If you've recently moved into a new home or you've saved up some money for renovating your existing home, it's exciting to think about hosting get-togethers over the holidays. If you're the type of person who enjoys putting on a party with delicious treats for your friends and family, it's fun to think about hiring a general contractor who can make your home even more of a cozy environment for these gatherings—as well as for your family when the house is quieter. Find a local contractor who specializes in the following tasks and talk about implementing them before the holidays.

Heated Floors

Heated floors will dramatically increase the cozy factor of any of the rooms in your home, but you don't need to go overboard by getting several rooms treated in this manner. Instead, simply have your contractor heat the floor in the home's entry area. When you're hosting holiday parties and it's cold outside, the entry area can be chilly as you're constantly opening the door when guests arrive. This space, however, can feel highly cozy when the floor is pleasantly warm under your guests' feet—starting your party on the right note.

Electric Fireplace

If you don't want to go to the expense and magnitude of having a whole fireplace installed, talk to your general contractor about putting in an electric fireplace. This fixture adds a high degree of coziness to your home and will be a point around which your guests will gather during your holiday get-togethers. An ideal spot for an electric fireplace is the family room or living room. In some cases, you may even wish to buy a two-sided fireplace that can be installed in the wall and enjoyed in two rooms. This is ideal, for example, in the wall between the living room and the dining room.

Candle Sconces

Wall sconces are a stunning visual addition to your home, and can also add a high degree of coziness for your upcoming holiday parties. Like traditional wall sconces, candle wall sconces are available in a variety of styles, so you'll be able to find a type that suits the look of your home. Your general contractor can install these fixtures quickly and easily. Because they generally hold candles instead of electric lights, there are no wires to run through the walls. This means that you simply have to decide where you want the sconces to be mounted, and your contractor can put them into place for you.

To learn about these or other renovation ideas, talk to companies like Max Gray Construction Inc.