Adding Value to Your Home Through Small Renovations
Most of us have a wishlist of things we’d like to improve or update about our homes, but often we leave these unactioned for fear of the extensive and expensive structural work involved.
But updating your home to add functionality and value is a lot more achievable than you might think. There are several different ways to give the rooms of your house a facelift without needing a large-scale renovation.
From small kitchen renovations in Sydney to updates to your bathroom, bedroom and beyond, here are our favourite affordable ways to add value to your home.
It’s the area we use most of any in the home, and also a major consideration on any buyer’s list; so it’s natural that our attention turns to the kitchen first when considering updates.
Making up the largest component of your kitchen – and thus having the largest impact – is your cabinetry. Updating your cupboards is one of the quickest ways to change the look and feel of your kitchen – and this can be achieved through something as simple as a coat of paint.
If you have the room in your budget, replacing the cabinetry (particularly in older homes) will significantly extend your kitchen’s lifespan. You don’t need to completely gut your cabinets to achieve this; just updating your cupboard doors can make a large difference to the look and feel of your space.
Other popular small kitchen renovations include replacing the benchtop with more durable material, updating the backsplash, swapping out the fittings and finishes, or installing new appliances.
Usually smaller and more enclosed than the kitchen, little changes in your bathroom can have a big impact.
As tiling usually fills much of this space, regrouting can be one of the most effective bathroom updates. Substantially cheaper than replacing the tiles, regrouting can make your bathroom feel like new again. Depending on the tile, you could also paint over it to update the look on a budget. If you do decide to retile, coordinate this with your kitchen renovation to reduce costs and wastage.
Got a bit more budget to play with? Replace your enclosed shower with frameless glass and remove the base. This immediately makes the bathroom feel more modern, and offers better bang for buck than costly updates to the vanity or bathtub.
If this is beyond your budget, a compromise could be to update your shower fixtures and tapware. Stainless steel, chrome or matte black tapware are popular finishes that can breathe some new life into the space.
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You may be surprised how much a fresh coat of paint can achieve in an older bedroom. A bright neutral shade like off-white can help cover any wear and tear on the walls (particularly if you have a young family) and creates a versatile foundation for various design styles.
Another easy update to make is a switch-up in your lighting. Replacing bedside table lamps with hanging lights will instantly elevate the room. Even something as simple as changing the tone of your downlights from stark white to warm yellow can make the room feel more welcoming.
The living room
As a high-traffic area in the home, it’s natural that the living room will begin to show signs of use more quickly than other rooms; making it a perfect candidate for an update.
Furniture and flooring are usually the first elements to deteriorate, but they’re also some of the easiest to refresh. A deep clean of your carpet or rug is often enough to make it feel new again, while reupholstering a worn couch or ottoman can eliminate the need for new furniture.
Where you’re willing to invest a little more, a built-in unit can take on multiple uses in the space while allowing you to customise your storage solution for the room. Fulfilling the role of an entertainment console, study nook, bookshelves or even a fireplace, a built-in replaces the need for furniture and is often much more functional.
This can also tie into the joinery in other rooms of your house and be included as part of a small kitchen renovation.