Updated: Mar 20, 2019
According to a recent survey we conducted, 76 percent of Canadian have plans to renovate their living space, focusing on remodeling the bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom. Not only are these rooms fun to personalize but, updated with key elements in mind, they can add loads of value to your home.
The truth is, most of us will probably be operating under a budget, so it’s important to pick upgrades that provide the most bang for your buck. Here are 12 suggestions to help update your home, whether the goal is to give it a solid refresh or to add value (or both!).
In The Kitchen
1. Replace The Countertops
Old, worn countertops can be an eyesore. One easy way to give your kitchen an instant lift is by installing a lovely new slab of stone.
Nothing dates a kitchen more than an old countertop, and nothing updates a kitchen more than a fresh slab of marble or quartz. Engineered from stone chips, resins, and pigments, quartz has started to give granite and marble a run for the money as the go-to material in higher-end kitchens, according to Consumer Reports.
2. Paint Cabinets
Why not give your cabinets a new coat of paint? White cabinets are popular right now, and experts say this light aesthetic will make the room feel spacious.
A fresh white to brighten your kitchen space and make it feel larger.
3. Replace Hardware
Another quick, easy project that can have a big impact in your kitchen is updating the hardware. Hit up the nearest home improvement store to find budget-friendly, modern hardware for your cabinets and drawers—you’ll be surprised at how it can transform the space!
4. Create Pantry Storage
For a bigger project, the Trulia experts suggest creating a pantry to increase storage space in your kitchen. If there’s a closet or nook that you can transform into the pantry, you’ll be increasing your home’s value, as well as improving the overall functionality of the space.
In The Bathroom
Tied with the kitchen for most popular renovation area is the bathroom, with 48 percent of survey respondents saying they want to update this space. Here’s where we recommend you invest your bathroom reno budget.
5. Integrate Tile
To add the most value to your bathroom, your best bet may be to add tile to the room: The best place to put your money in the bathroom is hands down on tile.
Classic white subway tile is always a great option, but you can get creative, too, incorporating fun shapes or patterns into the walls and/or floor.
6. Replace Fixtures
Tired of your boring old faucets and shower head? Give new life to your bathroom simply by upgrading to modern fixtures.
7. Add Storage
Boost the functionality of your bathroom by integrating new storage options. There are several ways you can do this, whether it’s by installing a linen closet, opting for cabinets, or even just putting up a few floating shelves.
8. Replace Cabinets And Vanity
For a more cost- and labor-intensive project, you may want to consider updating your vanity and/or cabinets. This can completely redefine the aesthetic of your bathroom, and many retailers sell package options with a vanity, sink, and mirror that won’t completely drain your bank account.