Show the one you love just how much they mean to you this Valentine’s Day with a great home improvement gift. No simple tool upgrade or do-it-yourself book will do– this year really knock their socks off by transforming a room in the house.
Turn a Closet into a Home Office
Give your spouse the work space they’ve always wanted by turning that extra closet into a home office. It sounds crazy but it’s totally possible. You’ll have to remove the closet pole in order to install shelving and a desk that attaches to the walls.
Keep things organized with rolling storage units that slip underneath and plenty of boxes and baskets that can be tucked above. Finish it off with a few eye-catching accessories and a cozy chair.
Make a Bathroom into a Spa
Pull your bathroom out of the doldrums by transforming it into a spa. Your honey will delight over a newly installed steam shower or a whirlpool tub with a waterfall component. Switch out the standard light fixture and add mood lighting with a pretty chandelier.
Paint the walls a calming neutral color and give the room a hint of sparkle with glass tiling in the shower or along the counter top. Show off the redo with candles, fluffy towels and a bubble bath for two.
Turn a Basement into a Home Theater
Grant your partner’s ultimate wish and convert the basement into the home theater of their dreams. Start by making the room acoustically sound with right the insulation, drywall and floating floor. Install lush carpeting and paint the room a dark hue.
Choose a high-end plasma television or opt for a movie screen and projector. Add cozy movie theater style seats and a wicked surround sound system. Debut the room by screening a flick the two of you can snuggle to.
Transform a Free-Standing Garage into a Yoga/Meditation Studio
The one you love has been dying for their own private yoga/meditation studio. Empty out that free-standing garage and make it a zen den. Insulate the walls– you want them to stay warm while they relax. Install natural hard wood flooring and throw down an organic sisal area rug that they can roll up if need be.
LED overhead lighting that’s connected to a dimmer allows your partner to adjust the mood. Add a shelving unit for yoga mats and free weights. A sleek iPod deck to play calming tunes, soy candles and a trickling fountain are the perfect final touches.
Whether you execute the redo yourself, or hire a contractor, transforming a room your significant other finds drab into something they absolutely adore is well worth the hard work. A gesture this big really shows them how much you care.
By Megan Mostyn-Brown