March 31, 2017

Everyone considers their bedroom a place that provides great tranquility and peace of mind. It also ensures someone’s privacy in the most appropriate manner without any disturbance from the outside world. People find their bedrooms as an excellent place for their intellectual and mental grooming. It is often noted by many that even when they are going through tremendous work pressure in the office and outside, people seem to be relaxed in their private space.


These tips and tricks will help to make one’s bedroom even more engaging and relaxing.

A Reading Space in the Corner

Many people like to read by laying on the bed, but after some time, they might find it not very comfortable. If you read often, choose a corner of your room and deem it your reading space. It is always refreshing to sip a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the books of Sydney Sheldon or Erich Segal after the busy working hours. A small bookshelf and a window serving the sunlight into the room in that corner can be a perfect place for the journey through the adventures of the literary world.

Stylish and Giant Headboard

Another great addition that can really make a statement as soon as one enters is a headboard. Options are endless when it comes to headboards depending on ones style and the vibe they want to bring to the room. For a more cozy feel, consider purchasing a fabric covered, tufted headboard in a neutral tone. For a rustic feel, consider using barn wood or faux wood paneling to create a simple, square headboard that you can even attach to the wall. Or go big and rather than a headboard, create an accent wall behind your bed by covering the entire wall with faux stone, wood, or brick paneling.

Incorporate Feng Shui Concepts

Bring the Chinese philosophy of harmonizing and balancing everything related to the environment to the bedroom. Two-night stands or two flowerpots, one placed on either side of the bed can add a balanced visual appeal. If the bed is placed between two identical windows on each side, the windows themselves can create this balanced look. Even those who don’t believe in the energy concepts of Feng Shui can still appreciate the balanced appeal of the style.

Make it Luxurious
Give the bedroom a luxurious feel by adding sophisticated/modern touches. You can mix such pieces even with a rustic or more traditional bedroom style to create a more transitional space. Adding things such as mirrors, a chandelier, chrome candle sticks or picture frames, a faux fur throw, etc. can really help to cozy up a space all the while making it feel more expensive.

Convert a Portion to an Office

This is a bit saddening as this is bringing work into the bedroom space, however, not everyone is fortunate to have an office space elsewhere in the home, and if there is unused bedroom space, it can be the perfect spot. We are not talking an L shaped desk here with filing cabinets. We are talking a small desk that fits the style of the room and fit nicely in/on an unused nook or wall. A sofa table from a second hand store that you refinish yourself or even paint a fun color to make a statement can be an easy and affordable option for a bedroom desk. They’re typically slender and won’t take much space in the room. Cozy your desk with a small lamp for soft lighting and hang some inspiring pictures on the wall above it. Maybe even throw a faux fur rug on the floor under the chair. Who said a “work” area had to be stressful or uninviting?


March 29, 2017

With such a wide range of decor styles available – rustic, modern, traditional, minimal, shabby-chic, vintage – it can be overwhelming to decide which style is right for your home. Fortunately, many of these styles actually complement each other nicely.

When overlapping these styles, the world of design refers to it as “transitional style”. If transitional style sounds intriguing, read on to learn eight tips for incorporating it into your home.

1. Find the Right Balance

The most important aspect when trying to achieve transitional style is finding balance. Transitional style combines contrasting styles – traditional and modern, masculine and feminine – in the same area. It creates a sleek, classic look that is further accented by the inclusion of contemporary rugs, accessories, and furniture.

For example, a modern table with angular lines surrounded by traditional chairs covered in classic upholstery demonstrates transitional design. Generally, you want the final decor to be comforting and inviting rather than too far in the direction of one certain trend.

2. Utilize Neutral Tones

Transitional style is characterized by neutral tones. Aim for a calming, simple palette of whites, creams, tans, light browns, grays, and beiges. Focusing the walls, cabinets, flooring, and large furniture around a neutral palette will make a room feel modern and timeless all at once.

3. Mix Up Textures

Transitional style embraces a variety of different materials including wood, leather, and stone (for a lighter, more affordable option that is easier to work with, consider incorporating faux stone panels into your design). Mixing a variety of textures such as chrome, glass, fabric, faux stone panels, faux fur, and gold helps create an elegant, modern design.

4. Use Antiques As Accents
Incorporating an antique piece as an accent adds depth to the room and helps it feel more modern. The sleeker the space, the more rustic the antique should be.

