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You don’t have to do major home renovations to make a difference in your house. In fact, there are tons of ways you can improve your home without any major construction. From getting new windows to adding motorized shades to your home, here are some home renovations you can do without major construction.

You can start by elevating your window treatments. Old window treatments like vertical blinds and expensive wood shutters only bring your home down. But new window treatments like faux-wood shutters or motorized shades? These add style and function. The right window treatment can boost your home’s energy efficiency and help manage the temperature inside your home. You can also have lots of fun choosing new window treatments that suit your function needs and style preferences.

What about new windows? Getting replacement windows for your home will not only make your house more energy efficient and comfortable, but will also improve your home’s value, curb appeal, and style. The best part? It usually only takes a single day to add replacement windows, making the process a simple, quick, and easy way to improve your home.

Don’t forget about hardware. It only takes a few hours to replace the cabinet knobs, drawer pulls, light fixtures, faucets, and other hardware, but this simple upgrade has a big payoff. Replace the hardware in your kitchen and bathrooms for some new style. Clutter is ugly and makes your life difficult, especially in storage areas like garages and basements. Luckily, you can quickly and easily declutter these spaces by adding shelving. DIY shelving is easy and fun, and many home improvement stores sell various premade shelving options to make the project even easier. You can even add chains and S-hooks to further maximize the space with personalized storage solutions.

motorized shadesLight bulbs make a big difference, too. Old light bulbs are dim. Plus, they use up lots of unnecessary energy and can drive up your electricity costs. Try replacing old light bulbs with new LED models or halogen incandescent to reduce your energy usage, save money, and have better lighting. It’s not as hard as it may seem to replace light fixtures. You can replace your old light fixtures with newer more energy-efficient models or choose new chandeliers, lamps or globe lights that add fresh style to your home. Take it one step further and add track or recessed lighting for a bright new look that’s also energy efficient.

You can also add a new coat of paint. Brand new kitchen or bathroom cabinets are expensive, but a few coats of new paint can work wonders. You’d be surprised how much a new color and fresh coat of paint will revitalize your kitchen or bathroom.

Little changes here and there add up to a stylish and well-functioning home. You can easily change your windows, boost energy efficiency, brighten up a room, and organize your space in one day or less. Are you looking for more tips on home renovation or motorized shades? We are here to help, so call or visit us today.

 

Get Out Your Vacuum

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Rather than putting away your vacuum when you’re finished cleaning your floors, carpets, and rugs, keep it out for a little bit longer. After all, dust and dirt can settle almost anywhere in your house. There are tons of things that could use a little vacuuming, from the bed skirts and brooms to the windowsills and motorized shades:

  1. Motorized ShadesWindow treatments like shades need to be cleaned, too. While dusting them with a clean, soft cloth is good, giving them a once-over with the vacuum is even better. Use a low-suction setting and a brush attachment to avoid damaging the mechanisms. You can also vacuum other window treatments like shutters, curtains and blinds in between washes to keep them dust-free.
  2. Bed Skirts – While you can, and should, put your bed skirts in the washing machine every few months, it’s a big hassle to take them off the bed. Increase the amount of time between full washings by vacuuming your bed skirts with a brush attachment. You might as well get all the dust bunnies under the bed while you’re down there, too.
  3. Knife Blocks – You would be horrified to learn how much dirt, dust, and food leftovers get stuck in your knife block. Use a crevice cleaner attachment on your vacuum to breathe some new clean life into your knife block.
  4. Windowsills – Your windows and windowsills also need vacuum attention. Use a low suction setting to vacuum up dust, dirt and lingering allergens like pollen that may have gotten in when the window was open.
  5. Keyboards – Computer keyboards also seem to attract all kinds of crumbs and dirt. Use a low suction crevice attachment to suck out any debris from on and inside your keyboards.
  6. motorized shadesEntertainment Center – For some crazy reason, electronics gather dust like nothing else. This isn’t just unsightly, it’s also bad for them as dust can damage the small inner components. Turn off all the electronics in your entertainment center and give them a thorough vacuuming at least once a month. Get behind the TV, between the cords, inside speaker ducts, and underneath any gaming systems.
  7. Brooms – You clean your floors with your broom, but what happens to all that hair, dust and other nasty debris that sticks to the broom and doesn’t end up in the dustpan? Rather than spreading it back on your floors the next time you sweep, vacuum it up.
  8. Refrigerator Coils – Your refrigerator coils are what keep your fridge running efficiently, but they get really dirty, really fast. Make sure to vacuum your refrigerator coils at least two times a year. You can find them at the bottom of your fridge in newer models or behind your fridge in older models.

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Get Your Ceilings to Look Taller

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You don’t have to suffer through short ceilings anymore. From removing crown molding to installing new motorized shades, there are tons of ways you can make a ceiling appear higher than it actually is:

  • Hang High Window Coverings – Rather than hanging your window treatments right above the window, try hanging them closer to the ceiling. This will trick the eye into believing that the window is taller than it really is, which helps elongate the room. Worried about hanging your shades so high you can’t operate them? Use motorization to help! Motorized shades are easy to operate with the touch of a remote control or app on your smart devices.
  • Get Low Furniture – Short or low furniture pieces will maximize the room’s actual height. Plus, the lower the furniture the more natural light you will get from your windows.
  • Add More Windows – The more natural light a room has the bigger it feels, both vertically and horizontally. Add more windows to make a room look bigger.
  • More Mirrors – Mirrors reflect whatever is in the room, including light. This reflection increased the perceived square footage of a space and makes the room seem taller.
  • Install Transom Windows – If you can’t install new replacement windows, try adding transom windows on top of your existing openings. Transom windows allow extra light in to create the appearance of more height in the room.
  • Install Tall Bookshelves – Tall, narrow bookshelves that go all the way up to the ceiling also help trick the eye into elongating the space. Also, try and place books in clean vertical lines on the shelves to further promote the trick.
  • Do Some Repainting – Make sure the ceiling is painted a light color, white being the best. White lifts and lightens a room to help make it look bigger and taller. You should also use a high-gloss paint on the ceiling as its mirror-like finish reflects more light to make the space feel more expansive.
  • Go with a Bold Rug – A bold rug will draw attention the floor of a room, which will in turn make it seem further away from the ceiling.
  • motorized shadesLower the Lines – While you’re repainting you can also paint the ceiling down a few extra inches below the line. This is a classic tip that will trick the eye into thinking the ceiling has more height.
  • Declutter – Get rid of any unnecessary items you may have on shelves or on the floor, as the more stuff is in a room the smaller and boxier it will feel.
  • Add Up Lighting – Up lighting is a light that shines up a wall. This kind of light makes a wall look taller than it actually is, so installing up lighting, like wall sconces, can make your ceiling appear higher.
  • Get Rid of Crown Molding – Crown molding can actually make a ceiling look lower. Get rid of crown molding for a clean, longer look or paint any existing molding the same color as the ceiling to make it feel taller.

 

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