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'Ideal' cost saving ideas to add style to the finish of your home extension, renovation or refur...

Updated: Jul 8, 2023

Here are some more of those 'ever useful'  modest renovation and re-refurbishment thoughts and ideas, suggested by Ideal Home Magazine, that  really can make all the difference to your extension , renovation or modest upgrading plans for your home.

As we at Mint always say, you don't need a large budget or oodles of extravagance to make life more enjoyable and easier at your place. For sure, it can be more about a little considered thought, a smidgen of research and some carefully planned purchases and installation ideas.  Relatively simple steps to  make your home as 'ideal' as you would want it to be!


If you want a power shower, but your water pressure is low and you don't have a combi boiler, there's always a solution. Install a pump to increase water pressure and a thermostatic shower valve to maintain the temperature. There! - that'll get the power in your shower!


Consider adding some high-gloss glass behind a colourful wall panel as a sleek alternative to bathroom tiles. A truly modern and chic update – take it from us!


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

work wonders

A coat of paint can work wonders, but, if your front door has 'had its day', consider investing in a new one to make a great first impression to your home. Various companies stock a range of modern and traditional door designs, and create bespoke models which can make real statement as your visitors 'hit' your driveway!

sewing needle 'whizz'

Unless you are a 'whizz' with a sewing needle or have a fair sum of money to spend, lined curtains can be something of a challenge when it comes to a tight 'extras' budget for your room makeover. Unlined curtain panels are easier to make than traditional curtains and, with no pleats to increase the amount of fabric is less so they will be cheaper, which means you can go for more luxurious options to increase style and panache to your overall finishing effect.

'dream' design

It is always surprising how effective a 'natty' rug can be and the impact it can make to the visual effect of any room. If you’re searching for the perfect rug, there's a whole host of companies who will help you create a rug or carpet to your exact specifications for less than you might expect – get online and have a look around!

'statement' shutters

Shutters really do give a room a modern look and a style lif too! They can surely can make quite a statement for what is a somewhat modest item.  These shutters also provide privacy' and they are 'cool' 'too -  both 'cool' to look at and cool in the way they  filter the light to the room!  There is no problem also  teaming these kind of shutters with light voile drapes or doing away with other window treatments altogether for a minimal, stylish modern overall look.

more light please

The brighter a room, the greater its appeal. As an architectural solution, off-the-peg skylights are so often a relatively inexpensive way to bring light into an otherwise gloomy area where the house layout allows. The Velux company are, of course, leaders in bringing  light into all kinds of unlikely home spaces with their famous skylights

We at Mint are, of course, always happy to discuss the many good décor and home improvement ideas that we've come across over the years for you to consider for your new home extension or renovation .

Refurbishment, improvement and extension, Mint offers a full development and finishing service to add value to your home.

Whatever your project plans, feel free to request a no obligation meeting with us to help you plan the improvement , refurbishment or extension of your home.

Contact Mint Builders on 01242 279739 or email

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