5. Use Bold Accents Strategically

It is important to avoid overusing bold accents to prevent the room from becoming overpowered. Choose only one or two loud, bold pieces and keep window treatments simple and sleek.

6. Add a Contemporary Rug

If you are not ready to fully commit to transitional style, consider adding a contemporary rug. A contemporary rug featuring solid, animal, or geometric prints instead of floral or oriental designs serves as the perfect partner to transitional furnishings.

7. Focus on Modern Art

For the most impact, consider hanging large, bold pieces of art instead of numerous smaller pieces. Photography, graphic prints, and abstract pieces usually work best.

8. Utilize Classic Lines

When choosing furniture such as couches, tables, and beds, stick to simple, clean lines rather than pieces with rounded, ornate shapes. Transitional furniture will feature straighter lines but still be comfortable.

When choosing traditional elements, avoid anything with curves or ornate details. Try to focus on straight, minimized lines. An example would be choosing doorknobs with straight levers instead of round knobs or sinks with a rectangular shape rather than round.

Final Thoughts
Successfully incorporating transitional style into your home can be done by combining traditional pieces with several contemporary accents. Following one or more of the transitional style tips mentioned above will make your home classic, sophisticated, livable, and comfortable.


March 28, 2017

You’ve probably spent a significant amount of time searching high and low for the perfect home. Once you’ve signed on the dotted line, it’s time to enjoy your new digs and make your space your own. But before you pull up your shirt sleeves and get to work, there are some critical steps you need to take. The following are 5 duties that can prove helpful before you move into your new home.

1. Ask Your Real Estate Agent to Share Their Contacts

Your friends and family members may have some recommendations, but your trusted real estate agent is an expert in the industry and works with professionals on a day-to-day basis. Before you enlist the help of a contractor, plumber, inspector, electrician or handy man, ask your real estate agent if they will share their list of providers. When something goes wrong, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’re prepared to handle the problem with some trusted individuals.

2. Put Off Paining

A fresh coat of paint can brighten up your living space, but until you’ve seen where you get the most significant amount of light in each room, put off painting for a bit. Once you’ve seen your home at its dullest and sunniest moments, you’ll be able to better choose the best colors. In addition to natural light, light bulbs can also impact the color of your walls. Using the color swatches that you’ve chosen, place the sample hues in each of the rooms corners to help in your decision making. You may also opt for using faux wall paneling to completely change the feel of a room, in which case you’d hate to waste the time painting only to cover it with faux wall panels. Faux wall panels are a quick, easy update that can help to create the perfect man cave, spa-like bath, stone fireplace, wine cellar, etc. These panels can help to truly make your new home your dream home with features maybe you thought were only for the rich and famous.

3. Update Your Home’s Safety Features

To ensure your safety, you want to update important features such as your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If your system is wired to the house, check to ensure wires are attached and in working condition. You can then change each of the systems batteries. Mark the number of detectors and change date for future reference. This is also a great time to mount fire extinguishers on each of the floors in your home. Another safety feature that protects your family and valuables is a home security system. Before you move anything in, have your dwelling wired with cameras and sound alarms.

4. Audit Your Home’s Efficiency

A simple upgrade such as additional insulation is an improvement that helps save homeowners money on future energy bills. Your local gas or electric company will be able to do a thorough audit on your home before you move in to determine your energy efficiency. They may also make cost-effective suggestions such as installing an automatic thermostat for your heating and cooling systems.

5. Plan a Housewarming Party

You’re going to want to celebrate life as a homeowner with your family, friends and neighbors. Schedule your party at least four weeks following your move. This action offers you an incentive to get on the ball and unpack your belongings and prepare your home for upcoming guests.


March 25, 2017

Although you may simply view your stairs as a method of getting from one floor to another, they can actually serve as a stunning focal point in your home. This is an especially important feature if you are considering selling your home, as the stairs will be one of the first areas buyers see.

If the stairs are wooden and covered in dents and scratches or if they are covered in outdated, worn-out carpet, it may leave a negative impression on buyers. Read on to learn nine tips for easily updating your stairs.

1. Add Some Visual Interest

Decorating the risers can add a new level of interest to stairs. Consider painting the risers with a shade that complements the surroundings or for a trendy, visually appealing feature, try the ombré route. You can also write the days of the week or family member’s names on each riser. For an entertaining area for your kids to learn, try chalkboard paint.

