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Top 10 home improvement ideas for 2021

There’s something about the start of a new year that gets us in the mood for home improvements and renovations. Looking to solve niggling issues such as loose roof tiles? In need of a home clear-out to signal the end of 2020 and the arrival of 2021? Want to make your home makeover or kitchen renovation dreams a reality? Our tradespeople are ready to help. If you’re not sure where to start – scroll down for interior design trends and inspiration for home improvements, including bathroom and kitchen decor ideas.

1. Sort those emergency jobs

Don’t start the new year on the wrong foot. Get those ‘to-do list’ jobs done before bad weather sets in and starts causing problems. Remember to get your boiler serviced and ​protect your pipes ahead of cold January weather.

Frozen pipe

2. Get your roofing done

Snow-covered terrace of houses

It’s not the most glamorous thing to spend your money on, but a well insulated and tiled roof will help keep your home warm and dry throughout the winter months. High winds and storms mean loose tiles can easily lift and fall from your roof, causing damage and leaks. One of our specialist roofers can inspect your roof and let you know what needs replacing.

Looking for a roofer? ​Find a qualified roofing professional by posting your job on Rated People​.

3. Do a deep clean

2021 home improvements: White bathroom sink and gold tap next to skincare products
Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels

Dust off the cobwebs and get your home feeling fresh for 2021. Our cleaners can help with those hard to reach places – whether it’s dirty windows, grubby post-Christmas ovens or bathroom and kitchen grime. Next up: organise cabinets, shelves and wardrobes for a tidy home and tidy mind.

4. Update your bathroom

Dreaming of going to the tropics or to a luxurious spa? Perhaps it’s time to renovate your bathroom instead. Tropical, spa-like bathrooms, are on trend for 2021. Think lots of greenery, natural materials, open walk-in showers and freestanding baths.

2021 home improvements: Bathroom with wood features

5. Renovate your kitchen

2021 home improvements: White kitchen with wood cabinets

Pantone has revealed not one, but two colours for 2021 – Ultimate Grey and Illuminating Yellow – which could look great together, especially in a modern kitchen. We love the sunny optimism of yellow and the balancing, refined feel of grey. If you’re not sure about bright yellow, introduce touches of this adventurous hue in the form of crockery or furniture.

Modern open plan kitchen living room

Looking for a kitchen specialist? ​Find a vetted professional to help you out by posting your job on Rated People​.

6. Spruce up your outdoor space

The ‘new normal’ will continue in 2021 with outdoor socialising and social distancing. Host small groups of friends and family (if rules allow) safely outside in your garden. Add seating, plants and decking to create an inviting space. Tidy up the garden and flower beds and when the darkness and cold sets in, make it cosy with candles, fairy lights, heaters or fire pits.

Outdoor entertaining area with rattan garden furniture

7. Upgrade your driveway or front porch

Paved garden pathway with edging plants

Sometimes the exterior of our homes can get forgotten about. Repave your driveway or smarten up your front porch ready for those doorstep catch ups with friends and neighbours. If you cycle, find a clever way to store your bike. Finally, don’t forget smart security lights and fencing to keep your home safe and sound.

8. Go green

Help the planet and your bank balance with eco-friendly home improvements. In 2021, we’ll see a continuing demand for green home updates. Stay ahead of the curve and think about installing smart heating and lighting, solar panels or better insulation.

House with solar panels and living wall

Are you thinking of making your home greener? Find a recommended tradesperson to turn your home into an eco haven – post your project on Rated People today​.

9. Convert your shed or build garden studio

Remote working is another trend that’s set to continue in 2021. Up your WFH game and turn your shed into a studio or build your dream garden office. You could even convert your garage into a dreamy work space. We love these home offices!

Small wooden garden studio
Garden office

10. Build an extension to create more space

Gym in house extension leading to garden

Reinvent your home and prioritise what you love doing most – watching films, working out, or cooking incredible food – with a home extension. Not only could a home gym, film room or extended kitchen add value to your home, but it could increase your home life satisfaction – especially if you found yourself experiencing cabin fever in 2020. Maximise square footage and building costs with a two-storey extension.

2021 home improvements: Home gym in loft conversion

Dreaming of a house extension? Turn your vision into a reality with the help of a local builder – ​post your project on Rated People today.


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