6 Wonderfully Rewarding Weekend Home Improvement Projects
In 2019, US households spent $20,679 on home-related expenditures. These went toward mortgage or rent payments, as well as home maintenance and repairs.
Experts also forecasted a 2.6% increase in remodelling expenditures in 2019. Back then, they estimated US homeowners to spend $347 billion on remodelling costs.
This doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot on weekend home improvement projects, though. There are many ways to boost not just the appeal but also your home’s functionality on a budget. Best of all, you can complete many of these activities within a day or two.
To help you get started, here are some of the simplest things you can do to enhance your home’s livability.
1. Make a Floating Shelf
These wooden shelves don’t have any visible supports, mounting brackets, nuts, and bolts. That’s why they look like they’re floating against the wall.
With the right kit, these suspended shelves are strong enough to hold just about anything. They’re also quick to install; you can have these set-up within a day or two.
What’s more, floating shelves can help you trim your heating costs a bit. If you install one on top of a radiator, it can act as a partial lid for the hot air. In this way, the warm air produced by the radiator won’t dissipate as fast.
If you plan to do this, though, make sure you don’t put anything susceptible to heat damage on the shelf.
2. Build an Indoor Herb Garden
There are at least four things that an indoor herb garden can do for you and your home. First, they’re edible, and you can add them to salads or use them to spice up dishes. Second, because they’re plants, they can help reduce the carbon dioxide in your indoor air.
Third, indoor plants can help cool or warm indoor air, which they can do through transpiration. This is the process in which they exhale or release water vapours into the environment. In the winter, this can add moisture to the air, and in the summer, it can help make the air a bit cooler.
Lastly, adding some pretty flora to your home can enhance its ambience. Since you can get these herbs pre-potted, then you can just bring them home and set them up in your clean kitchen. You won’t even need half a day to complete this home improvement project.
3. Bring Even More Green In
Exposure to nature is one of the top ways to boost your mental health. Even just looking at scenes of nature can already ease frayed nerves and high levels of stress. Being in the presence of plants and trees can also reduce blood pressure and heart rate.
Science backs all these up, which is why experts recommend outdoor time. In Japan, they even have 62 official forests for the practice they call “shinrin-yoku.” It means “forest bathing,” but it’s simply a way to surround oneself with nature.
So, why not take a page out of their book and bring the outdoors into your home? This doesn’t mean that your abode should look like a jungle; a few potted plants here and there can already help. For the best results, set up a few of these greens near areas you spend a lot of time in, such as in the living room and bedroom.
4. Swap out Those Damaged and Dingy Windows
Did you know that windows allow up to 30% of heat energy to escape outside? Things can get even worse if they’re so dated that they already have cracks and gaps. Damaged or ancient-looking windows can also make your home look dilapidated.
In this case, you may want to consider replacing your windows, especially those with a lot of damage. Replacement can take about an hour per window, so you can have several of them done over the weekend.
If you have a tight budget, you can replace only those that have severe damages. For the rest, the experts at UMass recommend using clingwrap as a low-cost alternative. Covering window panes with this plastic material can cut heat losses/gains by up to 50%.
5. Dress Up the Door
In 2018, homes with a dark-coloured door sold for over $6,000 more than expected. That’s a huge increase, especially if you consider that all you need is a bucket of paint to repaint a door. You’ll likely even have left-overs to use for other weekend home projects.
Even if you don’t plan to sell your home, repainting your door can make your home more alluring. Remember: the door is one of the first things you “come home” to. As such, you definitely want an entryway that looks as inviting as possible.
6. Keep Things (Air) Tight
If you don’t need to repaint your door, then at the very least, seal its air leaks. This way, you can prevent heat gains or losses that can occur through such gaps. What’s more, if you can seal all air leaks at home, you can save up to 40% on your utility bills.
Do note that sealing all air leaks will entail a few weekend home projects. However, you can start by wedging draft dodgers underneath your door. These are insulating materials that act as a cover for the gap between the door and the floor.
You can buy draft dodgers online or from your local hardware store. You can also craft them up yourself as part of your weekend DIY home projects. You can repurpose foam insulations, such as those that came with stuff you bought online.
Get Started With These Weekend Home Improvement Projects Today
There you have it, your ultimate guide on low-cost weekend home improvement projects. As you can see, you don’t have to shell out thousands of dollars just to boost your home’s appeal and livability. Best of all, many of these can even help make your home energy-efficient.
Interested in more home improvement ideas to make the most out of your abode? Then be sure to check out this guide on designing a modern home office!
Thank you for reading!