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Kitchen Renovation Inspiration for 2021

By Inspiration

New year, new kitchen! Home renovation projects usually begin with the new year, and this year is no exception to that trend. We’ve put together a list of kitchen renovation ideas for 2021 to spark your creativity. Whether you’re seeking small changes like color scheme, or a big kitchen remodel, we’ve got many ideas that are sure to spark your inspiration. 

Lighting – Ambient, Natural, Task Lighting

Lighting is a very important aspect that determines the mood of a room. This is the case with kitchens as well.  A combination of both natural and task-lighting creates a welcoming ambience to any kitchen. This can be achieved through properly placed windows and overhead task-lighting. The balance between the two does wonders for the feel of a kitchen.

Accenting – Natural, Warm Hues

Warm hues such as browns, beiges and grey started trending last year, because they remind people of the warmth of a sunny day outdoors. We suggest taking this trend further in 2021 with things like wood textures and brick. Light fixtures with warm golden and copper tones contrasted with said textures further achieve this look. 

Kitchen Islands – Vibrant 

The addition of island counter space to kitchens have long been a popular choice. Now, colorful kitchen islands are trending to bring an extra bit of flavor to any kitchen. They really stand out with white cabinets and other light hues. 

Appliances – Statement Colors

On the note of colorful, vibrant appliances like fridges and ovens can really bring a kitchen to life! When treated like statement pieces it is important to try to make sure all the colors coordinate. Pro-tip: vibrant appliances look fantastic in a kitchen with white cabinets and lots of natural lighting.

We hope this list got your creative renovation juices flowing. We are happy to help you with all of your kitchen and home renovation goals for 2021. Contact us today for a free quote!

8 Hilarious Home Improvement DIY Fails

By Inspiration, Resources

Who doesn’t love a good DIY project? DIY home improvement projects have been particularly popular during the days of quarantine and social distancing as a form of entertainment for so many people stuck in the house. These types of projects can also be great for saving money. However, DIY projects can also be costly and even dangerous if the person doing them doesn’t actually know what they are doing. These 8 hilarious home improvement DIY fails show us that some projects are best left up to the professionals!

DIY Fail 1 – This Stressful Bathroom

Where do we begin with this confusing DIY project? There is a lot going on in this bathroom remodel. We wonder if they left it like this.

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DIY Fail 2 – This Shower Conversion

This bathtub to shower conversion gets points for creativity and an “A” for effort. We would still be weary to use it. Should we take bets on how long this brilliant idea lasted?

Credit – TNI Press

DIY Fail 3 – This Wrong Sized Door

Spoiler Alert: Not all doors are created equal or the same size.

Credit: Reddit 

DIY Fail 4 – This Wrong Sized Ceiling Fan

Another pro tip: Not all ceiling fans are the right size either. Make sure to measure before buying and installing. These poor walls; this looks like it hurt them.

Credit – Imgur 

DIY FAIL 5 – This Perfectly Situated Toilet

We’ve got to give another “A” for effort, but this is clearly not going to work out. We all want more privacy than this!

Credit- Reddit

DIY FAIL 6 – This Unique Sink

Well, that is one way to get the perfect temperature in your sink water. It’s definitely not pretty, and we have no idea how long this homemade contraption will actually work.

Credit: Reddit

DIY FAIL 7 – A Poorly Planned Kitchen Remodel

Someone’s kitchen storage space just majorly decreased. Theres no way they just left it this way…right!?

Credit – Instagram 

DIY Fail 8 – This Failed Kitty Door

Cats can jump pretty high, right? Maybe this person’s cat can jump high enough to make it out. We’d love to watch that attempt!

Credit – Reddit

We hope you got some good laughs out of this hilarious list of home improvement DIY fails. As you can see, some projects are best left up to the professionals. We’re happy to help you with those home renovation goals. Contact us for a free quote today!

Top 4 Home Renovation Ideas for 2021

By Inspiration, Resources

We’ve officially made it to 2021! It’s safe to assume that we speak for most of us when we say a new year couldn’t have been more welcomed this time around. With every new year comes new home renovation and home decor trends. Below is our list of the top 5 home renovation ideas that we strongly believe will trend throughout 2021.

