With 2021 now in our rear view mirror, it’s time to look forward to updating and enjoying your home in 2022. We take a look at how you can transform your home for less than you think throughout the year.

Do you have a list of things you would love to change in your home? Why not start the year by tackling one or two of them to get a feel-good factor going nice and early in 2022.

From a new front door that welcomes you home in style, to a simple mirror that can transform an entire room, there are many ways to transform your home without making a significant outlay.

One of the best ways to add value to your home is to make ongoing improvements over time. And this way you can also enjoy changes to your home regularly. This is also the best way to tackle home improvements, especially compared to waiting years to make lots of big changes simultaneously.

In this article, we’ll take you through some ideas for what home improvements you can make on a budget and provide a rough cost for each.

Update that old front door

We think improving an old front door is a great place to start when thinking about home improvements. Replacing or refreshing your front door will make a lasting first impression for visitors and provide a warm welcome home for you every time. 

Wooden doors and older uPVC doors often cause significant heat loss from the home, resulting in higher energy bills and CO2 emissions into the environment. Older doors may also be a security risk because they naturally degrade over time. 

A front door with ornate glass design
By replacing your current door with a new uPVC door with proper thermal insulation, durability and weather resistance, you can keep your home warm, secure and energy-efficient all year round.

If you’re looking for a more traditional style of front door, maybe with a nice rustic look, you have a few options, including timber, composite and glass doors. You can also add a sidelight with an elegant decorative or textured glass design.

A person painting a front door with blue paint

But if your budget won’t stretch to a new front door, a fresh coat of paint can work wonders for transforming an existing door too, as can a new handle, door numbers, and letterbox.

A new, repaired or refreshed front door adds a new look to the whole exterior of your home and adds instant kerb appeal. This is a great update to make if you’re thinking about selling your home in the near future too.

Suggested budget

  • Refreshed front door with paint and/or new letterbox, door numbers and handles: Between £150 and £400 (depending on quality of paint and accessories)
  • Replacement front door: Between £1,000 and £3,000 (depending on style and materials)

Refresh or replace interior doors

Over time, the doors in your house may naturally get some bumps and scratches, especially when you have pets and children running around. Your door handles may also become worn and faded too.

Replacing all of your interior doors can provide a new look to the rooms throughout your home and make a huge difference when walking around your home. Combined with a new coat of paint or new wallpaper, updated internal doors will bring back the “wow” factor to any room.

An interior door in a modern home

Of course, replacing all of your internal doors can be relatively expensive, depending on how many doors you have and the materials you need. An alternative and less expensive solution would be to apply a fresh coat of paint to your internal doors (if the material allows) and replace the handles. It’s surprising how a simple change to just the door handles around your home can make such a noticeable and satisfying transformation.

Suggested budget

  • New internal door: Between £120 and £300 per door including fitting (depending on the materials, style, and accessories)
  • Refreshed internal door: Between £20 and £50 per door (depending on the quality of paint and accessories)

Upgrade your kitchen hardware 

You probably spend a lot of time in the kitchen so it’s a great place to start when thinking about transforming the rooms inside your home. A brand new kitchen runs into tens of thousands of pounds. So let’s take a look at other, small changes you can make instead of a single large outlay on a brand new kitchen.

Kitchen splashbacks

A splashback is an affordable and practical way to transform your kitchen in an instant, especially when compared to the cost of tiles which can get very expensive. For example, a tiled kitchen wall would cost anywhere from £50m2 to £450m2 including labour when hiring a professional tiler.

A glass splashback in a modern kitchen
There is a wide range of attractive splashbacks on the market so you’ll have a great choice of colours, patterns and materials to achieve the traditional or contemporary look you want.

Looking for something truly unique? Dare to be different with one of the exciting, special finishes we have available, including rainbow sparkles, metallic finishes, or silver specks. We also offer specialist toughened glass options designed to withstand extreme heat so you can cook in confidence.

Another advantage of splashbacks is that they are not difficult to fit yourself so you can save more money by avoiding the cost of fitting. For example, a simple cooker splashback is something you can fit yourself in a matter of minutes. But, for splashbacks that cover entire walls or areas with an unusual and irregular shape, or those that require cut-outs for plug sockets, we would recommend professional fitting to get the best results and peace of mind.

Learn more about kitchen splashbacks.

