6 Home Improvement Ideas To Use For Your Homestead

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Home improvement costs can quickly accumulate even if you begin with modestly small projects. And if you decide to do a complete makeover, expect that this will quickly deplete your savings. However, improving your homestead is a different beast.

Don’t lose hope. You don’t need to bankrupt yourself to make some improvements in your homestead. Regardless if you want to increase the value of your property or you just want to live in a pleasant place, there are many ways you can improve your home without spending too much. If you’re interested, consider the following modern farmhouse home renovation tips you can follow.

1. Refinish Antique Furniture

Consider reapplying varnish or restaining any worn-out antique furniture. Bear in mind that this process is not appropriate for all pieces of furniture, and some are better left alone. Also, when refinishing, be sure to maintain a consistent color palette for every piece of furniture you have.

2. Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

When upgrading your property, don’t forget about the exterior. Working on your plants or tending to livestock outside may be enough to maintain a decent curb appeal, you can do more. Some of the things you may want to do are to remove weeds, plant flowers, and give more attention to your lawn. While it’s acceptable to have spots of soil and dirt on your property, it would look better with a well-maintained grass lawn.

Consider the initial impressions visitors will have as they approach your front door. Try adding a few colorful annual flowers such as chrysanthemums and dahlias in flower boxes beneath your window sills. You can also try including an attractive water feature on your front lawn, such as a trickling pond with koi and minnows.

3. Enhance The Kitchen’s Appearance

Upgrading your kitchen—one of the most utilized rooms in your house—is a surefire method to increase the value of your home. Some of the upgrades you can do are the following:

  • Refinish your cabinets with a few coats of paint. You can even take this as an opportunity to change your kitchen’s color palette.
  • Add another island if space permits. An additional island gives you more working and storage space.
  • Replace or update the light fixtures. Remember that proper lighting allows you to work easier in the kitchen and improve its overall aesthetics.
  • Give your kitchen a deep and thorough clean. Don’t underestimate how much change a cleaning can do to your kitchen.

4. Make The Most Of Your Outdoor Living Space

As a homesteader, you must surely spend a lot of time outside your property. It’s nice to rest in your barn or garden, but wouldn’t it be nicer to have a place where you can rest, eat, entertain yourself, and receive guests? A gazebo is a place where you can conveniently do all of that, so construct one if you don’t have one yet.

Of course, you don’t need to force yourself to spend money to have a gazebo. You can, in its stead, set up a simple outdoor lounge. Placing a table, chairs, and some lighting fixtures under a tree or a shaded area in your property could suffice. If there’s no decent shade area, you can opt to get a patio umbrella.

An outdoor lounge will not only add value to your property but will also serve as a terrific location to unwind from chores or enjoy a meal outdoors.

5. Create A Grazing Area For Your Livestock

Instead of a grass lawn, you can instead grow alfalfa or grass for hay for your cattle or goats. Of course, this is no simple task, and you can face a lot of challenges. A few of them are pest infestations, pasture bloat, harvesting, and storage.

However, it can provide you with a lot of benefits. Also, there’s nothing better than having rows of alfalfa and tall grass to tell people who’ll see your property that your homestead is a bountiful one.

6. Build A Root Cellar

If you intend to cultivate and store your food, you should consider installing a root cellar in your home. A root cellar can be as simple as digging a hole in the ground and surrounding it with a concrete-like structure. However, be sure to check with authorities regarding permits and regulations, especially if you want to build something bigger than 100 square feet.


Those are just some of the few modern homestead renovation ideas that you can do to improve your property. Hopefully, you were able to draw some inspiration from these to start a renovation or DIY project for you to work on.

Ian Mutuli

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Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.