This summer, many people will be having a “staycation” rather than traveling to an exotic country. Extremely hot weather is expected across America and Europe for the next few months, and this can mean that there is less need to spend considerable sums of money to enjoy scorching temperatures and long, hot days. Staying at home or having a vacation in your own country can be far more beneficial for your financial situation. It may even lead to having surplus funds that can be channeled into some meaningful home improvement projects. In this article, two such renovation projects will be discussed. Each of them adds a meaningful upgrade to your home and may also increase the value of your property.

Garage Gym 

It is estimated that the average cost of annual gym membership in America is between $500 and $700. Many people enjoy going to the gym but find that the traveling time and the need to plan for a visit can make it difficult to go on a regular basis or at short notice. A far better solution is to convert your garage into the ideal home gym. This renovation is relatively easy to undertake and will give you a dedicated fitness area where you can enjoy a workout with minimal preparation time. When renovating your garage into a home gym, there are several key considerations. Firstly, it is likely that you will need to upgrade your lighting in this space. Garages commonly only have one light, which will not be suitable or sufficient when creating a home gym. You will need to install strip lighting across the ceiling of the garage and will also need additional power points for your fitness equipment (such as treadmills and stepping machines). It is likely that you will need to hire an electrician to complete this work. If you live in central Ohio, search online for residential electrician Columbus OH. You will then find a list of professional electricians who can complete the work that will be required. Ideally, choose an electrician who has experience with this type of renovation work and can describe similar projects on which they have worked. With the electrics upgraded, all that is left is to consider repainting the room, invest in some good quality workout equipment and add in some exercise mats. For a final touch, you may consider adding a speaker system and TV so you can work out to your favorite music or videos.

Home Office

Around 22 million Americans work from home during some of their working week. However, not all homes have a dedicated home office. This renovation is easy to plan and complete and will allow you to work with focus on the days when you are working from home. Start by clearing out an underused spare room and investing in a high-quality office chair and desk. Consider repainting the room with light, neutral colors to aid concentration. Ideally, you will want to keep this space free of clutter and in a minimalist design so that you can work effectively without distraction for long periods. Once you have installed a business PC and printer, your home office will be complete, and effective home working will be a reality. This should help boost your productivity, but more importantly, it will create a separation between your home life and work life which makes it easier to turn off at the end of the day.