Home Improvement on a Budget

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In the current economic climate, you can count yourself lucky if you have a roof over your head. However, for most of us a house is not only the place where we sleep at night. A house is a home, a sanctuary, a place to escape from the rest of the world, to relax and be with our loved ones.   No wonder we want our homes to be beautiful. A little bit of home improvement can go a long way towards making your house more than the sum of its parts and best of all, it doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg.

  • Prettify the front door area.   A lick of paint or varnish, or even a new front door can dramatically change the appearance of your house. You can also decorate this area with a pot plant or install new outdoor lighting.
  • Play with lighting. A new kitchen light or fixture over the dining table is bound to change the whole ambience of a room. Home improvement could even just involve installing a dimmer switch to make current lighting more versatile.
  • As one of the most used rooms in the house, bathrooms can show wear very quickly. Replacing chipped tiles, putting in new towel racks and changing bathroom curtains or blinds can give your bathroom a newer, fresher look. If your budget allows, go the whole hog and install a new toilet, sink and bath.
  • One of the easiest ways to transform a room, is installing new handles or knobs on cabinet doors. Home improvement honestly doesn’t get much easier than this.
  • A few simple, inexpensive items, such as throws, pillows, rugs and pots of flowers will bring any room to life. Play around with the things you already have and try putting them in new locations. The change may surprise you.
  • Finally, have fun with home improvement. A few cosmetic changes here and there are hardly permanent and if you don’t like the end result, you could just change it back to the way it was. However, you are more likely to love your improved home!

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