Home renovation and remodeling costs can add up over time. Budget is always a concern when starting a big home project. With some strategic thinking about materials, design, and timing, there are ways to cut costs. In this article, we will discuss remodeling your house and home renovation.
Remodeling Your House
Remodeling your house can be daunting. It is a huge project! You want to get your remodel done right the first time. There are several ways to go about remodeling your house that can make it fun and enjoyable.
Get a clear vision
A remodel is no small project. Especially if you are a do-it-yourselfer, you need a vision or you will quickly lose interest. Be sure to map out your remodel. Once you begin a remodel you must stick with it and finish well. It should be worthwhile investing your time and money for you and your family. Read magazines, read blogs, watch YouTube videos, or browse Pinterest for ideas.
Think about your future
A house remodel is a huge investment. You want quality work that will last a lifetime. It is essential you think about what future spaces you may need for you and your family. Consider your children and even your grandchildren in the years to come. If you are not planning to live in your remodeled house permanently, you should also consider the impact of a major remodel on your home’s resale value.
Choose between do-it-yourself (DIY) or hiring pros
It is a misconception by homeowners that they are tied to working with contractors. A do-it-yourself remodel could save you money, but it may not be very practical. That is why many homeowners prefer to work with experienced and skilled design-build contractors. Be sure to consider your options between DIY and hiring professionals.
Make a funding plan
The simplest and most direct way of funding a home remodel is through cash and liquid assets. You won’t be tied to monthly payments, interest charges, or debt. However, taking out a loan is also a doable option. Opting into a home equity loan is the easiest. If neither of these options works for you, a credit card is always an option. If you go this route, be prepared for high-interest rates.
Utilities such as water, gas, and electricity may put some constraints on your remodel, particularly if you’re planning to change the structure drastically, or build up or out. In this case, it would be wise to consult remodeling professionals sooner rather than later. They can help you determine what changes are viable and the challenges and costs that come with them.
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When most people hear the words “ home renovation,” two words come to mind, too expensive. There are many ways to renovate and update each room in your house on a budget.
Cabinets, countertops, and fixtures can be expensive individually but added together they can equal a five-digit renovation. However, countertops are the most used surface in the kitchen. If your cabinets and fixtures are in good shape, you may want to just update your countertops. The smaller the square footage the lower the cost. Because you are saving money, it gives you options to afford more expensive countertop materials.
Change the backsplash
Changing the backsplash pattern can freshen up your kitchen and add visual interest to the room. There are many different materials to choose from. There is something for everyone’s budget. These materials include tile, stone, glass, ceramic, and beadboard. Another budget-friendly option is to consider installing a backsplash behind the sink or behind the range, providing protection to those areas.
Add a faux island
If your kitchen does not include an island, adding a free-standing one is a budget-friendly option and looks nice. You can use rolling casters on stand-alone cabinets or tables to move the island as well. This is an especially simple update if you already have a piece of unused furniture just waiting for a purpose.
Update cabinets or cabinet doors
There are many options for updating cabinets and cabinet doors. When updating cabinets consider materials such as paint, wallpaper, and peel-and-stick wood products. Also, removing doors on some upper cabinets offers you easy-to-access open storage without having to add new shelving. Be creative and look for ways to make updates within your budget.
Living room renovation
Using peel-and-stick flooring can save you money since you do not have to remove the current flooring. A new floor can be a long-lasting project. There are also many do-it-yourself flooring options to save money on labor.
Change window treatments
When looking to give your living room a face-lift, consider updating your blinds and/or fabrics. Rather than replacing old windows in your living room, there are plenty of sew-it-yourself options to hide them. Reusing curtain rods and rings can help you save extra money too.
Add a medicine cabinet
Adding a medicine cabinet to your bathroom is a simple, budget-wise update. You can replace a plain wall-mounted mirror to get extra storage and a new look. To add even more character, you could add a corkboard or chalkboard inside the door of the medicine cabinet for reminders or affirmations.
Wallpaper an accent wall
Wallpaper has become an easier task to tackle. There are many do-it-yourself options for beginners. This makes it a great home renovation idea on a low budget. Adding wallpaper to one wall is budget-friendly and makes the wall stand out. If you are not ready to commit to permanent wallpaper, you can use a temporary peel-and-stick wallpaper.
Create a mini mudroom
You can create a mudroom in any small space. A seat, shelf, and some hooks are all you need. You can purchase organizers designed for a mudroom. You could also repurpose furniture. You could even repurpose old lockers for storage and organization. You could have a locker for each family member. This could help your organization and make your daily routine go more smoothly.
Paint the stairs
Use paint on the stairs to express yourself, your family, and your creativity. This can be fun and budget-friendly. Pick a pattern, solid, or theme to paint your stairs. Make sure to protect your masterpiece with polyurethane to protect the finish. To keep people guessing and amused you could even update your stairs with a seasonal theme and change it throughout the year.
Finally, remodeling your house can be overwhelming. With a clear vision, ideas, design, and a realistic budget, renovating a home can be thrilling. Enjoy the process and make your home all yours.
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