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Coming up with a Budget for Building your Home

Building your own home is an incredible experience. Not only do you get to see the physical structure of your dream house, but you also get to put your own stamp on it. However, building a home can be expensive, especially if you don’t know how much money will be needed for each stage of the process. But there are ways to reduce costs while still building a house that’s beautiful and functional! In this guide, we’ll talk about some tips for planning out your budget so that you’re prepared before starting any construction work—and ready to enjoy your new home once it’s finished.

Decide how big you want your house to be

When you’re deciding how big your house is going to be, think about the number of people who will be living there. If you are building a home for two people, it doesn’t need to be as big as a home for a family of six. Also consider how much space each person needs. Do they have hobbies and activities that require special rooms? If so, make sure they’ll have enough room in the house when all their stuff is put together!

A good rule of thumb is that each person should have around 100 square feet (9 square meters) of space available just for themselves—this includes sleeping, cooking and relaxing alone time too!

Find out how much your site will cost

When building a home, the costs of the site is usually just as important as the cost of your home. Before you can start working on your home, you’ll need to purchase land and prepare it for construction. This can be a costly process that includes:

  • Site preparation
  • Land clearing
  • Utilities such as gas, water and sewer lines
  • Septic tanks or wells (if needed)

Figure out what features you want in your home

When figuring out what features you want in your home, it’s important to consider how much each feature will cost. This way, you’ll be able to figure out how much money you need to save up before beginning construction on your home. Here are some of the most common features and the approximate cost of each:

  • A driveway – $5,000 – $10,000
  • A patio or deck – $5,000 – $15,000 (depending on size and materials used)
  • A swimming pool – $20k+ (depending on size and type)

Look into land loans and assistance programs

  • Look into land loans and assistance programs. If you’re looking to build a home, but not sure where the money will come from, consider looking into land loans and assistance programs that may be available to you.
  • Find out if you qualify for a land loan, or if there are any assistance programs available. If you are eligible for a land loan, this can be used towards building your home or buying property on which to build your home. There may also be other forms of financial help available depending on where it is that you live in Australia!

Plan out your budgeting process ahead of time

When it comes to building a home, one of the most important things you can do is make sure that your budget is in order. Think hard about how much money it will take to build your dream home—and then add another 10% onto that number! Set aside this extra amount so that if something unexpected happens during construction, it won’t ruin your entire budget or cause financial stress later down the road. You don’t want to find yourself overspending on any aspect of the build, but it’s even more important that you plan ahead and know where your money will be going before beginning construction.

The first step in this process is listing everything that needs to be purchased, whether it’s a tool or an appliance. Once this list has been compiled, compare it with other lists—like those that detail items you want or need but could probably do without (e.g., granite countertops). Then add up all the costs associated with each item and determine if they’re reasonable based on what similar homes in your area have gone for recently; if not, adjust accordingly so that your dream home doesn’t turn into a nightmare reality due to overspending here and there!

Finally: don’t forget about labor costs either! If there are any tasks around which require professional help (elevating a basement foundation), then make sure these fees are factored into future budgets as well

Consider ways to cut costs on land and preparation

When buying land, consider ways to cut costs on land preparation. For example:

  • Buy land that is already cleared. If you’re building a house in an area where the ground has been leveled and trees removed (for example, most suburbs), it can be more expensive for you to clear the land yourself than if you had bought it already cleared. Consider whether this will affect your building plans (for example, start thinking about how much landscaping or retaining walls are going to cost).
  • Buy close to existing infrastructure. If possible, buy property with services such as water and sewer lines already available at the time of purchase instead of installing them yourself later on down the track—it’ll save both time and money! And remember: having these services installed incorrectly means they could cause damage or leaks when they aren’t properly installed or maintained over time… so make sure they’re done right!
  • Make sure you have all necessary permits before buying any property! Check out what permits (if any) are required by law before purchasing a lot with plans in mind; otherwise there may come unexpected fees associated with retrofitting them into what was originally intended as just another piece of real estate within city limits… which would mean an even bigger budget blowout than expected!

Think about the best ways to spend your money

Building a home can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to stretch your budget too far if you take some time to think about the best ways to spend your money.

