If your family is growing or if you just want to make a more functional and comfortable space for your loved ones you may consider home improvement. The home improvement options available to you are varied to say the least.This article will provide you with a few tips to help you make the best of your home improvement project.TablesA great way to add some life to your bookcases and end tables, is by adding some nice tablecloths. You can make your own by purchasing some nice higher end fabric and sewing in the ends to prevent fraying. Arrange your items in a visually pleasing manner, which is sure to be the new focal point of your room.ChairsIf you have a kitchen and family room that run together, consider adding a breakfast bar. A breakfast bar will allow each room to have individuality and you will not have to compromise the space. An over-sized breakfast bar that includes chairs can be purchased for less than 1,000 dollars.Buying used chairs with bad upholstery on the seat portion isn’t all bad. A lot of times, you can easily remove the seat, take out the staples holding the stretched fabric across the cushion and switch it out. You can mix match any fabric of your choice, and staple it back to the bottom with a heavy-duty stapler.BedsIf you need a new bed, consider buying a loft bed. You can now get loft beds with king sized mattresses and they can be just as comfortable as any traditional bed. The advantage of a loft bed is that it will increase the floor space in a small bedroom.Xeriscaping is a landscaping option that homeowners in extremely dry climates should take advantage of. Xeriscaping replaces more typical lawns and shrubs with rock beds and plants from arid climates. These alternates require far less irrigation than traditional landscaping, and the exotic plants available for xeriscaping can be more beautiful and striking than common landscape standbys.DoorsIf you are interested in saving money on heating and cooling bills in your home one of the first steps you should take are stopping up drafts. It is said that up to 40% of the energy lost in your home is because of air leakages. Start with the doors of your home.A great home improvement to make is to add French doors or sliding glass doors. Not only do these doors allow more light inside, but they really can open up an area and make it seem larger. The view from outdoors increases the apparent volume of the room and modern energy-efficient doors save on heating and cooling costs.Now that you are armed with a few solid tips to guide you, making a sound decision regarding home improvement should seem less daunting.Remember sound home improvements to your home will not only allow you to have a more desirable space but will also improve the overall value of your home.
There are many different ways of looking at home improvement projects – for many it’s a weekend hobby, whereas for others it can become something of an obsession! In the UK in particular, home improvement has become a national obsession, as evidenced by the number of DIY and ‘property’ related programs on the daily TV schedule! Of course if you are new to DIY its really important to take things one step at a time, and not to overstretch yourself. In this short article I’m going to share a few tips to help you along the way.It’s important to try and be flexible when it comes to achieving your DIY goals. You may have your heart set on the project taking only 2 months, however you may have to build some ‘fat’ into your plans, especially if you are on a tight budget. And whilst we are on the subject of budgets, its always a very good idea to set aside a contingency fund, just in case your cost estimates are a little on the low side.As with any project or undertaking, you should always have a clear idea in mind at the outset of what you are looking to achieve. In the world of project management this is known as the project ‘scope’ and it details all of the things that will (and won’t) be delivered by the end of the project. It’s better to err on the side of being conservative, and not to bite off more than you can metaphorically chew.If you are looking for a functional home improvement project, that is still relatively easy to achieve, then try “building up.” Its a well known fact that walls create a lot of wasted space, and opening up rooms can provide much needed additional space in your family home.One of the most effective ways of refreshing the look of your home is to remove and replace outdated wallpaper. If money isn’t an issue, the best way to remove wallpaper is to buy (or rent) a commercial wallpaper stripper. If, however, fund are limited, you can achieve the same goal by filling a bottle with a mixture of fabric softener and hot water. Then simply saturate the wallpaper with the mixture. Leave the wallpaper for a short period of time and then peel off with a knife.A lot of home owners are looking to install elaborate lighting features to hallways and living rooms now, and these can form a really interesting centrepiece to your home. These features don’t have to cost the earth, however, as more and more lighting companies now offer mid-range products that are based on more elaborate pieces. Sometimes all it takes is a mini chandelier in your bedroom to create a real accent piece for your property.Hopefully these tips have opened your eyes to the fact that DIY and home improvement projects don’t have to be that complicated or time consuming. If you are still concerned about taking on this type of work, then its sensible to take on a very small project first. This will give you the confidence you need to take on those bigger projects in the future!