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6 Stunning Home Improvement Ideas

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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Making changes to your house can be expensive, so we have gathered a variety of inexpensive upgrades to inspire your next home improvement project.

Some of these can be done over a weekend, while others may take a bit longer, but it will be worth it in the end.

1) Review your Outside Space

The front yard has all the curb appeal, while the backyard is where the family comes together. You can completely transform the outside spaces of your home in just a weekend by removing weeds, planting new plants, and investing in some garden furniture.

If your family spends a lot of time outside, why not consider constructing a deck for sun-lounging and barbequing?

You should also consider investing in a pergola. Pergolas are outdoor structures that can provide shade and a cosy chill area for outside entertainment - perfect for the whole family.

2) Refresh Your Rooms With Paint

Any space can be improved by adding a fresh layer of paint. The whole family can get involved. Painting is considered the easiest and best home improvement as it does not require a professional and can make a big change to your entire home.

You can find step by step instructions to remove old paint online, and then get started.

If you do not want to repaint an entire room, try painting a single feature, like your kitchen cabinets. A new colour in the kitchen will feel as good as an entire kitchen remodel.

Bathroom cabinets can also be refreshed with a coat of paint.

3) Don’t Forget the Walls and Ceilings

Don't want to repaint your entire house? Creating an accent wall is an easy way to make a change without breaking the bank. Choose a daring colour and add the artwork to make it a focal point.

You can easily add crown moulding to your existing walls to completely transform the room. If you have generic lights in your rooms, why not try installing a ceiling fan?

It will not only become a new feature but also help cool down the space.

4) Upgrade Your Bathroom

The bathroom space is the most used area in the home. It is where most of us begin and end our days. Fortunately, upgrading it does not have to involve an entire demolition and remodelling.

Small changes can breathe new life into the oldest shower room. A new, modern bathroom mirror will make the room seen larger and reflect natural light.

You can upgrade your shower stall by adding a rain shower head. Consider your storage space in the bathroom - can you benefit from new cabinets or storage boxes? These are all easy changes to make.

More intense bathroom updates will include new countertops, wallpaper or installing new sanitaryware. You may want to consider appointing a professional for these jobs.

5) Work With What You’ve Already Got

The easiest way to make your house feel new is to spruce up your existing possessions. Cleaning up your property will transform the entire space.

A pressure washer can be your best friend. Use it to hose down your outdoor surfaces to bring them back to life.

You can also make small changes to existing furniture. Your closet space will be completely transformed by adding new knobs. If you have a rolling kitchen island, move it around to a new area to create a new feel .

6) Lighting Makes a Difference 

Many of us tend to focus on furniture and walls when it comes to home improvement. One of the best ways to make an instant change to your home's atmosphere is to make changes to your light fixtures.

You can start small by focusing on a single room's light fixture, or go all out and change all indoor and outdoor lights. It is undisputed that changes to your lighting will give your home a whole new feel.

Brighten up rooms with a statement chandelier or mood lighting. You can even select floor lamps to accentuate certain elements in the room.

photo of gazebo with curtain and string lights

Upgrade Your Home Without Destroying Your Budget

Home improvement does not have to be an overwhelming and costly exercise. With time and the right planning, you will have a clear strategy to move forward and create your dream home.

If you are taking on a more challenging DIY task, save money by printing out step by step instructions instead of hiring a contractor. Work smart and make use of what you already have.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

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