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Home Improvment Project To Lift Those Winter Blues

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

Completely transform  your  kitchen with a new coat of paint“Contrary to what many homeowners might believe, you can have  a painter 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.”

To really add visual interest to your walls, homeowners could go with a new or dramatic paint color or use painter’s tape to create stripes or patterns. hang wallpaper in a bedroom. Or create an accent wall with wallpaper or wains cotting.

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“Wallpaper is making a bit of a comeback thanks to home improvement shows, you can get professionals to do it.

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“Replacing interior doors is an affordable way to give your home an updated look versus an expensive remodel,”

You can order  custom trim and crown molding projects which  for an investment of between $500 and $800 dollars, can make all the difference in the world in bringing some life back into a room. A popular trend right now he said is replacing typical baseboard with ones that are at least five inches wide.

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Natural wood can be stained to match your wood work or stained to match your cabinets.

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 for to add beauty and value to your home.

“For several hundred dollars you can completely change the look of your kitchen, as well as customize it to fit your personality. The new glass tile made from recycled glass are a great choise  and can be used as an accent in  a ceramic  backsplash. You might order an accent  area with a design of your choosing like fruit or vegetables  Suppliers have a  variety of designs  that come as a set for your contractor to install.

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Just a few years ago there were few choises in back Splash tile Today,  Suppliers have  hundreds  different styles and sizes, ranging from classic subway tile to natural stone to metal. While adding more functionality to a kitchen, a back-splash can also help accessorize and emphasize countertops, cabinets and appliances.

Your contractor will take the time to prep and lay out a template .to avoid  irregular lines or spaces. He will clean the grout off t completely for a finished look

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.

 

New Lighting Concepts & Design in  Keep the environment in mind as you choose your lighting. It with help you to save on you renergy bill with ceiling fans which push heat back down.”Also the best bulbs to use are LED bulbs. They cost more than the flourcent ones but they last a long time. The LED bulb in  our fan over the stove lasted 7 years.

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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.

In addition to pendant lighting, another style that is growing in popularity Steampunk, which is a cross between vintage and industrial designs. But for a softer more romantic feel, a crystal chandelier is still a timeless choice.

“When it comes to installation and dealing with electrical issues my advice is to hire a professional so you know it’s done right,” Couch said. “Especially with ceiling fans, you want to be sure they aren’t loose or wobbly.”

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.

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“Replacing interior doors is an affordable way to give your home an updated look even  if you are doing a more extensive remodel  when spring comes. Choose doors athat will fit  into or enhance  the design you have in mind for the spring. Do you want  a unique or more modern look than what they have. or  traditional or raise panel

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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.

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“It may not be so much the door, but the hardware “Homeowners are choosing update hinges and doorknobs with more modern colors like brushed nickel or aged bronze.” Another  thing you may not have known is copper destroys bacteria . If it is a room that gets constant use like the kichen or bath, hammered copper will not show the wear and tear and you still  have  the advantage of the reduction of  bacteria

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Hire a professional to  replace your doors that it can quickly turn into a bigger job than expected, if you tried to do it yourself  especially when replacing doors in older homes. Doors need t be properly fit  and sealed in the case of an outside door.  Keep in mind that  interior doors  are your best protection from fire. Smoke from even a small fire will  spread throughout the house if the door is not properly fit or  not level.

“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.  Know  your budget, and have an idea of what you  like.

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,  may be done quickly more ambitious jobs like replacing the tub or adding tile floor  require the skill of a professional.While a complete remodel might be a bigger investment, it’s worth considering, said “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,” he said. “Knowing what’s going on behind the walls is important before making expensive updates.”

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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.

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“My philosophy is that if you’re going to invest in a project, do it right the first time

If you’re like most people, you’ve been spending a lot of time indoors lately. Unfortunately, there are several more months of winter to get through before we start seeing signs of spring.

Before you throw your hands up in despair, why not break the monotony by working on your house? After all, you’re stuck inside anyway, and you’re probably searching for something to do that doesn’t involve watching endless reruns of Gleewhile eating any carb that will stand still. Plus, some home improvement projects will increase you property value  save money on your utility bills, and potentially prevent larger, more expensive issues from developing.

Here are some easy winter projects you might want to tackle before spring hits.

1. Repaint
You’ve been staring at your neutral colored walls every day for months. 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.

 

2. Work on Your Floors
Is your carpet threadbare? Are your hardwood floors freezing your feet?

Putting in carpet is a great winter project because it can increase the comfort of your home dramatically.

Whether you do it yourself or have it installed, remember: the off-gassing from new carpet is tremendous. Make sure you open windows to allow those toxic fumes to escape. You can also ask your carpet retailer to air out the carpet several days before they install it in your home.

If you don’t like carpeting, there are plenty of other home flooring ideas such as tile and laminate that you could also consider.

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3. Look at Your Bathroom
Is your grout gunky with unsightly mildew? Is your sink hopelessly outdated? Are you over the pale green paint you put on the walls three years ago? Replace any chrome  parts that are coroded  like the trim around the drain and the control for the drain. Recaulk and caulk that is discolored. Regrout the tile if needed perhaps choosing a different color. If only the tub and shower area  need to be done you could choose a contrasting color or a variation of the color of the tile  instead of stark white.

 

4. Declutter

When Spring gets here, you’re not going to want to spend your time sifting through those piles of junk in your basement. You’ll want to be outside, enjoying the fresh air.

