The Man’s Kitchen

Get expert decorating ideas, watch H&H TV, see inside celebrity homes, find how-to tips, DIY projects, small spaces and kitchen makeovers. Add value to your home with these seven tips to property improvements and how to fund them. We love seeing the upcycling projects of Jen and Grant in their 1890s Manchester house. Relocating a downstairs bathroom usually involves sacrificing one of your bedrooms (or a section of the largest bedroom and building a new stud wall and door), and reorganising the plumbing, electrics and soil pipe. It’s a project that can take months if you don’t coordinate contractors properly.

House plants are this season’s hottest accessory and there is a plethora of planter options available from any decent homewares store. But a hand-made fabric planter could become a talking point accessory for your home. Hand-printed textile outfit 29 Bride Street, run by friends Liz Walsh and Monika Gleeson , is offering a three-hour sewing session that will show you how to make one of its fabric buckets, a structured idea that uses Irish linen printed in one of the girls signature motifs; Hundreds and Thousands or Block. You are shown how to give the fabric structure by building a base and interlining its ‘walls’. The class, which takes place upstairs at The Constant Knitter, on Dublin’s Francis Street on Saturday, September 29th, costs from €55 to €75, depending on which size planter you would like to make. If you’re not green fingered you can use the bucket cum planter to house jewellery, keys or kids toys or face cloths. The small size form will fit a basil-size pot.

However, to get access to these rebates, you must first pay for and complete a home-energy audit—a test that will tell you how energy efficient your home is (or isn’t) and then provide a list of upgrades. The audit is done in two parts (before and after) and can cost anywhere from $200 to $1,000, depending on your city, your home and the company you use. Once you’ve completed and paid for these improvements, you can submit receipts and paperwork to various rebate programs. Depending on what you’ve done, you could get as much as $10,000 back, just keep in mind it could take up to a year for the money to come in.

Renovations: We reveal the top home improvements and how much they could boost your property price by. A simple method for increasing your property’s asking price is making some home improvements to your house. If you’re doing extensive renovations, consider making upgrades with energy efficiency in mind. Upgrades, like insulating the basement or upgrading windows and the home’s furnace, can help you qualify for municipal, provincial and federal rebates that can quickly add up.

Building form that suits the climate improves thermal comfort and influences subsequent decisions about how and where you position new rooms, connect them to the existing house and adapt existing spaces. Keep in mind that the money for the home improvements goes into a separate escrow account that’s used to pay the contractor directly. You don’t have access to those funds like you do with a home equity loan or a cash-out refinance.