2. Use up Leftovers

If you have ever wondered what to do with any remnants of wallpaper or accent tile you have sitting around, the stair risers might be a perfect option. With only a small area to cover, leftovers are often enough to do the trick.

3. Try Adding Inspiration

Stairs can serve as the perfect space for inspiring you as you climb. Consider adding an empowering quote or phrase to the risers.

4. Incorporate a Nook

Although the space beneath the staircase is often overlooked, this area can serve a variety of functions. It can be designed as a sewing nook, station for gift wrapping, home office, or storage space.

5. Go for Faux

Another option to drastically improve your stairs without actually touching the stairs themselves is through the addition of faux stone. Faux stone can be added to the wall next to the stairs to instantly increase the visual appeal of your home.

6. Switch out the Railing

If you are tired of looking at the original wooden banister your stairs were built with, consider upgrading to a new style. A variety of materials such as steel, wrought iron, or horizontal wire can provide an easy update.

7. Add a Rug (Or Remove It)

If bland carpeting is hiding lovely wood beneath it, consider ripping up the carpet completely. For increased warmth and comfort, a neutral carpet shade in a low-nap style (think Berber) can make a great option. To really create a bold statement, add a runner with an unexpected pattern or stand-out colors.

8. Get Rid of Clutter

The stairs themselves are important but the area at the top and bottom is just as crucial when it comes to visual appeal. Stair landings with too much furniture or clutter can feel cramped and crowded. If necessary, move or remove clutter to ensure that the walkway is a minimum of 36 inches wide.

9. Stay on Top of Cleaning

Regardless of the design or whether the stairs are carpet or wood, keeping them clean is crucial to maintaining their appearance. For carpeted stairs, vacuum frequently and perform a steam cleaning if necessary. For wooden stairs, wash them to remove any dirt or dust and use a Magic Eraser to get rid of scuff marks on the walls.


March 23, 2017

Even when a fireplace is sitting dormant, it is still a stunning focal point within a home – unless yours is in need of an update. If your fireplace is in need of a little makeover or you are ready for a new look, there are a variety of easy updates to consider.

Re-doing your fireplace is likely easier and more affordable than you realize. To help inspire your potential transformation, read on to learn 5 ideas for DIY fireplace updates that won’t burn up your budget.

1. Go For Tile

If you are tired of staring at your brick fireplace, consider updating it with glass tile. This transformation has the potential to be completed in just a matter of hours and for as little as $110. Required materials include grout, tile, and sticky, two-sided paper to place the tiles on. The final result is an updated, gorgeous focal point that will add depth and interest to your space.

2. Paint Over It

Although some people may consider it a crime to paint over a brick fireplace, it is actually an easy, affordable way to update your fireplace to be a better reflection of your style. Painting over basic builder bricks with a crisp, white paint – or the color of your choice – followed with a bit of gray chalk paint can add a modern update that will greatly increase the visual interest of your fireplace. For the cost of a few cans of paint and a bit of time, your fireplace will have brand new character and a fresh appeal.

3. Consider Updating With Whitewash

Although you probably associate the term “whitewashing” with Tom Sawyer, this technique is actually an excellent way to create a stunning fireplace. This method is quite simple and only involves chalk paint and sponges (for transferring the mixture to the fireplace without dripping).

4. Add Some Faux Stone

You can easily take a fireplace from bland and outdated to a can’t-miss focal point by adding floor-to-ceiling faux stone and a floating mantel. Applying the stones all the way to the ceiling draws the eye upward, makes the space feel larger, and completely transforms the entire atmosphere of the room. Faux stone is not only lighter and easier to work with than real stone but it is also available at a fraction of the cost.

Adding a uniform look from floor-to-ceiling cleans up the appearance of the fireplace while the floating mantel offers a modern appeal while also providing an excellent space for displaying important items.

5. Modernize Your Fireplace With Porcelain

Another excellent way to modernize your fireplace and give it a total face-lift is with the addition of porcelain. Porcelain tile offers a clean, streamlined look. The addition of a floating mantel along with this contemporary design can further increase the overall appeal of the space and add to the inviting atmosphere. Porcelain tile is a versatile material to work with and is available in a wide range of colors that allow you to customize the feel you want to achieve.


March 22, 2017

A utility room is a space that is usually only visited when work needs to get done. To make your life easier, it is helpful to have the space in an organized and efficient working order. Who says that keeping the space in working order has to be dull and boring? This space will most likely be seen by only those that live in the home, so have fun with it and add your own funky twist to some of these organization ideas!