Winter is a great time to work on getting organized (which is why January is “Get Organized Month”).

So, devote time every week to decluttering in general and organizing what you decide to keep.

Tip: Don’t try to tackle the entire house at once. Do this and you’ll find yourself with a broken spirit, huddled on the couch looking for the remote. Start small, and go slow. Focus on one shelf, or one corner, and work until you’ve got that space looking exactly how you want. This way you’ll be able to see the progress you’re making.

Perhaps your problem is clutter  in the bathroom . I found some gems that you could include to help with that. Include a shelf to put many of those items in place.

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I put combs and picks in the tallest canister, Soaps in the medium canister, the smaller ones I use for bandaids, The other short one I put dental floss, strung flossers, small floss brushes, and partial cleaner tablets. In the other tall canister I keep tubes of toothpaste, denture adhesive anything in a slender tube. In a growing family you may have three different kinds of toothpaste alone.

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ore of the things you use every day.

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This shower curtain rod Keeps towels handy to get too when you get out the the shower.

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This keeps the hair dryer and curling iron handy for the busiest time of your day.

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In the kitchen you can decutter the drawers one a day until you are done. Some items I found are pictured below.

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Keep these near the stove for salt & Fat

 

This handy caddy will keep you sink area deluttered

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4. Look at Your Bathroom
Is your grout gunky with unsightly mildew? Is your sink hopelessly outdated? Are you over the pale green paint you put on the walls three years ago?

Bathrooms make great winter projects because once they’re done, you can appreciate your handiwork every single day. And, there are plenty of ways to frugally remodel your bathroom.

Updates like replacing a faucet, re-grouting tile, or repainting are relatively easy for the do-it-yourselfer. But if you get more ambitious (like, you want to replace the tile floor or buy a new toilet) you might want to call in professional help. Your sanity will thank you.

 

5. Add Insulation
Okay, so adding insulation doesn’t exactly make your heart pound with excitement. But it will lower your utility bills, and help make your home more comfortable and eco-friendly

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Crawl up into your attic. If you can see the floor joists, then you need more insulation. Since heat rises, you could save quite a bit by adding another layer of insulation up there.

You can also add insulation in your basement and in crawlspaces to prevent heat loss there as well.

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What are your choises

1.Sheep’s wool.

Sheep live in some of world’s harshest environments. Dall sheep, for example, love cold climates, including the frigid temperatures of the Arctic. They live on alpine ridges and steep rocky slopes, and are able to adapt to these extreme conditions because of their wool. In recent years, scientists have taken the insulating properties of sheep’s wool and applied them to home use A 24-inch roll of R-13

Wool lnsulation costs around $60

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2. Cotton

Ever wonder what happens to all the scrap cotton denim that’s left over when designers are making all of those blue jeans? Well some of that material actually gets recycled into insulation For one thing, it can be rolled into batts. Additionally, the R-value of cotton insulation and fiberglass is the same, roughly R-.2 to R-3.7 per inch of thickness  and it does not contain formaldehyde.

 

3.. Aerogel

If there’s a Superman of home insulation, it’s aerogel. It has an R-value of R-10.3 per inch of thickness [source: Meinhold] Today, scientists make aerogel by removing the liquid from silica under high pressure and temperature. What’s left is a material that is very light and more than 90 percent air. Aerogel’s molecular structure makes it difficult for heat to pass through [source: Nusca]. As insulation, aerogel comes in sheets that can easily be tacked on to the studs in a wall. In fact one type of aerogel, ThermaBlok, has a peal and stick backing for easy installation [source: Thermablok]. Aerogel insulation is very expensive, though, and sells for up to $2 a foot [source: Meinhold].

 

4. Rigid Polystyrene

Polystyrene doesn’t sound like a green material. In fact, it’s a form of plastic. Yet, polystyrene is a fabulous insulator with R-values that range from R-3.8 to R-4.4 per inch of thickness, and so it’s considered green because it helps save so much energy [source: U.S. Department of Energy]. Polystyrene insulation comes in rigid foam boards that make it easy to insulate any part of a building, from the roof to the foundation [source: U.S. Department of Energy]. Not only will rigid polystyrene provide your home with good thermal resistance, but it will also add structural integrity to your walls. But you don’t have to go with the rigid foam boards; polystyrene insulation also comes in spray foam. And even though it’s plastic and takes long time to naturally degrade, it can be recycled.

5 . Icynene

Perhaps no home insulation seals your house as completely and as thoroughly as the spray-on foam insulation known as Icynene, which is made from castor oil. When contractors spray the substance onto a wall or ceiling it has the thickness of paint. Once it hits the surface, Icynene expands nearly 100 times it volume. Not only does Icynene stop drafts, it also muffles noise [source: Cabot]. Icynene has an R-value of R-3.6 per inch of thickness, which can reduce a home’s energy bill by 30 to 50 percen

Heat Value

Did you know insulation also has a U-value? U-values gauge how much heat passes through a particular material. The lower a material’s U-value, the better it insulates.  Note R values are given above so you can get the best R  value to balance with what you can afford.

 

 

Final Word

It’s easy to get cabin fever this time of year. We’re all going through it. But planning work on  home projects is a great way to keep yourself active, add value to your home, and beautify and improve your living space. It’s a win-win!