After the fun filled holidays are over, you miss the “warmth” of the celebrations. But the first few months of the year may seem colder because of reduced activity other than your regular mundane work.
The slump of the winter lull doesn’t have to get you down. This is a great time to take the step for that long awaited remodeling project that you always wanted to do. Take this as an opportunity to check off those important items from your list. As a home improvement contractor, we can do the work with excellence. If you are not sure, here are some great winter remodeling ideas for you to consider.
The benefits of remodeling the basement in the winter months are plenty. The underground location of the basement helps because you don’t have to expose your house to the outdoors. Along with this, the extra insulation and sheetrock will protect your house from the extreme cold of the winter. Next, since the winter has less humidity, you’re less likely to get mold on the exposed surfaces down below. Finally, a completed basement will provide you with lots of extra space for work, games, relaxation, and other things you love to do.
Getting your windows updated will help tremendously with your energy bills in the long run. You will also get the extra benefit of newer styles and better functionality within the home. Double or triple paned windows and insulated glass units (IGUs) are an excellent way to help contain the warm air within your home and keep out the cold. As a home improvement contractor, we can update your windows to give you the maximum benefit of your heating and cooling system.
Install a Steam Shower
On a cold and dreary day, there is nothing like coming home to a nice steam shower. The bathroom doesn’t have to be boring anymore. You get to turn it into a mini retreat with lots of steam. Your existing shower can be sealed and a steam generator can be used to provide the steam. You can also choose to install a completely new prefabricated fiberglass unit instead of using your old shower.
Build a Home Office
Some companies provide the extra flexibility of working from home several days of the week. Many are also moving toward more freelance work than ever before. A home office becomes an essential part of your work life as well. It is best to create an entirely separate space for work so you can separate your home life and work life and still be “home.” Either the process can be elaborate with a full remodel to build the office, or it can be as basic as bringing in a desk, chair, file cabinet, bookshelf, or some form of efficient organizational systems for your work.
With only a short amount of time to spare, the short time slot for flooring work will be a great option. In addition to this, all the work is done indoors while it’s warm inside. You may want to pull out old carpets and install some type of wood flooring according to your choice. You can also opt for refinishing your hardwood flooring to give them extra protection from the snow, dust and other debris that gets dragged in during the winter months. Redoing the flooring will provide the extra protection.
Interior Painting to Improve the Winter “mood”
Pushing the winter blues out of your home can be accomplished with a fresh coat of paint for the interior of the home. Rich colors and an inviting space are some wonderful ways to change the mood in the home. Studies have shown that colors have a direct impact on emotions, thus changing your mood.
Modern technology provides us with “smart” thermostats that help you optimize temperature and save you money. Energy bills are a major concern during the winter months with the rising costs of energy. Choosing the right thermostat according to your needs is vital. Programmable thermostats will give you the functionality you need to keep the atmosphere in the home warm and comfortable. It will also lower the temperature when you are not home. Since it’s a waste to keep the home fully heated when you’re not there, smart thermostats are the way to go.
Update the Laundry Room
With a growing family, you may need a larger washer and dryer. Or, your children may have moved out of the house and you’re still working with an old oversized washer and dryer. This is a great time to make the change and get an update. In addition to the size, the newer equipment will be more efficient than old products that drain the energy and push your utility bills up.
You may need help with your choice, or you may not be sure of how many of the above remodels you would like to do. As a home improvement contractor, our website has plenty of information on each of the above ideas to get you on track with your winter remodeling ideas.
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