How to renovate on a budget – 20 ideas

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We show you how you can make stylish update to your home on a budget. Whether you want to upgrade the shower in the bathroom, add a skylight to the bedroom or repair original Victorian hall tiles – we have affordable ideas. Here is just a taster of our top 20 home upgrades for under £1000… we hope you find them as inspiring as we do.

Stairs are often the first thing you see when you walk in a house. Why not update shabby treads with a smart and stylish stair runner. Make a big impact by choosing a striped or bold coloured runner.

A fireplace is a wonderful focal point to any room. There are lots of cast-iron models at reasonable prices and a fireplace complements a contemporary or traditional décor perfectly.

Traditional features such as cornicing are truly invaluable and are often badly in need of some TLC. Often hidden by decades of paint, stripping it off can really bring out and make a feature of the period detail in the room.

You can never have too much storage space, so make the most of every inch with bespoke shelving. Have it fitted in whatever style and awkward sized space you desire, from alcoves, to tricky corners – and every nook and cranny in-between.

You can transform your kitchen in an instant with an affordable worktop such as laminate, and a clever choice of tiles. Mirror expensive tiles on the market and choose ones that give the illusion of a high-cost design.

If you want a power shower but your water pressure is low and you don’t have a combi boiler, we have a solution. Install a pump to increase water pressure and a thermostatic shower valve to maintain the temperature, and get the power in your shower you’ve always wanted.

Add high-gloss glass behind a colourful wall panel as a sleek alternative to bathroom tiles for a modern and chic update.

If you have a dark attic room or bathroom, off-the peg skylights are a relatively inexpensive architectural solution. It will instantly brighten any room and transform any space.

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