You've been in this scenario before -- it's the middle of winter, you're cold and don't want to go outside, so you're looking for something to do indoors. Why not some interior home renovations? Here's a list of five renovations you can make this winter.
All of them will occupy your time, modernize your home, and in some cases, save you big money in the long run:
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1. Replace your interior doors
Chances are you've put a fresh coat of paint on your exterior doors, but you've probably neglected the doors inside your home. Many homes were originally outfitted with standard, hollow, wood doors inside that are white and not very stylish. Yours may be dented, damaged, or have fingerprint stains on them. You could paint them, but why not replace them instead? There are many different styles and colors available at your local home improvement stores, including some that have a glass element inside the door. For example, consider putting a door with frosted glass panels at the entrance to your home office or dining room. This will allow extra light to come into the room even when the lights are off.
2. Replace your windows
I know what you're thinking. "Why would I replace the windows of my house during the winter?" It actually doesn't take a contractor very long at all, and there are some benefits to doing this renovation during the winter. First, you'll be able to make an appointment with a professional much easier in the winter because fewer people ask for their services this time of year. Second, the windows will be cheaper because building supply companies slash prices on windows in the winter in hopes of boosting sales. And third, and perhaps most importantly, newer windows will let in less cold air, meaning your heating bills will be lower!
3. Install a programmable thermostat
Speaking of saving money on your utilities, there's a way to do so that you may have not considered. If you install a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperature for different times of the day. By having the heat programmed to go on when you get up in the morning, then off when you leave for work and the kids head to school for the day, then coming back on when you arrive home, you can keep the temperature of your home constant. Sounds expensive, right? Think again. All it takes is a few voltage wires that you can pick up at the home improvement store for about $25. Plus, if you have any questions, their employees can talk you through it before you install the product.
This is probably the most obvious indoor renovation that can be done in the winter months. It's amazing how much a fresh coat of paint can brighten up a room. Or, you can change the color of the paint, and completely transform the feel of the room. And, with new environmentally-friendly paints that have low volatile organic compounds, you can paint indoors without dealing with the fumes that come along with traditional paints. So, you can paint during the winter, and not have to open up outside doors for ventilation.
5. Refinish the basement
As we've already addressed when discussing windows replacement, contractors' workloads are generally slower in the winter months. So, why not hire a professional to refinish the basement and add a new room or additional bathroom in that space? And because it's underground, the contractor won't be working in the cold either! Once they have the project complete, you can enjoy your newly refinished space before spring rolls around!
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