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Did you know that Houzz & Home study found out that recent home buyers usually renovate 3.5 rooms at once? However, putting your home through a full renovation is not for the faint of heart. The projects often go over schedule and over budget and can cause more stress than they are worth.
That being said, many of us still desire change every now and then in our homes. If you’re looking for something new without committing to an entire remodel, consider these five simple renovation ideas that make a big difference.
Separate Your Shower and Your Bathtub
Many people move into homes without giving too much thought to the design the bathroom. As long as it’s functional and reasonably spacious, that’s good enough for us. However, as the years pass by, you may be craving a more stylish bathroom space.
In fact, Trusted Pros found that 19% of home improvement projects in 2016 were bathroom renovations, proving that you definitely won’t be alone! One of the easiest ways to improve your bathroom is by simply separating your shower and bathtub.
No more slipping and sliding on the bathtub floor, carefully stepping over the walls, or meticulously placing the shower curtain to prevent a leak. Instead, separate the shower and tub and eliminate all of these inconveniences while also creating a more beautiful space.
When the shower stands alone, you can install glass doors in it and give your bathroom a pop of personality with colorful tile. Then, move your attention to the tub where an antique claw tub or jacuzzi with a marble base will infuse your bathroom with sophistication. Once your project is completed, the new space will cheer you up every time you step inside it!
Add an Island in the Kitchen
For any serious cook, this upgrade is a no-brainer. This year, focus your next small kitchen remodel on creating more space. Islands are ideal for taking advantage of the wasted room in the center of your kitchen. Instead of leaving it open, transform it into a brand new workplace.
Kitchen Remodeling Guides estimates that adding an island in your kitchen can cost as low as $500 or less. This project is simple and budget-friendly while still creating a big impact on the functionality of your kitchen. Not only will you have more counter space for food prep, but you can also customize it to fit your exact needs. Install a second oven, a stovetop, extra drawers, cabinets, and more to seriously upgrade your kitchen in one easy step!
Read more: Kitchen island size guidelines
Install Hardwood Floors Throughout the House
Hardwood floors are appealing for two reasons. They look aesthetically pleasing and are incredibly easy to maintain.
To avoid a stressful, full-house renovation, start small and adding more from there. If you don’t have the budget (or patience) to re-floor your entire house, begin with the rooms that matter most. Start in the kitchen and rip out your old linoleum tiles. Then, extend the hardwood through the foyer and hallways to give your entire downstairs layout a cohesive flow.
Once you’re happy with the new look, consider completing the project and installing hardwood floors in your living room, family room, and even up the stairs. Then, enjoy the clean and beautiful style and low-maintenance upkeep for years to come.
Read more: Popular types of hardwood floors
Upgrade Your Basement on Your Own Terms
Your basement should suit your family’s needs. Many homeowners fall into the trap of remodeling their basement into what they think it should be, rather than what they want. However, that shouldn’t be the case.
Instead, spend time brainstorming on what an ideal basement looks like to you, and even meet with a design team before you make any major decisions.
If you finished your basement years ago, this simple renovation idea can be as easy as changing out some furniture to make the space in your basement more useful. Build a home theater room if that’s what your family will use, or turn one of the rooms into an office or an extra bedroom for the kids as they grow.
Still sounds like too much? Simplify your project even more by restricting it solely to the storage room. Moving unused items into the basement can free up space and make your house feel like a whole new home without taking on any major renovations.
Give Your Home a Fresh Coat of Paint
If you’re on a budget but want a new look, repainting the statement pieces can give it an upgrade without breaking the bank. Increase your curb appeal by choosing a new color for your front door and garage door and spending a day over the weekend getting the job done.
If you’re ready for an even bolder change, pick a bright new color for your bathroom as well and you’ll soon realize how small details can make a big difference in making your house feel like a home.
Finally, to take the project one step further, add new crown molding to your foyer, kitchen, living and dining rooms for another little change that has a big impact.
If you’re ready for something new this year, try out these five simple renovation ideas that make a big difference!