Saturday, April 9, 2016

Modern Home Improvemements On A Budget

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With kids to feed, yourself to feed, bills, insurance and car costs, it can be difficult to find the money for your home. It’s the most important part of the family life - it’s the place you make memories and remember old ones. Our homes are special buildings that deserve to be treated with the utmost respect!

So, if you’re looking to upgrade and polish every area of your home, you’re in the right place. From general tips that will work in every room, to area specific updates, I have you covered!

The bedroom

Starting off with the first place people will want to renovate, your bedroom is a great source of upgrade opportunities. If you want to add a bit of character to the room, you can start with some basic tweaks. A piece of artwork is a great way to express yourself or capture a memory, and makes any room look more special.
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Additionally, get rid of furniture you don’t need. It just creates clutter and looks unattractive. Wouldn’t that desk be better in the spare room? Do you need that extra cabinet? Sometimes, the best way to buff up a room is to scale it down.

Finally, if your bedroom looks a little plain, fear not. You don’t have to crack out a giant paint tin or wallpaper kit. Rather than thinking big, think small. Buy some small pieces of furniture (that you need!) that are colourful and can accent more neutral colours. These can draw the eye and add a pinch of vibrancy to even the dreariest of rooms.

Electrical and lighting

When people think ‘home improvement,’ they usually think of a massive change to a room or the whole house. Well, this is rarely the case. Of course, this does count as a home improvement, but you can still upgrade and polish your building by doing the little things instead.
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Your electricals and lighting are the bread and butter of your home, so don’t neglect them. Adding an extra plug socket to a room adds value to that room and makes it more appealing. It also allows you more flexibility in moving around appliances and electrical items. If some of your outlets and sockets are damaged, you can easily have them replaced by a professional rather than declaring it useless. Companies like Electrical Connection help people with fixes like these, so check whether your home needs them.

So, you’ve sorted out your sockets and outlets, but what about your lights? Lighting is a great way to add personality to a home, for a low, low price. Whether it’s the colour of the light itself or the shade you use, there are a ton of cool ideas you can utilise.

In terms of the light shade, you won’t have to shell out the big-bucks. You can find them at most good discount stores or can even make your own. As long as it’s coloured to match the room, you can’t go wrong with either option.

If you want your home to look more modern, you could install a dimmer switch to add that professional feel. This allows you to adjust the lighting on the fly, and change it depending on mood. You can make it more romantic, bright, or turn it all the way down when watching a movie. Dimmer switches aren’t expensive at all, and can be installed extremely quickly.

And lastly, why not swap out those bulbs of yours for their energy-saving counterparts? Improving your home's energy efficiency is a fantastic way to add value for when you eventually decide to sell. Buyers will actively seek out your home’s EPC certificates so make them look good! And as an added bonus, you’ll save money on your electricity bill. You can’t go wrong!

Spare room

A lot of houses these days will have a spare room, and it often gets used for just that purpose; a second bed. In reality, the spare room could be a fantastic way for you to add an entertainment suite or similar area to the house, on the cheap. Starting off, rather than investing in a bed for the spare room, buy a sofa bed instead. This gives the room more than one purpose, so it can be used for multiple activities.
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For example, you’ll have another seating area if you have friends round, and you’ll also have a bed if they decide to stay! You won’t need a second bed 24/7, so diversify the rooms’ use. Sofa beds are also cheaper than full double-sized beds, so you’ll save a few pennies. 

If you and the family like to watch movies, look no further. Rather than splashing hundreds down on a massive TV, you can get the cinema experience with a bucket of paint and a projector. If you paint one of your walls pure white, it turns into a surface that you can use to project things onto. Projectors have tumbled in price in recent years and can be picked up for less than £100.

If you have children, you’ll know how hard it can be to keep them entertained. So, why not turn that spare room into a ‘fun zone’? This is that area that you’ll fill with all the kids toys and games, and they’ll be inclined to play in there instead of around the house. Because it’ll be for the youngsters, you won’t have to bother with any fancy furnishings or wallpaper. The kids won’t! They’ll just appreciate a space to play. This can also remove clutter from other areas of the house like toys, lego and game consoles. You’ll keep your children busy in the event they can’t play outdoors, and have a tidier home all in one!

The kitchen

It’s the place where the food magic happens, and as such, it can quickly become untidy. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Your kitchen deserves to look clean and feel clean, as food hygiene is of the utmost importance.
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Starting off with food storage, then, and I’m guessing you’ve got a lot of cabinets. Lots and lots of cabinets. We often get so focused on the exterior doors that we neglect the interior, when it plays just as important a role. Painting the inside of your cabinets is a great way to make them stand out, and will add value to your kitchen. Additionally, it gives a nice backdrop to all your food containers and jars that you store there every day.

Speaking of storage, perhaps you should consider making yours more open. Open storage is becoming more and more popular nowadays, and it’s easy to see why. It makes all your kitchen utensils readily available, and reduces the need to look after cabinets and drawers. You’ll save money, and save time in the cooking process!

Start by hanging your pots and pans from a rack above your worktop. You can then move on to storing your plates, bowls and tubs on open-facing shelves, for quick access when needed.

If it’s space you’re after, then the kitchen is rife with opportunities. A lack of space can lead to people buying more storage spaces, whether it’s cabinets or baskets, and that wastes money. Get creative with the space you have, and you’ll see the results for yourself.

Stack pans and bowls inside each other, with the largest at the bottom. Use that cellar to store things you don’t need all the time, like bottle openers and frying pans. Simply casting a critical eye over your kitchen space and determining where you can save is a great idea.

Garden and outdoor areas

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, then it deserves your attention. In fact, if you do have a garden, you’re in the incredibly lucky minority. So, just how can you prune, tweak and upgrade it on a budget?
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Well, it goes without saying that you should mow and trim your lawn. It’s the very first thing you should do, and can transform a jungle into a golf green overnight. Also, consider using nature to your advantage. If you have a lot of naturally growing plants, like ivy or gooseberry bushes, let them flourish. Ivy can give a home that respectable feel, especially if it crawls its way up one of your walls.

In terms of utilising the space for leisure time, you have a variety of options. For starters, you could add some basic chairs and a garden table, to add character to any garden. This gives you and your family a place to come together during the summer time, and is a good way to get the kids out of the house.

Another low-budget way to add a bit of personality to your garden is a water feature. As the name implies, you won’t have to maintain this thing at all. It’ll be topped up by the rain! A small pond or fountain will draw in all kinds of wildlife and give your garden that fairytale feel that’s craved by many.

Disclaimer: The idea written in this guest post is solely by the author not mine.

1 comment:

imelda said...

i love this article. very helpful.