The winter in New Jersey can be long, and the same goes for many other states in Northern parts of the U.S. Some winters are harsher than others, but generally speaking, there are long stretches of time when outdoor activity (apart from recreation) is kept to a minimum.
Home renovation is a perfect example. It’s a hugely popular activity, including both DIY and professional renovations, but activity tends to slow down during the winter – at least in terms of exterior renovations.
Come to think of it, that leaves a lot of interior renovations to consider. Of course, having parts of your home under construction for long periods of time during the winter months can be very inconvenient; but it’s also true that many indoor renovations can be completed by professionals in just a few days. So what are the most popular projects people will be tackling this winter?
1. New kitchen countertops
You don’t have to subject your kitchen to a full upgrade (with all the associated costs) in order to make a big difference. Upgrading the countertops is a great way to enhance both the look and the functionality of your kitchen in a big way. There are many options to choose from, including quartz, marble, granite, soapstone, ceramic tile, laminate, or even wood. Each material has pros and cons, and costs vary widely, so it’s worth doing a little research before you decide what material to use.
2. New lighting
Winter is arguably the time when indoor lighting matters most. Homeowners are spending more time indoors, and daylight hours are much shorter. Consider upgrading the light fixtures in key spaces throughout the home, such as the kitchen, den, or bedrooms. Sunken light fixtures or track lighting can make a room feel brighter, more modern, cleaner, and more contemporary. The best part is that changing out your lighting fixtures doesn’t have to be a long or expensive project.
3. Bathroom upgrades
A nice hot shower or bath is extra-enjoyable during the cold winter months – but many bathrooms are tired, outdated, and ready to be refreshed. The winter is a great time to tackle bathroom renovations because the results can truly be enjoyed. Whether it’s changing out one of your bathtubs for a spacious walk-in shower, upgrading the vanity and light fixtures, or even re-flooring your bathroom, the results can truly make a difference.
One more thing about winter renovations…
The possibilities are endless, and home renovations can be a great way to make productive use of those cold winter days. The fact remains, however, that there is a wide spectrum of quality when it comes to home renovation. Hiring the first contractor you come across may work out well – or it might not! Extra research is recommended to find a truly reputable contractor in your area. Be sure to discuss the specifics of your project and ask any initial questions you may have. Home renovators are often able to give valuable insights, regardless of whether or not you hire them. Good luck with your winter renovations, and enjoy the results!