Valentine's Day is upon us, and what better way to say "I love you" than with a little home renovation or maintenance? Anybody can pick up flowers, chocolate, or event tickets, and while these are all delightful, why not be unique and thoughtful? The following are some ideas which you can give the lucky person in your life, and which we will be expanding on in upcoming blogs.
1. Interior Home Maintenance
Perhaps the simplest, fastest, cheapest way to say "Be Mine" with your toolbox. No, I’m not talking about stringing pass-through sockets on a wire and shaping it into a heart, although, really, who wouldn’t want that? I’m talking about all the little ways to spiff up the interior of your dwelling, so that it looks trim and runs smoothly. Winter is a great time to do this, so why not do double duty and turn it into a gift? Be sure to check out our upcoming how-to tips in our Interior Home Maintenance blog.
Note: the visual impact from improvements of this kind may be quite subtle if your home is already in pretty good shape. If that’s the case, either leave your tools lying around as a clue, or place a Valentine’s Day card describing all the work you did in the centre of that socket heart! Easy, and fun!
2. A Change of Colour
Sometimes, a change in paint or decor is all you need to perk up an otherwise drab home, and by extension, perk up your love life! Maybe it’s time to get rid of that old red bordello wallpaper with the swirls of black and gold velveteen from the 1970’s? Not to mention the mirror-like reflective ceiling tiles? This may have worked when you and your honey were in your twenties and wanted to make a point with your in-laws without saying anything.
But times have changed and so have you. Why not surprise your partner by painting your walls those colours you discussed last year and never got around to doing? Tuck a few paint colour chips into his/her card to wet his/her appetite if you can’t paint until next week. And, be sure to check out our upcoming blog on A Change of Colour for stimulating ideas.
3. Kitchen Renovations
Kitchens can play a key role in romance. There’s the old saying that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – well, women’s hearts are located in the same place. Plus, research has shown that women in particular find a man doing housework tasks such as cooking, to be very sexy.
Imagine how much sexier you might look when cooking in a beautiful new and gleaming kitchen, where everything works and where the counters, islands and appliances are set up to allow an economy of graceful, efficient motion.
As you place the tantalizing fare on the table set for two, you can dim the lights just enough to make the lit candles glow as you look into each other’s eyes, but not so much that you stumble from the fridge later with dessert – if you get to dessert, that is. Sigh. Anyway, do check out our upcoming two-part blog on 7 Renovation Tips For An Exciting Kitchen.
4. Bathroom Renovations
Remember all those ads for romantic getaways in the Poconos that showed swooning couples “relaxing” in heart-shaped tubs within over-the-top bathrooms? You don’t have to go as far as heart-shaped tubs (or as far as the Poconos for that matter) to have a fabulous bathroom that makes the heart sing!
What dear one could fail to be impressed by the promise of flattering lighting, roomy tubs, heated flooring and towel racks (or even just wall tiles that don’t fall out all the time, showing ugly grouting and mildew)? Check out our upcoming blog: Do’s And Don’ts For Bathroom Renovation for ideas to turn your bathroom from one of the most useful rooms in the house to also one of the most soothing.
Note: Renovations can range in price depending on your desires, just like expensive jewelry. Why not package them the same way? You could make a coupon for your beloved, fold it up and put it in a jewelry or watch box – you know, the little velvet covered type of box – and then – ta daa – the unveiling! I’m sure they won’t be disappointed when they open it. Really.
What the romantic Ottawa renovation professionals at McArthur Construction can do for you
- Free evaluations and estimates for interior maintenance and repairs
- Free evaluations and estimates for bathroom and kitchen renovations
- Suggestions on hotels a lot closer than the Poconos to stay in, or places to send the kids, while renovations are underway. Heck, send the kids away anyway.
- Advice on the best chocolate types to go with different renovation projects
- Help with your socket heart
Contact us for more information on how we can help. It would be our pleasure to assist you! (And, on a final note, don’t forget to have chocolate as a backup plan. It couldn’t hurt!)
Happy Valentines Day!