If you’re planning on building a house and want to stay on budget, here are some tips that can help:

  • Take your time before making any big decisions. Don’t rush into anything. This will help keep costs low by preventing unnecessary overspending later on in the project.
  • Ask for help from people who have experience with homebuilding projects like yours (for example, a contractor). This can save time and money by ensuring that everything is done correctly from the beginning rather than having to redo things later on down the line because mistakes were made initially or parts weren’t purchased properly based on what was needed at each stage of construction.
  • Don’t let emotions get in the way of good financial sense when planning out budgets for building projects such as these ones! It’s important not only because allocating funds wisely before starting anything means less stress during construction; it also means better quality outcomes overall since there’ll be no shortage when buying supplies needed throughout different stages of work being done at once instead of having leftover materials which might go unused or worse yet become unusable due lack supply shortage later down road when everything else has already been completed.”


Building a home is an exciting process, and one that we are proud to be part of. However, it can also be expensive if you don’t plan ahead and budget properly. We hope these tips will help you keep your costs down while still getting exactly what you want out of this experience

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Reasons you Should Renovate your Bathroom


A bathroom is an important part of a home. It’s where we get clean, relax, and take care of our personal needs. But most importantly, a bathroom is one of the rooms that sells your home when you decide to sell it. If you want to increase the value and desirability of your property, then renovate your bathroom! Here are five reasons why:

Increase Property Value

The bathroom is the most important room in your house. It is also one of the most used rooms of your home (did you know that we spend up to 2 hours a day in our bathrooms?). This means that when a renovation is done, you can expect to make back more than what you invested.

The average cost for bathroom renovation ranges from $60k – $200k depending on what kind of work needs to be done and how big your space is. The good news is, this investment will not only improve the look and feel but will also add value to your property as well!

Increase Functionality

If you’re looking to increase functionality in your bathroom, there are a number of things you can do. For example, if the shower is too small or doesn’t have enough space between the wall and tub, consider adding an extra showerhead so that two people can bathe at once. You can also add a bathtub—or even better, both! Additionally, if the toilet is located in an inconvenient spot or not separated from other parts of your bathroom (such as a sink), consider putting it in its own room instead.

It’s also possible to add additional items that improve function: for instance, another sink can be constructed adjacent to or within another room entirely; this gives you more space for styling up hair and applying makeup while taking care of other tasks like brushing teeth or shaving legs/underarms/face (whichever applies). An enlarged mirror is useful because it allows users greater visibility while they work on themselves; similarly helpful additions include towel racks which allow towels to be easily hung up after use without taking up much space on surfaces around them. Finally—and perhaps most importantly—you might want to look into some kind of storage solution such as cabinets or shelves where people could put things like toothbrushes; this way those items won’t get lost amid clutter which often makes cleaning difficult due lack thereof space

Enhance your Health

A renovated bathroom enhances your health. It’s not just about looks; it’s about how you feel. A renovated bathroom will help you achieve better health, both physically and psychologically.

  • Improved Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). A new bathroom can improve IAQ by reducing airborne contaminants from water damage or mold growth, which often occurs behind old walls and fixtures.
  • Improved Energy Efficiency. New windows and doors can save energy by helping regulate temperature, keeping rooms cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter helping you regulate your body temperature better.
  • Improved Self-Image: You’re likely to feel more confident and comfortable when entering a beautifully remodeled space with new features than one that hasn’t been updated recently or at all in recent years. The right lighting can make you feel better about yourself.
  • Lowered Risk of Getting Injured: Bathroom renovations can include adding grab bars as part of walk-in showers or near toilets so that older adults, people with disabilities or those who have difficulty moving around won’t slip or fall while climbing into their showers or toilets.

Transform your Bathroom into a Personal Sanctuary

One of the best ways to improve your lifestyle is to make your bathroom a place where you can relax and enjoy yourself.

  • Use your bathroom as a place to unwind, put your feet up and get comfortable. You can add things like :
    • A soaking tub, which can reduce pain and inflammation and also calm the nervous system, reducing the levels of stress and anxiety in the body and improving your mood.
    • A heated towel rail so that you can have warm towels on demand.
    • A steam shower is another great way of creating a relaxing atmosphere in your home, allowing you to enjoy some time away from it all whilst feeling refreshed and clean afterwards!
    • A shower bench, so you can sit and relax in your steam shower.
    • Scented candles, to set the mood!
  • In the bathroom, you can be yourself. You can relax and enjoy a few moments of peace and quiet while you’re in the tub or shower.

Your bathroom is waiting for you.

