While the economy seems to be recovering many of us still do not have the necessary budget to tackle major home improvement projects. However there is a more strategic and affordable approach to remodeling – refreshing rooms and undertaking small projects one at a time. This new do-it-yourself (DIY) movement is growing rapidly, and goes beyond quick fixes and simple décor updates. It actually involves a completely new mindset. This concept is so relevant it has been identified it as a new home improvement trend: “Remodel Lite.”
“In its essence, the Remodel Lite consumer is one who wishes to refresh a room with only a few items – and with a minimal investment,” said Jack Suvak, director of market research and insights, Moen. “But at the same time, they still have the mindset of a remodeler – they want their home improvement project to make a significant impact on their home, in terms of both style and functionality.”
For homeowners seeking to incorporate the Remodel Lite approach into their next home improvement project, Moen’s Jack Suvak offers the following tips:
Begin to Dream Again
Just because you might be short on funds doesn’t mean you have to be short on inspiration. In these trying times, it’s okay to continue to have pie-in-the-sky home improvement dreams… but also understand that even small projects and purchases can help you slowly inch toward your goals. With just a few updates around the house, you can quickly move from survival to revival.
Take a page from the fashion industry and realize the power of accessorizing. You can easily transform the look of any room with a few key pieces. But in this economy, choose items that can multitask to make the most of your investment. Examples include an ottoman that doubles as storage and/or seating, or a flip-top sofa table that can open up to be used as a buffet or desk.
Don’t neglect your sense of style while you’re watching your budget. You can simply dress up the basics with your personal style by adding a stunning statement piece. And many times, you don’t even need a tool box to add a touch of style – try a new area rug, piece of inexpensive artwork or a collage of family portraits. Hispanics may be interested in adding pieces – decorative, functional or both – that celebrate their heritage and countries of origin.
The Everyday Touch
Rather than spend your hard-earned dollars on a vase or piece of artwork that you only use at the holidays; invest in items that you see and touch every day. For Hispanic families, the kitchen is a focal point, used not just for cooking and eating, but also as a social gathering area. To that effect, the perfect example is a kitchen faucet – it’s something you use multiple times every day, and can truly be the ideal finishing touch to a Remodel Lite kitchen project.
When selecting a new kitchen faucet, look for a high-arc style with pulldown functionality. Models, such as the Moen® Anabelle Eco-Performance faucet, feature this unique design – with the added benefit of up to 32 percent water savings. Day-by-Day, One Step at a Time
Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to tackle a number of projects at once. Rather, start with one primary project, even if complex, and turn it into smaller more manageable jobs. Start with the rooms you and your family use most – typically, the kitchen, master bathroom and master bedroom.