With all the fixing, renovating, and flipping showing on television, your standard builder grade home seems sadly lacking. When you bought it, you intended to plant yourself here for a while, to moving to a farm to get the farmhouse look isn’t in the cards. Luckily, builder-grade makes the perfect canvas to boost your basic look without busting the budget.
Get the [Farmhouse] Look for Less
- Beadboard: Adding beadboard along breakfast nook and dining room walls bring instant country charm. Instead of expensive solid oak beadboard, choose four-foot by eight-foot faux pressed beadboard panels from your local DIY store. Cut them in half width-wise to get two four-foot by four-foot sheets. Attached them side by side to your walls with a nail gun and glue for best results. Top it off with flat pine board and paint it all a glossy white.
- Board and batten: This wall-treatment works best for mudrooms or hallways and adds character and charm to a plain stairway wall too. Get the look by nailing flat four to six-inch pine boards evenly spaced vertically along the wall. Leave measured room at the top and bottom for baseboard and chair rail or crown molding. Paint the boards and the wall between in a satin or semi-gloss paint in farmhouse blue, mint green or another color that speaks to you.
- Faux shiplap: While you sometimes can find real pieces of shiplap in outlets that handle reclaimed wood, you can get a similar look using pine planks. Similar to the board and batten treatment, nail the boards onto the walls, but horizontally, with about a three-quarter inch space between them. For easier installation create a couple of spaces from scrap wood to hold your boards in place. Choose an accent wall or niche for your installation area, then paint the boards with chalk paint to give you that aged country look.
- Butcher’s block countertops: If your budget lends itself to replacing the countertops, replace that Formica with natural butcher’s block. If solid butcher’s block is out of the question, stores like Ikea carry a bamboo version for less and Wilsonart has laminate versions with coordinated edges that are hard to tell from the real thing.
- Fixtures and finishes: Even if you can’t afford the farmhouse-style sink, you can change out the fixtures to give you the look. Opt for bronze or coppery finished for cream or white sinks and go for brushed satin nickel to complement your stainless steel. Change out light fixtures, drawer pulls, and knobs from the “that’s-so-90s” brass ones and consider chalk-paint to give your cabinets a stress-free new look.
- Timely trims: Finally, trim the doorways with—you guessed it—more flat pine boards. Use four-inch boards on the sides but add some drama to the top with six or eight-inch boards and a little bit of half-round to cap it off.
If you love the farmhouse style, try one or several of these steps to get a look that sets your builder-grade home apart from all the rest when it comes time to sell. For an estimate on what your re-imagined farmhouse will fetch on the market, talk to your realtor.
There are many reasons to renovate your house. If you plan on selling, renovating your old house will increase the face value dramatically. Also, it makes you more comfortable while you get the satisfaction of living in a place of which you are proud.
Some cheap renovation ideas that will not hurt your wallet but translate into a more attractive sale are:
Add Energy Efficient Windows
More than any time in history, we have so much awareness about going green. It is a good idea as it not only saves the environment but also saves money. Hence, replacing old windows with new ones that are energy efficient will reward you with tremendous returns. Immediate benefits come as a drastic reduction in your electricity bills.
Make a Deck
One of the things home buyers look for is a deck. Adding a deck is a terrific idea because it provides a fantastic spot for relaxation. While adding a deck to your house is cost incentive, think of the improvement it will have on the face value of your property. Also, if you want to sell your home, it is a sweet selling spot to get better deals.
Use Energy Efficient Insulation
Your heating and cooling system will be difficult to maintain if you use a door that allows a lot of hot and cold air to enter your house. Your entries, windows, switches, and attics are parts of the house that needs insulation. Replace old water heaters with new tanks that are energy efficient – they save energy and ultimately reduce your bills.
Ensure a Basic Maintenance Routine
A buyer will love to know the house is in good shape before investing in it. When you spend on basic maintenance, your home becomes pretty much appealing to prospective buyers. Basic maintenance routine doesn't have to burn a hole in your pocket. Hence, be sure to take care of leaky roofs, seal cracks, replace rotten woods and fix plumbing leaks. You also need to make certain that your house is clean.
Make Your Exterior Appealing
There are many renovation ideas you can do inside the house. You, however, have to bear in mind that it is the exterior of your home that will attract prospective buyers. With this in mind, you have to try to make your exterior as appealing as possible. Invest in good paint, make sure your roof complements the siding or brick, change your garage door, and anything else that will make your home look amazing at first sight.
House renovation is a great project that will yield tremendous returns with time. Be sure to invest in worthy projects that will make your house more appealing to buyers.