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5 Home Improvement Ideas for Consideration

People make changes to the interior of their home all the time for many different reasons.  Some people take on projects in order to help raise the value of their home and others are just keen to fresh it up with a little change.  Whatever the purpose, making slight changes to the inside of your home can help change the mood and energy (whilst potentially adding a little bit of value to it).  Below are some interior home improvement ideas we have come up with.

Painting and Wallpaper

It may sound really simple but giving your home a new lick of paint can make quite a significant impact.  Generally people refresh the paint in their homes every couple of years or some people may even have wallpaper that they replace.  Whether or not your home looks tired or not, even just changing the colour slightly of the walls may be a consideration.  Painting the home can actually be quite a stressful and tedious task and if not done correctly can also make the work look shabby and poor quality – as such, one of the considerations you may want to take into account is to actually employ someone to do this for you.  There are generally many different painter and decorator firms out there that will offer to quote and complete the job for you.  Make sure that when completing this activity that you have protected or removed furniture.

Doors and Fixtures

Another simple but effective home improvement idea is to refresh the internal doors for your home.  Interior doors do not have to be expensive and generally they are easy to fit where you do not need to get an expert to come and do – you could normally do yourself.  Interior doors could include things like changing the entrance to the kitchen area to double doors or moving from your conventional doors to sliding doors.  There are so many different options that you can consider that are pretty cost effective.  Something that some people are also pretty fussy on when it comes to doors is the actual door handles.  It sounds crazy but there are so many different types of door handles on the market ranging from your basic standard ones to prestige (that can be quite costly).

 

Garage Conversion

A more significant project that you may wish to consider is actually converting your garage to a room.  Most modern households do not actually use their garage for anything more than storing junk.  You won’t find that many people actually store their car or motor vehicle in here.  There are a few things you need to bear in mind in respect to authorisation if you are going down this route as making structural changes to your property may well require you to get planning permission.  This shouldn’t put you off as generally this is pretty simple and goes through hassle free but not getting the permission could land you in a spot of trouble (especially if your neighbours object to your new project).  Making a simple garage conversion to a new room (maybe a games room, bedroom, study or office), will generally add a lot of value to your home also.

Create a Driveway

If you do not have a drive in your home, then you may wish to consider creating a driveway that allows your motor vehicle to be parked off the main street.  This becomes an invaluable activity if you live in a busy street where parking can become a challenge.  Similar to the garage conversion, this will require some planning permission and agreement from your neighbours.  Generally you will also require to lower the pavement that is next to the driveway as that is the formal notification to other road users not to park in front of it.  This can be taken on as a major project or some home owners complete this themselves.  It is important to remember though that if a poor quality job of this is completed, it can actually have a detrimental effect on your home property value therefore if tackling this yourself, make sure you have the appropriate skills and tools.

Garden Makeover

If you are lucky enough to have a front or rear garden, this is something that with focus can be given a bit of a makeover to lift the energy in its surrounding areas.  It is amazing how a few new flowers or shrubs make a lot of difference.  If you are going to undertake this a little more intensely then you may want to consider water features or similar in order to make a more impressionable difference.  If you are not a garden expert then for these sort of activities it may be a better idea to call in the experts!

  • Jess is a lifestyle writer and lover of all things homes and gardens.

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