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The 12 Best Home Remodeling Ideas

Wouldn’t you love to freshen up your home? Even if you’re happy with your home, invariably there will be an area that you feel needs a little more love. That kitchen island you ambitiously installed is never used anymore. The dining room feels messy. Or every time you walk past that imposing brick fireplace, it is always so there.

Often, the best home remodeling ideas are easy to do and inexpensive. Paint, new fixtures, and thoughtful re-organization figure heavily into many of these ideas. A few dollars for a self-installed thermostat saves hundreds in the long run. Brick and cabinets can be painted. Or you can spend a bit more for a pantry unit that wraps around your refrigerator or for an all-out bathroom makeover with a frameless glass shower and a drop-in bathtub.

1. Double-Sized Closet – A single non-load-bearing divider wall cuts the large closet in half and turns it into two smaller closets. By taking down that middle wall, she instantly doubled the closet space.

2. Lively Sit-Down Breakfast Bar -With the kitchen island converted to a sitting/eating breakfast bar, guests have a reason to congregate in the kitchen. An added countertop overhang allows guests to sit closer to the bar. The cook’s needs, too, are addressed with a sink installed in the kitchen island. Dated pendant lights have been stripped away in favor of unobtrusive recessed lights. And clean lines are preserved with the counter-depth side-by-side refrigerator.

3. Smart Programmable Thermostat- If you’re looking for a quick remodel idea that you can accomplish in less than an hour, install a programmable thermostat. These digital smart thermostats can be programmed to turn your heating or cooling system on or off at specific times throughout the day and night. Most have a holiday mode, which allows you to reduce the need for the HVAC system during long periods of absence.

4. Crisp, Organized Accent Wall- imposed clean, grid-like lines on the accent wall, so that everything works off of straight horizontals and verticals. The grid implies order and organization. Second, by painting over that red wall color to match the ceiling color, the eye is now encouraged to view the room as higher than it really is. Eliminating these horizon lines is a surefire way to promote height visuals. The light is a Ganador 9-Light Shaded Chandelier.

5. Fridge With Integrated Pantry – The brilliant solution for space-wasting refrigerators is to install pantry units to the side and above the fridge. This expanded storage wraps around the fridge and produces a clean, integrated look. Slide-out pantry shelves aid in reaching food items since refrigerator pantries tends to be very deep.

6. Open Shelving – Open shelving replaces the former wall cabinets in this kitchen. Open shelves clear the kitchen of that dark, heavy look and make everything feel lighter and brighter. The owner cautions that it’s a move to be made with great thought, though. Be sure that you already have storage in place for items that will lose their home. Another idea is simply to thin out much of the unused, unloved junk from the wall cabinets, reducing the need for alternate storage.

7. Fresh Brick Paint Job- Painting brick does not have to be difficult. This owner barely did any prep work, and she confined her painting to anything could be rolled out. The result is a fresh looking fireplace that is easy on the eyes.

8. Inspired Bathroom Nook – It doesn’t cost a bundle or take much time to refurbish your bathroom nook. For less than you might spend for a nice evening out, you can paint the bathroom cabinets, install new hardware, paint the walls, replace the vanity light, and put in a new rug, along with other pretty decor.

9. Remodeled Patio – Lay down new concrete pavers to define a sharp, new patio area and add a portable firepit as a focal point. Above all, pruning back overgrown foliage is the lowest cost method of sprucing up your patio.

10. Dining Room Makeover – With this stunning dining room makeover, the color scheme ties together so that everything now works in harmony. Pieces have been specially chosen for the new space, from the inexpensive molded plastic chairs to the mid-century modern sideboard. Just one item from before remains: the bar cart. What really makes this refurbished dining room work, though, is the introduction of a focal point: the statement chandelier.

11. Drop-In Tub and Frameless Shower – opened up this bathroom, making it airier and more open, by removing the alcove bathtub and ripping out the claustrophobic alcove. Then she installed a drop-in bathtub. To cater to today’s needs, she also added a frameless glass shower. Frameless glass enclosures make bathrooms feel larger and less imposing.

12. Painted Kitchen Cabinets – When you need a rapid style change and money is an issue, painting your kitchen cabinets is nearly always the best way to go. Painting leaves structurally sound cabinets in place and is considered eco-friendly since it reduces landfill to zero. Avoid using the type of standard interior acrylic-latex paint that you might use on walls. Instead, pick a cabinet paint that gives you long-lasting durability.