Are you overwhelmed with your renovation project? However, there are several important things that everyone should know that will help them on their home improvement journey.
Don’t plan a home renovation just because you can or just because you have the money. Many times, projects that are designed for the sake of being projects end up missing some other vital component of a home renovation, such as being non-value-adding changes or even causing the home to break local building codes.
Don’t overlook the addition of storage space to your new or existing home. Most homes are substantially lacking in storage space. Add built in bookshelves to the living room or dining room. Turn a broom closet near the kitchen into a food pantry. Small changes and additions will really add up.
If you don’t have enough space for a small office, you can use a small portion of your living room for that purpose. Buy a small privacy screen and place a desk behind it with a matching chair. You can purchase small shelves to install on your wall to store your pens, pencils, staplers and other important items.
Before you tackle a project around the house, solicit help from your family and friends. If you delay asking for help until the project has already begun, it might be hard to get someone to help. You might also have problems completing the project on time, which can add more stress and work to your life.
Put in motion detectors around the front door of your residence. If your outdoor lights automatically shut off when no one needs them, they will cut down on your monthly energy bill. Motion detectors can also be a detractor to thieves, as the lights will turn on in their presence and alert others that they are there.
Chandeliers aren’t just for mansions these days. For under five hundred dollars, you can purchase a striking, elegant chandelier that makes a perfect focal point for your dining room or den. Also, chandeliers add brightness to a room as well as a sparking appearance.
Grimy, cracked shower doors can ruin the overall look and feel of a bathroom. By removing these eyesores and installing treated, all-glass doors, you can instantly make the room appear infinitely more spacious and modern – not to mention more appealing for future prospective buyers if you decide to sell.
If you think that you need to spruce up the look of the outside of the house, think about putting in a pergola. This garden fixture is becoming more and more common because of the rich appearance and the ability of the pergola to lend romance to shaded areas. With a kit and a few helpers, you can install the pergola in just a weekend.
You should always purchase the materials you need for home improvement projects in the largest possible lots. Building materials have some of the deepest volume discounts you will ever see. By planning ahead you can figure out how much material you are likely to need and buy it all at once. This will cost you much less than making multiple purchases.
When choosing colors for your room, decorate ‘vertically.’ Choose darker shades for the floor, medium colors on the walls and a lighter color on the ceiling. Don’t be tempted to use darker colors one one side of a room and lighter colors on the other side. This will make the room appear out of balance, as well as, visually unappealing.
For a paint finish that really lasts, always sand, strip and prime, prior to applying a fresh coat. Many people think that skipping the preparatory steps of painting will speed up the process, but down the road old paint will peel through the new finish, ruining your paint job and forcing you to strip off yet another layer of paint before repainting again.
One of the latest trends for home improvement is painting the ceilings in each room. Instead of a generic white, it is highly beneficial, relaxing, and extremely decorative to paint the ceilings of each room a few shades lighter of the same color as the walls. Doing this brings the room more together and makes for a more relaxing and soothing atmosphere.
How sustaining is your house’s insulation? Maybe your attic has never been insulated. Insulation has everything to do with energy cost and efficiency. Fully insulating your home significantly adds to the value of your home as well as reducing the operating costs. Have an insulation check done, and improve the areas that are not fully insulated.
Doing home improvement projects yourself can be fun and rewarding. The key to doing so is to map out your plan, and carry it out step by step. This will cut down on the errors that may crop up otherwise.