Tips to Economically Renovate your Home
The main reason why you want to renovate is because you want your house to look more beautiful and feel more comfortable. You may consider your home renovation plan as a business plan or as your special project you are starting from scratch.
The key to renovating your house on budget yet beautifully is primarily to plan the entire process effectively. The following sections will demonstrate how you can divide your entire renovation plans into sub-plans, according to the space you have and renovate your home effectively.
Know What to Focus On
As mentioned earlier effective planning is the key to effective renovation. You need to focus on both the bigger picture and the smaller parts. You might have heard the phrase “whole is greater than the sum of its parts”, you can apply the same strategy to your home renovation project and devise a renovation plan for each area in your house. If you hire an architect for renovation, he will assess your requirements and then renovate accordingly. In this case since you are in charge, you will brainstorm your requirements, write your end goal for each space in the house and decide the overall goal.
Since you want to renovate your house economically it is important for you to decide the total expenditure requirements/limit. It is important to remember in budgeting that you cannot overestimate your budget, keep your budget underestimated and then move on to researching for things you need.
Do Your Research
You will be surprised at the number of options you have once you start your research. The beautiful lamp that you liked at a high-end store can be purchased at a lower price from elsewhere as well. So, when renovating your house on budget please remember that if you research to find the furniture you like, paint you want or the decorations you would like in your house, you are likely to find most of the supplies at an inexpensive price. Take advantage of online shopping, thrift stores and second hand furniture shops and see how far you will go.
Doors Create the First Impression
The first impression of your house is your door. If you are unable or if you think that you don’t really need to change the door completely or if your existing door is in a good condition, then you should repaint your door. Your doors could also affect the lighting of your room, and you could benefit from this great technique interior designed Amy Lau uses, “When dealing with a dark room, whatever color is used on the walls, I paint the ceiling, trim, and doors the same color but 50 percent lighter. Too much of one shade can overpower a space.” So, when renovating on a budget if you are repainting your door try to use different shades according to the concentration of light in your house to optimize the lighting of your house the way you want to.
Paint Affects Lighting
As mentioned earlier painting affects lighting and when renovating your house, you might opt for a new paint. In that case if you are already on a budget purchasing different colored pallets might seem counterintuitive. If you are on a tight budget then opt for a black and white palette, it will give your house a modern sophisticated look and you will have the guarantee that you can never go wrong with white or black.
Let Mirrors do the Magic
If you are renovating to make a small house look bigger then an inexpensive and beautiful way of achieving that goal is to use mirrors. Mirrors can make your room look larger. Use a focal point and angle your mirrors toward it to give the illusion of depth. Mirrors also reflect both natural and artificial light to make a room brighter during the day and night. They bounce light deep into the room, making it appear larger.
Kitchens and Storage
If you are decorating/renovating your home, then you are probably trying to de-clutter and maximize your storage as well. Utilizing your kitchen to its maximum capacity can help you minimize your storage problems. In order to do this on a low budget you can either DIY kitchen cabinets or storages from recycled material at your house or take advantage of thrift shops in your area.
No one knows your kitchen space better than you do and your storage needs building DIY storage kitchen cabinets will not only help you save money and reuse old materials at your house but it will also ensure that you’re building exactly what you need. If you already have cabinets which are enough for storage, then you do not need to replace them you can just repaint them to make your kitchen look as good as new.
Maximize the Light Coming from the Windows
According to Marc Appleton, “half the experience of living indoors is seeing the outdoors” So when remodeling your house install large windows. However, you might not have the budget to change your windows in that case play around with paint and paint your windows a shade lighter than the rest of the room to maximize the light coming through the windows.
You would be surprised at the number of inexpensive yet quality products you can purchase to renovate your bathroom. If you are not planning to install any new items, you can fix up your existing toilet by changing the paint, changing cabinet paints and by fixing the pressure of shower etc. A renovated bathroom adds value to your home, updates its style, and makes it better adapted to your current needs.
If you are on a budget then floor renovation might seem expensive, and if you cannot find a flooring installation under your budget then you should invest in renovating everything else according to your floor design.
The key to renovating or redecorating your home beautifully yet inexpensively is to devise a goal for yourself and paint an entire picture of what you want and then step by step renovate each part of your house like mentioned above.
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