This article comes from The Spruce.
When fall comes, thoughts turn inward—to the home’s interior, warmth, guests, and holidays. Fall home projects, then, revolve around these themes: repairing your heaters, insulating windows, and building an extra bed for holiday guests. If you’re looking for some projects, try one of the below, which are perfect.
Stay warm and toasty this fall and winter by insulating your windows early on. This fall home project can compensate for window units that have lost their argon or krypton gas or for windows with gaps and cracks around their sides.
Insulating windows is a multi-pronged approach that uses expanded spray foam for large gaps, caulk for small gaps, and clear window film across the face to prevent drafts. Once complete, add extra insulation with thick thermal curtains that also serve to block sunlight and keep bedrooms darker.
Banish fall and winter cold from small spaces such as bathrooms and bedrooms with an electric wall-mounted electric heater. These handy devices provide instant-start heat, and their fans distribute the heat throughout the room.
If you have one already installed, you know its merits—but it might have stopped working or be operating at less than full capacity. Rather than replace your wall heater, repair it by yourself. Because electric wall heaters are simple, the repairs, too, are simple and require only basic tools that you may already have on hand.
In the autumn, a window seat is a cozy perch for you with a cup of cocoa or tea, and perhaps a feline friend. Window seats are perfect for capturing every available ray of light in those darkening months, especially after daylight savings ends.
The secret to keeping this fall project on the easy side is incorporating prebuilt wall cabinets of the type used above countertops in kitchens. Inexpensive wall cabinets can be hacked to form the heart of the window seat system.
Just what you need to contain those shoes and boots: a bench seat near your front door, hallway, or foyer. The beauty and the economy of this bench seat is that it uses basic one-by-eight lumber for much of its construction, with reclaimed wood, distressed wood, or any similar wood as the top seating board. Slats along the bottom of the bench seat hold two or even three pairs of shoes, elevating them over the floor to promote airflow and water drainage.
With a trip to the home center in the morning, you’ll be able to finish this bench seat in the afternoon.
Where to put your guests is a perennial problem when fall and winter roll around. These are the holiday seasons, after all, and the joy of having guests stay in your home is undercut when you are concerned about sleeping arrangements. Instead of putting up guests in sleeping bags, build a Murphy bed.
A Murphy bed folds upward and locks in place to stay out of sight for most of the time. When it is needed, the Murphy bed tilts down—mattress and bedding materials included. Even if you don’t have house guests very often, a Murphy bed expands your home by turning a bedroom into a home office, exercise room, or hobby room.
Building a firepit in your backyard helps you extend your living space to the outdoors during the chillier fall months. Easily scalable, this backyard project can be as simple or as complex as you like. Use inexpensive retaining wall blocks and square concrete pavers for a fast, one-day build. By late afternoon, you’ll be piling wood in the firepit, and roasting marshmallows by early evening.
Before buying the materials, be sure to check with your city or housing association to make sure that open wood fires are allowed, as some localities forbid or restrict them.
If you have been staring at your ceramic tile’s mildewy, dirty, or otherwise ugly grout, fall is a great time to change it out. The first order of business is to remove the grout—a job made so much easier when you buy or purchase the right tools, such as an oscillating multi-tool.
Once you have the grout removed, it is fairly simple and fast to squeeze new grout into the seams with a rubber tile float. Clear the cloudy tile face with a haze remover, seal the grout, and you’re good to go.
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