Renovate your home on a budget with these wallet friendly upgrades!
When it comes to home renovations, some people might have the ability to throw money at larger projects to improve the property such as a large extension, a new conservatory, or a fully fitted brand new kitchen. However, you don’t always need to spend a small fortune to bring your home into the modern age with a few simple tips, trick and hacks.
Here we’ll look at 12 of the best ways you can renovate on a small budget but bring maximum impact to your home at the same time.
1. Let Some Light In
If you have a room which is often dark and gloomy, then a roof light or Velux skylight installation will let light flood in, changing the atmosphere of the room. It doesn’t cost as much as you think and will add a contemporary element to the space. It’s best utilised if you have a loft conversion that you are using as an extra living space or a bedroom.
1. Add A Summerhouse
If your garden lends itself to having a garden room built or a timber summerhouse, then you should take full advantage of this. It instantly creates additional living space and can be used for a variety of reasons. You can add electricity cabling and make it a home office, a gymnasium, a home workshop or simply a place to enjoy the summer evenings with friends.
1. Reupholster Dated Furniture
We live in an age where old items are simply thrown out and replaced with alternatives. However, you could really give your room the exact look and feel you want to create by reupholstering your sofa or armchairs. You can choose from a wide range of fabrics, and it’s usually a task you can undertake yourself for free with a bit of knowhow.
1. Make The Front Entrance Appealing
If you have an old wooden door, or scuffed and cracked PVC front door, then you can buy and fit a new or reclaimed one for just a few hundred pounds. Wooden doors may also be in poor condition from years of use, however if they structurally sound you just need to spend some time removing from the hinges, stripping and sanding it before painting and rehanging.
1. Opt For Low-Maintenance Gardening
Some people love to cut the grass on a warm summer’s day, but struggle when that same patch of grass becomes overgrown and unruly in winter months. The ideal solution is artificial grass which stays clean and fresh all year round. It’s perfect for families with small children to avoid muddy feet, and it adds a contemporary look to your outdoor living space.
1. Bring Back Some Warmth
Just about every property over 20 years old in the UK boasts a hidden chimney breast where a fireplace used to reside before it was blocked up as they went out of fashion. You can unblock the chimney and use it once again as a fire, but a more contemporary trend is to tile it, paint it and add some large candles inside to create a focal point, adding lots of extra character to the room.
1. Maintain The Cornicing
It’s easy to fall in love with traditional features as they add charm and character to a room, and this is evident with the thousands of home renovators choosing to highlight their cornicing. You might be able to do this yourself but sometimes an expert is needed to restore them to their former glory. You can keep it original or choose to add a replica in the same look and style.
1. Create Shelving
Shelving used to be a staple of homes right across Britain, displaying everything from family knickknacks to books and even crockery. Nowadays, you can get modern shelving options including floating shelves, or circular units with multiple places to add your decorative items. It’s ideal for use in the main living spaces as well as bedrooms too.
1. Buy New Surfaces
A full kitchen renovation can run into the tens of thousands of pounds, however with a few simple changes you can get that new kitchen look for a fraction of the price. You can choose a new worksurface for the kitchen in a style you love, and instead of having the hassle and expenditure of ripping everything out, you only need to change one element to make a big difference.
1. Replace Internal Doors
To instantly rejuvenate an old and tired looking property, opt for some fresh new wooden doors with contemporary handles. You can leave the wood effect to keep things modern, or you can choose a complementary colour of paint. You might even choose doors with glass panels to make the space more open and inviting.
1. Upgrade Your Stairs
By using a simple stair runner with a bold pattern or solid block of colour you can transform your entire staircase from tired and dated into exciting and fun. This effect works well if you have a wooden staircase that you can sand and varnish before adding the stair runner. You can also pick up on the accents of colour in your hallway and landing at the top of the stairs to carry the theme on.
1. Strip The Floorboards
After years of abuse, wooden floorboards can appear dirty and tired, and may even be dangerous with splinters. Say goodbye to all of that by moving the furniture and stripping them back to their former glory. You can then paint them a fresh new colour, stain them or even varnish them for a fresh look that will see them last many more years.
Are you looking to renovate your property but don’t have a large pot of money to make significant structural changes? Fear not, the team here at Refresh Renovations are on hand to give you lots more helpful tips and tricks like this to transform your home. Get in touch today!
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