With the cold temperatures tempting most of us to hibernate, winter might not seem like the ideal time to carry out renovations. However, when you think about it, it’s actually one of the best times of the year to get things done. Poor weather prevents weekends away and keeps you inside in the evenings, giving you plenty of time to get all the tasks you’ve been putting off finished once and for all!
Obviously, not all renovations are well suited to the woes of winter, and it’s probably best to avoid the vast majority of exterior jobs. However, there’s plenty to be done inside. Here are 7 ideas to get you started!
Painting and Wallpapering
Winter is a great time to give your walls a makeover. Whether you choose to paint them or apply wallpaper, or maybe even a mix of the two, doing the task in winter rather than spring or summer is a great idea. In most places, the air is generally drier in winter than in other seasons, so each layer of paint will dry quicker and more evenly. Wallpaper glue will also dry quicker, meaning you can easily transform your walls over the weekend.
Laying New Flooring
Another area to focus on is flooring. With home delivery services bringing your orders directly to you, you don’t even need to leave the house in order to lay new flooring in any of your rooms. Carpeting is a particularly good idea, and is fairly quick and easy to do, resulting in a warmer, heat-absorbing floor to keep your feet warm this winter.
Alternatively, you may wish to fit new wooden flooring. In this case, be sure to use tools that have an attachment for a vacuum cleaner to avoid too much dust when cutting, and use ventilation to clear the worst. It’s also worth ensuring the room is kept at a consistent temperature, to enable the new planks to adjust to the climate of the room.
While an entire kitchen refit might not be the ideal task for winter due to the coming and going as new appliances, cabinets, and countertops are continually brought in, there are other areas you can focus on. Indeed, you can transform your kitchen by refinishing or replacing the cabinet doors; perhaps repaint them, or add on new handles. Other easy and effective jobs include changing the backsplash, adding in new countertops, or replacing the sink and faucets.
Like the kitchen, you’ll probably benefit from not overhauling the entire bathroom in winter, especially if you don’t have a second bathroom you can use for showers. However, a new sink, toilet, faucets, and showerhead are easy to install and breathe some new life into your bathroom over winter. Adding in some towel rails, shelves, or a vanity unit will also only take a couple of hours or so, and won’t break the bank. Another afternoon chore is to re-grout the tiles, and replace old caulk — two tasks that not only make your bathroom look better, but will also prevent damp and mildew.
Winter means shorter days and longer hours of darkness. This can have a very real impact on your mood, so winter seems like the ideal time to try something new when it comes to lighting. Try replacing boring old fixtures and fittings for something that draws your attention and floods your home with warming, yellow light, to counteract the cold hues of winter.
You’ll really begin to notice the effects of a poorly insulated home during winter. High energy bills and fluctuating temperatures often point to inefficient insulation, which can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your HVAC system, as well as lead to uncomfortable air quality and temperatures. The attic and crawl spaces are good places to take a look at first, and you might also detect leaks that can lead to bigger problems as winter sets in. It might also be worth checking the weatherproofing on your windows and running caulk around any gaps you find.
Safety Feature Fixes
Reports show that there are more house fires in December and January than at any other time of the year. So, as winter begins, it’s a great idea to take a look at smoke detectors, fire alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors. Be sure they’re all working correctly, and check the expiration date. If necessary, replace any expired models with the latest upgrades.