Budget-Friendly Home Renovation Ideas

By Shafiya Nawzer | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 16 2021
Home Budget-Friendly Home Renovation Ideas

By Shafiya Nawzer

Need to do some updates around the house but think you lack the funds for any expensive home improvement projects? Home repair and renovation can indeed be costly, but there are also some cool things you can do on the cheap.

As the saying goes don’t move, improve. We’re all in favour of affordable improvements that can add value to your home and maximise how you use your living space. Whether you want to upgrade the shower in the bathroom, add a skylight to the bedroom or repair original hall tiles.

But revamping your spaces doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Here are some ideas for upgrades perfect for a home renovation on a budget.

Set up a temporary space

Be sure to always have a functioning backup space inside your home available while certain areas are being worked on, such as your kitchen or bathroom. If your bathroom will be under construction and not useable, you can have a temporary bathroom set up in your basement if you don’t have a second one available in your home.

New countertops

Cabinets plus countertops fixtures can equal an expensive kitchen renovation. But if your cabinets are in decent shape, you can indulge in new countertops and upgrade one of the hardest working surfaces in your home. The smaller square footage you have to cover, the lower your cost, which means you might be able to afford a more expensive material.

Refresh your rooms with paint

You can give your drab, washed-out walls a burst of brilliant depth just by picking up a paint can and having at them. That's the power of a coat of paint; it rearranges your reality. This is why painting is the most oft-tackled DIY home improvement upgrade. While you don't have to be a pro to learn how to paint like one, there is more to a good paint job than just slathering some colour on the wall.

Add some backsplash

Renovating a house on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t indulge. Choose one area of your kitchen, such as behind your stove, to splurge for a colourful mosaic backsplash and then save on the rest of your walls with sleek, white tile. You could also opt for the peel-and-stick backsplash option which would be easier for someone new to DIY projects and saves you the tough work of grouting the tile.

Ditch the old front door

Start with the front door to make a lasting impression, because the right front door ideas add instant curb appeal. A fresh coat of paint can work wonders for transforming an existing door. Not only does it revive the door, but it also adds a new look to the whole exterior of your home.

But if your front door has had its day, invest in a new one to make a great first impression, or install a smart new knocker or handle. You can even design your own.

DIY vanity concrete countertop overlay

Nothing says modern chic decor like concrete austere fixtures. So if you have a totally outdated countertop that needs replacing, you could try some tarting up before you make a big investment by adding a DIY concrete countertop to the bathroom vanity and makeover that awful old counter you are so tired of looking at.

Upgrade flooring

Many peel-and-stick flooring options are thin enough that you don't have to remove existing flooring to give your room a budget-friendly upgrade underfoot. Even if the floor must come off because you just can’t stand it any longer, a new floor can be a long-lasting project that, on its own, isn't too expensive. Plus, plenty of DIY options exist to help you save on labour, too.

Open up your space

Merging rooms by removing a wall can make your house feel brand new and improve the overall flow. Make sure to first check if the wall you want to remove is load-bearing. If it is a non-load-bearing wall, the cost can be minimal. But if a wall is important to the structure of your house, you may want to skip this project.

Lay a stylish stair runner

Stairs are often the first thing that visitors see when they come into your house, so why not update shabby treads with a stylish stair runner? It’s also a great place to indulge in some colour. Make a big impact by choosing a striped or bold coloured runner. Or go classy with a neutral weave or thick and pale pile.

Change window treatments

New fabric, new shades, or a combination of the two can give a pretty facelift to a living room. Plenty of sew-it-yourself options can go a long way to hide older windows (which would be a pricey renovation project). To save a little extra money, aim to reuse the existing curtain rods and rings.

Install dimmers

If your home has scarce overhead lighting, you might be having a hard time getting the right balance of light. This is even truer in older homes with fewer outlets available for floor and side lamps. In these instances, installing a dimmer switch can be your quick and easy solution; keep it bright when accomplishing tasks, but turn it down for softer ambient lighting that’s comfortable for lounging.

Rearrange and refurbish furniture

Rearranging furniture can change the entire look and feel of a room and be a key component in completing your home remodel on a budget. Choose a focal point for the room, and arrange your furniture around it. You can also spruce up old furniture by refinishing the wood or reupholstering couches and chairs to give them a brand-new appearance.

By Shafiya Nawzer | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 16 2021

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