No matter how big or small your guest bedroom is, making sure your visitors have a cozy place to sleep will make their experience much better.

Energy-efficient home renovations are great ways to increase the value and overall aesthetic of your house. 

As we head into the autumnal season, these remodeling projects will likely hit the top of the list as we welcome friends and family into our homes for extended stays over the holidays. Your guest bedroom and bathroom will no doubt be getting plenty of foot traffic in the weeks and months ahead. If you already have this area of your home primed for visiting aunts and grandparents then you are ahead of the game, but if you are looking to tackle the remodel in the coming weeks, we have a few design tips to get you started:

Lighting: Staying in an unfamiliar home is difficult enough without also being unable to see around the space with ease. While natural light is welcomed in any area, be sure to also incorporate plenty of artificial light sources so guests will be able to find their way around the hallways, bathroom and bedroom without incident.

Linens: When it comes to making up a bed for visitors, just remember the Golden Rule: treat others how you would want to be treated. You wouldn't want to sleep in unwashed or overly starched sheets, so be sure that the sleep space you are offering to family is cozy and equipped with plenty of blankets, pillows and clean sheets.

Windows: Here in Idaho and Utah, the holidays arrive alongside some pretty chilly weather. When it comes to heating and cooling our homes, utility costs can get pretty high if houses are not properly insulated or sealed. The best way to ensure guests are cozy and comfortable in your guest room is to make sure that there are no drafts coming in through windows or unsealed exterior doors. Spending some time while the weather is still nice to do some exterior caulking and install seam seals will help you maintain a comfortable — and affordable – temperature in your home.

The best way to guarantee that your guest room is ready to welcome visitors is to spend a night in the space yourself. This way, if there is anything off or missing from the room, you will be able to fix it without inconveniencing your guests.

When trying to maintain warm temperatures in your house, if you find that sealing and caulking doesn't make your home any warmer, it may be time to repair or replace the older windows in your home for more energy-efficient ones.

At Valley Glass, we specialize in window replacement glass for automobiles and houses. We can help you get the products that you need, and ensure their proper installation into your property.