Whether you’re aware of it or not, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. This year, instead of spending money on gifts that won’t last longer than a week, do something that both you and your partner can enjoy for years to come. A thoughtful home improvement project could be the perfect gift you’ve never considered. We’ve rounded up seven of the most romantic home improvement projects you can have done to surprise and delight your Valentine with.
1. Get Cozy by the Fireplace
Heat things up, literally. February is a cold and dark month that could use a little ambiance. A new fireplace is the perfect way to warm up your home and makes for a good excuse to cozy up on the couch together. Many homeowners think that a new fireplace is an expensive luxury, but that isn’t completely true. An electric fireplace costs a fraction of wood-burning and gas alternatives, which can easily cost thousands of dollars.
For a cost-effective fireplace, consider an electric plug-in insert (around $150 to $350) or a built-in insert (about $900). This is a relatively easy and quick task to get done, but you will need the help of an electrician for this project.
If your home currently has a fireplace, take the time to actually use it this year. If you haven’t used yours in a while, you’ll want to ensure it’s in good working order. The last thing you want to do is set your home on fire while trying to prepare a romantic night for your partner. Book an appointment with a chimney sweep ahead of time to make sure your fireplace is good to go.
2. Relax in a Luxurious Bathroom
If cozying up by the fire isn’t for you, how about relaxing in a new bathtub or shower? You can either go all out with a brand new bathtub or steam shower or have your current one refinished. Refinishing your old tub is an easy and inexpensive way to make it seem brand new again.
Alternatively, you can give your bathroom some simple touch-ups to make it seem new again. Consider having your tiles cleaned or replaced or paint your cabinets a fresh new colour. Add more storage as you need it and clear away the clutter. Your partner will appreciate this mini-makeover every day as they get ready.
3. Cook Up Something New
Wouldn’t it be great if you and your partner could cook up a romantic date night at home? Wouldn’t it also be great if the two of you could be in the kitchen at the same time without constantly bumping into each other? If your current kitchen layout creates more fights than it does dinners, consider doing something about it this Valentine’s Day. A kitchen renovation specialist will be able to work their magic and create a functional space with room for the both of you to work in.
If you’re happy with your layout but just aren’t inspired to get in the kitchen, new appliances or a mini-makeover could help. Much like the bathroom, a couple of quick updates can make a huge difference. Painting cabinets, updating backsplash, or new floors are all great small projects that can make your kitchen look like it’s been completely renovated. A new look could inspire you to get in there and start cooking together.
4. Create a Private Oasis
Your bedroom should feel like a private oasis, a place for just the two of you to relax, unwind and connect after a long day. While this sounds like a dream, the reality is that our bedrooms are often disorganized, cluttered, and a bit of an afterthought. How can you have a romantic Valentine’s Day when your bedroom is in shambles? This year, treat both you and your partner to a bedroom refresh.
There are many simple things you can do that will make a big impact. Consider a fresh coat of paint or hanging new drapes to make the room feel new. You could have dimmers installed on lights to help create a warmer appearance. Or maybe you could finally get around to hanging those pictures you said you would months ago (better yet, hire someone to do it for you). A little goes a long way in turning your bedroom into a room you care about and want to spend time in together.
5. Get Organized Once and For All
While getting organized might not seem like the most romantic thing to do, it can be a game changer for some relationships. Never again will you need to argue about who put what where, or how you can never find anything in your house. Enlist the help of a professional organizer who will be able to sort through everything for you. Built-ins are an excellent option that look great and store everything properly. You’ll be amazed by how much easier your day to day life will be once everything is properly organized.
When deciding on which of these projects to start, think about which room(s) you and your partner enjoying spending time together in the most. From there, all you need to do is find the right pro to get the job done. Start by getting a quote and you’re well on your way to giving your partner a Valentine’s Day gift they’re sure to remember for years to come.
Cover image courtesy of The Pink House.