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You can easily take a fireplace from bland and outdated to a can’t-miss focal point by adding floor-to-ceiling faux stone and a floating mantel.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.

 

March 15, 2017

Do the spring seed catalogs and plant displays have you chomping at the bit to create a gorgeous, lush garden? Many first-time gardeners start their gardens with great enthusiasm and lose interest part way through the growing season. It’s not that they have brown thumbs, it’s just that they didn’t have the experience to plan their garden. Here are some tips to help you become a happy, life-long gardener.

Start Small

An enthusiastic, ambitious start in gardening easily becomes a daunting chore by mid-summer. Keeping expectations to reasonable levels will help the habit grow easily and naturally. 100 square feet is plenty of space for the beginning gardener, and less would be fine, unless you’re planning on having plants that need lots of room or very little care.

Select Your Spot, Even A Pot

Typically, you’ll want a fairly sunny spot with good drainage, depending on what you intend to plant. If you choose to use a spot of yard that turns into a bog with every heavy rain, you may want to choose plants that will thrive there. If a well-drained area is simply not available, installing a French Drain is an option.

You can either pick the location of your garden and put in plants that favor those conditions, or pick the plants that you want and choose the garden plot to match the conditions that they like.

If you don’t have any garden plot available, container gardens are an option. Flower pots, window boxes, or salvaged containers, there is a wealth of ideas on the web for container gardening.

Suss Out the Soil

Your county and State University agricultural departments may offer inexpensive soil-testing services, and there are inexpensive test kits at most gardening supply shops to test your soil for pH, nitrogen, phosphorus and potash. You may need to add something to adjust your soil to proper levels for your plants, and compost or manure are likely to be a good idea.

You Can Even Start Early

If you’re eager to get started, but it’s still snowing outside, take a tip from many experienced gardeners. Start your seeds inside, and transplant them when others are planting their seeds.
Flowers or Vegetables? Why Not Both?

Flowers are beautiful and smell pretty, garden-fresh vegetables are delicious, and there’s no rule that says your garden must be one or the other. In fact, many vegetable gardeners put in a border of marigolds to keep rabbits at bay.

If you’re planting mostly flowers, try to choose a selection that blooms at various times of the year, so you’ll have some flowers throughout the growing season.

If you’re planting for produce, plant what you’ll want to eat. Everyone has heard the jokes about the gardener who leaves bags of zucchini on the steps of a stranger’s house, just to give their overproduction a home. Zucchini is easy to grow, but something that you’ll want to eat is a better choice.

Don’t forget berries. Raspberry or strawberry patches in shady corners make delicious perennials, if they suit your climate and your taste buds.

 

March 8, 2017

Over the past several years, we have seen an influx in homeowners switching their design to more of a country rustic feel. The farmhouse style has been particularly popular, as it brings in a sense of warmth, comfort, and a homey atmosphere. Now you might be thinking, this is great and I would love to do the same, but I neither have the time nor budget in order to bring the farm to me. However, there are small ways you can implement this design into your home by doing just a few simple things. In this article, we’ll share with you a few different ways of how you can bring the farmhouse style into your own home.

One of the simplest ways is by adding certain touches such as antique trunks or old-style quilts. Both of these items literally scream farmhouse, and are not just for decoration, but are also practical. They literally can be put anywhere throughout the house, and are a fairly inexpensive purchase.

Another simple way that you can make your house feel more like a farmhouse is by adding farm friendly artwork. By this we mean artwork that has been farm-inspired. These could be paintings of cows, fields, and barns. Or, you could purchase real life photography of the same types of objects. You could even get super creative and hang different pieces of reclaimed barn wood with painted script, or even repurposed farmhouse items such as old tins, framed needlepoints, and/or an old washboard. Your options here are virtually endless. Plus, you can get a lot of these types of items at thrift stores or antique shops, and you’ll save a bundle.

If you’re able to do a little bit bigger of an upgrade, consider installing a farmhouse sink. This will truly help bring the feel of the farm into your home, and will be yet another functional piece. These gorgeous sinks are not only practical, but there are efficient as well, as most of them tend to be very deep and wide. The best part about these sinks though, is that because of their simple design, they also tend to be very affordable. Which is just another win-win for you and your wallet.

Another larger upgrade you could make would be switching up some of your walls. For instance, most farmhouses have either wood walls, or even a stone or brick wall within the home. So, consider updating a few of your own walls to truly create a down on the farm feel. If you’re worried about your budget, there are ways you can save here by using faux walls instead of real ones. For instance, if you want to include a stone wall, opt for faux stone panels, instead of real stone. Faux stone is a fraction of the cost. Plus it’s lighter, easier to install, and is resistant to moisture, mildew, and mold.

If you want to keep it simple, but have a little bit of money to spend, opt for a farmhouse table. Nothing says farmhouse more than a big inviting table where you and your family will gather to share your meals. Farmhouse tables are sturdy, beautiful, and will be the perfect place for you to make many memories with your loved ones.

These are all but a few of many ideas that you could use to implement a farmhouse feel into your home. We suggest that before you start your decorating, you sit down and have a clear idea of what it is you want. Once you know, start your search by hitting up thrift stores, or even

March 6, 2017

If you live in an apartment, then you know the struggle of what it’s like to have a tiny bathroom. In fact, you’ve probably spent many a showers daydreaming of the day when you can afford one of those amazing tricked out bathrooms that you’ve seen on TV in those millionaires’ homes. Alas, you know that those daydreams are merely pipedreams that will never come to pass. But don’t loose all hope. There are still ways you can create the illusion of a luxurious bathroom right in your own 10×10 space. In this article, we will share with you some tricks on how you can create your own spa like experience that will make you feel like you really are a millionaire.

