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Ideas for Home Improvements to Transform Your Interior and Exterior

Do you want improvements for your Massachusetts home that add curb appeal, increase property value, and tailor it to your unique needs and tastes? Many homeowners tend to accept the things they don't like about their property rather than take on an improvement project, but home improvements aren't necessarily the hassle you may be imagining.

You don't have to overhaul your entire house—or even an entire room—to make a big impact on the appearance and functionality of your home. A cleverly chosen home improvement project with the right design ideas, whether it's on the interior or exterior, could really change how you feel about your living space for the better.

Not sure where to start? We've put together some ideas for potential home improvements that will inspire you to dream big. Once you've got a project in mind, rely on Mr. Handyman of Central - Eastern Norfolk County & S.Shore to provide quality workmanship and an outstanding experience, from our first conversation with you to the final reveal of your finished project.

Interior Home Improvement Projects

The interior of your house is where home improvements have the greatest potential to increase your comfort and quality of life. There's a wide variety of options available, but we're focusing on a few potential improvements that make a big difference without remodeling an entire room.

Custom Carpentry

One of the most impressive parts of grand old historic homes is the beautiful custom woodworking elements everywhere you look. From wainscoting to elaborate trim, those details are highly sought-after for their charm and aesthetic appeal. But they don't have to be a thing of the past — our talented carpenters could add custom woodworking details that will make your home one-of-a-kind, such as:

  • Wainscoting & wall paneling

  • Cabinets & shelving

  • Fireplace mantels

  • Built-in furniture such as window seats, trophy cases, & china cabinets

  • Crown molding & other interior trim such as corbels & spindles

It doesn't have to be old-fashioned either. Since it's being created just for you according to your specifications, you could choose any style that best matches your existing decor—such as contemporary, modern, rustic, or minimalist.

Tile Installation

Whether it's in the kitchen or bathroom, on the floor or wall, a new tile installation will have a surprising impact on the look and style of your room. Because tile comes in such a vast array of colors, shapes, sizes, textures, patterns, and materials, a new installation is the perfect way to infuse your home with your own taste and personality—or an opportunity to increase your property value by choosing a classic, neutral style.

The location and the purpose of the tile will help to inform you of what material type is best for your project. For example, glass tiles are too delicate for the floor, but their translucent beauty and huge variety of colors make them ideal for brightening up a room on a kitchen backsplash. Or, some types of natural stone such as marble, while obviously gorgeous, stain easily and shouldn't be used in high-traffic, muddy areas like an entryway.

When choosing tiles, there's another important consideration that many people aren't aware of: how much maintenance are you willing to do? Different types of materials have varying requirements for maintenance. Slate tiles, for example, are strikingly beautiful and could serve as a centerpiece for the whole room, but they need to be sealed regularly to keep them looking their best. Ceramic or porcelain tiles, on the other hand, aren't as flashy and full of natural charm, but they're extremely durable and virtually maintenance-free.

Tub to Shower Conversion

If you're stuck with an outdated shower-bathtub combination and the only time you use the tub is when you stand in it to take a shower, then ditching the tub and using that whole space for a large, luxurious shower stall will bring your bathroom to life. Just that one change will go a long way towards giving you a beautiful bathroom that looks and feels like your own personal spa.

Consider adding features such as a bench seat, recessed cubbies for in-shower storage, and a rainfall shower head that will make you feel like you're in a secluded jungle grotto. Thinking about a full remodel? Be aware of the do's and don'ts of planning bathroom remodeling.

Exterior Home Improvement Projects

Your outdoor living space is just as important as the inside—or at least it could be with the right home improvements. There are outdoor additions and renovations that will make your yard into the ideal place for socializing and enjoying warm weather, and exterior home improvements that offer an opportunity for enhanced curb appeal as well.

Deck & Porch Construction

Grilling dinner, visiting with friends and family, soaking up the sunshine—we wait all year to be able to take full advantage of summer. But if you don't have a deck or porch that meets your needs, or the one you have looks like it's going to collapse next time it's hit by a strong breeze, it's difficult to relax and just enjoy the outdoors.

With our custom carpentry services, we could build you the deck of your dreams from the ground up, with all the bells and whistles to turn it into the envy of your neighborhood. For example, consider a multi-level deck that serves multiple levels of your home with defined areas for cooking, dining, relaxing, and recreation. Other ideas include:

  • Built-in bench seating around perimeter of deck

  • Classic porch swing

  • Custom flower boxes and planters

  • Countertop and cabinets next to the grill for an outdoor food prep area

  • Booth-style dining area

Porch Screening

Are you one of those people who are constantly being attacked by nature's worst insect, the mosquito? When a swarm of those little bloodsuckers arrive, it really brings the outdoor fun grinding to a halt. Fortunately there's a way to avoid them without bathing in DEET: screen in a porch or patio and you'll have a cool, comfy, mosquito-free place to relax outside.

If you're thinking of selling in the near future, a screened-in porch could also increase your property value, even though they aren't generally included in the appraised square footage of the house. That is especially true if many homes in your town or neighborhood have screened porches, because prospective buyers will be expecting and wanting it to be part of the package.

Window Replacement

While window replacement projects may not seem like the most exciting home improvement, they take up a lot of space and are obviously visible from inside and outside, so they do make a difference in how your home looks. There are a lot of options for window styles, so choosing a new style could drastically alter the vibe of the entire house.

It's not all about appearances, though—energy-efficient window replacements might save you a significant amount of money on your utility bill. Windows may look like just a pane of glass, but the manufacturing technology has improved a lot and brand-new windows will usually offer superior energy efficiency, especially if they haven't been replaced in a while.

Need Home Improvement Services?

Whether you're in Walpole or a nearby area such as Duxbury, Milton, or Quincy, you can rely on Mr. Handyman of Central - Eastern Norfolk County & S.Shore for excellent craftsmanship and customer service that goes above and beyond.

Give us a call today at 508-465-2092 to request service or find out more about our dependable, expert handyman services!