It may seem a little early to begin planning for the holidays, but when it comes to home improvement projects it is best to plan ahead as much as possible. If you plan to upgrade your home for the holiday season you should begin the planning process now.
The holidays can be stressful, especially if you are hosting family and friends for an extended period of time. The right remodeling project can help. Whether it is a kitchen upgrade for holiday cooking or room addition for out-of-town guests, improving your home can help reduce holiday stress.
Instead of being overwhelmed by the thought of hosting people, think about what would help your house function during the holiday season. This will allow you to enjoy your guests whether they arrive for a meal or for an extended stay.
Below are six of the most popular home improvement projects for the holiday season:
1. Kitchen Remodel
The area most utilized for many families is the kitchen. It is the heartbeat of the home as families socialize and prepare meals over the holidays. Even if you don’t want to do a full kitchen remodel, you may want to consider upgrading your cabinets, countertops, or backsplash.
A great way to give your kitchen an updated, fresh look is to update the cabinets. Cabinets can have a big impact on the look and feel of the kitchen. One option is to replace the cabinets completely. For those on a budget, another option is to update the cabinets with fresh paint and/or changing out the hardware. You can also replace cabinet doors with a different design or style such as glass inset doors. Some people choose to remove the cabinets doors completely for an open shelving design.
Here is a resource if you are considering upgrading with shaker cabinets:
Updating your kitchen countertops is another way to give your kitchen a fresh look. A countertop replacement is usually a minimally invasive process. The old countertops can be easily removed and new ones installed quickly.
For additional resources on how to choose a countertop check out this blog entitled
“Choosing a Countertop – Made Easy” :
Updating your backsplash can provide a big visual impact on the kitchen area. It can add an enjoyable feel to the space and can make the room feel larger. It can be completed quickly and inexpensively compared to other remodeling projects. The other benefit is that you will still be able to use your kitchen during the process.
If you are planning a kitchen remodel, make sure and read these articles on the cost of a kitchen remodel, how to survive a kitchen remodel and how remodeling your kitchen can provide health benefits:
2. Bathroom Remodel
Another popular project for the holidays is bathroom remodeling. Whether visitors arrive for the day or stay for a long time, they will frequently be in and out of the bathroom. Since the guest bathroom receives some of the most traffic over the holidays, it is one of the most popular holiday remodeling projects. No one wants their guests to use an old, tired bathroom.
A bathroom remodel can be a small or large project depending on the scope of the desired changes. It may be something as simple as painting the bathroom or as large as a complete overhaul. In any event, planning is key during a bathroom remodel to ensure the renovations will be completed before the first guests arrive.
3. Convert a living space
No matter the size of the home it can become cramped over the holidays. Out-of-town guests - whether it is extended family members, children returning home from college or friends needing a place to stay for the holidays - can quickly fill a house. While most people don’t want the headache of adding a second story or extending additional rooms to their house, there are ways to take advantage of existing spaces to make them more useful.
One of the most cost-effective ways to gain valuable space is by remodeling an attic. An attic remodel is a great way to add a bedroom, home office or play space for children. It can provide much-needed space for the holidays and also add to the resale value of your home.
Other options include converting a garage into a living space, remodeling above a detached garage or even installing a small room underneath the stairs. A room underneath the stairs can be a cozy place for a child to sleep at night and a quiet place during the day when they need to escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
4. Replace flooring in high traffic areas
If you are considering replacing your floors now may be the perfect time. Whether you are looking for a sturdier option for all of the traffic from guests or are looking to increase the ambiance over the holidays, a flooring upgrade or replacement can have huge benefits.
Worn-out floors are depressing for any occasion, but even more so for the holidays. Installing new floors can brighten up your entire home and make the holidays more enjoyable.
5. Appliance upgrade
If you would like to update your kitchen without a remodel you can always look at upgrading your kitchen appliances. By replacing that one worn-down item in your kitchen it can have a big impact. Maybe it is a scratched-up sink, a burner that doesn’t work, a dishwasher that doesn’t clean well, or an ice maker that drives you crazy. By making small improvements it can reduce your stress and increase your overall satisfaction in the kitchen.
6. Fireplace Upgrade
During the Christmas season, the fireplace becomes a focal point for many people (and for Santa Claus). Whether it is painting or whitewashing your fireplace, adding or upgrading the mantle, or replacing the brick with stone, updating your fireplace can have a positive impact on the look and feel of the living room. Plus, it will help keep you off the naughty list!
Holiday Remodeling Resources
The team at Modern Blu is here to help with any of your holiday remodeling needs. Give us a call at 469-546-7636 or contact us online to schedule an appointment if you are in the Flower Mound, Highland Village, Coppell, or Lewisville areas.