The beginning of the year is a time of changes and new attitudes. Therefore, many people take advantage of this renewal climate to make changes at home. If you want to say goodbye to some problems in your home, know that there are ways to do a cheap and very efficient renovation.
With a few simple tricks, it is possible to have incredible effects at home, transforming the decor and even the environments’ layout. Is it decided that this year you will renovate the house? Then read on and see the tips that we have separated not to blow your budget!
Plan the renovation first step towards cheap retirement – and without a headache – is planning. Without this step, you may end up buying more items than you need or even making changes that bring more problems than benefits.
So, if the idea is to make significant reform, start planning these interventions. Hire an engineer or architect to set up a project of what will be changed, considering your home’s structural issue and other items that may interfere with your renovation.
Remember that not everything you want to do can be effectively accomplished. After all, it is necessary to consider the characteristics of the construction and its limitations. Tearing down walls and creating open concepts is very much sought after in the renovations. Still, an engineer’s endorsement must avoid removing a supporting wall and ending with the collapsing construction.
The planning will help you set up a budget and a construction schedule in addition to the structural points. With the professional’s help, it will be easier to understand what steps will be taken and the need for material in each of these phases.
Based on the schedule, list all materials used, and start researching their prices, negotiating with suppliers.
Analyze the cost-benefit you sure that retirement is the best alternative? Before making any intervention, put everything on paper and analyze how much it will cost you and how much it will bring benefits (including property valuation).
If you are going to renovate an old house, remember that the costs may be higher than anticipated since you cannot say that everything will go as expected. It is possible that, when starting the renovation, you notice the need to make other changes, which may make your renovation more expensive.
Either way, this is an excellent opportunity to improve your home. For example, using more modern and safer building materials, optimizing environments, investing in more functional and cozy finishes, and transforming your home – making it according to your wishes, style, and personality.
Renovate one room at a time
If you are going to renovate the house by living in it, you must have twice as much organization. Remodeling one room is the main tip in this regard, avoiding the mess and suffering from excessive spending.
There is nothing worse than starting a retirement, running out of money, and having to abandon it in the middle. Imagine if you start renovating several rooms in the house and the money runs out? You will have to live on a construction site for months.
So, plan to renovate one room at a time, thinking about the budget available for each intervention.
Prefer simple modifications
As we said in the introduction, you don’t have to spend a lot to transform your home. There are ways to make a cheap renovation and still leave your home different.
Small modifications are already able to bring very visual and decorative effects. For example:
- use adhesives for kitchen or bathroom tiles (avoiding changing the entire covering );
- paint the walls a new color;
- adhesive furniture or appliances (such as refrigerators);
- use adhesive pads for covering the box area or for some detail in the kitchen;
- paint wooden furniture, such as stools or kitchen cabinet doors;
- paint the tiles with their paint;
- create furniture with pallets or other recyclable objects, such as concrete blocks ;
- reuse old furniture and give it new functions (a nightstand becomes a minibar, a chair becomes a side table, etc.);
- invest in a good lamp or chandelier for any room in the house;
- improve the decoration of the environment (hang new pictures, use a new rug, invest in blankets and cushions with different prints, etc.);
- Apply wallpaper in one of the rooms of the house.
These are ideas that do not require large investments (many of which you can do yourself). However, the cosmetic result is quite large and capable of totally transforming the environments, giving them a new look and even more functionality.
Invest in the floor to floor
Even with these changes in decor, are you still not satisfied and need to change the floor? Know that there are alternatives to break-breaking, making your renovation cheaper.
One solution that has been used a lot today is floor to floor. Instead of breaking the old floor to put a new one, it is possible to apply the coating on the old one.
This helps to save good money, in addition to eliminating the need for break-breaking, dirt, and debris generation.
But care must be taken to ensure that this procedure will work:
- analysis of the load-bearing capacity of the slab (if you live in an apartment or change the top floor of a two-story house);
- leveling the surface if the floor is not entirely smooth and straight (it will be necessary to use a self-leveling putty);
- The type of flooring you want to install. The most suitable are vinyl and laminate for the floor to floor, but it is possible to install ceramic and porcelain tiles.
It is also essential to assess how old the floors are. If they have problems with humidity or others that compromise their state of conservation, the technique is not indicated – and it will be necessary to remove the old floors to install the new one.
Create drywall or OSB walls
Instead of removing walls, do you want to build new ones and isolate individual rooms or divide them? An idea of inexpensive renovation is to bet on different but equally safe materials, such as drywall and OSB boards.
Drywall is a modern civil construction technology that replaces traditional masonry walls made of brick or blocks. This is the most used technique to build walls and ceilings in Europe and the United States and gain more space in Brazil thanks to its economy and practicality.
The drywall walls have a galvanized steel structure and high-strength plasterboard that are screwed on both sides. They have precise measurements and are designed to safely support various devices such as doors, cabinets, shelves, etc.
In addition to being a cheaper option, drywall does not make dirt. It is quick to make and generates very little debris.
Another option is OSB (Oriented Strand Board) boards made from strips of wood – usually leftover from cutting and treatment processes in factories. They offer a good thermoacoustic insulation capacity, making the environments cozy, easy, and quick to install and have a much more attractive price.
Replace the glass with polycarbonate glass is a material on the rise, appearing on room dividers, roofs, and various other applications. But if the idea is to have a cheap renovation, this is certainly not the most suitable material, since it is usually quite “salty”.
An interesting option is to replace glass with polycarbonate. Its appearance is very similar to that of glass, but it is more resistant and flexible, can be used in various functions and spaces, and its lightness and low cost.
You can use polycarbonate on doors and room dividers (because they are also transparent, but not as much as glass, reducing exposure) and even on roofs, as in pergolas.
Research the prices of building materials
Generally, the materials most used in a renovation are finished. They are also the ones with the highest prices – and a wide variation from one establishment to another.
If the idea is to do a cheap renovation, planning is essential. Make a list of everything you will need at each stage of the renovation and research the prices.
List in several establishments, compare brands, and understand the differentials of each material. When saving, always consider cost-effectiveness. It may be more advantageous to pay a little more in some situations if the product has longer durability or an extended warranty, for example.
Transform environments with cobogó
Cobogó is a genuinely Brazilian element that can help transform spaces in your home without spending a lot. It is a structure that allows ventilation and a little light to pass through.
The structure was born in Recife, in 1929, as a solution to alleviate the climatic conditions of tropical countries. The hollow blocks that form the cobogó allow, at the same time, to raise a wall and control the incidence of light without sealing the entrance and the air circulation.
Today cobogó can be found in a dozen materials, such as concrete, glass, iron, wood, etc. You can use it internally, to cover walls, as a room divider, or to transform your home’s facade – forming different designs.
Reform the doors
Replacing the doors is not conducive to a cheap renovation; after all, these items tend to have a very high price, especially if their size or the opening is outside the standards.
An alternative to reduce costs is to take advantage of the doors you already have. To give them a new life, they need to be sanded and painted in a new color. In a single day of work, your house will have doors like new – and without having to invest heavily in it.
As you have seen in this content, making a cheap renovation without it means poor quality or headaches. With proper planning and knowledge of new materials and techniques, you will be able to leave your home as you wish, without weighing your pocket.