7 Best low-cost apartment renovation tips
You’ve finally decided to have your apartment renovated, but the problem is you can’t splurge. Good news! Check out Marriott Constructions’ best low-cost apartment renovation tips below to make sure that you won’t go over your budget during the project.
Keep things simple
Keeping your renovation simple is the best way to keep the cost of the project down. Instead of expensive customised shelves and storage, why not get some stylish yet affordable cabinets, chests, or dressers to your bedroom or living room? A storage bench at the foot of your bed, living room, or hallway is another great way to get some extra storage space.
Eschew intricate designs and embrace minimalism instead. You can go for serene Zen minimalism or cool and efficient Scandinavian minimalism — choose whichever suits your personality and budget.
You don’t have to break the bank when it comes to flooring. Hardwoods, natural stone, and marble are some of the priciest flooring materials available for homeowners. But these are not your only options. Ceramic tiles, laminates, and vinyl tiles are great choices if you’re looking for more cost-effective flooring options.
A fresh coat of paint to liven up the room
There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to change the overall look of an apartment. Just look at Italy’s Burano and Cinque Terre, as well as the Mexican town of Guanajuato. Neutrals, such as white and gray, are considered classics for a reason. But you can make your apartment pop with a splash of more modern colours, such as lemon yellow, mint, or navy. If you feel a little adventurous, you can also check out colours such as bold teal, lime green, cobalt, or canary yellow.
Don't skimp on the builder
The worst thing you can do is skimp on labour. Just because you’re on a tight budget, that doesn’t mean that you have to choose the cheapest option. Remember that you and your family’s safety is at stake here, and the amount of money you spend in renovating your apartment is no joke (even if you’re on a budget). Always check your contractor’s qualifications, and always look for references before the work starts.
Try some DIY
Another good low-budget apartment renovation tip is to do some of the tasks yourself. This is great if you’re handy with a cordless drill, circular saw, or even a paintbrush. You can paint your apartment walls yourself, or build your own shelves and cabinets. Just make sure to clear this with your contractor first so as not to interfere with their work.
Upgrade your fixtures
You don’t need to renovate your whole apartment just to give it a makeover. Just update your fixtures and transform your home within hours. Get rid of your grandma’s old-fashioned lamp or the one you bought in 1995, and upgrade your lighting fixtures with something more modern. You can also give your bathroom a quick makeover by replacing your shower (the shower head’s full of calcium deposits anyway), faucet, and towel racks.
Restoration and repairs are the way to go
If you can’t afford to splurge on a big renovation project, then upgrade what you can and restore or repair the rest. That old scratched dining table, for example, can be restored with just a can of thinner and wood stain, and a paintbrush.