With a roof above your head, you’re bound to feel safe. But when the ceiling starts to leak, do you wonder if it’s still protecting you?
Your home is like a military base. The walls and fences around it keep you away from prying eyes, and your doorways and hallways control movement around the house. Knowing that each of these areas in your house contribute a specific kind of function and protection is one thing, but often times, people overlook the very thing that keeps the sun out, the insides dry, and within reasonable amounts of temperature: the roof.
Look at those shingles—they’re cracked, they’re curled, they’re buckled, and they’re coming off. What about the roof’s once vibrant coat of color? Riddled with ruin, as though it were a man losing his hair. Are your neighbors replacing their roofs? Is your house as old as your neighbors’ houses? If this is the case, then it’s time for you to get a new roof.
The summer is the perfect time to take on a home renovation project. The days are long, and inspiration is available at every turn. This summer, why not channel your inner child and do something that stands out from the crowd!
Here are some fresh and unique home renovation DIY ideas for you to take on this summer.
Upgrade Your Fireplace
Dated fireplaces often get overlooked or forgotten. Traditional red brick brings back memories of shag carpet and wood paneling that many homeowners would rather forget. However, this space has tons of untapped potential for creativity when doing home renovations.
Swap out your old brick for some shale or stone for a timeless, earthy look or install some chic marbled ceramic tile for a luxury feel on a budget. If you’ve used that part of your room for storing photo memorabilia, go and digitize those photos with the help of EverPresent to make them eternal, and clean out that space for a more modern look.
If your fireplace largely goes unused, you can give it a good scrub and place an array of candles inside for a romantic, moody centerpiece to the room. Alternatively, you can use it as a dog bed and pet nook for your pooch. Bring the look together with a custom painting over the mantle depicting your dog as royalty or something similar.
I think the biggest renovation project we have coming up (and when I say coming up, I mean over the next few years!) is our floors.
When we purchased this house, the seller agreed to have new carpet installed upon his departure. Carpet, you say? With all the fabulous hard flooring options these days? Well, yes, carpet, because, at the time, we had two babies who were becoming VERY mobile, and we didn’t want them learning to walk and having nowhere to fall but on very hard wood and tile floors. We thought carpet was really the best option at the time. That was probably the right decision THEN…but nevertheless, within the next few years we’ll be installing wood floors throughout!
Embarking on a renovation project can be exciting, challenging, and rewarding all at the same time. However, there are several things that are a must on any good reno revitalization. The last thing you want is to get halfway through, or worse still, to the end, and realize you left something out. If you aren’t sure how to get the most out of your renovation project, then consider these simple tips.
Find ways to make the most of what you’ve got
One of the main reasons people take on renovation projects is a want to do more with what you’ve got. Unfortunately, sometimes what you’ve got isn’t much, so it is crucial to make the most of what you are working with. Sectional garage doors are a fantastic example of this.
If y’all don’t know by now that I like dreaming about renovations…then you haven’t been paying much attention around the blog! Especially this time of the year.
January is when the hubby and I start to talk about the things we’d like to do in the house in the upcoming year. So far, we’ve thrown out the following ideas: replacing a few windows, enclosing our back patio, adding a fireplace, and a few other small-ticket items.
So when Matt from Northshore Fireplace contacted me to see if I was interested in publishing an infographic on renovation ROI, well, YES, I wanted to see it! AND, since it’s full of brand new information for the new year, that was even better!
I was standing in my kitchen the other day formulating an idea when my husband walked in.
Jerrod: Oh no. I know that face. What are you thinking about?
Me: This wall…
Jerrod: Oh dear Lord!
Me: What if we pushed this wall out to the edge of the porch? It would expand the kitchen and I could have a bay window and we could have a little breakfast nook!
Jerrod: I knew it was bad this time…
Me: Ooo! We might as well push out the dining room wall on the other side to match! Then THAT would be bigger, and I could have ANOTHER bay window, and then the front porch proportions would FINALLY match!!!
Jerrod: NO. No no no no no. Did I mention…NO!
Me: Well, I just figured, since we’re painting –
Jerrod: Since we’re PAINTING, you decided to do a MAJOR RENOVATION?! How do you move from painting to blowing out walls?!
Good question. I really have no idea how I do that…my brain just goes there!
Owning a home really is the American dream, and if you’re lucky to have a place to call your own, you’re probably pretty happy with it, like me. However, there are surely days when you wish your house had a little something extra. Right?! (Come on, help a girl out! My husband is READING this!)