Winter Home Remodeling Ideas
It can get quite cold in Vienna Virginia over the holidays so here is a list of some Winter Home Remodeling Ideas that are sure to keep you and your loved ones nice and toasty for the cold months to come.
A New/Updated Fireplace
Adding a new fireplace to your living room, or remodeling an existing one, is probably the toastiest thing you can do for your home this winter. This project will add great ambiance to your living space and radiate warmth. Thanks to direct venting, a complex and intimidating chimney system are not required to enjoy a fireplace in your home. Full-scale stone hearth and mantel set-ups can cost upwards of $30,000 but gas-burning fireplaces with drywall surrounds can be built for only a few thousand dollars.
Heat You Feet
Remodeling your home with radiant floor heating systems allow you to set the temperature of your hard surface flooring, ensuring your feet stay warm all winter. The floors are adjustable, able to get warmer in the morning and evenings when the outdoor temperatures fall and to keep the floors at a steady temperature during the day. Professional remodelers can install them in any room of the house although most of the time they are installed in kitchens and bathrooms.
Caulking, Weather Stripping, and Insulation
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a home loses 5 to 30 percent of its heat due to chilly drafts. Remodelers fill corners and gaps with fresh caulking and apply weather stripping on outside-facing doors and windows to stop heat loss. Insulation inside walls can be a contributing key factor. This simple renovation will not only keep your house warm, but it will also save you money on your winter heating bills.
Energy Efficient Doors and Windows
Leaky windows and drafty doors can make exterior-facing rooms colder, draftier and more uncomfortable during the winter. If you feel chilly drafts coming through your living room, dining room or bathroom, it might be a good time to replace those old inefficient windows and doors. Installing new energy-rated windows and doors can increase a home’s energy efficiency profile by 45 percent, also eventually paying for themselves in utility bill savings. Although wooden doors are beautiful, modern steel and fiberglass doors are much more energy efficient. Many people prefer fiberglass to steel because it resists wear and tear better. Fiberglass doors can also be painted and stained for a faux-wood appearance.
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