With the snow melting and the sun beginning to shine, it is finally time for home improvements season! Whether you’re a new homeowner or you’ve had your home for decades, home improvements are often a lingering topic of discussion in the living room or around the kitchen table. “We still need to finish renovating the basement!”, or “wouldn’t it be nice to remodel the bathroom?”, are some of the typical conversations that can be heard in homes across Canada. But what’s stopping people from pursuing their dream home? It almost always comes down to a budget.
But what if you can achieve the look and feel of your dream home without breaking the bank? We’ve compiled a list of 5 Home Improvement Ideas That Won’t Cost You a Fortune.
- 1. Work With Your Unfinished Basement
Many homes are purchased with an unfinished basement. We’ve all seen them: low ceilings with exposed wiring, joists, ductwork, and framework. But what if you could use that exposed ceiling to your advantage? Well, you can! And it’s easier than you think.
Painting the exposed ceiling of your basement with a bold colour will create the illusion of depth and make the ductwork and framework much less noticeable. This will create a modern look and will save the money and labour that comes with adding a basement ceiling. If you’re not sold on the idea, paint a small section of your basement’s unfinished ceiling and see how it looks. If you plan on adding a basement ceiling anyway, there’s not much to lose and you might just like it!
- 2. Improve the Look and Feel of Your Bathroom
Bathrooms almost always top the list of a homeowner’s renovation plans. Why? Well first off, it’s where we get ready in the morning and where we prepare for bed each and every day. It’s also a focal point of judgement from guests and it will set the tone for the rest of your home; a clean, tidy and comfortable bathroom will set the bar for the rest of the home and will leave a lasting impression on guests. Nobody wants to spend that much time in a messy, ugly bathroom. Right?
A great bathroom will consist of a combination of little things coming together. This includes lighting fixtures, paint, towel racks, soap dispensers, and all of the fun little things that are often overlooked. What makes these little things so great is that the possibilities are nearly endless!
Add a flair of “wow” with a dramatic mirror, glass accent shelves, and chrome towel bars. Increase function by boosting the efficiency of your cabinetry: add pullout shelves to help organize bathroom products and avoid digging around underneath the sink. Paint cabinetry and add a motivational or inspiring quote on the wall to add a touch of life. Those are just some ideas to consider! What will you think of to improve your bathroom?
- 3. Clean Off Siding and Windows
Unless you’re throwing an open house party or renting your home on Airbnb, the majority of people will only ever see the exterior of your home. Having a good-looking exterior will improve the overall feel of the home and will be a reflection of what’s on the inside. So why not clean up the windows and siding?
Vinyl siding is one of our specialities over here at Quality Contracting, and we know that vinyl siding can keep a house looking new for years. Despite the durability of vinyl siding, it does require cleaning from time to time. Over the years, dirt and grime will build up and diminish the vibrancy and texture of vinyl siding. Spend an afternoon to clean off your siding and you’ll recognize the beautiful siding that once was!
We love windows, so treat them with the respect they deserve! Cleaning off the exterior of your windows is a task that is often neglected by homeowners. Unless you get up close, it’s tough to notice the amount of grime that is built upon the window panes, frames and window sills of your home. Spend a few hours to properly clean the panes, frames and sills to realize the drastic difference that it will make. You’ll have a clearer view from the inside and you’ll notice just how dirty the exterior was when you check your home out from the outside.
- 4. Enhance Your Entrance
First impressions make a big difference, and your home is no exception. The first thing you and your guests will notice when pulling into your driveway will be your entry and front door, so it’s important to use this part of your home to make a great first impression.
Upgrade your front entry by painting your front door. A fresh coat of vibrant and inviting paint will go a long way in increasing your home’s look and feel, and this can be done at a very low cost. Add a new doormat or pots of flowers to your entrance to compliment the newly painted door and improve home aesthetics.
If your home has a path or a walkway leading to the entrance it is important to keep this area well-maintained and welcoming. You can improve the walkway to your home with hedges or a garden bed that lead to your entry door. A well-maintained walkway will be a warm welcoming for guests and can be a fun project for the entire family to work on.
- 5. Think Outside the Box
Improving the walls and ceilings in your home will go a long way to enhance your home’s aesthetics. You may be tired of the walls you painted years ago, or you may be wondering what you can do to improve the look of your ceilings to compliment newly painted walls. Painting the interior of your home and adding crown molding will go a long way in doing so.
If you’ve ever painted a room in your house, you’re sure to remember the feeling you had once it was completed. It felt like a brand-new room! However, over time this feeling will undoubtedly wear thin and your room will begin to feel boring and outdated. Keep things fresh and repaint your rooms to add that extra bit of energy!
You’ve heard the expression “think outside the box”, so why are you still living inside a box? A room without crown molding will often feel very ‘box-y’, adding crown molding will add a touch of elegance while eliminating the ‘boxy’ feel of your current rooms. Crown molding is relatively cheap and comes in hundreds of profiles and styles.
Your home is a never-ending project; it’s your pride and joy. We get that! When you’re ready to take on your home renovation jobs, make sure to give us a call to see what we can do for you. With years of experience and a team of skilled workers, we love working with families to transform their house into a home they’ve always dreamed about!
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