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Small Changes, Big Impact: 8 Mini Reno Projects

Jun 3, 2020 10:25:00 AM

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You love your home, but maybe it isn't your dream home—yet. If you're spending a lot of time at home recently, you're probably noticing a lot of little things that you might want to change. You might have some big renovation plans for someday, but now might not be the right time, perhaps because of a lack of time, money, or another factor.

You don't need to wait until you can complete an overhaul. There are a lot of little projects you can complete right now, and these little changes can make a huge difference.

1. Replace Your Exterior Doors

Your exterior doors may be getting old and worn. You may need to re-insulate them and around them. Consider replacing your exterior doors to dramatically change the appearance of your home. Even re-painting the doors can give your home a new look, but if you get a complete door replacement, it's even better.

Doors range from very simple to very complex. Think about what would tie in best to your home's appearance and your windows.

2. Refresh or Renovate Your Front Porch or Patio

Your porch or patio will reflect upon your home; it has curbside appeal. Consider placing gardening areas around the porch or patio, repouring some concrete, or even enclosing the porch or patio entirely.

An enclosed porch or patio can even become a sunroom, depending on what you want—or it could be a place to host a family BBQ. Make better use of your outside areas now.

3. Revamp Your Kitchen Cabinets

You can easily revamp your kitchen cabinets without replacing them altogether. You can replace the cabinet doors very easily, or even just the cabinet hardware to make it look like new. If your cabinets look dated, consider refinishing them entirely. They can be stained or re-painted without replacing them.

4. Redo Your Fireplace

Your fireplace is the central focal point of your living room. It's a place where guests will gather. Consider redoing your fireplace. Find some photos of fireplaces that you really love. Your renovation service can replicate it. 

What if you don't have a fireplace? It's possible to get one put in. An electrical fireplace can be easy to put in, and even a gas fireplace can be placed into some homes without much work. Your renovation company will tell you how extensive the remodeling will have to be.

5. Update Your Kitchen Backsplash

A kitchen backsplash can be added to a counter to modernize it or update it. Backsplashes aren't just attractive. They also protect your walls from water damage. If your current backsplash has become damaged, cracked, or moldy, this type of remodeling is a very easy way to make your kitchen attractive again. 

6. Add a Window to a Dark Area

Adding a window often seems impossible. But it's not that hard. You can add a window to virtually any exterior wall, it's just a matter of getting the work done. If there's a room in your home that you've always worried doesn't have enough light, adding a window can greatly improve it. It can also improve your property value. Many old homes don't have enough windows.

You can also consider replacing your existing windows. Consider this: You might have windows that are not well-insulated. You can actually save money by replacing them, and improve your comfort at the same time.

7. Get a Garage Door Replacement

Replacing a garage door is a fast and simple fix to an aging home. If your current garage door is dirty and dented, you can completely refresh it, and increase your home's curb appeal. Replacing a garage door improves your property values. And if your current garage door doesn't work quite right, it'll also reduce your day-to-day frustrations.

New garage doors tend to be better insulated than older garage doors, which can also make your home more comfortable overall. And you can choose garage doors that have windows in them if you want to let some light into your home.

8. Change Out Your Mailbox

If you're talking about curb appeal, why not look to your curb? The first thing most people see is a mailbox. If your mailbox has become tilted, dent, or otherwise worn, consider replacing it with something that really reflects the character of your home. There are many mailboxes available for contemporary homes, traditional homes, and everything in between.

There are a lot of little touches around your home that won't take much work to complete. Is there anything that you've been thinking about doing? We love to discuss ideas!