Improving Your Home

Improving Your Home | Design Trends

Improving Your Home | Design Trends 

When looking to buy or sell a home one of the main things people look for is seeing if the home designs are "On Trend". This would include adding features to  your home that would benefit the owner & improve the home for the future. 

Some examples of Design Trends could be anything from a fresh neutral color paint to adding in a double oven to your kitchen or custom countertop. 

During the pandemic, this has given homeowners the opportunity to add the updates to their homes that they may not have "had time" to add before. This has given them more time to be creative and add those desired design trends to certain aspects of their home and even add some extra value!

Current trends right now are office renovations since a lot of people are working from home and want to spruce up their office space. Another trend right now are outdoor projects. Some outdoor projects would include adding...

IMPROVING YOUR HOME: Creating a backyard oasis

Looking to transform your yard into a summer oasis without breaking the bank? Then read on … we’ve compiled a list of ideas to help turn your yard into the talk of the neighborhood!

  • Plant in layers. When you look toward the edges of your property, what do you see? Is it your neighbor’s yard? Then you may want to consider planting some greenery. Using plants of different shapes and sizes can create privacy and add a layered look to your landscape. From tall shade trees to midsized and low-lying shurbs, there’s a wonderful combination of colorful foliage you can purchase to improve the aesthetic and privacy of your yard.
  • Incorporate natural elements like stone. When designing a backyard retreat, don’t forget to include natural elements like stone or wood. It’s a great contrast to more modern lawn furniture but sets a decidedly rustic tone. If natural stone is too expensive for your project (a garden...

IMPROVING YOUR HOME: Affordable Kitchen Updates

Kitchen updates can be expensive, with many homeowners spending between $13,000 and $37,000 on a full kitchen upgrade!

Fortunately, there are many smaller projects that make a big impact on an outdated kitchen — all without spending more than a month’s mortgage payment! Whether you’ve lived in your home for years or just got the keys, we have some affordable ideas to help spruce up your culinary corner.

  • Bring in a pattern. To spruce up a bland kitchen, try adding a vintage-inspired rug or wallpaper with a floral print. A patterned backsplash can be a bit more expensive, but is also a great way to add a fresh look to your space. You can even try a few patterns at the same time, just make sure they have a linking color in them.
  • Add pendant lights. Think of these as a great accessory that helps bring your look together to make a statement. Styles change,...

Improving Your Home: Easy Ways to Boost Curb Appeal

Whether you’re looking to sell or just want to make some improvements for your own enjoyment, boosting your home’s curb appeal is often easy and inexpensive. Your home’s exterior is the first thing guests see, so make sure it matches the attention to detail you’ve given your home’s interior! Below is a list of some of our favorite projects, aimed at transforming your home into the most eye-catching on the block!

  • Stand out with a bold door. Don’t be envious of your neighbor’s inviting front door – paint your own! It will likely cost about $75, and even the most inexperienced do-it-yourselfer can handle it. Choose a bold color that enhances -- rather than clashes with -- your current exterior color scheme. Go bright, but make sure you hold up a swatch beforehand.
  • It’s all about the greenery. One of the simplest ways to boost curb appeal is to renew planter beds. Plants can become unruly without attention, so annual...

Improving Your Home: A Bathroom Refresh

While your bathroom may not be the highlight of your home, it will most likely receive its fair share of visitors! For that reason alone, it’s worth a little special attention to its design and décor. Also consider that bathroom upgrades can provide a great return on investment.

Fortunately, most bathrooms are small spaces and don’t require a lot of time, money or effort to transform them for the better. Even if you’re not looking for a complete bathroom makeover, consider just one or two of these ideas to take your water closet to the next level. Many of these projects can be completed in just a single day!

  1. Give your vanity a makeover. If your vanity has good bones, there’s no need to scrap – a simple facelift will do! There are many ideas online, but a simple paint of coat and new hardward can work wonders. A vintage or distressed look could be the way to go – it’s very popular these days, and many tutorials are available!
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Improving Your Home: The Wonders of a Fresh Coat of Paint

If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive way to change the look and feel of a room, consider a fresh coat of paint. Paint can add personality, brighten a small room or bring warmth to a larger one.

Expect to spend between $1.50 and $3.50 per square foot. If you’re doing ceilings, walls and trim, the cost will likely be closer to $3 - $4, and if there’s damage to drywall that needs repaired first, expect to pay even more.

GETTING READY

The majority of your time will likely be spent on prep work. You’ll not only need to move furniture and protect flooring with drop cloths, but you’ll also need to tape off areas for sharp lines and repair and patch any imperfections in your walls.

Patching requires tools and supplies like caulking, a lightweight spackling compound,...