At the start of every new year, people make new promises and take on new projects, but it can’t all be done in a day—sometimes not even in a month or a year. Setting your expectations on smaller, more realistic steps will help you accomplish your remodeling goals. Keep reading for remodeling project ideas that you can complete and mark off your list this year.

Half Bath: Half the Remodeling Effort

Half baths are a great place to start because they’re a smaller commitment than a full bathroom remodel. If you’re tired of looking at an outdated sink or faucet, or if you want to be one step ahead of the trend, you can replace your sink at a relatively low cost and change the faucet and handles out for even less. 

You can also choose to repaint with relative ease since there is less physical wall space than a full bath or a bedroom. If you want to be really eco-friendly, you can even opt to install a water-conserving toilet, since toilets make up almost 30 percent of home water use.

Living Room, Lively Colors

living room with blue accent wallConsider creating an accent wall in your living room. A wall that contains a focal point, like a fireplace, is a good candidate for painting. When choosing a color for the wall, think about the visual temperature

A cool color, like teal, is best on a west- or south-facing wall, while a warmer color will work better on an eastern- or northern-oriented wall that gets less light. For a less dramatic accent option, pick a shade just slightly different from the color on the other walls. 

An accent wall gives your room a facelift for little money, time, or effort since you don’t have to paint the whole room over. This project also gives you the chance to pick up new living room decor to coordinate with the accent color for an even fresher start.

A Finished Basement to Finish the Year

man cuts off excess foam from doorIf you’re looking for a bigger, more ambitious remodel, finishing the basement could be a good goal. Depending on how much you have to do, you can plan this project in stages to fit your schedule and budget. 

Tackle flooring at the beginning, add some insulation a little later, finish off the walls with some paint, and then furnish the space. If you take on one stage every three months, your basement will be finished around the same time as the year comes to a close. 

If you want to follow in somebody else’s footsteps, look at this step-by-step guide that covers permits, plumbing, electrical wiring, and more. If you don’t feel comfortable doing something like wiring or plumbing by yourself, contact a local Best Pick electrician or plumber for professional help.

If you’re considering a home remodel but don’t know where to start, start small. Shorter projects usually cost less, but they can still make a big difference in the way your home functions and feels.