Hey you guys! After seven (7) months, I have closed on my house, my builder-grade house ya’ll. In my last post (Builder Grade -Before You Buy), I talked about my buying process and upgrades. Today, I want to share some tips on how to make a builder-grade home not so cookie cutter. These tips are a few that are already in motion to take place in my house, and others are ideas I’m mulling over.
Most, but definitely not all, builder-grade homes lack a bit of character. They usually have less of a wow factor in the finishes, woodwork, lighting, paint, etc. When thinking about improving, these are some areas to consider upgrading.
Flooring: This is optional, but I’m going from luxury vinyl to wood. Yes, flooring size does matter, and in my case details matter too.
Furniture Selection. Bringing in lush fabrics, natural elements, and a mix of new and old can add great visual interest to a basic room. These items alone offer lots of texture and personalization to a home.
Walls. The possibilities with your wall space are never ending. You can remain stationary at eye level or maximize your linear space. An example is something as simple as paint. Paint is affordable; you can get creative with it and applying the right color can also add depth to a space. Other options are wallcoverings which can be temporary or permanent selections, built-ins, mudroom, or plank walls. The possibilities are truly endless.
Trim. Adding crown molding, box picture frame, coffered ceiling, and enlarging your base trim and trim around windows can also add visual appeal to your home.
Lighting. Lighting can be a massive game-changer in the overall outcome of how your home looks and feel. I find it simpler to change out my lights once I’ve figured out the overall style and color choice for the room. With lighting, I want to add a high contrast without overpowering the space.
I hope you founds these tips helpful until next time.