Get some “wow” with these winter home improvement projectsby Tim Manni
Today marks the official start of winter. For much of the country, winter means frigid temperatures, wind chills that take your breath away, and piles of snow covering your lawn. That, of course, means being locked inside for months while you slowly go a bit nuts with cabin fever.
When you’re looking for a hands-on home improvement project to keep you from going stir-crazy during the cold winter months, these ideas from top contractors could provide the sanity you need.
If you choose to go the do-it-yourself route, builder and real estate broker Brett Kulina of Missoula, Montana, has a few tips. “Look for projects that use pre-finished materials, to avoid fumes, sawdust, and sanding. You also want to look for projects that don’t disable part of your house,” Kulina points out. “Six weeks of kitchen remodeling would be difficult to handle at any time, but especially during the wintertime.”
Spruce up those wood floors
Start by getting to the bottom of things: your floors. The installation of solid hardwood flooring requires sanding and finishing that can’t be done conveniently in the winter. Instead, look into carpet tiles. “They are mostly just peel and stick,” Kulina says. “If you have an existing floor that you are just bored with, they are an easy replacement option. If you ever get tired of them, they are easy to pull up, too.”
A floating laminate floor system is also a good idea. Plastic laminates look like tile or wood floors. They are put together with a snap-and-lock system, which requires no nailing or gluing. The finished laminate runs a few bucks per square foot and can give you a great new look before springtime appears. Other good options include pre-finished hardwood and engineered flooring.
Make kitchen remodeling a breeze
A major kitchen remodel during the winter is not a good idea if you want to hang onto your sanity. But you can pull off several small projects that make your kitchen feel like a whole new space.
Cabinet refacing might be tempting, but what if you want to take a faster route? “You can really change the look of your cabinets with a simple change of hardware,” says Kulina. “For between two and six bucks per piece, you can buy new hardware and easily install the pieces with a screwdriver and drill”…
HSH.com has reached out to a few of the top contractors to give you some home improvement projects specifically catered to the winter season. Be sure to continue reading our article, “Get some ‘wow’ this winter with these home improvement projects,” for more great ideas.