Everyone dreams of a comfortable, stylish, and luxurious home, but these dreams are often cut short by the fact that home renovations are, more often than not, unreasonably pricey. But, with a little creativity and resourcefulness, you can make your home renovation easy and keep it within a limited budget without compromising on quality. Want to know how? Here are 4 economical and beautiful renovation ideas for your home:
- Exterior and Interior Painting
A good paint job will significantly improve the initial impressions on your house. You don’t need professional painters if you have basic knowledge on how to apply a coat of paint on wood, concrete, or whichever material your home is made of. Ask help from your local home improvement store operator on how to pick the right paint types and colors for your home, and which tools to buy for the job.
2. Kitchens and Storage
First, declutter and maximize storage around the home. Throw out anything that you don’t need anymore. If your shelves and kitchen cabinets are enough for storage after decluttering, and are in a reasonably good condition, you can just repaint them and change a few hardware (e.g. knobs, hinges, and handles) to make your kitchen look as good as new without spending a fortune. If you need more kitchen cabinets but your budget is tight, make DIY kitchen cabinets using reclaimed materials from your neighborhood. You can also maximize storage by making DIY shelves from recycled material from previous remodels in the home. Besides saving money, DIY storage units are great because they are always unique, plus you get to build exactly what you need as per your unique preferences. If you don’t trust your DIY skills, shop for kitchen cabinets and other storage units in a thrift shop. That will save you a lot.
3. Budget bathroom remodel
Most bathroom remodels average between $10k and $20k. You can lower that cost to $3k or less if you do most of the work, only calling in professionals for a few technical touches. Here are more bathroom remodeling ideas that can help you save money:
- Instead of buying new fixtures, especially the tub and the shower, it will be more affordable to have them professionally relined and then reuse.
- Paint the shower stall walls instead of installing tiles. Tiles are pricey and will necessitate professional installation. Only install tiles in high-impact areas like the floor.
- When shopping for countertops, avoid the popular neutral colors such as light beige and brown. Being popular makes them a little pricey.
4. Apply removable wallpaper
Wallpaper can improve your space just like a fresh coat of paint would, if not in a better way. They inject color and pattern to your space with minimal investment but in a warm and stylish manner. Installing removable wallpaper doesn’t require any special skills or tools, so you can do it yourself. Just follow online tutorials or ask for help from a friend or relative.
You can apply removable wallpaper anywhere in the interiors. In the high-traffic areas, it is particularly stylish to spruce up the wall opposite the entrance, the hallway, the front of your stair steps, and the dining areas. Those are the areas where most guests will look at first when they step into your home, so you want them looking as good as new.
While still on removable impressions, apply a new kitchen backsplash or a peel-and-stick tile to freshen up the most important room in your home. A fresh backsplash is unbelievably affordable and often creates a strong illusion of extensive renovations.
5. Update old floors
Floors have a magical ability to set the tone for an entire home. That is why your home will look ugly and outdated if your floors are old and worn out. The good thing is that peel-and-stick tiles can go a long way in sprucing up your old carpet. Besides, re-sanding and finishing your floors isn’t wildly expensive even when you hire a professional. And if yours is a beat up hardwood floor, you can refresh it with a couple coats of durable floor paint.
There are many ways you can make stylish updates to your home on a budget. The five tips above will only get you started in turning your dream to reality. Remember to hire professionals whenever the renovation touches on electrical wiring and plumbing. You cannot take shortcuts with those.