One of the first things you can do to create a sense of luxury and relaxation is by dimming the lights. By being able to dim the lights, you can set a tone that can help you either ease into your mornings or relax and unwind at night. Adding a dimmer is fairly easy and simple, and most landlords won’t have an issue with it. However, it’s always best to check just to make sure you won’t lose your security deposit.

Another easy way to set the mood is by adding candles in your bathroom. There’s nothing more relaxing than watching a dozen lights flicker while you ease into a hot and steamy bubble bath. Plus, if you use scented candles, you can make your entire bathroom smell like, well, something that isn’t a bathroom!

One fun way to upgrade your shower and tub is by adding in Bluetooth shower speakers. By adding tunes, you can help start your mornings with some energetic jams, or again, unwind at night with a few classical ballads. And before you go thinking you can’t afford waterproof Bluetooth speakers, know that you can purchase a decent pair for $20 or less.

When you go to a spa, what is one of the most wonderful things that is offered to you, besides the massages you pay for? That’s right, heated towels. There’s just something so inviting and luxurious about a heated towel. So, why not bring that same lavish experience into your own bathroom using an electric towel rack to heat your towels while you shower or bathe? We for one, can’t think of a single reason as to not!

Along the lines of warming up your towels, make sure your toes are also taken care of by using a foot warmer mat by your sink. This way your feet can stay nice and toasty like the rest of your body while you get ready for your daily grind. We guarantee you’ll love this perk, especially during the wintertime when the bathroom tile finds itself to be even colder than ever.

Another great way to add luxury to your bathroom is by updating your walls to look like you’re in a 5-start resort. This could mean giving your bathroom a new paint color, hanging art on the walls, or even going as far as adding faux wall panels that mimic wood or stone to really create a luxurious effect! (We recommend faux wall panels as opposed to the real thing because they are cheaper, lighter, and are resistant to moisture, mold, and mildew.)

You can also create elegance and luxury by adding plants to your bathroom. Plants can be hung from the ceiling, placed on the sink or toilet, or you can even place it next to your laundry hamper. We specifically recommend aloe vera, not only for its medicinal properties, or the fact that it holds up well in extreme humidity, but it also can help keep the area free from mold, dust, and other particles that are in the air.

If you’re tired of walking into a boring bathroom everyday, then try out some of these ideas. We guarantee that if you do, they’ll help make you feel like a millionaire living the spa life everyday!

March 4, 2017

Whether you’re renovating an old home, decorating a new one, or simply updating your current home. Trying to bring a house together can prove to have its challenges. Sure, pulling together a single room can be simple enough. But, if you’re attempting to bring the whole house together in unison, well, that will take careful planning, time, a properly thought out budget, and a keen eye for design. Thankfully, you don’t have to go at it alone. There are plenty of sources out there on the web that can help you start to visualize what it is you want for your home’s new design. And in this particular article, we will give you some tips on how you can bring your own vision for your home alive.

First things first, you need to have a plan before you start any renovations, your shopping, or even hiring a contractor. It would do you well to sit down and clearly map out what exactly it is you want. In order to do this, you’ll need to know the precise layout of your house. Measure out the rooms, and get the proper proportions so you’ll know precisely what it is you’re working with. Also, take a look and see what needs to be replaced, painted over, or maybe even torn out. All of these things will play crucial roles into how you begin implementing your plan.

How To Bring A House Together

During this time, you’ll also want to set a budget. This is important because your budget will determine what you will or won’t be able to do. Make sure that once you set your budget, you stick with it. Otherwise, you may get to the end and realize all those “little things” you thought you could afford now add up too a very large number.

Once you have a solid plan in place, now is the time to enlist the help of the contractor, should you need one. If you do need one, make sure you do your due diligence and find the best one that you can afford in your area. Ask people that you know for recommendations, or read reviews online to find a reputable company. Once you have found potential options, interview them and see which contractor fits best with your vision for your home. Once you have found your match, bring them in as soon as they can in order to get a layout of your house, and give you an estimate.

Now comes the fun part, buying all the materials you’ll need for your renovation. This is the time when your wallet will start to feel the “heat”. So, in order to lighten its burden, do your best to shop deals. Try to find things you like on sale or clearance, or even shop second hand or thrift stores. If thrift stores aren’t really your style, you can go to a big box store and talk to a manager and see what kind of deal you can strike. If you agree to purchase a majority of the supplies you need from them, often times they will want your business, and will be willing to give you a bundled deal.

Another thing to consider when saving money is the type of materials you will use. For instance, let’s say you want to update one of your walls with brick. Instead of going out and paying high prices for real brick, consider using a faux brick wall. Faux brick walls look exactly like a real brick wall, but they are a fraction of the cost and are less susceptible to decay. The same could go for wood or even stone.

After you’ve purchased all your materials, now comes the work. Its here where either your contractor will be doing most of the work or, if you are a DIY kind of person, you’ll be handling a lot of the work yourself. Regardless, this is the part that will take the most time, and you’ll need to be patient and flexible.

Finally, once the renovating is done, now comes the decorating. By now, you probably will have a very clear vision of what your house will look like. It’s here where design comes into play. If you want your house to truly come together, you’ll need to have a constant theme throughout. Hopefully, during the renovation, you painted the different rooms complimentary colors, and have bought matching furnishings. If you did, then you’re on the right track. Now all you have to do is add the finishing touches, such as lamps, tables, vases, artwork, etc., that will finish pulling your dream house together. Happy decorating!

 

 

 

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