Suggested budget

Between £200 and £1,000+ including professional fitting (depending on the choice of materials, cut-outs required and the overall size of the splashback)

Kitchen accessories

Clever accessories and storage features can transform the look and feel of your kitchen for a very small cost. For example, you can bring luxury and practicality to your kitchen by simply replacing the handles of your kitchen cupboards, adding some lighting, and implementing some neat storage ideas.

A kitchen with modern cupdoor doors and long, metal handles
Swapping out old and tired-looking taps, sinks, and handles with updated replacements is a low cost, high impact way to transform your kitchen. They are available in a huge range of styles and materials.

Suggested budget

  • Taps and handles: Between £50 and £450 (depending on the quantity, style, and materials)
  • New kitchen sink: Between £350 and £1,000+ including fitting (depending on the style and materials)

Smart kitchen storage

Kitchen storage drawers and shelves are getting smarter and more user-friendly. From drawers that slide out with the push of a button to rotating shelves that allow access to things that would normally be stuck at the back of a cupboard, there are many exciting options available today that will put a smile on your face. Because it’s the small details that can really make a difference in our day-to-day lives.

Smart kitchen storage including bottle and plate holders

Suggested budget

Between £100 and £400 (depending on the type and quantity of upgrades)

Kitchen lighting

Installing some modern and high-efficiency LED lights is one of the cost-effective ways to create a stunning new look for your kitchen. Perfect for modernising and adding some atmosphere, LEDs can be installed under cabinets, within glass cabinets, along skirting boards and various other places throughout your kitchen. 

A modern kitchen with downlighters

Of course, updating your ceiling lights will also make a significant difference, especially if you are upgrading to LED lighting. You can select the colour of lights, from warm yellow tones for a traditional feel to a modern, bright white colour with a hint of blue.

And the best part is that you can do most of the installation work yourself to save money on fitting. However, you may wish to call in the professionals for some accessories, such as taps, LED spotlights or ceiling lights.

Suggested budget

Between £80 and £750 (depending on the quantity of lights and installation costs)

Kitchen worktops

New worktops in your kitchen can make a big difference to the look and feel of the room. It’s something you can enjoy and appreciate each time you make a cup of tea or prepare a meal.

A modern kitchen with dark marble worktops

Worktops come in a range of styles, materials and colours, some more expensive than others. You can save money by choosing a simple laminate worktop, which are generally the best value but can create the illusion of a high-cost design. Faux marble is very on-trend right now, and faux wood is a classic that won’t date.

Suggested budget

Between £750 and £2,000+ (depending on size and labour costs)

Spread the light with clever use of mirrors 

The right mirror can transform any room or space in your home. Even a small, well-designed mirror in a bathroom can make a noticeable difference. And mirrors are well known to help make smaller rooms appear larger than they actually are.

A custom bathroom mirror in the shape of pebbles

In addition to offering a range of practical advantages, a statement mirror will make the room look a lot bigger and add a real touch of elegance. A large, high-quality mirror can not only completely transform a living room or bedroom but can also raise the value of your entire property.

A modern bedroom with large feature mirror

Mirrored wardrobe doors are another cost-effective way to make a dramatic improvement to a bedroom. They are perfect for any kind of bedroom but especially ideal for small or cramped spaces.

A modern bedroom with large mirrored wardrobe doorsSuggested budget

  • Mirrors: Between £150 and £300+ (depending on size)
  • Bespoke statement mirrors: Between £400 and £850+ (depending on size, design and installation cost)
  • Mirrored wardrobe doors: Between £750 and £1,500+ (depending on size, style and installation cost)

Replace old blinds

Broken or tired-looking blinds not only let a room down in terms of appearance but are also frustrating to use. However, new stylish and durable blinds from brands you trust may not be as expensive as you think.

You can choose from a range of classic Roman blinds or simple blackout blinds to keep costs low. These will still brighten up any room and make your life easier when it comes to shutting out the night or letting light in when morning comes.

A Modern kitchen with pulldown blinds

There are plenty of other types of blinds available if you are able to spend a bit more, including elegant aluminium designs and even modern motorised options you can control with an app.

Suggested budget

Between £75 and £400+ per room (depending on the number of windows, size of each window, material, style, and installation cost)

Talk to the experts

If you want to discuss some exciting home improvements you would love to make in 2022, simply get in touch with one of our friendly and knowledgeable home improvement experts. They will be happy to discuss the best way forward to help you improve your property. Call 01674 676158 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Happy New Year and all the best for 2022!