Thursday, October 23, 2014

Winter Blues? Six Projects to get done!

The weather is changing and yes you’ll be spending a lot of time indoors. Before you get the winter blues consider some home improvement projects that will increase your property value and put a smile on your face. Here are some simple winter projects you might want to tackle.

1. Repaint
Want to brighten your mood? Try repainting! Go with a bright, cheery color to liven things up.
I always repaint in the winter because that’s when I need the most visual stimulation. A new coat of paint can dramatically lift your mood and the mood of the entire room. I always crack open the windows to let in fresh air while painting and consider eco-friendly, low-VOC paint so I don’t have to worry about breathing in toxic fumes.

2. Organize
Winter is a great time to work on getting organized. So, devote time to figuring out what is not working for you in your home. Make your home fit your style. Consider adding  built-in bookcases or shelving to get a clean look and give everything a place. Maybe even add a  window seat with storage to get a cozy feel to a room or the ultimate  entertainment center you always wanted.

3. Crown Molding
Give any room a face lift with crown molding. Performing little touch ups around your home like putting up crown molding, refinishing a banister, or wainscoting. A more impressive project to totally transform a room might be to install a coffered ceiling.

All of these projects give your home a fresh, updated look and feel.

4. Look at Your Bathroom
Is your grout gunky with unsightly mildew? Is your sink hopelessly outdated? Are you over the yellow paint you put on the walls three years ago?
Bathrooms make great winter projects because once they’re done; you can appreciate the handiwork every single day. Updates like replacing a faucet, re-grouting tile, or repainting are relatively easy for the do-it-yourselfer. But if you get more ambitious and you would like to reconfigure the space or replace the tile floor, you might want to call in professional help.

5. Basement Remodeling
Have an unfinished basement or one that is outdated?  Winter is the ideal time to install insulation and sheet rock.  Finishing these areas to add value to your home and will give you a nice work area, or refinished game, utility, guest, or family room.

 6. Work on Your Floors
Winter is a wonderful time to re-floor. You can choose from all sorts of materials including stone, terracotta, marble, carpet, tile or wood — the flooring of your home can help shape the look and feel you want. FYI:  The winter air ensures a quicker drying time for any adhesive involved, and new wood flooring tends to insulate better than old, worn flooring.
If you’re interested in exploring some of these projects in your home call Jim Butz with Architecturally Speaking at 847.205.9844 for a free design consultation and make your space your own! Like us on Facebook

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