Popular Home Improvement Projects for 2022
Are you thinking about making a change and moving home? It’s a big decision, and with the average UK house price at £274,000 as of January 2022 – a 9.6% increase over the preceding 12 months – you might decide it’s not worth the financial commitment, or the stress.
Still, that doesn’t mean you’re forced to stick to what you have. If you want to freshen things up, why not embark on a home renovation project? It can be small-scale or major, depending on your tastes and budget, and here are just a few ideas you might like to consider.
Are you tired of traipsing across the same old carpet? Maybe now’s the perfect time to rip it up and get it replaced with something more contemporary. You could go for a complete change of color, creating an entirely different aesthetic, or you could opt for a different material altogether. You can transform the space with wood-effect laminate flooring – it’s easy to lay so you could even save money by installing it yourself.
Creating an Office Space
In the wake of the pandemic, it seems that the switch to hybrid working is here to stay. So, if you’re going to be doing your job from home on a regular basis, you need to make sure you’ve got a designated space that allows you to concentrate. You could convert the spare bedroom or the loft, or clear out the garage and carve out a little area for yourself. If possible, create a clear distinction between your new ‘office’ and the rest of the house, so as not to blur the lines between the personal and the professional.
It’s important that we all do our bit to tackle the issue of climate change, and that can start at home. The installation of solar panels or a ground source heat pump may represent major investments but their increased efficiency will save you money in the long run and they’ll mean you’re taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint.
The bathroom can be a place to unwind at the end of a long, hard day – so why not make the most of the space and transform it into something truly luxurious? With a walk-in waterfall shower, a deep, comfortable bath and some dimmable lighting, you can create your own little patch of paradise.
If you don’t have as much room as you’d like, why not open things up by going open-plan. This can be a particularly popular option for kitchen/living/dining areas, as it gives the illusion of having more space and will encourage you and the family to feel more together.
Create a Home Gym
The benefits of regular exercise are vast and varied. It doesn’t matter if you’re a veteran marathon runner or you’re content with the occasional workout, having a space to get a sweat on at home can really help to boost your motivation. Before you start, you’ll need to carefully plan the equipment you’re most likely to use. That could be a treadmill, a bike, a punchbag or a rack of free weights – the most important thing is to choose those that suit your exercise regime.
Of course, paying for this equipment can represent a significant outlay but when you compare it to the cost of a gym membership over an extended period, it can prove a worthwhile investment.
Revamp Your Kitchen
They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where you cook, eat, socialize with friends and spend quality time together as a family. So, it makes sense to make yours as welcoming as possible. If you think your units are looking a little dated or the layout is no longer practical for your needs, perhaps it’s time to start from scratch with a brand-new look. There are plenty of companies that offer a comprehensive service from design through to installation, which can remove a lot of the hassle and make for a much smoother process.
Adopt a New Color Scheme
Not all home renovation projects have to involve major upheaval or structural changes. You’ll be amazed at what a few touches of redecoration can achieve. It might be that you want to focus on those areas where you spend the most time – the kitchen, living room and bedroom. Or it may be that you want to change the aesthetic in every space. You never know, it might make you feel like you’ve moved into a new home – without any of the associated stress!