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Home Renovations That Pay Off

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How often do you look at your home and see the improvements that can be made to it? When you have a house, it is a constant work in progress as you think up new ways that you can make the most of it. However, before you start knocking down any walls, there is another essential consideration to think about; whether or not what you are doing will add value to your property. Sure, you may not think that you want to sell your place now, but how about in the future?

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So, in this article, we are going to be looking at popular home renovations that add value to your property. While there are some that you can take care of yourself, others may require the support of professional home renovation builders like Stella Design & Construction. Once you have finished reading, hopefully, you can prioritise which job you would like to complete next.

Extra Insulation

While you may think that adding a new kitchen or bathroom is the home renovation that will give you the best return on your investment, in fact, it is adding attic insulation. It has been estimated that this relatively low-cost job will recoup over 100% of your spend when you go on to sell your house! Ultimately, it is a great investment regardless of whether you plan to sell or not as it will help to bring your heating bills down.

New Garage Door

Again, it may seem like a relatively small thing, but getting a new garage door can seriously improve the overall image and impression of your home. It should fit in with the overall look and style of your home, as well as providing convenience – which you get the most from an electric door. While we are on the subject of doors, your front door also plays a major role in how your house looks from the outside. You would be surprised by just how far a lick of paint will go! Finish off the job with a shiny new house number and letterbox for added effect.

Better Garden Landscaping

There is plenty that you can do to your outdoor space to improve its look and style. Essentially, landscaping involves properly dividing your garden up into zones. It is common to have a decked or patioed area where you can entertain guests, and separate sections which feature plants, flowers and vegetables. If you are in the process of trying to sell your property, you could opt for some ‘quick fixes’ such as adding some potted plants, hanging baskets etc.

Kitchen Remodel


And now we come onto a classic home renovation, but one that is still effectively nevertheless – a total kitchen remodel. After all, this is the room that is commonly known as the heart of the home, as well as the space which features the highest number of appliances that can be upgraded. In fact, even if you don’t want to go for a complete overhaul of your current kitchen, you can make everything look a lot better simply by refacing the cabinets or updating the finishes. If you are going to replace everything, make sure that you opt for appliances that are energy-efficient so that you save money on your monthly bills.

Bathroom Improvements

If it is not the kitchen, the other commonly renovated room of the house is the bathroom. Again, you can go down the path of an overall remodel or you can make some simple improvements that improve the look and functionality. For example, a replacement of features like the vanity and lighting can dramatically improve the appearance of your bathroom. If you are going for a total transformation, make sure that you hire someone who knows what they are doing and you also need to have a clear timeframe in mind to ensure that the job doesn’t drag out for an extended period of time.

New Windows

There are numerous advantages to be enjoyed from replacing the windows in your home. First of all, you can seriously improve the look of your home both outside and in. Secondly, you can also improve the energy efficiency by getting double glazing. Last but not least, you can also enhance your home resale prospects. If your main reason is the latter, it is worth bearing in mind that vinyl replacement windows are likely to give you a bigger return on your investment compared to wood windows.

Increased Square Footage

There are a couple of different ways that you can increase the square footage of your home. Perhaps you could look to utilise the space that you already have by utilising a basement, attic or garage. Otherwise, you could add an extension onto your property. Obviously, either one of these jobs is going to involve a lot of work and a big budget, so you need to carefully consider what you are going to use the space for. An extra bedroom, office, games room or home gym are just a few of the popular possibilities.

Install Appliances with Better Energy Efficiency

Just like with the insulation improvement that we mentioned at the start of the article, there are dual benefits involved in upgrading to high-efficiency appliances, water heaters and furnaces. As well as making the home seem more attractive to potential buyers, you are also reducing your current cost of living by bringing your bills down. There may even be some tax incentives involved – particularly if you utilise renewable energy sources.

Interior Paint

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The final home renovation that we are going to discuss is also the cheapest and easiest – a simple lick of paint. You can totally transform the look of any one of the rooms of your house, and you can do so over the course of a weekend!

So, there you have just a few home renovations that really pay off – both in terms of improving your current living situation and adding value to your property should you ever decide to sell in the future.

How to Renovate an Old Mouldy Bathroom

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We’ve all been there: the bedroom is light and airy, the kitchen is bigger than you could have expected and the living room has big double doors opening out onto a gorgeous garden. The only problem is the bathroom.

If you are looking at a repossessed property, it’s likely that you will be okay with the idea of putting some hard work in to make the bathroom as beautiful as the rest of the house. In fact, where most repossessed houses just need a mighty good scrub and a few cosmetic details, the bathroom is almost always in a bit of a sorry state and needs some real work going into it.

Why is it so mouldy in here?

Bathrooms are often allowed to go quite mouldy. Mostly this is because of the amount of steam that is allowed to settle in the room, causing mildew and staining the tiles or walls. One of the first things you should do is check for any leaks. There are a few clear signs like the sound of dripping or walls that are damp to the touch but many leaks can go unnoticed for a while before causing complete chaos just after the last new tile has been laid.

To be certain, acoustic leak detection is the perfect way to find hidden leaks. This method uses the subtle sounds made by the leak to detect exactly where it is, even when you can’t hear a thing. Once detected, you or your plumber will know exactly where the fix needs to be and can isolate that area, rather than have to break open the walls or floors to hunt it down.

