It’s a fantastic feeling to be a homeowner, but it’s less exciting to plan renovations. And, following through with can be a hassle. However, if you perform projects in a piecemeal fashion, doing one per month, the transformation comes slowly yet surely.
To begin, you need a plan. Set email notifications via a Google email and calendar. You’ll be reminded of each scheduled project, so you can discuss, plan, and buy needed supplies for an efficient execution. There’s no need for a plan if you’re not going to follow through!
Stairs Double as Bookshelves
Do the stairs leading up to the second floor or down into the basement feature aesthetically unwanted sides or dead space in the rear? You don’t have to look at something you don’t want, but you should capitalize on extra space. Transform the side and rear into a bookcase by inserting shelves. Head to your nearest hardware store and buy pieces of wood that fit across the side and rear of the staircase. Paint the wood to complement or contrast the color of the stairs. Don’t forget “bookshelves” are great to arrange items other than books.
Check the Water Heater
You’ll need to drain your water heater once per year. You also need to check the heater’s safety valve. The pressure relief valve prevents explosions and associated disasters. Turn the valve labeled ‘test.’ Allow the water to shoot down the tube and drip into a pan. If little or no water comes out, it’s time to contact Climate Master Mechanical.
Store Less-Needed Items for Less Dust
Dusting and cleaning is a major pain yet a necessary evil to ensure loved ones stay healthy. Survey your home, ridding cluttered areas of unneeded and less-needed items. Get rid of items you do not need, have a garage sale, or donate items to charity. Place less-used items in a storage area of the home, like an attic, or consider investing in a monthly storage facility. Less items means less space for dust to hide and collect.
Color Change Rather than Room Renovation
The living room is a place for reading, watching television, entertaining guests, and more, yet due to its popularity, the need for change is inevitable. A complete overhaul is costly and most times unneeded. Alternatively, invest in LED color-changing lights, which save money and can be controlled via Wi-Fi. Why would you want to control your lights remotely? For one, you can trick thieves to think you’re home when away. Also, you can instantly manipulate the mood of the room, so it’s appropriate for romance, entertainment, reading, etc.
Install New Switch Plates for a Quick Change
Change is good but costly. Rather than invest in new drapes, pillows, furniture covers, etc, think about making small changes that make a big impact. For example, change the light switch plates in the room. Choose a bold color that complements the motif and color arrangement. For example, a dark red plate makes a subtle yet visible impression in a room filled with black and white furniture.
There’s more to be done throughout the year, but now that you’ve gotten started, there’s no reason to stop making your house more beautiful by completing one project at a time.
Howard A. Dreher is a home renovation contractor. He likes sharing his experiences in the field on the internet. His articles appear on many homeowner and DIY sites.