Stuck indoors? Get those household projects done PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 10:21
Home Depot employee Scott Staunton shows a popular mosaic tile from the local inventory in Bowling Green. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
With winter already rearing its snowy head, one's mind naturally turns to cold-weather pursuits.
Cocoa by the fireside. Building snowmen. Ice skating. And, of course, household projects.
With people likely to spend less time indoors as the snow flies and the wind whips around, wintertime can prove a valuable opportunity for homeowners to undertake projects that can add value to their residences.
The projects can be anything from improving the look of your home to cutting down on utility bills.
"They update some of their painting and that's when they clean their cabinets," and make other plans, said Carol Tolles, manager of Ace Hardware in Bowling Green.
Kim Beach, an interior designer with Homeworks Decorating Center, also noted that interior painting can be done in the winter, including "just getting things up to date and refresh some things."
"And it seems a lot of people are doing window treatments," like adding blinds, said Beach, "and that can add value as well as they can help the current homeowner" with heating costs.
"They offer really good insulating value."
Flooring projects are also possibilities.
One popular option: "A lot of people are doing engineered woods as well as a product called LVT, it's luxury vinyl tile."
The tile, she said, can be especially valuable in the winter months because it acclimates to the temperature of the room "so when you step on it, you don't freeze your toes."
Julie Iler of Newlove Realty suggested giving some attention to two critical rooms in the house.
"One of the things I would suggest first off is ... go in your bathroom and your kitchen because those are two main rooms in your house that people put an emphasis on" when they consider purchasing it.
Consider changing out faucets for more modern fixtures, updating cabinets and counter tops, and other details.
"Really, counter tops are not that expensive to freshen up a kitchen," she said.
Bob Allen of A.A. Green Realty also suggested work in kitchens and bathrooms, and suggested possibilities for repainting.
"If you are, say, thinking about selling in the near future, say you have colors that might not appeal to everyone. You might what to do some neutral colors for the home. It gives people a better feeling of what they can do to the home.”
Scott Staunton, flooring supervisor at Home Depot in Bowling Green, suggested a variety of winterization and energy efficiency efforts in the home, including hot water blankets to better insulate water heaters, insulating film for windows, and insulating tape for pipes.
Additionally, adding decorative elements can be an option.
Staunton said that one such option is a mosaic backsplash for counter tops.
“That’s kind of a big thing into the home improvement shows right now,” he said.
“It’s not that expensive and just a little bit of elbow grease and you really have a nice project with a backsplash.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:28

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