Renovate Your Home On A Budget

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How can I renovate my home on a budget?

Despite what you may think it is possible to renovate your home to a high standard without breaking the bank.

Follow these tips to find the right budget for your project:

  • Do I really need an Architect? For certain projects, you need an architect, but for small projects, you don’t have to. You can draw the plans yourself, but remember to include all the information required by the planning department.
  • Best place to buy materials? – You need to shop around for your materials. Don’t go to just one supplier for all your materials. As this isn’t cost-effective and you won’t be getting such a good deal as you think, because you don’t know the competitor’s prices.
  • Get quotes. You need to get at least 3 quotes or more for a job and recommendations to match, from trusted sources. By doing this you will understand the value of the project better and know the rough price, so you aren’t ripped off. And remember please don’t go for the cheapest quote with no recommendations as they may not be the best value of money.
  • Consider an unfinished rustic look. This is a trend that has been brought back in style, giving you a new fresh and urban look that will cut down on any labour costs. For example, exposed brickwork for internal walls and open beams are a great way to save costs and the results are amazing.
  • Reusing materials? If you have any leftover materials from other work you have done, don’t hesitate to save them for future jobs. This offers you huge savings and a chance to blend the old with the new.

Ideas on where to start your home renovation:

spiral staircase carpet runner
Renovated old fireplace

The Stairs? – Stairs are the main aspect of a house and often the first thing you see when you walk in. So why not update it? You can do this by adding a stylish stair runner and introduce some colour. If you want to make a statement when people visit, why not choose patterns full of colour or just a single bold colour? Or go on-trend with neutral colours like grey weaves and the exposed wood edges painted white.

WHERE TO BUY STAIR RUNNERS?

Carpetright, Wayfair, Roger Oates Design, Stairrunner Direct, runrug, Stair-Rodsdirect, Stonegate Carpets, Wholesale Carpets, etc.

Old Fireplaces?– They are a wonderful traditional feature that can be in any room. But in the ’70s and ’80s, most homeowners ripped them out as they weren’t on-trend like they are now. So, if you have an empty focal point in your room or a bare chimney breast why not reintroduce a modern or old fashion fireplace? You can even get one that’s just for show and is cheaper than a real one, or an electric fireplace as it certainly beats a TV as a focal point and brings back character to your home.

WHERE TO BUY FIREPLACES?

Fireplace World, Direct Fireplaces, Fames, The Fireplace Warehouse, HomeBase, Screwfix, Wayfair, Vert, B&Q, Studio, Next, Southern Counties Stoves, etc. 

Image of a skylight
Fake lawn with a bull dog on it

Adding Skylights? – If you have a dark loft room why not bring natural light into that space with a Skylight? You generally use them in most spaces depending on your roof structure, creating a new air space that brightens up the room. Skylights are a relatively inexpensive procedure.

New grass? – Why not choose an artificial lawn, they are ultra-realistic, easy to maintain you just need to vacuum it clean every so often (rather than cutting it). Unlike the real thing, it won’t go yellow and dry out in the hot sun, so it’s a practical and good-looking choice that’s also great for pets.

WHERE TO BUY GRASS?

Grass Direct, Carpetright, Grass Warehouse, Quickgrass, Artificial Grass Direct, B&Q, HomeBase, etc.

blinds on a window with the light shining through
Storage shelves

Hanging Curtains, Blinds or shutters? – New Curtains and blinds can really make a difference and open up a room. You can even go with the trend and use a combination of both. You shouldn’t waste your money on traditional curtains when unlined curtains panels are much cheaper. Unlined curtains are easier to make with the less fabric used and you will be able to go for more luxurious options. Shutters make a large statement piece when you enter a room and add modern elements to any space. They are great for providing privacy when fully shut and even when slightly open.

WHERE TO BUY CURTAINS, BLINDS OR SHUTTERS?

Closs & Hamblin, Blinds 2go, Blinds Direct, Swift Direct Blinds, Hillarys, Wayfair, etc.

Building your own shelves?– Building shelves units from scratch, buying ones or even floating shelves don’t go out of style and you can never have too much storage. So, why don’t you make the most of any space with bespoke shelving? Think about having it fitted in any style you would like and fill them awkward sized spaces, from alcoves to tricky corners and every nook and cranny in-between.

WHERE TO BUY SHELVES?

Charity shops, Argos, Ikea, Wayfair, The Shelving Company, Wickes, Mastershelf, Shelf Direct, HomeBase, B&Q, Next, Amazon, etc. 

DIY is the top way to save money by doing simple jobs like painting and some tiling if you’re confident. But some jobs are better off left to the professionals, so don’t do anything you aren’t confident in as it may cost you more money to fix it. 
 
Let us know if you followed any of these tips or did something we haven’t mentioned below, we would love to hear from you! 

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