Every homeowner dreams about major home remodels that could turn a house into the architectural vision of their dreams. However, big renovations come with big price tags, and projects like that aren’t always in the budget. Luckily, there are a lot of small changes you can make around the house that can actually have a big impact on your home’s aesthetics without the huge price tag of a major renovation.

Here are some small changes you can make to your house that will dramatically change the look and feel of your home.

New Front Door

Improvements to the entryway of your home can make a big impact and change the entire feel of the front of your home. Updating or replacing your home’s front door can have a surprisingly drastic effect on the look of your home. If your door is a nice style and in good condition, you can update it with new hardware and some paint. For an even bigger change, swap out the old door with a new one, which will give you a completely updated look. You can get a nice door at a local home improvement store for a few hundred dollars. If you really want to make an impact, you could consider a new custom door to make your entryway even more amazing. The cost will be a little higher than buying a standard door, but with that you’ll get the ability to create the entryway of your dreams.

Focus on Focal Points

Sometimes you can change the feel of an entire space by updating just one area. For example, in rooms with a fireplace, updating the stone around the fireplace or changing out the mantle can make the whole room feel different. Staircases, bay windows, and built-in shelves are all great places where small changes can make a big difference in one area. Focals points naturally draw your eye when you enter a room, so changing that area up will make a difference in the feel of the entire room.

DIY Kitchen Updates

Unless you live in a brand new home, you probably have dreams about remodeling your kitchen to take advantage of new design trends and technology. However, a complete kitchen remodel is a very expensive and time-consuming process, which could leave you without the use of your kitchen for days or weeks. However, there are a lot of DIY projects you can tackle in the kitchen that will update the look and not require a full demolition and remodel.


Changing out the backsplash tile in your kitchen is a simple update that can change the entire feel of your kitchen. Plus, it’s a fairly simple change that doesn’t affect too many other aspects of the kitchen, so you don’t have to do a complete demo to switch out the tile.


It’s a bigger investment, but updating the appliances in your kitchen is a fast and easy way to give the space an updated feel without diving into an extended DIY project. In fact, most suppliers offer a service that will deliver new appliances, install them, and remove the old ones, which means you don’t have to lift a finger for this update.

Plumbing Fixtures

Adding a new faucet is another DIY project that’s quick and easy to complete. A nice faucet is an inexpensive update that can spruce up your sink and your whole kitchen. Faucets are fairly simple to install and can be changed out in an afternoon.


Changing out old cabinet hardware can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your cabinets. Modern hardware can really update the feel of your entire kitchen. If you’re not planning to make any changes to the cabinets themselves, it’s important to choose new hardware that matches or covers the holes from the original hardware.

DIY Bathroom Updates

Just like with the kitchen, there are a lot of small changes you can make to the bathroom that can add up to big changes. Changing out faucets or towels bars can instantly update the feel of a small space. If you want to go a little further, switching out a vanity, or even just the vanity top, is a fairly simple project that can be done quickly without too much money or time required. A quick update can give your bathroom a luxury spa feel without a big investment.


Updating lighting inside or outside your home is another great, inexpensive way to change the feel of a space. Great fixtures don’t necessarily cost a lot of money and can be quickly installed as part of a quick makeover to any room. Plus, installing energy efficient lights can help you cut costs on your monthly energy bill.

Get Organized

Though an organization may not seem as exciting as other kinds of home updates, it can really make a big difference in the amount of clutter sitting around, and thus change the entire feel of a room. Adding additional storage and giving everything a specific place is an easy and inexpensive way to change the whole ambiance of a room.What small updates have made the biggest difference in your space? Want to change up your space by adding some custom steel windows or doors? What changes are you planning to make to your home? At Portella, we can help make those changes become a reality.