Five home renovation ideas for the New Year | WindowArt

It’s the new year, a perfect time to start afresh. You have a little spare time on your hands and what a great way to make use of it by renovating your house. You might have been putting it off all of last year, but now is the time to get out your pencils, boards and toolkit out for a fresh start to 2016. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Open up your living space.

A top interior home renovation idea  for 2016 is to open up your space to allow a free flow throughout the house. This could mean breaking out walls or allowing your house to breath by decluttering all of your rooms. Decluttering your home with an open plan in mind will make your rooms look bigger.

Decluttering also creates a clear perspective. Once you have an open space to review from, you can get a clear indication on other home renovation ideas that could work for your space, for example, you’ve donated most of your books to your local charity and now you notice that one of the shelves is coming apart perhaps a new bookshelf, or a repair is in order.

Refurbish your windows.

It doesn’t look like electricity bills are coming down any time soon, what better way to put a gag on your bill than to refurbishing your windows and allowing natural light into your house. This will not only help to prevent the unnecessary use of electrical lights in the daytime, but will also help to heat up and insulate your home.

Install sliding doors.

Allow a sense of continuity between the inside and outside areas of your house by installing sliding doors, which insure a unity between your interior and your yard, creating a open atmosphere.

Add vinyl decals to the glass doors to ensure no one gets injured by accidentally running right through them. If you’re concerned that people will be able to look directly into your house you can add a full-frame vinyl decal to ensure privacy. This increases the security of your property, while not hiding that natural light you’re after.

Change up your appliances.

You don’t have to overspend when it comes to redoing your kitchen  the trick is to incorporate new items with already existing items in your kitchen that are still usable. Since the kitchen is the most used room in the house besides the bathroom refreshing this room will be your salvation.

How to ensure you stick to your home renovation ideas.

To ensure that you actually get through the home renovation ideas you’ve got pllanned, and don’t end up living in a perpetual building site, set up a realistic plan of action, and break the renovation into actionable phases. You know the saying, ”Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Well, they weren’t lying.

Create a plan the same way you would plan a project at work. Ask yourself, ”How many people do you have on hand?” ”Will your husband be at work?” ”Will the kids be back at school by the time you’re halfway through?”. Set yourself an easily manageable amount of work and a deadline, something on the lines of, ”In three weeks, I want to have painted the kitchen, bathroom and living room.”

Read tons of blogs, look at pictures to inspire you, just know exactly what you’re getting yourself into when carrying out your home renovation ideas in the New Year. Don’t forget to grab a copy of our home renovations guide and happy renovating!

Photo credit: http://afreakatheart.blogspot.co.za/2013/07/ideas-for-home-decor-lounge-and-kitchen.html

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