If you’re dreading the long months of cold weather ahead and the thought of being stuck inside, consider curing cabin fever with some fun, easy and rewarding home improvement projects.
When choosing projects to tackle first, Joe Dvorak, president of Black Label Services LLC, suggests focusing on ones that will increase your property value, save money on your utility bills, and, of course, add a smile to your face. Here are five ideas to get you started:
1. Create walls that wow
Since you’re stuck inside staring at the walls, why not give them a new look. Adding modern trim work, crown molding and a bold coat of paint can completely change the look of a room without the expense of doing a complete renovation, Dvorak says.
“Contrary to what many homeowners might believe, you can use paint in your home without opening up every window as long it’s an environmentally friendly and waterborne paint, which has virtually no fumes. Plus, the dryness of the colder months can actually produce faster results.”
2. Add a “splash” of personality to your kitchen
For homeowners looking to spice up their kitchen without spending a pretty penny, adding a backsplash is a great solution, not to mention the perfect project during the winter months..
“You can completely change the look of your kitchen, as well as customize it to fit your personality,” says Dvorak. “There are hundreds of colors and styles to choose from, ranging from classic subway tile to natural stone to metal. While adding more functionality to a kitchen, a backsplash can also help accessorize and emphasize countertops, cabinets and appliances.”
3. Lighten up your rooms
What better way to brighten and warm your spirits this winter than with new lights, lamps or ceiling fans. Not to mention it’s an easy and affordable way to update the style of any room.
“We get a lot of customers during the winter who are shopping for new lights to get ready for the holidays or to accent kitchen and bathroom renovations,” Dvorak notes. “They are also looking to save on their energy bill with ceiling fans which push heat back down.”
LED-style lights, which come in contemporary and bold styles, also provide a money-saving option. Installing dimmers in areas like the family room or dining room saves money, while allowing homeowners to customize the ambiance.
4. Turn dull doors into classy decor
With home improvement projects, sometimes it’s the things that are used the most that are noticed the least. Like all the doors in your home — in and out of rooms, to closets and utility rooms. But after a closer look, the scratches, cracks, old hinges and outdated style can be hard to miss.
“Replacing interior doors is an affordable way to give your home an updated look versus an expensive remodel,” suggests Dvorak. “Most of the homeowners that come to us are looking for doors that have a unique or more modern look than what they have.”
There are a lot of options that many people might not even think about. For example, double doors are a much more functional and attractive alternative to sliding doors and bi-fold doors, while French-style doors can add natural light and architectural detail to a space.
While installing interior doors can be a job for do-it-yourselfers, Dvorak pointed out that it can quickly turn into a bigger job than expected, especially when replacing doors in older homes.
“Most doors are not going to just fall into place. The jobs we do involve cutting, trimming and shaping the door to size, and sometimes replacing the molding.”
His advice to homeowners looking to replace interior doors is for them to do their homework, know their budget, and have an idea of what they like. Then have the doors replaced by a professional like Black Label Services LLC to ensure no problems arise.
5. Take your bathroom from drab to fab
There’s no better time than the winter to turn your boring bathroom into a spa retreat. While replacing a faucet, re-grouting tile, or repainting are relatively easy for a do-it-yourselfer, more ambitious jobs like replacing the tub or adding tile floor are be better left to a professional.
While a complete remodel might be a bigger investment, it’s worth considering, says Dvorak. “Many older homes were not built using mold-resistant drywall, so if you’re going to make an investment in upgrading your bathroom, that’s one of the best places to start. Knowing what’s going on behind the walls is important before making expensive updates.
Dvorak adds that, there is also a lot of plumbing involved with replacing bathtubs, sinks and toilets, which requires an expert to ensure it’s done right. Once the walls are closed up, a small leak can go unnoticed for a long time, resulting in serious damage and possibly a complete remodel.
“My philosophy is that if you’re going to invest in a project, do it right the first time,” he said.
Black Label Services LLC is a fully licensed and insured family-owned home improvement company based in Eden Prairie. For a free price quote or more information, contact Dvorak by calling 952-563-0111 or visit Black Label Services online at www.blacklabelservices.com or on Facebook!