Major home remodeling projects come with major price tags and majorly disrupt your life. But you don’t have to tear your house down to the studs to make an impact.
Enter the mini-renovation.
Smaller renovations are easier to budget, can be done on a tighter time frame, and are usually less nerve-wracking. And even small projects have the potential to take a good home and make it great.
Consider these glow-ups for small improvements with big impacts.
#6 Enlist everyone’s favorite: Paint
Paint is easy enough to tackle yourself, but even if you enlist professional help, you’re still not paying much out of pocket.
You’re going to need to take down all of your art and move all your furniture out of the way, so take the opportunity to rethink how you use whatever room you’re repainting. Often, simply rearranging furniture and updating artwork can give stale rooms a new lease on life.
The magic of paint extends to your exterior as well. A fresh coat of exterior paint on your siding can make your home stand out from the neighbors and increase curb appeal (with an ROI of 107%). It’s a surprisingly affordable re-do.
#5 Install a patio
Building a deck or screened-in porch will cost you some coin, but pouring a patio pad is an affordable and practical option. Consider going with pavers, brick, stone, or concrete.
Take the opportunity to spruce up your landscaping, buy a few new pieces of outdoor furniture or a new grill, and install a patio door off of the kitchen. Projects that increase your home’s functional space tend to have the highest return on investment, and with a new patio you’ve got a whole new outdoor room.
#4 Give your kitchen a facelift
Kitchens may sell homes, but kitchen renovations are expensive. To avoid a hefty price tag (and probably a few months of washing dishes in your bathroom), it’s smart to step back and look at your kitchen with fresh eyes.
If you can pinpoint exactly what makes your kitchen look dated, you can choose the mini-remodel project that is right for you. Say you have a dated backsplash—get that redone! Those orangey wood cabinets could get refaced with a more timeless white cabinet. Upgrade your cabinet hardware while you’re at it. Cash in on the big box store’s yearly appliance sale and install a new suite of appliances.
Plus, mid-range kitchen remodels have a higher ROI than fancier ones. It pays to pick your battles.
#3 Update your flooring
Wall-to-wall carpeting always seems to come with an expiration date—even if you enforce a strict no-shoes policy. You can shampoo those carpets and baby them as much as you want, but they’ll eventually look dingy.
Upgrade once and upgrade well by installing classic hardwood floors. While laminates get better every year, if you are considering selling down the line, buyers love hardwood floors. They’re easy to take care of, gorgeous, and will never go out of style.
#2 Rethink your home’s lighting
Small outdated lighting fixtures make a home look small and…well, outdated.
You don’t have to have advanced DIY skills for this one. If you know where your home’s breakers are and can commit to watching a few online tutorials, you can swap out your outdated overhead light. Install a dimmer while you are at it for more pizzazz.
Lighting fixtures are the jewelry of the room. Time for some new jewelry.
#1 Upgrade your windows
While lighting fixtures are fun to upgrade, it’s natural lighting that makes a home feel rich and spacious. If you can’t afford to knock out a wall, let in the light and add a window.
Installing bigger windows will open up your views, make your home seem larger, and even improve your mood. Home window replacement is an easy job to break into smaller steps. If you can’t afford to replace all your windows at once, it’s simple to address those drafty downstairs windows first, and the next year take on the upstairs. If you’re looking for a big curb appeal boost, do the front of your home first.
Reach out to Window Nation today and request a free quote for an affordable home upgrade with major impact.
Do you have skills? Are you the reason there is a shiny new bathroom sink or beautiful ceramic tile on the kitchen floor? We have no doubt you can handle a do-it-yourself project. The question we want you to ask isn’t, “whether or not you should take on that door installation project,” but “whether or not you really want to.” Here are a few things to consider before strapping on your work belt and getting out your jigsaw.
Weird things can go wrong with any project, and door installations are no exception. When you install a door, especially an entry door, you need to make sure everything is measured out properly. You’re the one responsible for every little detail. If you miss anything, you may have:
- Doors that stick when you swing or slide them open.
- Doors that bang on objects inside the home.
- Doors that scrape or bang items outside the home.
- An entryway that doesn’t hold the heat in during the winter.
- An entryway that doesn’t hold the cold in during the summer.
- New doors that don’t take full advantage of all the energy savings a new door can provide. Leaks aren’t the only thing you have to worry about.
- Doors that aren’t secure. When someone comes to break into your home, you want to know that those doors are going to keep them out.
- A door frame that has gaps for ants, cockroaches, and other pests to crawl in through.
- A joint gap that lets water into your walls. We don’t need to tell you how bad that is. Water damage is one of the worst possible outcomes that can result from an installation mistake.
- An entryway that has issues no one else will probably see, but they drive you crazy every time you get home from work.
- A back or knee injury. Unloading and installing doors can be a challenge, and injuries can happen. It is even worse when they happen to someone who has come over to donate their time to your do-it-yourself project.
- A big fat dent or scratch. Yup. It happens. When you install those doors yourself, you could end up with an unsightly ding.
We have no doubt you can handle that new door installation project. But, if you want a worry free installation that saves you all the work and frustration of putting those new doors in, we’d love to help. Give us a call at Window Nation and come take a look at our incredible selection of front doors as well as our french and sliding doors.
Windows are a prominent part of your home. Color, size and placement are very important. They are a source of ventilation and a light. Replacing your old windows with new vinyl replacement windows will update your home and make it more energy efficient. Not to mention, increase your curb appeal. But what do you do with these old windows that have been removed from your home? Do you just recycle them? Here are a few ideas to repurpose those old windows by using them in your home décor.
- Turn your old window into a family activity and message board! If your old window frames are divided, you can use the frame as a central message and planning station for your family. Here’s how;
- Paint the frame to match your home décor colors.
- Add some cup hooks to the bottom of the frame. Cup hooks help keep track of car keys! You can even hang a calendar from one of these hooks!
- Put a piece of thin cork board in one of the sections for use with thumb tacks. Attach the cork board to a piece of cardboard and then glue to the window frame.
- Put a small piece of chalk board in another of the windows for writing notes and grocery lists. You can make your own piece of chalk board with special chalk board paint on a piece of cardboard.
- Fill other sections with photos attached to cardboard, fabric or leave open.
Fill a window frame, with or without glass in it, with scrap booking paper or pieces of fabric to decorate any room in your home. By adding colors that go with your bedding this can be a nice large piece to hang above a headboard. Or, add patterns that match your mud room, place a small shelf on the top, add a couple coat hooks to the side and you have a great conversation starter in your mud room that can hold umbrellas and hats!
Use a glass-free window frame for a fun, custom jewelry holder. You can add simple hooks or cabinet knobs or even buttons for hanging bracelets and necklaces. By stringing a small wire or string between the small sections you can hang bracelets, earrings and more. This can be a fun and whimsical addition to any girl’s room.
New windows are a great way to improve your house in many ways. Just because your old windows are no longer doing what they were originally designed to do doesn’t make them useless. Use your imagination and repurpose those windows to add fun, elegance and design to your home décor.