When the weather gets chilly outside, you don’t want to be stuck renovating the exterior of your home. The winter season doesn’t mean you have to postpone all your renovations, however. There are still plenty of remodeling projects you can get started on inside your home. Here are some.
Insulate Your Home and Seal Any Cracks
Winter is when you should be warm and cozy at home. However, if there are any cracks in your insulation, you’ll feel a cool draft. This can drive up your energy bills, and it can make your home a lot cooler than you might prefer. By insulating your home, you can help prevent mold and mildew from forming in your home as well.
Winter is the ideal time for this project because it’s during cold weather when cold drafts are more noticeable. This lets you better identify the source of the problem and address the issue properly.
Look for any areas that let in a chilly breeze, and seal up the cracks. Check windows, doors, and electrical outlets. Use caulk and sealant for smaller cracks, and use expanding foam for larger holes. To insulate your windows, install weatherstripping around window and door frames.
Update Your Lighting
During the winter season, the days are shorter and there is less light. To brighten up your rooms and make them an inviting place to be, take the time this winter to update your lighting.
For an energy-efficient choice, switch to LED lightbulbs. LED lights not only last long, but they also use less electricity. Besides swapping out your lights with LED lightbulbs, choose lighting fixtures that will provide the right amount of light for the given space. You can either use them to brighten a room up or as a focal point.
Additional lighting can also light up dark hallways, staircases, or dark closets. Besides adding to your sense of security, they can help reduce accidents in the home. Make an appointment with an electrician to ensure your electrical panel can handle the extra lights. Updating your electrical panel is helpful too in case there’s a winter storm in your area.
Replace Your Windows
Another great remodeling project to tackle over winter is your windows. If your windows aren’t doing a good job of keeping out the cold air, then it’s time to upgrade to more energy-efficient ones.
Consider installing double-pane windows to reduce heat loss. Although these cost more, you will see reduced energy bills and consistent indoor temperature. You’ll also eliminate any cold drafts near your windows.
Double-pane windows mean less street noise as well. If barking dogs and passing cars bother you at night, these windows can significantly reduce outside noise.
Besides being functional and energy efficient, you can also choose windows that enhance your home’s curb appeal and increase the value of your property, such as sliding windows, bay windows, or awnings.
Install New Flooring
If you’re stuck inside more because of the cold weather, take advantage of this time to update your floors. The demand for outdoor construction projects usually plummets over the winter, so renovation companies may have more free time. You can also take advantage of the reduced humidity. Hardwood floors, for example, won’t contract and expand over the winter. This means you can eliminate issues, such as warping.
You can also pick flooring that offers better insulation properties as well as ones that are easier to maintain, such as laminate or vinyl. And you can find new materials that improve the aesthetic of your home, such as vinyl planks or tiles.
Update Plumbing Fixtures in the Bathroom and Kitchen
Winter can cause quite a bit of plumbing problems – such as frozen pipes – so it’s important to make sure your plumbing can handle extremely cold weather. If your pipes are outdated, rusted, or have leaks, you may want to consider updating them.
For one thing, updating your plumbing to more energy-efficient faucets can reduce your energy bills. You’ll also use less water. Secondly, it’s important that you repair small issues before they become major ones, such as small leaks in your faucets.
Finally, if you have worn-out pipes, they may crack when subjected to extremely cold temperatures. By updating your plumbing, you can practice preventative maintenance.
You can also take small measures, such as pouring a small amount of enzyme-based product into your main pipeline to clear out any fat deposits from your drains.
Replace the Hardware in Your Home
Snowed in at home during the Burtonsville , MD winter? If you’re looking for a quick, small remodel project, consider replacing all the hardware on your doors and cabinets. This is a project that not only has a quick turnaround, it’s also fun to do.
You can easily improve the aesthetics of your rooms by updating your doorknobs, drawers, and cabinet hardware. And it doesn’t cost a lot. This is an affordable remodeling project that can increase the value of your home and personalize your rooms. You can opt for a modern look in one room, a vintage look in another room, and more. Or you can keep everything uniform.
You can also use this opportunity to improve your home security, such as updating the front and back door hardware with smart locks. This lets you go key-free and allows you to enter your home using a smart device, such as your smartphone or tablet.
We Can Help!
At Chase Remodeling, we can help remodel your interiors and exteriors. For over 40 years, we have offered Burtsonville residents services such as bath remodeling, kitchen remodeling, additions, windows, doors, patios, pavers, decks, and more. Take a look at our extensive photo gallery on our website to see the kind of work we can do!
To get help with a remodeling project this winter, contact our team!