Do you have a bathroom that you’re not happy with? Is your current space not working for your family’s needs? Do you feel like it’s time for an upgrade? If so, renovating your bathroom could be the perfect solution. There are many benefits to renovating your bathroom including the following:It can be a great investment in your home. A renovated and updated bathroom can add value to a home while providing greater enjoyment to its occupants. The cost of adding a new shower or tub will quickly pay off when it comes time to sell or rent out your property as these upgrades make homes more appealing to potential buyers and renters.

It can be fun! Getting to design your dream bathroom can be exciting, especially when it means this renovation will improve your life and be the perfect fit for your lifestyle!


We hope you’re inspired to make the most of your bathroom and its potential. Whether you decide to renovate or re-model your bathroom, we can help. Contact Refine Construction today!

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Top 5 Kitchen Trends you need in your Kitchen


Kitchen trends, like fashion trends, come and go. Kitchens are not just a place to cook meals, but also a room in which families gather together. Here are 5 of my favorite kitchen trends that can be incorporated into any kitchen design.

Brick walls

Brick walls are a great way to add warmth, texture and character to your kitchen. They can also help create an air of sophistication that will impress your guests. There are several different ways you can create a brick wall look in your kitchen. One of the easiest ways is by painting existing walls with bricks on them but another option is making faux brick wall panels from scratch using concrete or plasterboard. You don’t need to be an expert builder either as these methods are very easy for anyone who has basic DIY skills and tools.

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Brass and Gold Faucets and Fixtures

Brass and gold fixtures are a great way to add an element of luxury and sophistication to your kitchen. Brass faucets are durable, easy-to-maintain, and available in a variety of styles that will match any design style. Gold faucets also come in many different styles but they’re best suited for kitchens with dark wood cabinets or marble countertops.

Brass is often used as an accent color because it looks good with other colors like black or white but you can also use brass accents throughout your kitchen if you want to bring out the warm tones of this metal. A good example would be using a brass cabinet handle instead of chrome for one or two drawers on your island or peninsula bar height table (or breakfast bar).

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Multi-purpose Islands

When you’re designing your kitchen, it can be tempting to think of islands as just a work space. But they’re so much more than that! Islands are the perfect way to multi-task in your kitchen, and that’s why I’ve included them on this list.

If you have kids who are old enough to do some prep work with you, consider an island where everyone can sit down together around a couple of stools. This is great for when you’re making dinner or preparing snacks together—you can easily keep an eye on them while they cut up veggies and make hummus dip at the same time!

Islands also provide extra seating when hosting guests over for dinner parties or family gatherings. Instead of having guests crowd around the dining table all night long (and knocking into each other), provide more space with an island where everyone has their own spot and room to spread out their napkins and silverware without worrying about spilling anything off their plates onto someone else’s lap in front of them! If there’s enough countertop space surrounding an island built into its design, consider adding drawers underneath so guests don’t have to stand up if they need something from inside those cabinets—like napkins! The drawers will offer storage space for these items as well as cups/glasses/bottles if needed during meals.

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Marble countertops

Marble is a natural stone that is easy to clean and durable, making it a great choice for both kitchens and bathrooms. It’s also an attractive material that can be used in many different styles of kitchen, from sleek modern to rustic country.

The first step in getting marble countertops installed in your kitchen is choosing the type of marble you want. While there are lots of different marbles available (and even more colors within those types), here are some popular choices:

  • White Carrara – This highly-prized white marble comes from Italy and has been used by artists for centuries due to its soft coloration and veining patterns.
  • Black Aurora – This rare black granite comes from Brazil and has become increasingly popular recently due to its distinctive appearance as well as its heating properties (which make it unlikely to crack under extreme temperature changes).
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Patterned Tiles

Patterned tiles are a great way to add color to your kitchen, create a backsplash or flooring, and add some style. The patterns available are as varied as the designers who create them—you may choose from geometric patterns such as chevron and hexagons, or more organic designs like cowhide or lace.

When choosing tile for your kitchen backsplash, consider what kind of look you want to achieve in this space. You can opt for bold colors if you want an eye-catching focal point, or use neutral tones with smaller patterns if you want something more subtle and calming.

In the kitchen, floor tiles are another easy way to add some color and personality. If you’re looking for a way to liven up your space, consider installing colored tile in your kitchen floor. Colored floor tiles come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. They can be used to create an interesting pattern or just add color to the floor of your kitchen.

