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Home Improvement Ideas for Winter

Are you waiting for spring to start your home improvement projects? Why wait? There are plenty of improvements you can do during the winter that will give your house — and your spirits — a lift! You may be surprised at how much you can improve the look and feel of your home during the cold, wintery months. Here are just a few suggestions.

Paint

Rejuvenate your rooms with a new coat of paint. A new color can completely change the look of a room. Choose a low or zero VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint to avoid the fumes associated with traditional paint. Consider this year’s Pantone Colors of the Year, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, to brighten up and give new life to your décor.

Replace Your Windows

A professional contractor can efficiently install new windows — even in winter. In fact, it will be easier to get on their schedules during this time. Often, you will find that the cost of windows is much lower this time of year, so you can take advantage of special pricing. You’ll immediately reap the rewards of energy-efficient windows with a more comfortable home and lower energy bills.

If you’re considering new windows, call Oaks Construction at 585.247.OAKS to ask for a free estimate and to get on our schedule.

New Window Treatments

Are your curtains, shades, or blinds really complementing the style of your home? Do you even notice them when you walk into a room? If your window treatments have faded into the background, maybe it’s time to take a look at replacing them.

There’s a multitude of styles, colors, and patterns available in curtains, shades, and blinds. Find something that will wake up your tired rooms!

Replace Bulbs

Replacing old, incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs (light-emitting diode) will save you money and energy over time. LED bulbs, unlike compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), maintain the look and feel of lighting with incandescent bulbs.

LED bulbs typically use 25-80% less energy than traditional incandescents. Over the course of a year, you could save about $75 on energy costs. LED bulbs also have a lifespan of approximately 25,000 hours, compared to incandescents at only 1,000 hours, so you won’t be replacing them nearly as often.

Replace Interior Doors

Many homes have standard doors with no style. Consider replacing them with doors that have raised panels, frosted glass, or embellishments. This is a great way to update the look of your interior and pull your overall room together. Frosted glass doors look gorgeous and allow light through even when they are closed — a nice option for a home office!

While some home improvements will have to wait for warmer weather, these are just a few things you can do to give your home a mini-facelift! Good luck!

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