Spring is not far off if we believe our little friend, the groundhog. And with the change in season, many of us homeowners start thinking about those projects that can help spruce up our homes. While researching for this article, we found many of the 2020 trends are relating to a paper recently published by the Home Improvement Research Institute (right? who knew?). This report shows trends are leaning toward smaller, impactful projects. As you make plans for any renovations this year, here are some ideas that can keep you in love with your home without breaking the bank.
- Lighting. The lighting in your home is as much about creating an atmosphere as it is about the selection of fixtures. In Canada, the swing between the longest day and the shortest is dramatic so our choices in lighting become even more important. A quick search of the Danish term Hygge (pronounced Hue-guh) informs that lighting can have a huge impact on our sense of coziness and happiness. Keeping in sync with our Circadian rhythm can also be enhanced with the right lighting choices. Some homeowners are making these upgrades to increase their sense of well being. Not to mention, there are some really cool fixtures out there that can quickly update and add value to your home.
- Updating kitchen and bathroom fixtures can prevent pesky and potentially costly slow leaks while creating an updated vibe in your space. We would be remiss if we didn’t get into some insurance geek facts here. It’s important to know that damage from an ongoing leaky tap is a maintenance issue and isn’t covered by your insurance policy. (That’s the “sudden and accidental” part of your policy wording.) If new fixtures are on your list this spring, be sure to check out the latest trends which include touchless motion kitchen faucets, water detection ”smart” faucets and a whole range of finishes from matte black to gold.
- Health-conscious renovations. Sometimes it’s the things you can’t see that can add high value to your home. Health-conscious renovations are high on the list of 2020 projects. Water and air purification systems don’t help create the mood of your home but none the less will contribute to your well being. Removal of any surfaces that may contain toxins will contribute to increased air quality within your home as well. And remember to change out those HVAC filters regularly as well by setting a recurring reminder in your phone. Smart thermostats also help to regulate the comfort of your home based on your schedule and have built in reminders to ensure your best air quality.
- Carpet removal. One of the scariest projects some of us have done when it comes to ridding homes of unwanted particles is the removal of carpet. Even with the best of vacuums, carpets trap dust, dirt and pollens. If you are susceptible to allergies, removing carpets from your home may be one of the most important upgrades you can do.
- Paint. Want to change a room in a few hours? Paint is your best friend for making a quick transformation to any room or your complete home. Feature walls can make a big statement in your space, especially paired with the right neutral for the remaining surfaces. Curious about the new colour trends for 2020? We have them for you here.
Whichever project you decide to tackle this spring, it’s important to know your limits. DIY projects are always fun …. until they’re not. For certain, we all have a recollection of that fast, easy update that quickly morphed into the project from hell. If you’re looking for a contractor to help, check out our blog on Tips and Tricks for Hiring a Contractor.
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