- Transform Your Home -Wouldn’t you love to freshen up your home? Even if you’re happy with your home, invariably there will be an area that you feel needs a little more love. That kitchen island you ambitiously installed is never used anymore. The dining room feels messy. Or every time you walk past that imposing brick fireplace, it is always so there. Often, the best home remodeling ideas are easy to do and inexpensive. Paint, new fixtures, and thoughtful re-organization figure heavily into many of these ideas. A few dollars for a self-installed thermostat saves hundreds in the long run. Brick and cabinets can be painted. Or you can spend a bit more for a pantry unit that wraps around your refrigerator or for an all-out bathroom makeover with a frameless glass shower and a drop-in bathtub.
- Before: Half-Sized Closet-Most of us want to have a larger bedroom closet. One problem is that apparently, closets are boxed in on all three sides with walls. Walls cannot be moved. Or can they?
- After: Double-Sized Closet-This homeowner studied her closet and realized that it, like many closets in bedrooms that share a wall with another bedroom, is essentially one closet. A single non-load-bearing divider wall cuts the large closet in half and turns it into two smaller closets. By taking down that middle wall, she instantly doubled her closet space.Double-the-Size Closet Makeover from Ramshackle Glam
- Before: Neglected Kitchen Island-tIf no one is interested in using your home’s kitchen island, it might be because the island is not interesting. Except for being a place to drop the mail and set down groceries, this kitchen island had no redeeming qualities, nothing to draw people to it. On top of it all, the dark kitchen cabinets and pendant lights made this outdated kitchen feel gloomy. San Diego builder and designer Murray Lampert was tasked with turning this kitchen around and making it a showpiece.
- After: Lively Sit-Down Breakfast Bar-With the kitchen island converted to a sitting/eating breakfast bar, guests have a reason to congregate in the kitchen. An added countertop overhang allows guests to sit closer to the bar. The cook’s needs, too, are addressed with a sink installed in the kitchen island. Dated pendant lights have been stripped away in favor of unobtrusive recessed lights. And clean lines are preserved with the counter-depth side-by-side refrigerator.
Source: The Spruce