Not all home improvement projects have to be massive undertakings. There are several easy projects that homeowners can do themselves to take their home from drab to fab. Here are a few of our favorites. 1. Beautify the entryway. The entryway makes the home’s first impression on visitors, so make sure it makes a statement. Paint the door and exterior trim, and add a large plant to enhance curb appeal. Update house numbers and lighting fixtures for a fresh new look. 2. Add character to rooms. This can be done by adding crown molding, picture molding, or baseboards to the walls. This is easier than it sounds; most home improvement stores will cut the pieces themselves so that homeowners don’t have to worry about doing much more than the installation. Updating curtains and curtain rods will give a room a whole new look, as well. 3. Give cabinets a facelift. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way in updating the kitchen to make cabinets look bright and new. For even more of a change, new handles and knobs can be installed on drawers and cabinets. 4. Update that tiny bathroom. It can be difficult to make the most out of small spaces like hallway bathrooms, but a few, quick updates can make a huge difference. A bold paint color will make the walls pop, and adding extra mirrors in unique designs will make a room seem larger. Unexpected design elements can really make a small room come to life. 5. Add wallpaper in unexpected places. Covering a door with wallpaper, or wallpapering the inside of a closet, can add a touch of beauty to an otherwise drab room. Guests will be pleasantly surprised when they go to hang their clothes. With a little creativity, any homeowner can update their space without spending a fortune. [...]

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No offense to bedrooms and bathrooms, but your kitchen is possibly the most practical and necessary room in your home. Remodeling it can be a major home improvement. Springfield, MA homeowners should consider a few basic things before diving into an extensive — or costly — remodeling project. Know What You Need If it's your first remodeling rodeo, it can be easy to get caught up in flashy, trendy features. But marble countertops and LED cabinet lighting aren't for everyone. Take some time to consider how you want use your kitchen. Do you need a state-of-the-art laboratory for culinary experimentation, or do you just need basic functionality? Think about what your current kitchen lacks and build a design scheme that will make your culinary life easier. Keep Your Current Layout Kitchens are more stuck in their ways than other rooms. Ovens, garbage disposals, and other big appliances don't like to move. When you plan a new kitchen, it's a good idea to keep your basic layout unless you're ready for a massive and stressful home improvement. Springfield, MA homeowners will want to design a space that incorporates new features and appliances into their current plumbing and electrical schemes. You can still transform your space with an island, bar seating, innovative cabinet solutions, or any number of sleek, creative redesigns. But messing with the basic skeleton is often backbreaking and expensive work. Get the Pros Involved Sure, it feels good to wield the sledgehammer yourself, but hiring a contractor can save you a lot of stress. The pros don't just have design and building experience — they can also recommend materials and brand names that suit your needs, and they know your local building and zoning codes inside and out. You might be able to handle smaller projects on your own, but a full-scale remodeling is full of stresses and demands that the untrained eye doesn’t always notice. A contractor will foresee your needs and your potential problems from the get-go, helping you to navigate them with ease. Kitchen remodeling is a fun home improvement. Springfield, MA homeowners can start toying with their culinary feng shui with these few basic concerns in mind. [...]

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