Trends we see in kitchens that use colored floor tiles:

1. White cabinets with dark floors

2. Light-colored cabinets with lights floors

3. Dark-colored cabinets with light floors


When it comes to your kitchen, you need to make sure that you are staying on top of the latest trends. This means having a functional layout for all of your cooking needs, as well as some fun extras like patterned tiles or brass fixtures. By incorporating these five trends into your space, you can ensure that it is both beautiful and functional.

5 Reasons Why you Should Build your Home

Building a home can be a fun and rewarding experience. It is important to make sure you are ready for the undertaking but once you are, you have the chance to create your dream space. There are many reasons why building a home from scratch is better than buying an existing home.

1. You can add your personal touch. Your new home will be built to suit your lifestyle, and you’ll be able to personalize it however you like. You’ll have the freedom to choose everything from the floor plan to the paint color for each room.

2. You can design a floor plan to suit your lifestyle. If there’s something that doesn’t quite work for your family, or if there’s an area of the house that could be better utilized than it currently is—you have the ability to make those changes! You don’t have to settle for what someone else thought was best—you can make it work for your family!

3. You will know that you are getting quality materials and workmanship. When you build a home yourself, you know exactly what went into making it—and since you chose all of those materials yourself, they’ll be exactly what suits YOUR needs most effectively!

4. It’s cheaper than buying a home that’s already been built and renovated by others— —and this goes double if you’re renovating an older home as opposed to building from scratch!

5.) It is low maintenance compared to older homes. Older homes sometimes require upkeep ad upgrades that can be costly in the long run!

You can add your personal touch

You can choose your own colors and finishes.

You can add your own personal touches.

You can add your own furniture, art and lighting.

You can add plants and rugs to create a warm, inviting atmosphere in your home that is uniquely yours!

Building your own home gives you the opportunity to design a house that reflects who you are as a family. This is usually done through the choice of materials and features, which most often reflect your personality, lifestyle and budget. It’s also important to ensure that these choices fit with where you live, as this can affect how much light or shade there will be in different parts of the day or year.

You can design a floor plan to suit your lifestyle

As you are designing your floor plan, it is important that you consider the needs of your family and your lifestyle. By doing this, you will be able to decide how many bedrooms are needed, where they should be placed in relation to each other, and whether or not a bathroom is needed on every level.

It is also important to consider the type of home plans that suit your needs before selecting one for your home building project. For example, if there are any specific features such as a gourmet kitchen or an open floor plan that are required by either yourself or someone else in the family then these should be incorporated into the design from day one rather than having them added later on after everything has already been built.

The same goes for budget constraints too! If there isn’t enough money left over after initially paying for things like land then don’t spend more than what was originally budgeted which usually means sticking with smaller houses rather than bigger ones even though sometimes people might want something larger because they think it would look better aesthetically speaking but remember: appearances aren’t everything because there’s always another side too – cost effectiveness!

You will know that you are getting quality materials and workmanship

If you build your own home, you will be able to choose the materials and workmanship that go into it. You can be sure that the materials are of the highest quality, because they have been thoroughly tested and chosen by builders who know what they’re doing. You also know that when work begins on your new home, it will be done by highly skilled craftsmen who are well versed in building houses. These men and women take pride in their work, which means they will take care with every detail of the construction project so that your dream home is built to last for many years to come.

It’s cheaper than buying a home that’s already been built and renovated by others

Older homes have been around for decades, which means they’ve been exposed to rain and snow, sun and wind—all of which can cause damage over time if they aren’t properly maintained by their owners (or if owners don’t take care of them). 

It’s cheaper to build than trying renovate an old house. Older houses are not energy efficient, so renovating them can be costly, especially when it comes to insulation, heating and cooling systems, and windows.

The cost of materials for building a home will depend on where you live, but in general it’s cheaper than buying a house that’s already been built. For example, in Los Angeles, it takes about $300 per square foot for construction materials alone.

A new build is low maintenance compared to older homes

You will not have to worry about leaks in the roof or windows. You will not have to worry about the roof rotting. You will not have to worry about the paint peeling. You will not have to worry about plumbing and electrical wiring issues.

You can use materials that are brand new that will last a long time instead of having to replace old elements in an an older house.

Even though it may cost more up front than buying an existing property with no work needed on it, it will most likely require some renovations later on. Building a home from scratch will save money in maintenance costs over time since everything is new.


