6 Affordable Home Renovation Projects for the Weekend-Warrior

Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 1:00 AM | 27 Comments

When homeowners think of renovating their living space, they often imagine a large price tag tied to the process. Home improvement does not have to be time consuming or expensive. These six projects can be completed in a weekend for very little expense.

6 Affordable Home Renovation Projects for the Weekend-Warrior

  1. Under-Cabinet Lighting

    Kitchen cabinets often cast deep shadows on spaces under the cabinet. This is an easy problem to solve with under-cabinet lighting. Home improvement stores sell easy to install kits that require no electrical expertise. The result will be soft, recessed lighting that highlights the beauty of countertops and provides additional illumination in dark spaces.

  2. Overhaul Grout

    With time and use all bathroom tile begins to look dull and dirty no matter how much scrubbing it receives. Refreshing tile grout in the bathroom is a great weekend project that delivers exceptional results. Home improvement stores stock grout paint, an easy to use product that makes tile grout look like new. It is easy to apply and comes in several different colors.

  3. Attic Insulation

    According to the insulation experts at Reitzel Insulation Co Ltd, insulating your attic can significantly increase the energy efficiency of a home and dramatically lower heating and cooling costs on an annual basis. Filling in all cracks and using spray foam insulation in the attic is a safe and smart way to prevent air from escaping through the roof.

  4. Upgrade Bathroom Fixtures

    Instantly and inexpensively updating the bathroom in a home is as easy as replacing all the faucets on the sinks and bathtub. This is a fairly easy project that requires very little plumbing knowledge. New fixtures are a quick way to bring the bathroom up to date.

  5. Build an Outdoor Bar

    Outdoor entertaining is more fun with a built in bar. With a few simple tools and pressure treated lumber, a deck bar can be easily built in a single weekend. The bar can be built using one of several available plans, but many people choose to design their own for a personal touch.

  6. Tile the Kitchen Backsplash

    Many older kitchens do not have a built in backsplash. Whether installing the first backsplash or updating an old fashioned one, this weekend project is easy and delivers satisfying results. First time tilers should watch a few tutorials to become familiar with the tiling process. From there, it is simply a matter of choosing a tile and taking a weekend to complete the project. An updated kitchen is always a worthwhile endeavor.

These six projects will add to the beauty and value of a home and provide an opportunity for learning new home renovation skills.

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  1. 27 Responses to “6 Affordable Home Renovation Projects for the Weekend-Warrior”

  2. By McKayla Strauss on Jun 17, 2015, 4:17 pm | Reply

    I didn’t realize just how important properly insulating your home is to increasing its energy efficiency. I know that the insulation in my attic is pretty minimal, so that could be a huge reason why my heating and cooling bills are higher than I think they should be. It should be interesting to see how big of a difference there will be after getting spray foam put in there.

  3. By Insulation Industries Warehouse on Jun 25, 2015, 11:22 pm | Reply

    Just did the attic insulation project last weekend! I am thinking for the next week now. Maybe under-cabinet lighting? I wanted to have the Outdoor Bar but I guess I have to plan that well.

  4. By Audrey Blakeney on Aug 19, 2015, 11:48 am | Reply

    I live in an older home, and I’ve never thought of the attic as a place that could be costing my money on my energy bills. Now that you’ve explained how air and heat can escape through the cracks in the insulation, I can certainly see how it would be a require renovation. That being said, I will be sure to put in spray foam insulation to prevent any more air from escaping and driving up my energy bill. Thank you for this money saving advice with just a few simple fixes.

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  6. By Correy Smith on Sep 10, 2015, 2:39 pm | Reply

    The list of home renovation ideas sounds great to know about. The part about the attic is something that I find interesting to know because it’s actually what my brother is helping me out with later today. My thought is to do some spray foam roofing tasks on the attic and on the sides of the roof.

  7. By Drew on Nov 2, 2015, 9:15 am | Reply

    Updating your attic insulation is never a bad idea. I updated mine a year ago and immediately noticed a difference in the temperature in my home and also my utility bill. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  9. By Laurel Larsen on Jan 28, 2016, 3:52 pm | Reply

    One of the places in my home that I tend to think can handle a little more cold is the attic. I figure that people don’t usually go up there, and that if it’s cold, it won’t affect much. However, I was surprised to read that insulation can greatly reduce the overall heating and cooling of the home. It makes sense, though, because it is in reality a part of the house, and will inevitably affect the rest of it, too.

  10. By Hazel Owens on Mar 11, 2016, 9:38 am | Reply

    I hadn’t thought about insulation in our attic as being a problem. When I think about insulation, I just want the main living spaces to be secure; the attic letting air out hadn’t even occurred to me. Thanks for the tip; I’ll have to check my attic for any leaks in the installation. Hopefully that will save us some money in the future!

  11. By Elden Gatley on Mar 24, 2016, 12:00 pm | Reply

    I agree that you should insulate your attic. I think that is probably where lots of cold or hot air comes in. I think insulation will help to reduce the need for HVAC units.

  12. By Westly Smith on Apr 14, 2016, 4:50 pm | Reply

    I like how you mention to get spray foam insulation. I haven’t even been in my attic in years. I think that I might be losing some heat from out my attic. Thanks for the tip, I’m going to go buy some spray foam and fill in the cracks.

  13. By Silas Knight on Jun 21, 2016, 6:02 pm | Reply

    I had no idea that insulating the attic could have such a big benefit. I have heard a lot of good things about spray foam insulation, is that the best type? From what I’ve heard, I agree with you that it is a smart and safe way to insulate the attic.

  14. By larissa on Jul 8, 2016, 5:01 pm | Reply

    Awesome list! Thanks so much for the wonderful tips and advice!

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  18. By Aaron B. Stanley on Nov 8, 2016, 2:06 am | Reply

    Insulation undoubtedly can save lot of amount on electricity bill as it helps to freeze the cooling within the room and you can switch off your AC for a longer duration.

    I have experienced it and seen a lot of improvement.

    Keep sharing such amazing stuff!

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