Home Office Conversions

There’s no telling when some of us will return to the office, so work from home spaces are continuing to get more extraordinary. The pandemic has continued to challenge us to discover new ways to maximize every bit of space in our homes, and we predict this trend to not slow down in 2021. We’d love to help you convert unused parts of your home into a home office sanctuary that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Backyard Oases

Spending more time at home doesn’t have to be boring, and an oasis in your own backyard provides quality entertainment. Outdoor kitchens and backyard decks have become all the rage, because they allow even more room for safe social distancing when entertaining at the house. If you want to get extra fancy with it you can add cozy outdoor furniture and drop down screens to protect against mosquitos. Outdoor kitchens, backyard patios and other home renovations that create true backyard oases will continue to trend throughout this new year; we’re happy to help you create your own!

Bathroom Facelifts

The spas may be closed, but you can create your own personal spa with a bathroom facelift. A beautiful bathroom sanctuary can actually help reduce stress. According to a 2020 Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, two in five homeowners (41%) who renovated a master bathroom say they rely on their new space for rest and relaxation. This means that a bathroom facelift can also help you through some pandemic stress! All of these reasons are why we predict 2021 to be full of bathroom facelifts.

In Home Entertainment Spaces

In addition to spas being closed, many movie theaters and entertainment facilities are closed as well. But have no fear — you can create your own entertainment space in your home. Media rooms, home gyms and other in-house entertainment spaces will continue to trend throughout 2021. Now is the perfect time to make your home the fun, functional and relaxing place that you’ve always wanted it to be!

We’re happy to help you with your ambitious home renovation projects any time of the year. If you’ve been waiting for inspiration to make you dream home a reality, contact us for a free quote. We can’t wait to begin working with you and your home!

Goodbye & Good Riddance 2020

By Holiday, Inspiration

The countdown to 2021 has started! The end of the year is always a time for reflection, and with a new year comes hope in a fresh start. I know we speak for most of us when we say how excited we are to say goodbye and good riddance to 2020. This year has been challenging for many of us, so let us toast to a less challenging road in the new year ahead. We all deserve a fresh start in 2021. 

A fresh start in the new year doesn’t have to mean something drastic like moving across the country, a big career change, or even buying an entirely new home; sometimes it simple means completing those pesky house renovations that have been put off for years. Even the smallest projects can go a long way when it comes to re-creating a home space. New year, new you and a new space. 

If you decide that 2021 is time for a fresh home renovation start, then Austin Home Renovations happy to help you with your ambitious home projects any time of the year. If you’ve been waiting for this inspiration to make you dream home a reality, contact us for a free quote. We can’t wait to begin working with you and your home!

All of us here at Austin Home Renovations wish you and your loved ones a happy and prosperous 2021. Thank you for continuing to trust Austin Home Renovations with your homes!

Holiday Joy!

By Holiday, Inspiration

The days are shorter, the weather is cooler, and the city of Austin skyline is bright with Christmas lights. It’s the best time of the year to enjoy life’s simplicities, even while social distancing, as most of us are during 2020. Austin (and all of Central Texas) is known for its mild winters, so make sure to enjoy as much outdoor time as possible during the holiday season.

We know the holidays are going to look different for a lot of us this year, so Ron Day and I wrote a new Christmas song dedicated to our first responders, medical personnel, members of the armed forces, and all those not able to be with friends and family this Holiday Season. Things are going to look different this year, but we’re going to have a merry Christmas anyway!

We hope you all stay safe, warm and cheerful this holiday season! Whether you decide to get together in a social distance manner, or keep your time with loved ones virtual, we hope that you find a special way to enjoy the holidays with the people you care about most. May you be able to continue on with old holidays traditions with your loved ones, and start all new traditions during these weird times as well.

All of us here at Austin Home Renovations wish you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas! Thank you for continuing to trust Austin Home Renovations with your homes! We look forward to the new year of 2021 and hope to be able to see more of ya’ll in person when things get back to normal.


Is Your Home Ready for the Holidays?

By Holiday

The holiday season seems to sneak up quicker every year, leaving us to ask, “Where does the time go?”. The year of 2020 was a strange and difficult one, to say the very least, and the holidays approached in the blink of an eye while most of us were social distancing at home. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannakuh, New Years Eve and the days in between may look different for most of us this time around. We may end up enjoying all of the holidays from the comfort of our own homes instead of going on a big trip. The silver lining to being stuck in the house is that this is the perfect opportunity to get your home in the condition that you’ve always wanted it to be in for the holidays.

