House Design

Handyman & Home Improvement

With the right planning and pieces, even a small space can become an outdoor retreat. Look for nooks in your yard where you can put a bench and a small side table and make a mini patio to enjoy your landscape. Beaded board lends a traditional touch to kitchens and bathrooms. Cut holes in the boards or sheets for outlets, phone jacks, and other wall necessities. Be sure to finish it with a waterproof sealant if you are installing it behind or around a sink. For a modern take on beaded board, try wider plank paneling.

Swap this out for a crystal-clear shower door to open up the room and make it feel bigger. Use track lighting in addition to other lighting in the room, since it’s more specialized. Declared one of the go-to neutrals in 2020 by Elle Decor, this subtle gray has the cool undertones that owners of small homes are hunting for.

Information provided on Forbes Home is for educational purposes only. The products and services we review may not be right for your individual circumstances. Replacing your carpet means tossing out all of the old floor covering. Save several scraps of carpet, whatever kind, for use on the top of sawhorses, as a creeper mat for working on the car, to pad your knees while fixing your plumbing or use as drop cloths.

  • You can use fluorescent lights or special dimmable LED bulbs.
  • Concrete and masonry repairs to the foundation and chimney.
  • Transform the mood of the kitchen with a bold new backsplash in ceramic or glass tile.

Then finish up by sealing the access hatch with self-sticking foam weatherstrip. You may have to add new wood stops to provide a better surface for the weatherstrip and enough room for hook-and-eye fasteners. Position the screw eyes so that you slightly compress the weatherstrip when you latch the hatch. Use a similar procedure if you have a hinged door that leads to the attic. Motion detector lights are a proven crime deterrent, and standard hard-wired models cost as little as $15. If running a power supply would be difficult, buy ones that run on solar power.

Improve the Landscape

Dress the door with new hardware, and add potted plants near the entrance. Consider installing outdoor lighting to enhance your home’s architecture and illuminate the walkway. Replace your worn-out welcome mat with a bold statement mat to create a warm and welcoming ambiance for your home.

Home improvement ideas: what will help your home sell?

An unsecured loan, such as those provided by Admiral, can be used for anything from a new boiler to loft insulation without any financial risk to your home. Some things will cost a pretty penny but won’t make a significant impact on what your home is worth to someone else. Update these often-overlooked interior elements with form and function. An interior door’s materials could affect how well it works and how long you can wait before buying a replacement. Switch an ordinary door with a finely detailed antique.

Installing a hardwood floor can take longer than a weekend, so choose a material that’s less time-consuming. Start with anything that comes in a roll, such as sheet vinyl, which looks better and lasts longer than it used to. Loose-lay sheet vinyl is unique because it doesn’t require adhesive. Once you cut it to size and put it in place, it’s installed. It’s an ideal solution for covering surfaces such as painted concrete, to which adhesives don’t adhere well.