Canadians love their homes but they also like to keep redecorating, making small changes and, in general, make their homes more energy efficient and comfortable. Home renovations when done right can certainly add a great deal of value to your home making it aesthetically pleasant and comfortable for the residents. Today, we will discuss 4 renovation styles and tips that can be done without spending too much money yet add a lot of value and comfort to your home.
#1 Enhance the curb appeal
Often when homeowners talk about renovations, they consider only their interiors and leave their yards looking shabby and drab. But curb appeal is as important as your interiors especially if you are deciding to put your home up on the market. Here are some simple tips for giving a whole new look to the yard without overspending:
- Tidy the yard and remove clutter.
- Mow the lawn and de-weed it
- Add some seasonal plants. Flowering and ornamental plants do require maintenance but they greatly enhance the beauty of the yard.
- Paint the door and add a shiny nameplate or house number.
- Add a new letter box.
Apart from these, you could also enhance the curb appeal by replacing cracked and broken tiles of the driveway. This may end up being slightly expensive, but can go a long way in creating a great first impression on your guests/buyers.
#2 Paint the walls
A fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive way of sprucing up the interiors. These days, more Canadians are choosing neutral and earthy colors for their walls such as whites, beige, tans, browns and off-white etc. When you buy paint in bulk and use the same shade for painting the entire home, you end up saving a lot. If your walls are cracked or the paint is chipped and peeling, there could be some internal water seepage or plumbing issue. So do make sure you get that sorted out first before you paint. Failure to do so would only negate your efforts and lead you to rework down the line.
#3 Change the fixtures
Old and outdated fixtures can be replaced with trendier ones to quickly add a new, modern look to the home. Here we are talking about not just light fixtures but also the bathroom fixtures. Light plays an important role in creating a cozy ambience. These days, there is a wide variety of lights available including recessed lighting, pedestal lighting, track and pendant lighting etc. If your home is already designed in a particular interior design theme,you must take that into account when buying the new lights. For example, for an Asian inspired design theme, you could invest in some beautiful Chinese or Indian style lights that do not cost whole lot money and can yet take your room to a whole new level.
#4 Pay attention to the Floors
Old, cracked tiles and floors can give a drab appearance to your home. So replace old tiles-at least the cracked ones- with new shiny tiles. In some cases, this can end up being a costly project given the fact that during tile replacement, the surrounding tiles could also get cracked. So make sure you enlist the help of a goodrenovation contractor who knows what he is doing. Get multiple quotes before hiring one and make sure you read thecontract thoroughly before signing. In case of hardwood floors, simple polishing could do the trick. The key to renovating on a budget is to always repair old things instead of renewing and replacing. In case of carpeted floors, simply buy new carpets-many stores offer seasonal discounts on bulk carpet rolls and you can end up saving a lot.
Here are some ideas that specific to different rooms in your home.
Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations
Kitchens and baths are the areas that undergo most wear and tear. So, homeowners looking for renovating on a budget could always go in for just renovating these two rooms. Cabinets in kitchens can be replaced or simply painted if they are looking old and worn out. Replacing the entire cooking range, appliances and counters can be expensive, but must be done in case they are more than a decade old. Changing the backsplash and polishing replacing tiles are some other renovation works that could add a new lease of life in the rooms. Here are some more simple changes:
- Polish cabinets and paint the doors and insides.
- Add new handles to the cabinets
- Paint the cupboards inside and outside
- Replace light fixtures with new ones.
- In bathrooms, add a new toilet seat and rug. Buy color coordinated accessories. Replace the shower curtains. Add shiny new handles, fixtures and shower heads.
This is one area that, if you entertain a lot, or are considering putting the house up for sale, that must be revamped. Add new rugs, table covers and carpets. Additionally:
- Clean the fireplace and revamp it if needed
- Add new curtains or blinds
- Paint the walls
- Add new light fixtures
- Polish floors
These simple and pocket-friendly renovations can go a long way in sprucing up the home to enhance its elegance and comfort.