Home Improvements

Renovating Your Home on a Budget

When imagining a home renovation, you’re probably picturing an expensive overhaul of your entire home. But that doesn’t have to be the case! 

You can make the entire process more manageable AND easier on your wallet. You do this by breaking your renovations up into sections, or just updating specific pieces to revamp the look of the room!

Here are some tips and tricks to renovate and revitalise your space on a budget.

Focus On Increasing Efficiency, Not Size

One of the most popular rooms people want to renovate is the kitchen. It’s especially tempting to knock down walls and expand it. But this can put a big dent in your budget. Instead of increasing the square footage of your space, you should look at how you can best use the space you already have.

One of the first things to look at is your cabinets and shelves. Standard shelves aren’t laid out for a kitchen, so by investing in upgrades like dividers, lazy Susans, spice racks, and pull-out pot trays, you’ll end up using much less storage space for the same amount of items.

You’ve lived with your kitchen for a while now, so you know which items you use more than others. Think about where you need more space, and prioritise creating it.

Don’t Move the Plumbing

Moving sinks or toilets ends up being the biggest plumbing cost you have when renovating. As far as possible, try to work around where they are currently positioned. 

But that doesn’t mean you can’t upgrade them where they are! And remember, if you’re making any changes to your plumbing, it’s best to hire an experienced plumber. DIY might sound like a good option, but plumbing is important, and you don’t want to risk making a mistake.

Add a Coat of Paint

When trying to refresh a space and make it feel inviting, a new coat of paint can go a long way. Soothing neutrals will give your home a clean look, while also offering a clean slate to play around with colour in your decorations.

Accent walls are a great option if you want to bring a pop of colour into your home without needing to buy new furniture or decor. 

If you don’t like the idea of painting an entire wall a different colour, you can try adding wood paneling. This creates a border that you can paint. This not only makes your accent wall pop, but also adds some texture to the space.

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Stick To Your Renovation Budget

The most important thing to remember when renovating your home is that you can always do more in the future. Don’t overspend trying to get everything done in one shot. Rather plan out your renovation, and focus on doing one room at a time.

Hire an experienced contractor today to help you with your home renovations!

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