Are you thinking of renovating your home? Here at Lumo Energy we love any chance to make homes more energy efficient to save you money. If you're planning on taking the leap we've got some renovation motivation to help you get started.
1. Prepping & Planning
The planning stages of any renovation are crucial. Without a proper plan and clear outlines of what you want it is easy for renovations to get out of hand. Try writing yourself a brief, outlining what you want out of the renovations, choose the style and colour scheme you’re after and prioritise the most important jobs.
Create a look-book or a renovation ideas board on Pinterest so you know exactly the look and feel you’re going for. This will help with decision making down the line.
2. Organise & Declutter
Before you hit the tools you should hit the shelves. Give your house a clean out, get rid of all that stuff you’ve had sitting around forever. Are you really going to use it much? It’s a great chance to create more space and streamline your house, especially if you’re looking at putting the house on the market.
If you have a lot of stuff you need to get rid of, hold a garage sale. Best of all you can put your earnings towards your renovations.
3. Painting & Wall Paper
It may seem simple but a lick of paint can make a huge difference to the whole look of your house. It’s a great way to tie the whole home together and help it flow. If done right it can also add thousands on to your eventual selling price.
Using paint and wall paper you can quickly update your home and create feature walls around the house. Don’t forget your cornice and skirting boards too, if you can’t afford to replace them, give them new life with a fresh coat of paint.
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4. Energy Efficiency, Lighting & Appliances.
If you’re going to the trouble of renovating it’s worth considering how you can make your home more energy efficient and save yourself money in the long run. If you are doing major renovations it could be a good time to consider new windows and insulation. Both windows and insulation help heat and cool your home.
As for lighting, take into consideration your natural lighting and opt for LED bulbs.
When it comes to the wet areas, make sure you’ve got good quality taps that don’t waste water. And consider the energy ratings of any new appliances you install, the more stars, the more you can save on running your appliances.
5. Bathroom Facelift
Renovating a bathroom doesn’t mean you have to rip everything out and start from scratch. There are lots of less extreme ways to enhance an older bathroom. With a huge range of handy products you can paint your tiles, bathtub and vanity unit so you’re not stuck with outdated colours anymore. Once painted you can add new fittings to finish the look. It’s also a great chance to update leaky taps and make your bathroom more efficient. Then it’s just down to the simple and small details like a new shower curtain, some candles and towels to match.
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6. Kitchen Makeover
Renovating a kitchen is a great investment, as the heart of the home every kitchen deserves a little love. If your kitchen isn’t falling apart its worth considering resurfacing and painting rather than a total re-do. Don’t be afraid to paint your existing cupboards and drawers to save some money then all you need is to update your handles and knobs.
The benchtops and backsplash make a huge difference to the overall look of your kitchen. Backsplashes can become outdated very quickly so make sure you choose a neutral or classic style. As for benchtops, if you don’t have the money to replace your old one, you can re-cover or re-surface laminate countertops. Simply changing the sink fittings can rejuvenate your sink.
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7. Outside & Garden
Curb appeal is a really important factor for any home. Whether or not you’re looking to put your house on the market, fixing up your exterior is an excellent investment. A bit of paint can work wonders on windows, guttering, downpipes as well as render. You can also jazz up your front porch to draw attention the entry of your home.
Tidying up the garden will also help transform your house, first impressions are everything. By adding some garden beds below your windows and having a clear pathway to the front door, the front yard will look orderly and finished. Don’t forget the backyard, re-paint your pergola, clean up your pavers and spruce up the garden.
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8. Small Details & Style
These are the things that are easy to forget but when done right will make the room feel finished. Getting your carpets professionally cleaned will make the room feel new.
Don’t forget to show some love to your curtains and blinds, do they need replacing? Will they match your new colour scheme? Updating your lighting fixtures is another great way to finish off a room. Ditch boring or outdated lights for something that really fits your vision. After these key changes the rest is down to personal taste, things like cushions, candles, flowers and art are all high impact additions that help bring your home to life.
You don’t need to spend a fortune to make big changes around your house. By investing in key areas you can increase the value of your house and save yourself money in the long run by making it more energy efficient. Renovations may not be easy, but with some well thought out plans and a clear vision, you can make your house into your dream home.