Top 5 Whole-Home Renovation Ideas on a Budget

Monumental Contractors specializes in remodeling, restoration, and home additions, such as a bathroom or extra bedroom. Although we believe we’re the best for your next remodeling job, we also believe we can and value your home through renovation. 

Our interior designers, painters, and general contractors can give you all the inspiration that your budget can handle. We’ve created a small list of 5 ways to renovate your home on a smaller budget to give you an idea of what we would do.  

What Is the Difference Between Remodel and Renovation? 

When people discuss remodels and renovations they often use the words interchangeably. However, a remodel is completely different from a renovation with many factors to consider. 

A remodel means you are changing the physical structure of the home, like knocking out walls or putting in new plumbing or electrical systems. A renovation is more cosmetic, like painting walls, getting new furniture, or changing out appliances.

Which Room Should I Renovate First?

Without exposing my finances too much, if I wanted to do some renovations to my home, I’d have to pick one or two rooms and save the rest for a later date. I imagine with the uncertainty of the economy, many Americans are in the same boat as me. 

According to some of our most experienced professionals at Monumental Contractors, if you only have enough of a budget to renovate one or two rooms, always start with the kitchen and bathroom

Top 5 Renovation Ideas

1. Updating Paint

Monumental Contractors offers hundreds of colors of paint to update your home. We also offer multiple styles of paint including water-based, oil, and acrylic. Everyone has their own preferences, but we recommend acrylic because it's fast-drying, easy-to-use, and requires less paint for the job which saves you money.

Where Would I Paint First?

The front door of your house is one of the most overlooked places to paint and is actually one of the most beneficial for improving the aesthetics of the home. Think of it like this, what’s the first thing someone sees when coming to your home?

As cliche as it sounds, you only get one chance to make a good first impression. A beautifully painted front door by one of our professionals will surely get you the response you’re looking for.

How Do I Pick the Right Paint for My Home?

When choosing paint for your home, consider the natural light in each room. For example, a row home would have less natural light than a stand-alone structure. Use warmer shades of paint in rooms with more natural light. For rooms with less natural light, use cooler shades of paint.

For large open spaces such as your living room, you have more color options. In contrast, smaller rooms such as bathrooms and bedrooms have less color options. These rooms should be painted in lighter colors such as white, cream, beige or gray. Lighter colors will make smaller rooms feel more spacious.

Living Room Remodel and Renovation with new appliances

2. Add Plants to Your Home

Having plants inside your home will make any room feel cozier. Indoors plants will also improve the aesthetic appeal of your home and are a minimal investment. Don’t have a green thumb? Some easy plants to care for include snake plant, devil’s ivy, spider plants, and succulents.

Monumental Contractors can help with the type of plants that will work best with your home and personal style. For example, if you have a home without a lot of natural light, you’re going to need plants that do well in low light conditions. Our interior designers know which plants will not only look the best, but perform the best and stay alive the longest.

3. Add Better Lighting

Believe it or not, the lighting that you use in your home can make a big difference in the feel of each room. Adding floor lamps or tabletop lamps to your living room or bedroom is an easy and affordable way to add extra light to the room.With today’s technology you can even select lamps that are compatible with smart home features.

For example, some lamps come with smart technology that allows the user to control the light through another device, like a smartphone. One of the biggest issues with most places I’ve lived is the lack of proper lighting in the house.

Most homes have one or two light fixtures that don’t do a great job of brightening up a room. Using day-light light bulbs in your kitchen and living room to add a more comfortable feel to the room. Bedrooms and bathrooms are the direct opposite for most of us, so you should use a low watt light bulb in bathrooms and bedrooms. 

Living Room renovation with new table and decorations

4. Kitchen Upgrades

There are 2 things you can do to your kitchen to improve the functionality of the kitchen for an affordable price, without major remodeling. 

1. Change the backsplash of your kitchen to a modern tile, such as Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) for a backsplash that will be eye-popping to all who see it. According to the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association, you can get a nice LVT backsplash for around $500. 

Have You Heard of 3D Rendering Tiles?

One of the coolest things to hit the contracting world in recent years is the 3D tiles that many companies offer. The 3D tiles are incredible and will be the talk of any room you put them in. The only problem is that it’s very difficult to find 3D kitchen backsplash tiles right now with the supply chain issues. Fortunately, Monumental Contractors can still offer any of our clients dozens of different options to install in your kitchen. If you’re interested in learning more about great kitchen backsplash ideas, call reach out to Monumental Contractors today!

2. Adding a Space-Saving (Faux) Kitchen Island is a great way to utilize the space of small kitchens. There are so many different options for kitchen islands, but there are not a lot of companies that can offer the wide range of selections that we can offer you. 

A small kitchen island on wheels (kitchen island cart) is sold by a lot of major companies, such as IKEA, but the quality is often abysmal. Monumental Contractors always offers the highest quality products to our customers because we want your kitchen to last decades, not 2-5 years. 

Kitchen Renovation with new appliances

5. New Kitchen Appliances

New Appliances are the easiest way to improve the quality of life for you and your family without spending thousands on a complete remodel. The first appliance you should replace is the stove/oven. A new stove/oven is one of the very few appliances in your home that you need.

There are new ovens today that offer you the convection (air-frying) capabilities that everyone loves with self-cleaning features included. Monumental Contractors can get you the deals that you’re looking for and install the appliances for an affordable price. 

Major companies like Lowes and Home Depot install these for you, but our contractors and electricians have decades of experience and all the certifications and licenses needed to install ovens and stovetops. 

Kitchen Renovation with new stove/Oven and new LVP flooring

There are refrigerator/freezer combos that are so technologically advanced that you can tell what’s in your refrigerator from the touch of your phone. There are many companies that make Smart Refrigerators, but there are also a lot of companies that sell subpar appliances. 

Monumental Contractors can guarantee you that every appliance we install for your home will be the best quality and be installed with the utmost attention to safety protocols and regulations.

Why Should I Choose Monumental for My Kitchen Renovations?

There are a lot of costs associated with finding the right backsplash and/or kitchen island, such as materials, support, design, and coordination between contractors and suppliers. Most of the time, you’ll have to hire 3-5 people to get this work done, but not with Monumental Contractors. 

Monumental takes care of all the behind the scenes coordination and paperwork, so you don’t have to. We also offer 3D renderings of the work that we can do for you, so you can see exactly what the new kitchen will look like. 

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