Home renovation ideas abound when programs like ‘The Block’ and ‘My House Rules’ smash the ratings with viewers. But why?
There are various reasons why people want to renovate their home (notwithstanding ‘The Block’): wanting to be house proud, preparing for retirement, or perhaps to simply improve the property to sell on one day. So for top comfort and top selling price, home renovation ideas need to be kept in check.
Here are some facts and figures to give you an idea of why so many people are choosing to renovate these days. And whether it’s big or small, you can make some imaginative home renovations with a few ideas.
Imaginative Home Renovation Ideas
Replace the Front Door
We really do judge a book by its cover, even if we don’t mean to. With a house, the front door provides the first impression for what secrets may be revealed inside.
If you are renovating to increase the value of your home, it is definitely worth thinking about what kind of first impression your house gives. Replacing the front door can also be good for security purposes. Even a new lick of paint can make all the difference.
Consider painting your front door a dark glossy black if you have a red brick house. Or a pale dusky pink with white trim if you have grey weatherboards. For mid-century modern homes colours such as ochre, orange, sage green, blue, and even a bright green (NOT lime or fluoro) look modern but in keeping with the bones of the house. Very modern houses can take fabulously elaborate wood, metal and glass doors or very bright colours including red and yellow. The entrance to a home can really make you want to go inside.
Add Natural Lighting
Period properties especially can have a fantastic charm to them. However, they can also have some small windows that don’t make the most of the natural light. As much appeal as any home has, residents and potential buyers prefer an abundance of natural light.
Natural light makes such a difference to our mental health and happiness. So even if you aren’t selling your house, this subtle change can make such a difference to living in your home. Consider where you can replace windows.
If privacy is an issue, consider modern stained glass, frosted glass, glass bricks, or the option for growing some foliage across the window for privacy but that still allows in as much light as possible. You may even like some of the excellent outdoor privacy screens available – such as the Laminex decorative screen range or laser-cut metal.
Changing the placement of windows or installing sky lights, can give your home a modern and competitive edge.
Save the Environment by Saving Money
Making your home more environmentally friendly might seem unnecessary, but these kinds of investments do end up saving you money in the long run. If you’re preparing for retirement, or want your property to stand out in the market, going green might be for you.
This is with the added benefit of knowing you’re doing something good for the planet, great! Installing solar panels is a good way to move your house towards being self-sustainable. Plant your own herb and vege garden, recycle more, use earthworm casting to fertilise, and speak to an Interior Designer or Architect about renovations to be more sustainable.
For example, install glass louvre windows for cross-winds to cool the house. Ideally, the wind could cross a water feature or pond to encourage cooler air. Have concrete floors to soak up and retain winter heat from the sun. Grow grass on the roof for insulation and to be environmentally sustainable.
Try New Paint and Wallpaper
You may be surprised just how different a room will look by changing the paint colour or adding wallpaper. There are thousands of options. Paint can be tinted to any colour you can possibly imagine. And there is now a huge range of wallpapers from which to choose – flock, patterned, printed, waterproof, fabric, sculptured… and in any pattern from bold geometrics, photographic, and highly textured to floral, animal, metallic and more.
This is one of the home renovation ideas I really love. Wallpaper is perfect for many decor solutions including the back of book shelves, under a staircase, on cupboard doors, to delienate a space (like a bar area), on the ceiling, and in small rooms such as a toilet.
Getting Help With Renovations
Whether you intend to change the whole layout of your home, or you just want to change a few things, this can be a daunting prospect for many of us. Luckily, there are companies who are knowledgeable, passionate, and specialise in home renovation ideas like World of Renovation for example.
If you don’t feel like renovating by yourself, or you want to know which architects or companies to hire, companies like these are a great help.
Renovating your home can be a fun process, and the kind of skills and knowledge you learn during this process can be really valuable throughout your life.
Renovating is a great way to get a better enjoyment out of living in your home, increase the value of your property, or great step to becoming more environmentally friendly.
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