It is always fun to change up your living space. Looking at the same set-up and decor year in and out can be so repetitious, but it costs so much money to hire a professional home improvement specialist. This does not have to stop you from making your living space not only look better, but be more efficient as well. Things as simple as painting or roofing can be done easily and for much less money than you would expect. Below are some creative ideas for improving your home without going broke in the process.
Summer is here, time for a change??
We all have those friends who seem to have the perfect home, from a beautifully manicured front garden to homemade chocolate chip cookies baking in a La Cornue oven. But with a full-time job, and busy lives, it's hard to keep up with the Joneses - especially when we are supposed to be saving money for our future. But there are a few ways we can update our homes:
1. Paint - A fresh coat of paint makes a world of difference. Repainting our home, especially the high-traffic areas, was a cheap and simple way to give our rooms an instant facelift.
2. Accent Pillows - Change the pillows in your living room on a seasonal basis, Colorful or trendy patterned pillows are a great way to add a pop of style to your couch, bed or anywhere else. This is a cheap and cheerful way to keep it fresh.
3. Unique Bathroom Mirror - An upgraded bathroom is one of the first selling points of a home. An interesting bathroom mirror over your vanity will be sure to do just that. The options are endless and the only limitation is the size of your space. If you are a DIYer, shop for a shape or design you like and get creative with a can of colorful spray paint.
4. Fresh Flowers - This may seem silly and a waste of money, but a fresh flower arrangement always brings a smile to your face.
While doing any project with electricity can be dangerous if you don't have experience, there are some tips that will help you to do simple jobs yourself without doing any damage to you or your family. The first thing you need to do is decide exactly what changes you want to make. Playing it by ear is not an option here. Once you have firmly decided what you want to do, you need to find an electrician with a good reputation and education, and make sure that the two of you are on the same page electrically speaking. Things like changing switch plates may be simple, but for any job that requires a rewire you will need a professional. If rewiring is going to be the main part of your plan of action, make sure you compile a list of electrical items you use regularly and where they will be located so your plan can be carried out efficiently, and always leave room for changes, just in case.
Loft Conversion Ideas
For those who have that loft space and want to put it to be more than a catch all for boxes and junk, there are numerous remodeling ideas that can turn that space into the best area in the house. The first step is to educate yourself to the regulations governing remodeling and construction in your location. Make sure none of your plans are going to get you into trouble. Once you have established that, take the roof design of your home into consideration in order to determine if your plans are going to work with it. You must have the roof space inspected to know this. Points to consider are whether or not there are obstacles that will interfere with your ideas, the height of the space you are working with, and how easily accessible the space is. Having a chimney is a common obstacle to consider working around. Next, you must have a professional, such as a surveyor or architect, inspect the space to verify that the space is convertible. Once you have the go ahead, it's time to lay out the plans and determine what you can do yourself and what you need a pro to do for you. Next, you should clear the space and remove any unwanted obstacles. Electrical work is next, and then you can begin the actual renovation of the space. Be sure to use a pro as needed.
Implementing Solar Photovoltaic Power and Solar Water Heating
Solar photovoltaic power is simply energy derived from light, and implementing the structures and equipment needed to use this power may be costly in the initial stages, but it will pay for itself in the end. Any item that runs using electricity can be powered this way, and the systems are easy to install yourself. You may also opt to have a professional design your system for you. This will ensure that it is just right for your home and your individual needs. Solar water heating is also possible with this form of power, and if you decide to go with solar water heating at all times, it is very easy to install the proper equipment. You have options available for your solar water heating needs that do not have to involve photovoltaic power, so research your options in order to make the best choice. Keep in mind that a solar photovoltaic power system needs direct sunlight for the majority of the day. Any shade will reduce the power you receive, so make sure you maintain a regular power system alternative. Otherwise, this is a great way to save money and go green in the process.
Painting the Interior or Exterior of Your Home
This is something you can do alone or with your family, and can be a fun part of renovations. Choosing colors that will complement each room or the home itself will not only change the appearance of your home, but it can make it look like brand new and improve the curbside appeal of your house. Make sure to take your time in taping things off properly, and apply ample coats to achieve proper coverage. If you desire, you can also hire a professional if it fits your budget.
Designing Your Kitchen and Choosing Supplies & Fittings That Look Great
If remodeling your kitchen is part of your master plan, you certainly already have a good idea of what you want or need to change. New fixtures, more counter space, and even an entire remodel are common reasons for renovating this area. Regardless of your reasons, make sure the planned changes are okay under your area's regulations for building, and once you get the go ahead, it's best to confer with a professional kitchen and/or bath remodeling specialist. Together you can determine the best route to take. The pro will also be able to hook you up with the fixtures you desire, and can give guidance regarding what is going to be the most structurally sound choice for the renovations you desire. Go with a well reputed construction company or individual who is certified and insured, and make sure to check out what others have to say about their work.
Putting On A New Roof or Roofing
If you are planning on replacing the existing roofing that is on your home, it is a simple job to do yourself. If you haven't done it before, there is an abundance of education available to you, or you can hire a professional roofer. Choose the shingles or roofing material you desire and let them do the work for you. If you need to replace your roof entirely, or even a portion of it, you need to call a professional. This can be a time consuming and costly job, not to mention dangerous. If it is not done properly, the potential damage to your home can cost boatloads of money. The best route to take is to shop for a pro and schedule a consultation before going further alone.
Installing uPVC Double Glazing Windows
By purchasing this type of windows and having them installed in your home you are not only improving upon your home, you are adding to the level of noise control you have, and keeping harmful rays of sun from damaging or fading furnishings or other belongings. These windows may cost a bit more, but they are worth every penny, saving money on energy costs and looking great. Schedule a consult with a professional who is familiar with this type of window, and they will be able to give you an estimate for what you need done. Be sure to compare several estimates to get the right price for your needs and desires.
Choosing Bathroom Supplies & Installation Methods
Treat this job like you would a kitchen renovation; know what you want and where you want it, and then confer with a pro to make sure your desires are possible and practical. Any supplies you need can be easily found at a local home improvement store, or your professional can assist you in finding the perfect items for the job. You should hire a professional if you have no experience in these areas, and by going this route you have covered your back in knowing the job is done right. Changing your bathroom is an effective way to make your home more convenient and practical, and it may become the favorite room in the house!
There are many different ideas and tips that make renovating your home easy, inexpensive, and fun. By going online and reading up on the various aspects of remodeling you can get fresh new ideas and find out the best professionals in your area for the job or jobs you need done. Check out your options today so you can get started on making your home brand new!