Make Sure Your Backyard is Ready

Living in Austin, Texas means that the winter months are perfect for hanging out in the backyard. Outdoor kitchens make for great holiday get togethers with family, friends and neighbors for a number of reasons. An outside kitchen allows you to host social distance holiday gatherings in the privacy of your own backyard. It’s easy to maintain a safe distance from guests when outdoor socializing, so it’s one of the safest options if you decide to host this year. If you have the backyard space, now is the best time to transform it into your outdoor oasis for the holidays! 

Make Sure Your Dining Room is Ready

Beyond getting new furniture, there are many dining room renovations that you can do to get the area in tip-top shape for the holidays. You can update the light fixtures to something both aesthetically pleasing and welcoming. You can also paint the dining room walls with an inviting accent color in order to add an element of comfort to your holiday get together environment. We’re happy to help with the painting and fixture projects. 

We Can Help Get Get Your Home Ready for The Holidays

We know that the holidays may look a lot different for you these days, but we hope that you are able to spend it with your loved ones and find joy in the simplicities of your home. If you decide that this is the year to revamp your backyard area, dining room, or anything else we’d love the opportunity to help you out. Contact us for a free quote today!

Ronnie Jackson

Ronnie Jackson

Happy Halloween from Austin Home Renovations

By Holiday, Inspiration

We at Austin Home Renovations want to take the time to wish you all a wonderful kick off to the holiday season, starting with Halloween. We know that holidays are going to look and feel a lot different for the majority of us this year. However, we believe its important to keep our spirits high and mentality festive now more than ever (within health guidelines, of course). 

Whether you plan to enjoy an evening in with your family with scary movies, host a small socially distanced costume party on your backyard deck, or attend a virtual party from the comfort of your own home, we hope you spend Halloween surrounded by fun and loved ones. There are a lot of different ways to enjoy the holiday and we wish that you do exactly what makes you most happy. 

Halloween and the holiday season as a whole seemed to creep up during the sheer chaos of this unprecedented year. Is your home ready for all of the upcoming holidays? We’re happy to help you with home improvement projects to get it ready to entertain over the holidays. Contact us for a free quote. 

National Savings Day – Budget Friendly Home Improvement Ideas

By Inspiration, Resources

It’s National Savings Day, and we all love to find new ways to save money! It’s no secret that some home improvement projects can be costly. However, there are some projects that make a big impact without breaking the bank. We’ve put together this list of budget friendly home improvement ideas for National Savings Day. 

Paint the Front Door – Painting the front door is a great way to add some extra personality to your home.  A project like this is quick and painless, which makes it easy to swap out the front door color seasonally. Your front door is your visitors’ first impression of your house, so changing it up can have a big impact at a low cost. 

Update Kitchen Cabinet Hardware – The magic of your home is in the details, which means little touches like kitchen cabinet hardware can go a long way. It’s pretty inexpensive to replace kitchen hardware with brand new knobs and pulls. Pro tip: You can even spray paint your existing hardware if you don’t want to spend money on all new equipment for a simple change of color.


Give Your Fan a Makeover – It’s relatively quick, painless and inexpensive to swap out an outdated fan for a new one. It’s possible to be even more cost efficient in a similar fashion to that of updating kitchen hardware if you aren’t ready to buy a new fan. You can provide a simple makeover with high-heat spray paint to your fan if it has seen better days. Both the blades and metal components can be updates this way. This is another example of how small details can make a big difference in a home.

Remove a Popcorn Ceiling – If you don’t like your popcorn ceiling because of the way it looks, or the way it collects dust, then we have good news for you! You don’t have to be stuck with it. Popcorns ceilings are relatively easy to remove with a wet/dry vac and a drywall knife. 

Hang String Lights This simple update can add a layers of warmth and welcoming feelings to your home. String lights can be hung on an outdoor patio, in a sunroom or any extra underutilized space. They instantly create an approachable vibe to gather with loved ones for a refreshing beverage.

We hope this list inspired you to do some fun home improvement projects. If you have bigger ideas in mind, we’re happy to help you with the larger projects (or even some small ones). Contact us for a free quote to make your dream home a reality!

Home Renovation Inspiration for the Fall

By Inspiration

We’re still in the days of social distancing, so many of us are spending the vast majority of our time at home. The first day of fall season happened last week. The weather is getting cooler and the colors of nature are becoming more vibrant. Given all of the above factors, it’s not surprising if you feel inspired to continue working on fun home renovations, especially those home projects with a seasonal flare. We put together the below list of fall home projects for your inspiration!

