Winter Home Projects

Winter Home ImprovementsWith the winter coming up, people start thinking about what home projects they can start in the spring. But like most us, the thought of a cold, long winter stuck inside can drive one mad. But you can keep busy this winter by working on some of these easy and rewarding home improvement projects.

The best projects to consider getting started on are ones that can give not only improve your home but can increase your property value and save you money on bills. Here are some great ideas to get your started.

Better Your Bathroom

Winter time is the best time to work your bathroom. There’s no reason you can’t turn that boring bathroom into something that looks like it should in a spa retreat. Consider doing some upgrades replacing the bathtub, or working on the tiles on the floor to not only give the room a facelift.

A total bathroom remodel can be a costly and time-consuming investment, but it’s something those (especially with older homes) should consider. When it comes to bathtubs, sinks, and toilets, consider how much plumbing is going to be involved. Seeking professional help for this is important too, as for the common DIY’er it could be a little too much. Plus as most contractors will tell you, if you’re going to invest in a project, make sure you get it right the first time.

Lighting Updates

In these cold, dark winter months, a little light can go long way. Brightening up a room can warm you own spirits and set you up for the spring with new lamps or ceiling fan. Plus it’s one of the most affordable ways to update any room.

Not only is it an easy money saving option, in terms of upgrading to energy efficient options. LED-style lights are more energy efficient, but with the option of having a dimmer, can set the mood for a room, giving it a new a fresh look. Another form of lighting that is growing in popularity is Steampunk. Steampunk lighting is a cross between vintage and industrial designs.

The Kitchen Backsplash

Upgrading your kitchen can be a very timely and expensive, but adding a nice little backsplash can not only a great addition to any kitchen, but it can be a great winter weekend project.

Consider the personality that you can give to a room with a little upgrades where and there. A few years ago, most hardware stores only had in average 40 tiles to choose from. Today most stores have over 400 styles to choose from. The possibilities to change a room are endless and can really change an entire room.

Installation is a pretty simple process that any DIY’er can do, but be prepared! Make sure you are taking the time to prep and lay out a template that is unique to the area you working with. Plus another great resource to use is free tile classes from your local Home Depot that can help you be the most prepared you can be!
 

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Improving Your Kitchen

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The Kitchen is the heart of the home. As we all know the kitchen is more than just a room that we cook and store our food in. It’s the workhorse room that everyone at some point during the day spends time in.

With a room that sees such a high volume of traffic, the appearance of the kitchen is almost as important as the functionality that it serves. So important, that based on House and Home surveys nearly one-third of the 170,000 respondents reportedly remodeled their kitchens in 2014.

Even millennials are tackling the most popular interior project along with their parents the baby boomers. Spending an average of $26,000 to complete major kitchen upgrades, the boomers spent on average $45,000 on remodeling the kitchen.

Spending big money on kitchen upgrades and remodeling isn’t always the most necessary step. Simple, inexpensive fixes can work just as well to create a new profile of the kitchen you are remodeling.

Before tearing down the walls, start by organizing the cabinets. Drawers and other areas that can get cluttered easily can easily take on new life by simple reorganizing. The next step is to determine your budget and come up with a remodeling plan. Part of the plan is to evaluate what still is functional, and won’t need to be replaced.

Cabinets can be a very expensive component of a remodel, going for almost $15,000, even for a small kitchen. But assuming the current cabinets aren’t damaged beyond repair, a good “facelift” to the cabinets can be just as effective with transforming a room. A even more cost effective tactic is as simple as throwing some paint on the cabinets to give them an even fresher new look, or just swap out the doors with new ones. Swapping out the doors and keeping the cabinet frame will save you thousands, and give the room a new look.

Countertops can cost over $2,000 for the average home, but for closer to $500 you can have them professionally refinished and resealed. The same goes for floors as well. Replacing tile floors can cost a fortune, but having the pros clean and reseal the tiles can be cost effective, and really transform a room. Once again, falling into restoring what you have.

The biggest and easiest quick fix is simply adding a colorful backsplash to the surrounding walls. A little color will make things “pop”, and can really change the mood of any room. Color and brightness will transform a room, and homeowners shouldn’t shy away from putting bright non-traditional colors into their kitchen.

Kitchen remodeling shouldn’t be an expensive remodel. Homeowners shouldn’t shy away from inexpensive kitchen remodeling ideas. Getting creative and sometimes just fixing up what you already have is all you need.