Zimmer, a designer with the Cleary Company, a remodeling company based in Columbus.
Of course, you can’t add an ocean or a mountain view to your home, at least not in central Ohio, Zimmer said. But there are other ways incorporate reminders of favorite destinations, he said.
“I had some clients who said, “We want that Vegas feel in our bathroom.” What does that even mean? “It turned out that meant a large, open shower.
Zimmer recalled another project he did recently, designing a covered patio. During the design, Zimmer asked his client to recall a favorite vacation memory.
“She mentioned a trip to Charleston (S.C.) and a ceiling fan in the best place they went in Charleston to get oysters. It became important to me in the design of the project to find that specific fan.” With some internet research, Zimmer found the fan, which the customer adored, he said.
“Little things like that are going to make your home feel more like you’re in your favorite special vacation places, wherever those favorite places are.”
Enhancing outdoor spaces is often a good way to enhance that staycation feel, Zimmer said. “Tying the indoors to the outside adds to that Zen-like feel at home,” he said.
“You don’t have to do an entire porch addition. There are a lot of little things you can do, like building a little bar area, or adding a TV outside with a little covering over it, all things that might make you more inclined to hang out outside.”
Here are some visual idea’s for a comfy home staycation:
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