Repaint Your Home’s Exterior – The spirited colors of fall may have you feeling completely encouraged to explore new colors for the exterior of your home. Fall weather is an ideal time to get a project like this done, because many paints aren’t recommended for application when the temperatures start to drop later in the year. Bonus Points: a touch-up can help prolong the life of your siding and trim. 

Repaint Your Home’s Interior – You don’t have to stop at an exterior paint job. Perhaps the season has inspired you to update the entire color palette of the inside of your home as well. You can repaint the walls in any or all of the rooms in your home; you can also skip the walls and paint the kitchen or bathroom cabinets for a refreshing fall aesthetic. 

Convert a Spare Room Into a Media Room – This kind of renovation is always in season, but fall is arguably the best time of the year to bite the bullet and make it happen. “Why?”, you may ask. Well, it’s just in time for scary movie season, and the extra cherry on top is that you have the media room ready for entertaining during the holidays.

Deck Repairs & Refinishing – Decks arguably get their most use in the summer, which means they are more than likely ready for some real TLC by the time summer rolls around. It’s a great time to give your outdoor oasis the repairs and refinishing it deserves. The deck will be ready to continue being your favorite part of your backyard for the rest of the year!

Replace Windows – The weather starts to get cooler outside in the fall, but this doesn’t mean that your house needs to be an uncomfortable temperature inside. If you feel a chill next to certain windows, it’s probably time to address the issue before the winter. Glass with multiple panes, spacers or filler gases can often solve this problem.


We’re happy to help you with your ambitious home renovation projects any time of the year. If you’ve been waiting for inspiration to make you dream home a reality, contact us for a free quote. We can’t wait to begin working with you and your home!


Benefits of an Outdoor Kitchen in Austin, Texas

By Resources

Outdoor kitchens are an exciting addition to any backyard area. They’re particularly great for homeowners in Austin, because of the many unique elements to our city: from the warm climate to the eccentric culture. We’ve put together a list of reasons why it’s a fantastic idea to add an outdoor kitchen to your ATX home. 

It’s almost always outdoor BBQ weather in Austin, Texas

Extreme elements such as snow and continuous rainstorms are unusual in Austin, Texas. There’s no denying the high temperatures of most summer days, but the weather is enjoyable once the sun sets. This makes summer nights perfect for grilling outdoors. Don’t forget the mosquito repellent! 

Outdoor Kitchens Are Great For Safe Entertaining During Social Distancing Days

It’s easy to maintain a safe distance from guests when outdoor socializing. An outside kitchen allows you to host social distance picnics in the privacy of your own backyard. Imagine this scene: A Willie Nelson concert is projected on the back of your house while you enjoy a BBQ with your closest friends and family, all while there is plenty of space to distance. Sounds like a great summer night…don’t you agree?

Outdoor Kitchens Increase The Value Of Your Home

Homeowners that invest in remodeling earn a high ROI when adding an outdoor kitchen, because of the popularity of this home improvement. This backyard renovation is incredibly sought after by homebuyers. Additionally, most of today’s BBQ grills and patio appliances are made from element resistant stainless steel. A functional outdoor kitchen is an investment that you and your loved ones can actually enjoy for years.

Outdoor Kitchens Can Save You Money on Utility Bills

You’re probably well aware of the high cost of keeping an entire home cool if you’ve lived in Texas for at least one summer. Your air conditioner has to work even harder if you cook a lot of meals in order to maintain comfort. Cooking, baking, and broiling all cause the temperature in your home to rise several degrees, which kicks your A/C into overdrive. This is costly if done often. Luckily, cooking indoors saves on energy consumption since your cooling unit is not forced to work harder. An outdoor kitchen can save you money in the summertime, especially if cooking is done outside a few times a week.

Low Maintenance Cleaning 

We can’t think of too many people whose favorite chores include kitchen cleaning. It usually requires a lot of work and attention to detail after enjoying a nice home cooked meal. However, many of the outdoor kitchens we build for Austin homeowners are stainless steel and easy to clean. 

There you have it: a list of reasons to convince your significant other the benefits of an outdoor kitchen in Austin, Texas. This is one of our favorite types of projects and we would gladly help you turn your outdoor dream space into a reality. Contact us for a quote.