Liposuction for the Kitchen?
It can make a BIG difference. It may not change
the structure, but cosmetic work can work wonders.
may want to consider making some cosmetic changes instead of structural ones to
trim costs and raise your resale value. This is particularly true if you just
bought a home that was decorated in the extreme style of tacky.
changes are less expensive and much easier to do.
Some Easy Facelifts...
have a BIG impact.
New paint and hardware in a kitchen is the perfect place
to start a facelift and one of the most popular do-it-yourself projects.
want to change the counters for another dramatic change. If the cabinets are functional,
think about refinishing, painting or re-facing them instead of replacing them.
Keep your mind on the surface. You won't be able to move a dividing wall or enlarge
a window with cosmetic changes, but you will keep your costs down while significantly
changing the home. Superficial as it sounds, you can make or break a house through
You don't need
to be grand to make a dramatic statement. Sometimes the smallest changes can make
the biggest impact. If you pick the focal point of a room and change that piece,
you will change the feel of the entire room. Try just changing the tub in the
bath or the counters in the kitchen. You may be
surprised how much those little touches can do. Look at the cabinet and door hardware
throughout the house. Even changing light fixtures can make a tremendous difference.
It doesn't need to be big to be effective.
In a similar vein, choose boldly. Some real estate agents will tell
you to be conservative in your choices for resale purposes. And they may be right.
But this is your home so you choose. You can ignore what they say and go for it.
Paint that wall Monet blue or brick red. Install seafoam green carpeting. Make
your home individual by making bold choices. Or you can use bold choices in ways
that are less permanent and easily changed to appease both camps.
Floors make a statement.
One of the best places to start
is the floor. It is a great place to make a dramatic statement. It acts as the
unifying element of the home. Whatever you do there, will affect the entire house.
Since this is a costly element of the home, however, you may want to pick a natural
color that will blend with every color scheme. It will help when you put the house
back up for sale a few years down the road.
Let Yourself Go
Within your budget.
The point is you don't have to be conservative, even
if your funds are.
This is your house, so you need to make the choices.
Since cosmetic changes are less expensive than structural changes, it may be the
time to be bold and make a statement. Or you may want to create a backdrop for
a dramatic statement with your furnishings. Either way, look at the surfaces for
ways to create an individual statement.
But What If That Isn't Enough?
Let's take a quick look at some structural changes.
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