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Domestic makeover: DIY home renovation inspiration.


We’ve all watched those TV shows with envy. Some lucky family gets a makeover for their entire home and the result is always pure eye-candy.
There’s no reason why you can’t renovate your home in the same way as all those families on TV. You don’t even need a professional team to do it, especially with the following tips we hope will be your DIY home renovation inspiration.


You’ve most likely found yourself looking at your own home from time to time and thinking about the ways in which you’d love to change its interior design and perhaps even make some practical changes in order to make life easier for you and your family.

If you already have an eye for the things you’d like to change in your house then you can roll up your sleeves and do it yourself.

A few YouTube tutorials could could even teach you how to do the DIY jobs you’ve never tackled before. 


Decorate with mirrors


The planning stage.


Of course, before you get stuck into the manual labor of this DIY project, you need to put your sensible hard hat on and make a plan for the renovation.

There’s a practical side to dolling up your house that needs to be considered if you don’t want to get halfway through your project and realize you’ve run out of money or you don’t have the expertise to tackle a certain job that you thought you could.

You need to make a list of all the things around the house that you want to tackle, cost them out in terms of resources you’ll need, and then see if that fits into your budget.

Of course, if you’re a little over your budgetary limit, you don’t have to scrap half the projects you had planned; that’d ruin the overall aesthetic of your project.

If you need help with your financial planning, you could look into companies such as New Horizons for a small loan to help finance the rest of your project. Even if you have bad credit, there are lenders such as this that will be happy to help you.

Essentially, all you need to do is make a plan of action before you get started, make sure you can finance the project and be sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew.

If there are any tasks that you feel are too far beyond your expertise, you could always set those aside and hire professional help.


Expanding your home.


Above all else, your goal needs to be a bigger house. What you may not realize, however, is that there’s a lot of potential to maximize and to use your home’s existing space.

You’re probably missing opportunities to create a more spacious feel in your household by missing both interior design tricks and practical fixes.

You could start with aesthetic improvements. Painting the walls a neutral color such as white and putting up mirrors in rooms are both techniques that can reflect daylight to naturally brighten up a room. Also, using natural reflections in mirrors will make your space appear larger.

On a basic and practical level, you should start to declutter the house.

Sell unwanted possessions at a yard sale to make more money (which can go towards the renovation project) and help to create a more minimalistic feel in your home.

You can further open up space by finding clever ways to store the remaining possessions in your home. For example, storage under the stairs is a great way to utilize an otherwise-neglected space.

You could also put up more shelving units around the home so as to create an aesthetically-pleasing storage zone for loose items that are left lying around.


Christine is the owner and author for her three blogs: Empty Nest Ancestry, Feathering the Empty Nest, and Top Web Blog Tips. Periodically, if a post topic is appropriate to either of her other blogs, they will be published as a guest post by CJB.


This is one of my four blogs:

I'm a wife and mother, with a wonderful husband and two great 'kids' who are now young adults, and we live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada - in the great city of Chilliwack, to be exact (one hour from Vancouver).

Feathering the Empty Nest is my 'baby' that I have been nurturing and building or four years - ever since taking medical retirement from my government job because of disability issues. As a result, general health and well being, and losing weight are a concern for me and are therefore topics covered here. I also discuss marriage, raising a family (especially military families like ours) including parenting teens,adult children (or, if you prefer - parenting young adults living at home) as well as parenting children of all ages.

Of course, I can't forget our lovable, furry family members. Pet ownership is wonderful - especially once our kids have moved out on their own, so there is discussion about responsible pet ownership and care. Lifestyle changes that come with raising a family, retirement, and health issues, in addition to how these affect other aspects of our lives such as housekeeping, cooking and shopping matter a great deal. Being the lazy housekeeper and indifferent cook that I am, learning how to save money while still eating well has meant finding easy cooking recipes, experimenting with online grocery shopping and sharing invaluable household hints and tips.Our home remains our castle, whether our kids live here or elsewhere and home ownership and renovations, diy home projects and repair tips and hints play a large role.

Weave all of this together with humorous stories of children, pets, family life, marriage and any other silly little thing I can think of, and you have 'Feathering the Empty Nest.'

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