Mention the idea of home renovations and many people think of the larger jobs like extensions or conversions, but there is a plethora of other small touch-up and refurb jobs you can do very easily and cheaply around your home to give it a whole new look.
Rather than considering the bigger projects, often just doing small remedial work around your house can completely change your surroundings and make your home feel like new again. Here are just a few ideas for some quick domestic renovations on a budget that can make a huge difference to your home.
Repaint or repaper rooms
It may sound the most obvious thing in the world, but even just painting a room can completely refresh its look. If your walls are starting to look drab, worn, or tired, get down to your local DIY store and buy some fresh and invigorating color paint to cheer up your rooms. Painting is one of the simplest touch-up jobs you can do that doesn’t require any expertise – though you will likely benefit from consulting one of the many online painting guides to help save making common time-consuming mistakes.
The same applies to wallpapering, which can prove a bit of a challenge if you’re not sure what you’re doing. Again, check online for wallpapering hints and tips.
For increased warmth, consider underfloor heating
Fitting underfloor heating can have a dramatic effect on the warmth inside your home as well as helping cut your heating bills. Modern DIY underfloor heating kits are remarkably quick and easy to fit with no previous experience required - however, you should remember you may need to change the flooring material after fitting. For the best effect, you should aim to use a material that transfers the upward heat most efficiently. Vinyl click flooring has been found to be particularly effective while not being overly expensive.
On the subject of flooring…
In recent years, wooden flooring has become increasingly popular as a cost-effective way to transform a room. Wood flooring also has the advantage of being considerably easier than carpet to clean. If you want to transform your space, start from the ground up and fit a gleaming new wooden floor.
Paint or entirely replace tired kitchen cabinet facades
You won’t believe the difference replacing or painting the doors and exterior of your kitchen storage cabinets can make. Rather than going and buying new units, so long as the frames and doors are still structurally sound, you can save considerable money by working with what you already have. Painting is probably the easiest open but doesn’t forget the options to buy new door styles if you want to renovate their look completely.
This is a great idea, as it allows homeowners to customize their cooking area without having to completely replace the cabinet in its entirety. Adding modern patterns and designs can really help bring your kitchen to the current day and give it some personality that can really enhance it.
However, if your current cabinets and shelving are still in good quality, you could simply just remove the doors altogether and hold off on replacing or painting them. This can give your kitchen a more open feel and is a great way to show off any nice kitchenware you might have. This can make a kitchen feel more spacious and inviting and also makes accessibility and utility just a little bit better.
Add art, mirrors, or pictures around your home
If you want the easiest way to make a difference in your surroundings, get yourself to an art gallery and invest in some art. Pictures of any kind can make a statement on a wall and lend a focal point to an otherwise dowdy or boring space. You could also try adding mirrors in smaller rooms to give the illusion of increased space.
Replace handles and Taps
A really quick and easy way to renovate bathrooms and kitchens is to replace and update all your handles, knobs, and taps into something more modern and luxurious. Changing the cabinet knobs within your kitchen is a great way to add new life to it, and replacing the taps in your bathroom can give it an increased sense of elegance with minimal work and cost.
When doing this, make sure to go for a uniform approach so that these accessory items tie a room together, as these can be the small changes that can really make or break a kitchen or bathroom during a renovation.