Surgery for the Kitchen? Your kitchen may not need actual structural change to
look dramatically better, especially with the magic of today's cosmetic surgery
tools for the home. If you've just moved in and are on a tight budget,
consider making surface level improvements instead of structural changes to trim
costs and raise resale value. This is particularly true if you've bought a priced-right
house that was decorated in Early Tacky. Cosmetic changes are far less expensive
and much easier to achieve.
Facelifts are cosmetic changes that alter the appearance of a room without involving the structure beneath. Ceilings don't get raised. Walls
don't get moved. You live with those as they are, at least for now. This is the
least expensive choice when remodeling a room. And, although it may sound more
like decorating than remodeling, you'd be surprised how much can be accomplished
without major demolition, which would definitely require the assistance of a professional.
New paint and hardware in a kitchen is the perfect place to start a facelift
and is one of the most popular DIY projects. You may want to change the counter
laminate for another dramatic and affordable change. If the cabinets are basically
functional, think about refinishing, painting or re-facing them instead of replacing
them. Keep your mind on the surfaces of the room.
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.
Why not boldly go where the previous owners
didn't dare to go before? Nevermind what some real estate agents
tell you about "being conservative" in your design choices for resale
purposes. This is YOUR home! So - YOU choose. Bold paint or carpeting are easily-altered
modifications that can make you feel wildly happy about your new home without
worrying that it might become an impediment to re-sale. Go ahead! Paint that wall
Monet blue or brick red. Install sea foam green carpeting. Make your home individual
and YOURS in these surface-level ways. You're 100% safe. You can use bold choices
in ways that are less permanent and easily changed later.
There's always JUST a little
more toothpaste left in the tube, isn't there? Same with houses. Talk to a professional
remodeler about ways of squeezing a wee bit more useful space from adjacent
rooms. Or play with the idea of bumping out the walls just a few feet. There are
ways to gain space without the headache and cost of building new foundations and
roofs. If you need another bedroom, look at the attic and basement with fresh,
space-hungry eyes and consider the possibilities. You may be able to find overlooked
and very valuable space hidden inside the current structure of your home. An experienced
pro can help discover lost treasure buried in your house.
On the other hand,
you may want to add a new wing. Extra square footage will be an added bonus on
the resale market. Just be sure to check codes and stay within the rules of zoning
Take a good hard look at your home. What could
be better? Would a little paint here and a quick tuck there make it look oh so
much better? You need to be ruthless when planning your cosmetic changes. They
need to blend seamlessly together or the effect will be, how can we say, less
than satisfactory. Take some "before" pictures and imagine how your
home would look if it got the royal treatment. We are only talking cosmetics here,
so the budget can stay relatively low. Plan your facelift before you jump into a project. You
want the whole face of your home to look put together and sleek, not garish and
Take a good hard look at your home. Take some
"before" pictures and imagine how your home would look if it got the
royal treatment. We are only talking cosmetics here, so the budget can stay relatively low. Plan your facelift before you jump into a project.
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