What should I prioritise next?

Once you are happy that the plumbing is all fine, you should think about the fittings you would like to have. If you are planning to sell the property on, go for simple white standard fittings and make sure that the layout is sensible for people to move around in. However, if this is to be your home, you might like to do something a bit wilder (black bathrooms are popular in 2018 if you fancy an experiment!)

Tiles are the next consideration and, again, if you are planning to sell, simple white tiles on the floor and walls are probably the best solution. While you could use a waterproof carpet, tiles are much more efficient for cleaning up and won’t feel spongy underneath wet feet.

Which plants will do best in here?

Plants are a huge interior fashion trend right now and with good reason. They are the best air filter the world has to offer and the provide instant life and colour to every room. In the bathroom, plants like orchids will be very happy as the steam will be enough to keep them hydrated.

You could also think about adding succulents that also need very little care – just watch out for the spikes and don’t place them where anything delicate could get caught. Try putting trailing plants on high shelves to add some drama to the room too.

The Power Of Organizing Your Home Space Effectively

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The power of organizing your home space effectively is not something to be sniffed at. It has a wide array of practical uses and developments, and for solid reasons. It’s important to understand why, however. This article will not be a primer on Feng Shui or associated ideas, but a nuts and bolts guide to help you ascertain how the implements in your home space affect how you view certain rooms, and ultimately how happy you are in them.

Certain rooms have different requirements, which is why we’re going to split them all and describe them piece by piece in an ideal form. Of course, some of the advice here will not be possible depending on the layout and size of your home space, but some of the advice will potentially help you double the space and give you the new, fresh home filled with vitality you have been looking for.


Let’s start with the most important room of the home. People often say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and this is largely due to the fact it sustains your entire family and brings everyone together for food. Some of you might be lucky enough to have a separate dining area and kitchen. This advice should span people with and without that.

To begin with, you need to ensure that your kitchen is well ventilated. This allows for any cooking smells and smoke to dissipate quickly and not linger, penetrating the walls or fabrics. A great dispersal fan can be installed to help you achieve this. If not, a window which allows itself to be opened above the installation of your sink installation can work wonders also. Also, it’s worth allowing for a great degree of walking space. Consider how much kitchen top surface area you truly need, and try to design around that. Your refrigerator is also something that needs assessing. Too large and underused, and it could be imposing on your space as well as draining your energy bill. You might find yourself in possession of one of these if you move into a home that previously kept more family members than yourself.

Consider the noise of a kitchen also. Microwaves, kettles, ovens and all of those implements can be quite noisy when heated, as can the buzz of a refrigerator attempting to keep its cooling factor. You might find that these implements are better spaced apart, which also affords a healthier distribution of power outlet, preventing sparks or the power being tripped. It also is worthwhile to ensure that no water is in any way close to any plug sockets, and that them meeting is very unlikely. Also, ensure that the decors of your kitchen is something worthwhile. Try celebrating your family here, by putting up family art, pictures of your most cherished moments, and organizing the table in ways that allow all members to converse at dinner time. This helps everyone feel part of the narrative of the family, and generally makes for a more pleasant atmosphere.


The bedroom is the place we retire to every night, share our most intimate moments and generally recharge our batteries for another day of work and love. It pays to get this right. First of all, your bed is the main fixture here, not the television or computer you might have there. Be sure to make it front and centre, taking up the most space, ideally with the headboard against a wall and room on either side. However, it’s perfectly acceptable to place this in a corner if you need to.

Next, consider how the light enters the room. You hardly want to be rudely awoken each morning with a blinding light from the sunrise, or the draught blowing in and make the hairs of your neck stand up on end. For this reason, having a greater degree of control around your window fitting is advisable, such as installing custom window shutters from the get-go. Also, consider how the light plays in your room. A nice bedside lamp that only lights your side of the bed can be great if you enjoy reading and your partner enjoys sleeping above all else. Assess the color palette also. While dark colors might seem the most conducive to sleeping well, it can be better to opt for light variants of darker colors, such as a shade of blue.

Be sure to have positive artwork of variety here also. It might be putting up a painting you truly enjoy and that inspires you, or a little positive message that helps you get in the right mindset every morning. Also, this isn’t a home decors tip, but a nice pair of slippers can warm your feet in the morning and make getting out of bed for work that little bit easier.


The bathroom is one of the most private areas of the home, but that doesn’t mean it deserves any less consideration. Usually, this space is just you and the room, meaning that you’ll notice any imperfections with great accuracy than you might have thought previously. This is important to get right, because grooming yourself in the morning is better carried when you enjoy the organization of the room you’re in. First of all, make sure none of your many medical and grooming implements are simply haphazardly placed around the sink area. Categorize them based on family members, and shelter them in a cupboard or a shelf. You might also choose to place a waterproof carpet down to help water dry and stop the slip hazard of your room.

A nice tiled pattern can signify uniformity, pattern and regularity, perfect attitudes to keep when making yourself look professional in the morning. Also, don’t be afraid of artwork. A nice message to ponder can be wonderful when it’s just you and the room. Also, be sure to clean this room efficiently. A dirty bathroom is the quickest way to letting organization slip in all other areas of your home also. Two or three times a week should be enough depending on how many family members you have.

With these organizational tips, your home is sure to be in stellar condition, wooing family members and friends alike.

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