Smaller budget projects can have a large impact on your home, Part 4
If you have been thinking about some smaller budget projects that can have a large impact on your home, there is an abundance of possibilities. It comes down to what projects best add to the value of your home ot make life more convenient and comfortable the longer you stay in the residence. Here are some suggestions for remodeling ideas in Bay Village or other suburbs in Northeast Ohio.
Adding crown molding
One of the easiest ways to add value and a pleasing visual to your home’s interior is to add crown molding, which serves as a transition between walls and ceiling. The eye naturally goes toward that location, making it a prime spot to show off architectural accents.
There are many premilled crown moldings, and several materials. If your tastes are toward tradition or if you intend to stain the molding, solid-wood trim is offered in many types, such as oak, ash, cherry or mahogany. These tend to be more expensive than wood composite or urethane, which suffice well if you plan to paint the crown molding.
As far as formal or traditional looks, opt for a layered or ornate style. For a contemporary style, choose something with a simpler, less ornate design.
Doing a closet makeover
If you’ve been considering ideas on how to make over bedroom closet, the first step is to define the “working” area of your closet for clothes you can wear right now—as opposed to those for long-term storage. Keep in mind that most people rotate clothes for every season, so you don’t have to store all your seasonal clothes in one place.
Shoe towers make for an efficient use of your closet space, as do waist-high clothes bars for tops and shirts. Both can make maximum use of the space, but depend on the shape of the closet.
This is another project where the possibilities are endless, so some planning is required. Many storage options use either shelves or drawers, built in to the space. Basket shelving is popular, and less expensive than drawers.
Don’t forget lighting. It’s difficult to sort through clothing in dim light, or light that is blocked by your shadow.
A bookshelf tree brings a focus
If you’re looking for a way to decorate an empty wall, a bookshelf tree will definitely become the focal point of the room.
Once a feature usually assigned to children’s rooms, a bookshelf tree likely will add a bit of whimsy to a bedroom, living room or office.
They add an airy feel to any room, and their limbs and many branches make it difficult to pack them to the maximum with books and knick-knacks.
It’s essential to view many bookshelf tree designs so you can choose an attractive one for your room. Also consider the type of wood and stain you would prefer.
Building a foyer loft
Some houses may have a two-story foyer that creates a lot of openness while sacrificing usable space. One answer is to build a foyer loft. This type of loft will create a workspace or playspace—the possibilities are many. It’s a great spot for a child’s nook in a house with few other possibilities.
The basic plan to is to construct the loft on the same level as the second floor, thereby allowing access. An elevated walkway is built level to the stairway landing. Many two-story foyers already have a window or windows near the ceiling, so illumination is not a problem.
Your contractor can review the space to determine if a floor can be built that will hold weight.
Hiding your exterior A/C unit
If your exterior A/C unit is a bit unpleasant-looking, a wooden enclosure or fence is a practical way to dress it up. The unit takes in outdoor air and releases warm air from inside the house. That’s why proper ventilation is important.
Manufacturer recommendations differ, but a good rule is to allow 2 feet of space between any wall and the cabinet. In addition, a minimum of 4 to 6 vertical feet is necessary.
Wooden fencing with narrow slits is attractive, as is an enclosure of boards with a weathered look. With the latter, proper ventilation is more critical, and an open bottom would help assure this. Also, consider how access can be achieved for maintenance purposes—a gate would be one solution.
When it’s time for you to review some remodeling ideas in Bay Village or other communities, contact the design and construction experts at Sciarappa Construction. Just call (440) 930-2882 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are located at 32961 Oak Pkwy., Avon Lake, OH 44012, and have more than 40 years of combined experience in remodeling within the Bay Village, Avon, Avon Lake, and Greater Cleveland, Ohio areas.
Sciarappa Construction, a family-owned and operated full-service construction company, offers services including new home construction, subdivision, development, apartment, and existing home and commercial rehab, plus general contracting and construction management.