When you build a home, you’re getting exactly what you want. Building a home is also better for the environment because it uses natural resources that are easier to recycle and reuse. Every homeowner has their own unique tastes and preferences when it comes to the look and feel of their home. With Refine Construction, you can have a custom-built house that reflects who you are as an individual.

Winter Weather Damage: 5 Areas of Your Home to Inspect

Thanks to the tilt of the Earth, we often face cold winter temperatures here in Boston. As northerners, we simply pull our winter clothes out of the closet, throw on a few layers, and tough out the cold.

But your home doesn’t get to bundle up in the winter. It braves blizzards and extreme weather with little protection. Any home could be prone to winter damage.

Are you sure your home is damage-free? Some issues may not be apparent unless you inspect each area of the house closely.

Ready to check your home, but not sure what to look for? Here are a few common signs of damage from the cold winter weather:

  • Cracks in the foundation
  • Leaks in the roof
  • Gaps around doors and windows
  • Water damage on the ceilings or walls
  • Sagging gutters
  • Drooping tree branches
  • Cracked or peeling paint
  • Chipped or loose siding

If you notice any issues caused by winter weather, it’s important to get the repairs done as soon as possible. We recommend asking for help from a professional to ensure your home’s repairs are completed properly.

Want to make sure your house is good to go? Here are five areas of your home to inspect for damage from winter weather:

1.) Foundation

The foundation is the core of your home—therefore, it is the most important part to check for damage.

How the foundation of your home may become damaged in winter

  • Foundation shifting: When the foundation of your home is subjected to excessive pressure, it may shift. Structural damage can appear as a result of the foundation’s movement. Make sure you check both the inside and outside of your property.
  • Stress cracks: Foundation problems manifest themselves early by creating fissures along the boundaries where your house’s interior walls meet the ceiling. These are commonly called “stress cracks.”
  • Cracks in the basement: If your home has a basement, pay close attention to the walls and floors. Look for any cracks or leaks. If you see any water damage, it’s important to get it taken care of quickly to prevent further issues.

2.) Siding

Siding is another area of your home that can be damaged by winter weather.

How siding may become damaged in winter

  • Ice dams: Ice dams form when heat escapes from your home and melts the snow on your roof. The water then runs down to the edge of your roof and freezes again. Over time, the ice builds up and creates a dam. The dam prevents water from draining off your roof properly and can cause liquid to back up under your shingles and leak into your home.
  • Strong winds: Another way siding can become damaged is from the treacherous wind. Strong winds can cause branches to fall or debris to fly through the air and hit your home. Both of these can cause damage to your siding.

3.) Roof

Whatever you do, make sure you check your roof! It is one of the most common areas for winter damage to appear. Make it a priority to replace missing or damaged shingles.

How winter may affect the roof of your home

  • Water damage: Water damage can cause your roof to leak.
  • Snow and ice: Heavy snow and ice can also damage your roof by causing it to collapse.
  • Ice dams: The water from an ice dam may overflow, run down to the edge of your roof, and freeze again. This process can damage your roof and cause leaks.


Don’t neglect your gutters! If your gutters are clogged with leaves and debris, they can cause water to back up and seep into your home. This can lead to serious structural damage. Yikes!

How winter weather can damage your gutters

  • Strong wind: Strong wind can dislodge the gutters from your home, which leads to water and structural damage.
  • Tree damage: During the winter, ice and wind put stress on trees. Branches that once seemed sturdy can suddenly break off and fall onto your roof or down your gutters.
  • Ice buildup: When the temperatures drop, the water in your gutters will freeze. A buildup of ice can damage your gutters by breaking them or pulling them away from your home.

Windows and doors

Another area of your home that can be damaged by winter weather is the windows and doors. If you see cracks or chips in the glass, don’t wait to get them fixed.

Not only can winter weather damage your windows and doors, but it can also damage the seals around them. If the seals are damaged, cold air might enter your home and make it difficult to keep the house warm.

How cold winter weather can damage your windows and doors

  • Freezing air: One of the most common problems during winter is cold air entering your home through cracks and gaps in your windows and doors.
  • Water damage: If there is a lot of snow or ice on your windows and doors, it can melt and leak into your home. This can cause water damage to your windows and doors, as well as structural damage if it freezes again.

What to do if your home is damaged

If you suspect that your home has suffered winter weather damage, it’s important to have it inspected. A home repair professional will be able to assess the damage and recommend the best course of action.

Do not wait to complete the necessary repairs. Ignoring the damage can lead to further issues and may even make your home unsafe to live in.

