2020 has been a year of uncertainty with many of us spending more time in our homes. Holidays have been cancelled, evenings out have been few and far between as the threat of the virus continues to impact our lives. Christmas and New Year celebrations this year will be different.
If you are stuck at home over the holiday period why not use this time to start planning some home refurbishment work for 2021? From garden makeovers to a new front door, take the opportunity to look around your home to what you could do to keep yourself busy over the next couple of months.
Home Office Space
Many of us have already had to adapt to working from home and this new way of working looks like it will continue well into 2021. If you have been ‘making do’ why not make some changes to your home and create a proper office environment for you to work in. Make sure you chose a location that best suits your working style. If you need quiet and privacy then maybe a garden office or loft conversion to keep you away from the day to day running of your home would work best. You can follow this link to find out more about loft conversions – https://www.self-build.co.uk/how-convert-loft/
If you need to still be part of the household then a corner of the kitchen or utilising the space under your stairs may work better. Wherever you decide, make sure you have enough room for storage, a desk, an office chair and have access to power and the internet.
We had such beautiful weather this year during the first lockdown that many of us spent time in our gardens improving them and growing new things. If you didn’t get round to giving your garden a makeover before why not start making a plan for next year. From raised beds for growing vegetables, fruit and flowers, to putting down decking and building sheds, there’s plenty of things you can do that don’t have to cost a fortune. With a little bit of inspiration and creativity you’ll have a garden full of edible delights, smelling beautiful and looking fabulous.
If you’re thinking about moving or haven’t looked at your home from the outside recently this is the perfect time to sit back and view it through the eyes of a stranger. Maybe your front garden needs a little love, some new flowers or borders dug over. If you have a wooden front door, does it need a lick of paint to spruce it up, or maybe even invest in a new composite front door? Is your guttering in good working order? If you have cast iron downpipes and guttering, check them over to make sure they don’t need replacing or repairing.
Always remember before starting any home improvement project that it’s always a good idea to call in a professional tradesperson when needed. If you need to do any work that involves electrics, plumbing or gas for instance, it’s best to get the professionals in. The Checkatrade website has a directory of trusted and recommended trades who have been vetted and monitored in your local area – https://www.checkatrade.com/