  • Pick your own colors and patterns for the area. Counters function for scrubbing our stains, ironing clothes, and folding clothes so make sure they are durable yet look like your style. Don’t forget about the floor. Carpeting isn’t recommended for a laundry area, however, you can have a lot of fun with different tile patterns that would be easier to clean if you happen to spill soap on it. Don’t forget to have some fun with the lighting and paints in the area to brighten things up!
  • Ceiling lighting isn’t the only thing you can use overhead. Use the space for clothing bars or a clothing line for items you would rather air dry. That would open up some space for hanging clothes that aren’t dryer recommended or more bulky items that don’t completely dry in the dryer. Pull down hanging racks fold back up when not in use so you don’t have to duck when walking by. If having a rack hanging from the ceiling isn’t ideal for you, you also have the option of a mounted wall rack. Heated options are also available to help with the drying process!

Other ideas to add your personalized twist are wall decals, fun back splashes, and different types of hardware for the sinks and cabinet doors. You can play with the thought of a retro theme, modern theme, elegant theme, or create your own! White cabinet doors are the normal idea for a utility room, however you don’t have to go with normal. You could try pink or a dark blue. The back splash is another spot you can have fun with colors too and add your own twist. You could even switch out the faucet on the wash tub to one you personally like better. The personalizing of this space is endless!

  • Don’t forget to keep the style functional. While hiding your cleaning items may seem ideal, you can also have open shelves and use baskets if you would rather add more color or detail to your space. This may make it feel more flowing and keep your items from making cabinets smell musty or stuffy. If the space allows, don’t forget that you can store larger items such as your mop and vacuum in this area too. For the tall doors, you may consider adding ventilation grills to air out the cabinet so it stays fresh. If you like the idea of ventilation grills but don’t want to completely replace the entire cabinet, you could consider speaking to a professional about getting new doors made.

Your utility room is your space and should reflect that. It should have your style while still being functional for you! Personalize it so that you don’t dread going to it when you need to and have your items exactly where you want them. Baskets or no baskets, pink or blue, those are your decisions to make so have fun with these functional ideas in your space!


March 20, 2017

People don’t often think of the bathroom as an important room, but it’s actually the most important room in the house. On the average, homeowners spend about four hours a week in their bathrooms. The bathroom is that special place where they to go to relieve themselves not only physically but also mentally an emotionally. Workers take long, hot baths after a hard day’s work, and many men spend time in front of the mirror looking at their assets. It’s not surprising that the 2016 survey that Houzz conducted revealed such staggering numbers when it came to bathroom renovations and expenses. People apparently care very much about their bathrooms. The following is some of the information that the survey collected about the habits of such people.

User Bathroom Habits

The survey was very thorough in that it measured the habits of the people who did the renovations. It asked questions about how many times each person soaked in a bathtub each month and how much time each person spent in the bathroom every day. The majority of survey takers spent at least 30 to 60 minutes in the bathroom every day.

The Reasons That People Remodeled

The survey revealed all the reasons for the remodels. One of the main reasons that consumers remodeled their main bathroom was because they could not bear to look at the other bathroom anymore. Nothing is quite as uncomfortable as a bathroom that you hate. The homeowners who were disgusted with their bathrooms made their changes quickly. The second category of bathroom remodelers did the job because they simply just wanted to do it. Some other reasons that people conducted their renovations were broken items, random inspiration, lifestyle changes and desire to make presale improvements.

Renovation Style

Most people who participated in the survey opted for a contemporary style when they made their changes. Modern, transitional and traditional were the three next most popular choices.

The Set-Aside Budget vs. Actual Expenses

The budget that most homeowners put aside for their renovations did not match the actual expenses that they ended up paying for the work. The budgets ranged from as little as $2,000 to as much as $75,000 as did the actual expenses. Most people’s budget and expenses fell between $10,000 and $25,000.

The Most Popular Changes

The changes that these persons made varied and included changes such as lighting adjustments, flooring textures, shower heads, cabinets, plumbing and more. Most people who got the work done changed the plumbing and the faucet. The next big area of change was the paint. Just a simple change in paint color can make a dull bathroom a lively place where people want to hang out even if they don’t have to tinkle. Flooring, countertops, sinks and showers made the next few groups of renovations. About 87 percent of the people conducted those repairs.