How Refine Construction can help

You don’t have to fix your home’s winter damage alone. Our team at Refine Construction will evaluate the structural integrity of your house and develop a permanent reinforcement plan.

We’ll work with you to make sure your home is safe and sound.

If you’re concerned about winter weather damage, or any other type of home damage, contact Refine Construction today. We’re here to help you through every step of the process, from inspection to repairs.

The Three Best Home Renovation Projects to Take on During the Winter and Why

During the winter months, it can be tempting to spend your days curled up on the sofa, tucked under a blanket, watching your favorite TV programs. However, the winter can actually be the perfect time for you to get on with some of your most pressing home renovation projects. 

With that in mind, in this blog post, we are going to take a look at some of the best home renovation projects to do during the winter. So, let’s take a look…

  1. Freshen up your bathroom and upgrade your plumbing fixtures

You do not need to break the bank in order to renovate your bathroom. Most bathrooms are small in size, so making small changes can actually make a big overall difference. 

Why should you upgrade your bathroom?

Before we take a look at some of the different ideas and suggestions for your home, let’s take a look at some of the key benefits associated with upgrading your bathroom:

  • Create a more eco-friendly space – We all need to do our bit for the planet. Not only can we create a more eco-friendly home but we can reduce our utility bills in the process. Therefore, upgrading your bathroom makes a lot of sense from an eco-perspective. From saving water to using LED light bulbs, there are a number of different ways that you can go about this. 
  • Turn your bathroom into a luxurious, peaceful oasis – Bathrooms are often viewed as practical spaces. People get dressed, brush their teeth, and go to the toilet. However, why not think of your bathroom as more of a spa-type environment? Look for ways to create a space that is opulent, relaxing, and luxurious. When you do this, it means you have the perfect place in your home to relax and unwind after a challenging day at work. You can take a long soak in the bath, ease your muscles, and truly enjoy the time you spend in the bathroom, rather than only viewing it as a practical environment. 
  • Save money in the future – Aside from the benefits that we have discussed so far, another reason why bathroom renovations are so appealing is that they give you the ability to save a considerable amount of money. There are a number of ways you can dot his. Firstly, by embracing more eco-friendly approaches, you can save the amount of money that you spend on electricity and water every month. Not only this, but bathroom upgrades and improvements tend to have a significant impact on the value of your property. 
  • Enhance your property’s value – Expanding on the list point in further detail, according to research, you can expect a 102% return at resale after a minor bathroom remodel. Therefore, this is one of the best renovation projects to undertake if you are looking to increase the value of your home. 

Being mindful of mold and mildew during the winter

Throughout the cold winter months, you have the perfect recipe for mildew and mold buildup due to the combination of closed-off windows and hot steamy showers. So, it makes sense to start off with a deep clean in the bathroom, and then you should re-grout around the tile. 

You don’t have to spend a lot to upgrade your bathroom

Inexpensive, small updates include painting an accent wall or replacing hardware, such as the sink faucet. You may want to install LED light strips around a mirror or inside of cabinet doors to improve lighting. You can easily improve bathroom storage by adding pull-out drawers inside cabinets or installing new shelving. 

Finally, the effectiveness of simply changing out shower curtains or towels to create an updated look should not be underestimated. 

Upgrading old plumbing fixtures during the winter 

You can also update your old plumbing fixtures throughout the winter period. This brings the benefit of enhancing the functionality of your home while giving immediate visual appeal. Winter is an excellent time to do this, so long as the temperatures have not gone too far below freezing. 

New plumbing fixtures are going to utilize water more efficiently in comparison to older fixtures, so not only will you get the aesthetic enhancement but this project is going to lower your impact on the environment and save you some money in the process. 

Another bonus of doing this during the winter months is that this season tends to be pretty slow for plumbers, and so you should not run into too much trouble when it comes to booking professionals on the dates that you want to get the job done. 

  1. Replace doors and windows 

Another home improvement project that can help boost the curb appeal, efficiency, and resale value of your property is door and window replacement. This is a big project that can get complicated easily, so it always makes sense to work with reputable and experienced door and window replacement businesses. 

