You can save energy, add value, and make your house look nicer by trying out a few of these DIY window renovation ideas.
Increase Home Value (and Square Footage) with a Dormer Window in the Attic
A dormer window in your attic will make it a more functional space. Not only will it improve the aesthetics of the outside of your house, but you could possibly make a vast improvement to your property’s square footage. By spending a relatively minor amount of money, you can boost your home’s worth and gain useful extra room.
To Make Rooms Look Nicer, Buy New Blinds and Replace Window Treatments
Improve your window’s appearance by replacing any worn or damaged window treatments. In addition to ordinary wear and tear and damage from accidents, being constantly exposed to sunlight often leads to fading, bleaching, or other discolorations.
Getting rid of old or damaged blinds and installing new, modern blinds can really spruce up your windows. Over time, window treatments may become dull, cracked or bent after years of abuse from children, pets or other accidents. The simple act of replacing blinds is one of the easiest and most affordable updates you can perform. It is easy, and your new blinds will make your windows shine!
Sub-Tip: Before Buying New Blinds, Measure the Window!
Make sure you get the right measurements for blinds before purchasing or installing them. If you don’t, you could end up with blinds that you aren’t able to install. There are many sizes of blinds and some go on the interior while others go outside of the window.
Make Your Own Window Screen
If you’re unable to find an adequately fitting window screen, you can easily make your own. All it takes is a framing kit, which can be assembled to fit any size window and then installed with simple tools and cord. Window frame kits are customizable to various sizes and are inexpensive to use.
Some windows may require a special type of screen, but attaching an external screen is easy with adapters. Although certain windows require a certain screen, often you can use these easy-to-attach window screen adapters to easily put in an external screen that fits all windows.
To Save Energy and Keep Warm Inside, Put Glaze on Home Windows
Surprisingly, it’s been estimated that homes lose as much as 20% of their energy through their windows. One way to make your house’s windows more efficient is by having a second glaze added to them. The energy savings with just this step can be significant, especially during the hot summer months or the coldest days of winter. You may well see the difference in your heating and cooling bills right away. You will also notice greater comfort in your living space.
To Save Energy and Keep Cool Inside, Tint Your Home’s Windows
Is your home too hot and bright on sunny days? If so, tint your home’s windows. Tinting your windows is quite easy and in many cases can be done by the average homeowner. This is also a great way to reduce energy costs, as well.
Seal Home Windows and Baseboards to Keep Bugs Out
Stop bugs from entering your home by sealing cracks. Apply caulk around windows and base boards. After caulking, your home will have an air tight seal which will prevent bugs from entering your home.
The home energy cost savings from just these few DIY window improvement suggestions are especially relevant during the peak of midsummer warmth or the depths of midwinter chill. This potential way to reduce heating and cooling bills, along with the potential to add value to your home, could have significant financial benefits for a variety of homeowners.