Shower Head Remodeling Styles

As previously mentioned, many people made changes to their shower heads as their main renovations. They replaced their shower heads with a variety of innovative and contemporary choices. Some of the top replacements and shower modifications were items such as rainfall shower heads, dual units, curbless showers, footrests, body sprays and more.

Flooring and Paint

The flooring and paint were two additional areas where homeowners felt that they needed to make major changes. Customers added floor tiles such as ceramic, porcelain, stone, wood, hardwood, laminate and the like. More than 60 percent of the people changed the paint in the room, while 2 percent went for wallpaper.

Bathrooms seem to be very close to the homeowner’s heart. They are one of the first places new homeowners make changes when they move into a new dwelling.


March 18, 2017

Building a new house is a wonderful way to get the exact kind of house you want. When considering the kind of house you want, many people take advantage of the fact that they can use this time to have wonderful upgrades that are easy to put in the house when building it rather than afterwards. Such upgrades can be much harder to get done later. When investigating potential options, many home buyers are often delighted to discover just how easy it is to get a house that suits them in every way. From the stairs to lighting to the windows and bath, it’s easy to get the right house from the very start.

Windows and Insulation 

The structure of the house is one area where you can go for easy upgrades that really pay off. Great windows will help keep your heating and cooling bills down all year long. You an also add additional windows for a nook where you can enjoy the sunlight on a winter day. Another area where it’s easy to make your house more energy efficient is not skimping on insulation. It’s much easier to put insulation in the house when building it as opposed to afterwards.

Future Plans for Expansion 

Another important area where people can create a house that will grow with them is with the use of structural improvement that can pay off later. For example, now is the time to put in the ability to add a bath in the basement. Finishing a basement is not done in many cases when a house is first constructed because the foundation needs the time to cure. This can take up to a year. However, it’s easy to put in the basics for a bathroom that will add functionality and increase resale value later on. This is also the time to make sure you add a door from the house to the garage. Even if you don’t have a garage yet, you might want to add one later on. Putting in a door at this time is easy and allows you a great way to have a second door that comes in handy when bringing items into the house.

Perfectly Elegant Interiors

An elegant interior is easiest to get during the building process. This should be carefully considered when putting in the staircase. Choosing an elegant staircase from the start as opposed to trying to update one down the road can save a lot of hassle. A great staircase can make a house more dramatic. Careful consultation with the builder can help any homeowner decide where best to place the staircase for maximum impact. Putting in a staircase later is much harder, often requiring the use of major structural changes. The same is true of a bath. Putting in a new bath can be hard and may require the need to break walls. When the owner puts in a tub at first that suits their needs at least for the time being, this makes it easy for them to avoid major restructuring later on even if they want to upgrade.

Flooring, Walls and Fireplaces 

Flooring is another area where it makes sense to go for luxury. Radiant heated flooring is much easier to install at first rather than later when the house is fully constructed. The same is true for the use of any fireplaces. Fireplaces provide a warm space where people can relax in comfort. Installing a fireplace initially is much easier than breaking down walls later. This is also true for any nook spaces as well as built-in shelving. The right builder can offer many options that allow the buyer to customize the walls, flooring etc and consider such options early in the building process making updates down the road much easier and more affordable.

March 17, 2017

Warm color schemes such as sunset yellows, reds, tans, and oranges add comfort and warmth to your kitchen’s atmosphere. The number of possible color schemes may seem endless and overwhelming so here are 11 excellent combinations to consider to get you started.

1. Butter and Khaki
Peaceful shades around the perimeter of your busy kitchen can help add a sense of calm to your space. A soft, buttery yellow shade combined with a warm khaki hue for cabinets can soften the atmosphere and create a welcoming area. To further accentuate the colors, consider adding woven baskets, wooden items, and copper pots as finishing touches.

2. Eggplant and Sage
A muted sage shade paired with a vivid eggplant hue as an accent make a perfect combination. The shades compliment each other nicely to create a warm but energized atmosphere.

3. Cherrywood and Daffodil
Daffodil colored cabinets ensure bright, lively mornings. To take full advantage of daffodil’s lovely brightness without creating too loud of a space, consider complimenting it with cherrywood barstools and a cherrywood island.

4. Pumpkin and Navy
Walls with a vibrant pumpkin hue paired with a few navy colored accents create an inviting, lively space. To further increase the visual appeal of this combo, considering including stainless-steel appliances and white trim.

