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When you think about home renovations, you probably imagine a full-scale renovation a complete gutting of your living space. And while that is one option for homeowners wanting to renovate their homes, it’s not the only option.
You can use our guide to home renovations as a starting point to help transform your living space without completely gutting it or spending thousands of dollars on professional contractors.
Create a New Entrance.
Creating an inviting entrance is a great way to make your home feel more like you.
- Consider the house’s architecture and how that might influence the design of your entry. If you have an older home with many windows and doors, consider using these architectural elements to create a focal point for guests when they first walk in.
- Think about what style best suits your home’s overall design whether traditional or modern, rustic or sleekly contemporary. Then choose colors that complement this style.
- Home remodeling and decks are a great way to enjoy your home. They’re not just suitable for entertaining, but they can also add value to your home when you decide to sell. And with the money you save on DIY projects, you can splurge on that new grill or outdoor furniture set!
Re-do the Kitchen and Bathrooms.
They’re the most expensive, so getting them right is essential. For example, you might be tempted to replace your old appliances with new ones with more features and look better than you have now.
However, before doing anything else in either room (or any other room), take some time to consider whether there’s an alternative solution that could save money while still improving your living space with minimal effort on your part.
If you have an older house with simple amenities like sinks or toilets and faucets made from brass or chrome steel–or even if these fixtures are less than 15 years old–it may not be worth replacing them.
Instead, consider upgrading their finishes: polishing up existing hardware with unique cleaning products designed specifically for this purpose, applying protective sealants like varnish waxes, and rubbing down surfaces with mineral spirits if necessary (which shouldn’t be too often).
This work will improve appearance and durability over time without breaking bank accounts!
Upgrade your Windows and Doors.
Windows are a large part of your home’s energy efficiency. They’re also one of the largest sources of heat loss, so you must ensure you’re using high-quality windows in your renovation.
If you decide to replace your old windows with new ones, choose models tested for performance and certified by independent third parties such as ENERGY STAR or LOWE’S Home Improvement Plus program.
Add a Deck or Patio.
Adding a deck or patio can be a great way to transform your living space. Decks are great for entertaining, while patios provide a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. They’re also an extension of your home, perfect for creating more room while having all the perks of being outside.
However, some downsides come with building a deck or patio: they can be expensive (especially if you have complex plans), they take time to build (which means no new furniture until after it’s finished), and they require maintenance like painting every few years as well as repairing cracks in the wood when necessary.
Think About Energy Efficiency as You Renovate
To improve the energy efficiency of your home:
- Insulate it.
- Install an energy-efficient heating system that uses less electricity than conventional systems while keeping your house warm enough for comfort (installers can advise on what kind of system is right for you).
- Use light bulbs with lower wattage ratings than traditional bulbs–they use less power but give off just as much light! Look for products labeled “Energy Star,” which means they meet strict guidelines set by the S. Department of Energy Office & Technology Efficiency Program.
These are Some Ideas for How to Transform Your Home.
You should always do what’s right for you and your family, even if it means changing your mind about what kind of renovation to do or how much money you want to invest.
If something doesn’t feel right in your gut, it may not happen. But if something resonates with you whether because it’s been on your wish list for years or because it would make life easier in some way then go ahead and take the plunge! Don’t let fear stop you from taking action; let excitement guide the way forward.