Winter Upgrades for Your Minnesota Home

Even though the outdoor temperatures are dropping and winter is coming soon, there are still upgrades you can make around your home that will bring you greater comfort, better energy efficiency, added enjoyment and an increase in value. As experienced home improvement contractors in the Twin Cities, here are some winter season projects that we highly recommend:

Revamp Your Kitchen Cabinets and Counters

You don’t have to gut your kitchen and do a complete overhaul to give it a fresh, stylish look. Instead, do a modified makeover by refacing the existing cabinets, and installing new doors and hardware. Then, exchange your outdated countertop for chic quartz, granite or marble with an integrated sink, replace your older appliances with sleek, new Energy Star-rated models and you’ll have an efficient and elegant kitchen you’ll love to cook and entertain in over the holidays. As an extra bonus, you can expect to recoup roughly 82 percent of the cost in added home value, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2017 Cost Vs. Value report.

Upgrade Your Lighting

Having new light fixtures installed throughout your home is a perfect winter remodeling project when the outdoor temperatures are frigid and there are a few feet of snow on the ground. The latest trends in lighting include retro-looking Edison bulbs with visible filaments, or larger, utilitarian pendant lights above a kitchen island, or recessed lights, small chandeliers or sconces to provide bathroom vanity illumination. For an entryway, living room or bedroom, opt for hexagonal, spherical or cylindrical or other geometric-shaped fixtures. Replacing the fixtures is also the perfect opportunity to reduce your lighting energy consumption by using halogen, light-emitting diode (LED) or compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL).

Address Conditions in Your Unfinished Attic

Improving conditions in your unfinished attic can have a positive impact on your comfort and your budget since heat loss into this unconditioned space can make it more difficult and expensive to heat your home during the winter months. Having sources of air leaks sealed around the perimeter and any penetrations, making sure there’s ample ventilation and boosting the insulation level on your attic floor to at least R-49 can provide appreciable savings on your utility bills, and give you a more comfortable living environment too.

For expert advice about making winter upgrades, or for a free estimate, contact us at Midwest Exteriors Plus, your skilled and reliable home improvement contractors in the Twin Cities area.

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