5. Mocha, White, and Ginger
Cabinets with a white finish are popular for their bright, light-reflecting properties and crisp, clean appearance. Although white is a stunning cabinet choice, it creates a coldness without the proper accents. A ginger ceiling with deep mocha wood accents adds warmth and depth to optimize white’s visual appeal.

6. Gold, Khaki, and Chocolate
A rich chocolate brown pops against a gold-toned ceiling and cabinets with a light khaki finish. To accent, consider using metal light fixtures to play against the gold ceiling.

7. Orange, Turquoise, and Navy
Burnt orange walls and navy – opposite on the color wheel – accents offer a high-contrast, can’t-miss design that is still inviting and soft. Additional accents in robin’s-egg blue add further depth to this powerful color duo.

8. Persimmon, Yellow, and Mahogany
A mix of cool and warm shades such as persimmon, yellow, and mahogany create a high level of interest while still creating warm surroundings. Consider featuring bright yellow walls and cabinets balanced with touches of persimmon and mahogany.

9. Greige and Gold
Greige – a combination of gray and beige – offers a neutral hue with warm undertones.
A mix of greige and honey gold cabinets along with a greige accent wall and stainless steel appliances offers a stunning outcome.

10. Beige and Brick Red
Deep reddish-orange hues create a warm, rich presence. Vibrant red cabinets mixed with cool beige to offset the extreme warmth of the shocking red tones create a visually stimulating pair.

11. Moss, White, and Cocoa
Brown, the warmest color in terms of neutrals, creates a rich, easygoing feeling. Brown walls with soft moss accents and white furnishings come together to form a memorable kitchen space.

Final Thoughts

Combining the right colors can increase the aesthetic appeal of your kitchen and help make your family and guests feel at ease. Consider incorporating one of the color combinations mentioned above to make your
a warm, inviting space.

March 16, 2017

Whether you are having a quiet meal with the family or entertaining guests, it seems that the kitchen is always at the center of the action and needs to be as inviting as possible. If you are considering selling your home, an outdated kitchen can detract from the value of your home and deter potential buyers. While kitchen renovations can certainly be expensive, there are a few simple changes that you can make without draining your bank account.

The Cabinets:

If your cabinets are showing their age or are lacking character, a fresh coat of semigloss paint and new hardware can give them a new lease on life and transform the entire feel of your kitchen. For a look that is fresh, modern, and timeless, try white cabinetry with a traditional bin pull.

The Backsplash:

A mosaic tile or glass backsplash is a great way to add a pop of color to your kitchen. A backsplash of white subway tile is always on trend. To make it more interesting, try laying the tile in a fun soldiered or herringbone pattern. If your kitchen is on the small side, it is best to keep to a neutral color scheme to give the illusion of light and space.

The Floors:

If your budget does not allow for new tile or hardwood floors, you can spruce up your existing floors with a coat of paint or stain. If you choose to paint your floors, be sure to use a latex paint designated for floors and patios. This paint is meant to withstand the daily abuse normally inflicted on floors.

The Lighting:

Undercabinet lighting or a new pendant light over an island or breakfast bar will give your kitchen a stylish, high-end look. An even less expensive option is to change out your existing light bulbs for high-efficiency LED bulbs.

The Countertops:

With a little effort, it is possible to find an inexpensive countertop that will still be beautiful and provide a sanitary work surface for your kitchen. When possible, look for stores that sell reclaimed materials, such as granite, metal, and butcher-block remnants from other projects. Concrete is another budget-friendly option that is still trendy. You can even stain the concrete to match the rest of your kitchen décor. Another option is to use granite, marble, and other expensive materials on small spaces as an accent.

The Kitchen Sink:

While the sink is largely thought of as being merely functional, it can also be a focal point for your kitchen. For example, a farmhouse sink with an apron front can give your kitchen a high-end, custom feel.

The Range Hood:

Even a basic kitchen can look like a chef’s paradise with the addition of an oversized stainless steel range hood. Although the purpose of the range hood is to vent cooking odors and smoke to the outside, you do not necessarily have to worry about adding new ductwork. There are ductless range hoods available that use charcoal filters instead of exterior ventilation.

The exact cost of these projects will vary depending on the fixtures that you choose; however, you should be able to accomplish all of these updates for under $5,000. The payoff is a kitchen that you can be proud of and the satisfaction of knowing that you have added thousands to the value of your home.