If you’re on a mission to get your finances in order, slash unnecessary spending, and living an altogether more frugal life, then you might think that home improvements need to be taken off your agenda altogether.
Though it’s true that splashing the cash on costly furnishings is unlikely to help you to achieve financial freedom, it’s important to recognise that your home is where you spend most of your time. It’s where you bring your family together, and you deserve for it to be a space that’s welcoming, cosy, and a reflection of your personality.
With all this in mind, I’ll be making some updates to my home next year. This is what I’m planning…
Adding a lantern roof
I love having natural light spilling into our home, but the position of our house means that it’s often quite dull and dark, especially in the winter months. This is exactly why I’m going to add an aluminium lantern roof to my living space.
They can be installed on almost any flat roof, and give a great feeling of light and space. Though this kind of update requires a fairly significant investment, it’s a price I’m willing to pay for the transformation. I’m also confident that it’ll add value to my property, and will prove to be a great selling point if the time comes when we want to move.
Finding unique pieces in charity shops
I love nothing more than a good old rummage through a charity shop, and I’ve made it my mission for 2019 to find some beautiful old pieces of furniture that I can put my own stamp on. I’m dreaming of finding a big oak dining table that I can lovingly restore to tip top condition, so it’ll become a real focal point in our home.
I’m a massive advocate of favouring experiences over things, and so getting together at meal times is really important to us as a family. I’ll also be keeping my eyes open for unique pieces of cutlery and tableware along the way.
Improving my DIY skills
It’s no secret that when it comes to upgrading your home, one of the most significant costs is the labour. Getting a professional in is sometimes the only way, but there are tons of things you can do yourself that won’t cost you a single penny.
So in the spirit of becoming more self-sufficient, and acquiring skills that’ll pay for themselves for years to come, I’m going to be learning some DIY. I expect this will definitely be a challenge, so do check back to find out more about the lessons I learn along the way!
I can’t wait to get stuck into these projects and see the end results. As always, I’ll be keeping a firm grasp on my spending and making sure that I get the best possible value for money.
Are you planning to update your home in 2019? I’d love to hear about your plans, and how you’re going to make sure that they fit your budget!