Reasons why you should replace your windows and doors

There are a number of different reasons why this is a renovation project that you should consider for your home over the coming winter months, including the following:

  • Noise reduction – The first benefit that you can expect to reap by having new windows and doors installed is noise reduction. Whether you live on a busy street or you’re close to a local train station, excess noise can be frustrating and can prevent you from leading a peaceful and restful life. Luckily, you can opt to have high-performance windows installed that will reduce the amount of noise that gets into your home. 
  • Improve the energy efficiency of your home – One of the main reasons why people get new windows and doors installed is so they can enhance the energy efficiency of their property. By choosing modern windows and doors, you can ensure that your home stays warm during the winter months, as less energy will escape from these points within your home. Of course, there are many different factors that will impact how efficient windows are, so you need to work with an experienced and reputable company. Factors such as the type of glass used, the frame materials, and the gaps between the glass can all have an impact.
  • Enjoy more home comfort – The first two points that we have mentioned come together to create a home that is much more comfortable for you and your family. After all, your home should provide an environment whereby you feel comfortable and at ease, and that is exactly what new windows and doors can offer.
  • Enhance home security and safety – It is sad that we have to go to extensive measures to protect what is rightfully ours, but unfortunately, this is the day and age that we live in at the moment. With new windows and doors, you can make the most of modern materials and the latest safety features so that you can reduce the chance of any sort of security breach happening on your premises. 
  • Boost the value of your property – As is the case with a new bathroom, you can expect new windows and doors to increase the value of your property as well. The increase is going to depend on the windows and doors you have in place at the moment and the upgrade you will make. 

Are you worried about replacing your windows and doors during the winter?

If the idea of replacing your doors and windows during the cold weather makes you fear how high your heating bill is going to climb, don’t worry! Most contractors are going to replace one door or window at a time, so heat loss will be minimized. Plus, once the doors and windows are installed, you will be able to save a considerable amount of money on your heating bill because you can increase energy performance considerably. 

  1. Upgrade lighting in your home

Last but not least, the third project that we recommend during the winter months is to upgrade the lighting in your property. During the winter months, you are going to rely on your lighting more than you do during the summer months when the sun stays around for much longer. 

This means that attention can be drawn to dim areas of your home or harsh lighting. So, why not make the most of this by changing or upgrading your lighting? 

Make the switch to LED lighting 

An obvious place to start is by making the switch to LED lighting. This is a great way of making your property brighter while also reducing your energy bills in the process. What makes LED lights so effective is that you can achieve the same level of brightness as incandescent bulbs while using much less energy in the process. 

Make a plan when upgrading the lighting in your home

One critical piece of advice that we have for you when it comes to the lighting in your home is to make a plan. Whether you are redecorating a room or starting from scratch, a lighting plan will ensure that you tackle all of the essentials and create a space that really works for you. 

You should think about the sort of activities that are going to take place in every room, for example, working, relaxing, and eating, as well as the architectural boundaries that need to be considered and the key elements of the room that you want to highlight. Think about the output, scale, style, and even color temperature of the lights before you rush off and make any design decisions. Early planning will ensure there are fewer rushed last-minute decisions and headaches. 

When it comes to putting your plant together, you will want to take the layered approach to light. Use different sources of light across various levels to generate ambiance and interest within a room. Utilize lighting so you can make the most of the shape and size of the room. For instance, light clusters make big rooms seem cozier, low-hung pendants create a feeling of height, and uplighting makes a room feel bigger. 

Remember that less can be more

You should always keep the material finishes, color schemes, and theme consistent throughout your property, especially when it comes to lighting. 

If there are too many different styles in a sordid array throughout the property, it can end up being very confusing on the eye, causing uneasiness. 

Lighter, neutral tones are going to open up a space, making it appear bigger. You can add pops of color to create interest via the likes of lampshades. For a more luxurious and cozy feel, consider darker hues. The key here is to keep everything consistent and simple. 

Think about adding lighting to light the way during the night

As you know, during the winter months, we spend a lot of time in darkness, as the nights last for a very long period of time. Midnight bathroom breaks are made worse when you either have to feel across the walls to get to the bathroom or you have to turn on harsh lighting that makes you feel like you have gone blind when you first hit the switch.

This is why one of our favorite winter renovation projects is to make the most of directional floor-level lighting for the bathroom, staircases, and hallways. This will act as a guide while creating subtle warmth at the same time. 

Final words on the three best home renovation projects to take on during the winter

So there you have it: three of the best home renovation projects that you should take on during the winter period! 

Of course, if you do not consider yourself a DIY pro, it always makes sense to team up with a renovations team who can help you to make your winter projects a reality. 

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