Homeowners always have plans – little ideas lurking in the backs of their minds, a million and one things they could do to improve and upgrade their space. The start of a new year always means new plans and new ideas, and it’s a great idea to include your home-improvement ideas in these plans.
If you have a budget for upgrading and adding to your home, here are some fun and exciting ideas you could put on your list to get to over the next few months of 2022.
Revamp Your Office
Two years into the pandemic and most of us are sick and tired of spending all day every day in a cluttered guest bedroom that’s overflowing with random items and storage boxes.
If you’re still working from home, your kids are taking classes online or you generally just require a proper workspace in your house, let 2022 be the year you really make an effort to improve your home office. Make it a designated space, remove the clutter and give it the design attention it deserves.
Upgrade Your Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and if you’re a person who loves cooking, baking, entertaining and providing for the ones you love, your kitchen is a great place to invest some time and money this year.
Installing new high-tech cooking equipment, updating your countertops, increasing the space, making it more open-plan, adding an island, or completely redoing the whole kitchen over from start to finish… All of these could be exciting changes to make to the room and could benefit you massively in the long run.
Those with a big family or loads of friends always coming by for coffee dates, barbecues and dinner parties, know that having a great entertainment space is crucial. An outdoor entertainment area is always a hit, and there are plenty of ideas to create the perfect party scene.
Consider adding in a deck or patio, enclosing your porch for a cosy indoor-outdoor set up with a fireplace or even simply upgrading your patio furniture and playing around with the design area. If you want to go really big, take a look at outdoor kitchen ideas!
Why is it that bathrooms are always the last rooms to get any attention? Owners of older properties will know that bathrooms are almost always outdated (and sometimes downright ugly).
Make 2022 your bathroom’s year to shine by checking out trends and giving it a clean, modern, updated look. Sometimes, fresh tiles and a lick of paint are all you need, but if you want to go all out you could install a new shower and newly designed sinks.
Rework and Repaint
Instead of limiting yourself to a single room or area, consider giving the interior of your entire home new life by giving it a paint job. Focus walls, murals, bold colours or even just a neutral, clean update can change the feeling of a room and make it feel new again.
You can even look into repainting cupboards and cabinetry instead of completely replacing them, which is a more budget-friendly way of changing the look of a room.
If you don’t want to necessarily change anything major in the skeleton of your home, a great way to spend your money is on storage solutions. This can make your home feel neater, less cluttered and more organised, and add an aesthetic element to otherwise boring areas like the pantry.
Think matching containers for your pantry, mug hooks for your kitchen cupboards baskets to hold odds and ends, drawer organisers, key holders, new shelves and storage boxes for sheets and towels and other similar items.
Fix the Flooring
Especially in a carpeted home, your flooring can become a major issue. Carpets are quick to show wear and tear, can often fade over time in the sun, and build up dirt and stains that can’t always be removed.
Recarpeting your home, or removing carpets altogether to replace them with wooden or vinyl flooring or tiles could be a great way to update the look of a room and give it a brand-new, fresh feeling.
Update the Exterior
Something that many people don’t even consider is upgrading and improving their home’s exterior. Whether you’re planning on selling your home or living there for years to come, fixing up the outside of your home is a great investment.
Fixing up or upgrading the roof, front door, garage door, windows and even the exterior paint job can make a huge difference. Even simply deep cleaning your home’s exterior with a pressure washer is a good idea for 2022.
While you’re considering the exterior of your home, you might want to take a look at the yard too. Spending time outdoors is important for our mental and physical health, and you’ll be far more inclined to do so if the space is inviting.
Clean up, upgrade and improve your patio or deck, add some comfortable furniture, a hammock, and a barbeque so you have a reason to sit outdoors more. You could also hire a landscaping professional to help design a perfect, low maintenance garden – water features and all.
This is one area where spending big on your home could have serious returns. Going green in your lifestyle is not only good for the planet but good for your bank account as well.
For example, investing in solar panels, going green and getting off the grid might have some serious upfront costs, but you’ll be saving thousands on a reduced (or completely eliminated) electric bill.
You can also install energy-saving bulbs and replace some of your appliances with newer, more energy-efficient versions, which will further help you save costs in the long run.
With so many options to choose from, it might be hard to decide what to do with your home-improvement budget this year. Take a look at what really needs work in your home this year and pick the projects that excite you the most.