We all have those projects that we set aside for a time, because you know, life gets busy. There is absolutely nothing wrong with doing a little renovation at a time; or starting a project only to return to it later. Sometimes a small change is exactly the catalyst needed for us to take a good look at problem area and wonder how to address it. Let’s face it, sometimes we just don’t have the inspiration. Sometimes, we don’t have the budget to renovate as we dream. We had consults with two clients who have run into this situation. Please don’t feel bad, that’s why we’re here. We have found over the years that sometimes a problem area in your home could use a fresh set of eyes. Often, there are simple fixes that won’t break your budget.
To paint or not to paint…
A little paint goes a long way when it comes to freshening up a space. Although we at Marchant Carpentry are not professional painters, we know the right people who can paint to perfection. There are also many of you brave home-owners who are not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get the job done yourselves. For example, an old “orange” oak fireplace mantle was not budgeted to be ripped out and built new, so a little paint was applied. Notice how the orange and reds were toned down just by applying a nice matte- white paint. It dramatically changes the color of the bricks, pulling less red. The wall was also painted a subtle grey colour, and the end result speaks for itself. In our opinion, paint!
Small changes mean big results
We had a client recently who had an old worn out built in desk – you know the ones. They love the way the area functions, but were tired of looking at the dated top. Once again, a small change was suggested, and a new top was created for the desk. For minimal cost an updated melamine was chosen and used to refresh the whole area.
Another small problem area in a home was addressed by Marchant Carpentry, when a client came to us complaining about socks! She had the habit of piling her laundry on top of the machine in an effort to fold it right away. More often then not, a slippery sock would slide to the back of the machine and be found on the floor behind. The Laundry machines were sitting side by side under a beautiful bright window. It was the perfect opportunity to add a counter top over the machines, perfectly fitted to the walls. Guess what? That client reports there are no more missing socks.
Another small change to consider is replacing cabinet doors. You don’t necessarily need to destroy cabinet boxes, you can order new doors with an updated profile. This will have huge impact with a reasonable price tag.
So you see, a small change may just be what you need. No job is too big or small, and not all renovations need to happen at once. Work at your pace, feel free to contact us today for your free quote.