A renowned architect has shared five low-cost improvements you can make without renovating that will refresh the style of your home.
Georgina Wilson, who runs her own business in Sydney, said there are small changes style lovers can make to their home that won’t cost an arm and a leg, but will elevate their space.
She said re-grouting the bathroom would make it look new, and changing the kitchen cabinets could not only change the color of the room, but also solve small problems without replacing the joinery.
Georgina also recommended replacing old light fixtures, getting rid of “haggard” curtains, and covering outdated countertops with granite veneers.
In a videothe architect revealed his “five low-cost, high-impact projects for when you’re not quite ready for a full renovation but need something to tide you over.”
Sydney architect Georgina Wilson (pictured) has shared the five low-cost, high-impact changes people can make around their home to refresh their space without breaking the bank.
First, she said that applying new grout to bathroom tiles can cost a few hundred dollars and have such a “dramatic effect” that it will make the space feel like a new space.
Georgina said these tips are perfect for those who don’t want to spend too much on something they plan to tear down for a renovation in the future, but need to give their home “a little TLC”.
First, she said that applying new grout to bathroom tiles can cost a few hundred dollars and have such a “dramatic effect” that it will look like a new space.
Second, Georgina recommended changing the kitchen cabinet fronts.
“It can be an aesthetic and functional transformation,” she said.
“Not only will this update the color of your kitchen, but it will also solve problems like falling hinges, water damage and doors that open the wrong way without having to update all your joinery .”
Second, Georgina recommended changing the kitchen cabinet fronts. “It can be an aesthetic and functional transformation,” she said.
Another easy change homeowners can make is to replace “old and haggard” curtains with clean, fresh ones. Georgina added that curtains should always reach the floor
Another easy change people can make to their home is to replace their old curtains.
“Removing old, dilapidated, dusty window treatments and replacing them with clean, fresh curtains is an easy win,” Georgina said.
“Make sure the curtain goes all the way to the floor.”
Georgina said she couldn’t “overestimate the impact” that updating lighting features such as new pendants, wall lights or lampshades over existing fixtures can have in a home.
“Number Five Granite Veneer Countertops: These are 7mm thick sheets that are laid over your existing countertops with seamless joints,” Georgina explained.
“Number Five Granite Veneer Countertops: These are thin 7mm sheets that are laid over your existing countertops with seamless joints,” Georgina explained.
“Once installed, it looks like a solid piece of granite. This creates a clean and durable new work surface that is substantial and aesthetically pleasing.
Many interior design enthusiasts were grateful for Georgina’s “great tips” and some shared their own low-cost tips that can spruce up a space.
“Replacement of all old fixtures and cover plates. The new screwless sockets and switches are inexpensive, but they brighten up the space and add an extra touch and clean feel,” suggested one viewer.
“And also new caulking around the kitchen laundry room and bathroom. This gave my very tired and dirty silicone caulk a fresh look by replacing it,” another explained and a third agreed: “Forgot to re-caulk the bathrooms and kitchen; I prepare for auctions and it’s always number one.”
“Faucet fittings are also a good idea,” someone else added.