5 Quick and Simple Remodels on a Budget
The thought of remodeling a house often makes people envision months of living away from home, long periods of frustration, and – above all – out-of-control expenses. However, remodeling on a budget is definitely possible if you clearly plan what you want to do. If you don’t let yourself get carried away, you can remodel parts of your home relatively quickly. Try the following five quick and simple budget-friendly remodels:
Install custom kitchen cabinets
Custom cabinets are a great choice if you want to spruce up your kitchen without spending a fortune. Custom cabinets are made to your specifications and will add a touch of personality to your space – why not try a sleek design, in the material of your choosing, that’ll remain in style for years to come? Cabinets can change the overall look of your kitchen, so if you’re on a budget, they’re an easy way to remodel without undertaking the expense and time commitment that redoing an entire kitchen usually requires.
Restructure and reorganize your closet
Reorganising your cluttered closet space both gives you more room for clothes and also feels great. Buy or construct a shelving unit that fits the space you have and choose storage items such as baskets that suit your tastes. Simply add rods, and you’ll be able to hang more clothing – perhaps on a new set of matching coat hangers. You might like to add a fresh coat of paint to your closet, too – then you’ll really feel like your bedroom has had a makeover!
Expand your home
If you’re satisfied with how your home looks, but find yourself wishing for a bit more space, why not consider adding an extension to your home without the expense? You might like to construct a shed to store excess belongings, or you might prefer to skip the construction project and use an old shipping container. Used shipping containers can be a straightforward and easy way to add an extra room – simply have them wired for electricity and add any other modifications you deem necessary, and you’ll have a new space without having had to knock down any walls. The size of shipping containers makes them perfect for extra bedrooms, but they can also be used for a diverse range of work or leisure activities – you might use yours as an office, a playroom for the kids, or an art studio, to name just a few options.
Add a few touches to your bathroom
You don’t need to redo your entire bathroom to change it for the better. Try adding soft lighting, replacing your old towels with a matching set of decent quality, and perhaps even installing a heated towel rail. If you have the means, consider installing an overhead shower. Sometimes called a rain shower, an overhead shower will allow you to feel like you’re standing in a warm, relaxing rainfall – it’s difficult to imagine a better improvement to your daily shower experience than this!
Repaint a room or two
One of the easiest ways to make a room feel like new is to repaint it. Of course, if you’re painting your bedroom you will have to move out for a few days, but in the grand scheme of things, painting is a relatively painless project. Choose your color schemes wisely, as whimsical colors and patterns may not age well. If you’re feeling particularly courageous, choose to paint a couple of rooms at a time in a matching color scheme.
Even small-scale remodeling can be an exceptionally worthwhile project that both adds value to your home and simply makes it a more enjoyable place to spend time. Remodeling doesn’t have to decimate your savings, so why not make those home improvement daydreams a reality?
Cloe Matheson is a freelance writer based in Auckland, New Zealand with experience in writing about lifestyle, health and travel.