A house may be made from wood, concrete, and steel but it is not an inanimate object. When a building is lived in by a family it becomes more than a house – it becomes a home. And a home an integral part of the family to the extent that it can take on a life and feel of its own. Be honest with yourself – how often have you thought of your home’s “feelings?” There’s no need to be embarrassed – everyone does it. And just like a living being, a home too can start to look stale and boring if it is not modified and altered once in a while.
1.Adding Value to Your Home
Adding value to your home is always a marvelous idea, especially since it is your investment in the future and the legacy you will leave to your children – although they may not seem to appreciate it. There are two types of value you can add – the monetary kind that will bring you more money if you ever have to sell the house and the intangible value that comes from making the home a better place to live in. When thinking of home improvement always keep both values in mind. Home improvement that does not increase the selling price of your home or make it more comfortable to live in is a waste of time and money.
If you have home improvement plans and are looking for suppliers of the materials you need and for sellers/renters of equipment needed for the project, details of the resources available to you in your area can be found online. If yours is a major project that that requires the services of professional interior designers and remodeling contractors, the information you want can also be found using the power and capability of the Internet.
2.10 Simple Home Improvement Projects
1. Every home has different improvement needs and not all projects will suit all homes. The best way to begin is to identify where improvements can be made in your home or where you want to have some change. Once you have done this, use design magazines and go online to look for the solutions you need. The web offers a vast amount of resources and being able to surf the net for a legitimate purpose makes a nice change for most people. That being said, here are some generic home improvement projects that do not cost a lot of money and which can be done in most homes.
2. The kitchen is the heart of the home and the one room that everyone uses. Because of the heavy use it is subjected to it can become tired looking and worn out very quickly. A rejuvenated kitchen will brighten up what whole house. You don’t need to spend vast amounts on new appliances and cabinets. Go to manufactures’ websites and you will often find that you can buy new doors for your cabinets and appliances at a fraction of the cost of replacing them. Alternatively, a few simple things such as changing cabinet hardware and applying a fresh coat of paint or stain to the woodwork can be very effective in giving the kitchen a new look.
3. Light fixtures can be economical and changing them is usually not difficult. New lighting can give a room a completely new look. Eco friendly lights will give you the satisfaction of reducing your carbon footprint as well as lowering your electricity bill. Use simple easy to clean designs for light that are in places where cleaning them is difficult and not easy to do often.
4. Floors bear the brunt of all the traffic in the house and they can become worn looking very quickly. Replacing flooring with new ecofriendly materials like bamboo is not only good for the environment but also not as expensive as you may think, especially if your DIY skills allow you to do the installation yourself. Carpets too have to put up with a lot of heavy use and can become dirty very quickly. If you rent a carpet shampooer and buy the cleaning agents required, you will be able to give new life to your carpets at a fraction of the cost of buying new ones.
5. Bathrooms are places where wear shows quickly. A few simple inexpensive things such as replacing chipped tiles, putting in new towel racks and changing a worn toilet seat can give the room a fresh look. If your budget extends to a new sink, that’s even better.
6. Your front door is the first thing a visitor sees of your home. A worn out door with chipped paint and broken or loose handles creates a negative impression. A fresh coat of paint and some new hardware can give the door a new look which is another way to brighten up your home. If your budget is large enough, a few new lights on the front porch can make an even bigger change to the look and vibrancy of your home.
7. An attic can be more than just a place to store things you don’t need but don’t have the heart to get rid of. Conduct an inventory of all that you have there, be ruthless in getting rid of junk and then put up shelves to hold what is left and what you think you will collect in the future. Partition off this area and you will find a large open space that you can use as you want.
8. Don’t ignore the outside of the house. Redoing your garden requires little more than a shovel, a hoe and some seeds but the effect of fresh new shrubs and flowers can be huge. Why even have grass? If you live in a desert city such as Phoenix some out of towners like to move in and plant grass. Green in a brown environment does not look right. It is foolish and does not match the scenery. This is not even counting the fact that water is expensive in Phoenix because it is a desert. It is hilarious and worrisome that people insist on growing grass when it is a pain to cut and maintain and does not look right when you are the only one on the street that is trying to grow grass in the desert.
9. Furthermore, and if you don’t have a big yard, why not install a few flower boxes? You can buy then at garden supply stores and they are not expensive. Most are easily fitted below windows and the scent of flowers and the bright colors can infuse warmth into a home.
10. We tend to not really notice changes in things we see or come into contact with every day. Look around your home carefully and you will find areas that need improvement. Most of these fixes are simple jobs that don’t need a large wallet but will change your home of the better.
3.Make a House a Home
Your house is probably the biggest investment you will make (for almost everyone, this is the case). Turning it into home that is a happy, secure, and comfortable place for the family to live is a major project. But maintaining a home is a never ending job and small home improvement projects that are easy to do and do not require a lot of money is one way of keeping your home comfortable and fresh looking.