Whether you’re looking to enhance the look of your property as you prepare it for sale or to simply improve your home, doing so at the least possible cost is a top priority. Thankfully, there are many ways to add value to your house without having to stump up a huge financial outlay, be it de-cluttering, recycling and up-cycling, or buying your materials cheap.
From improving your kitchen or turning your bathroom into a wet room, to beautifying your living room to make it look more upmarket, here’s how to make your home look more expensive at a fraction of the price:
A good place to start when improving your house is the kitchen, the heart of every home and a particular point of note for most home buyers if you’re preparing your property for sale. Great ideas that add value at a fraction of the cost include custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and connected white goods. Beautiful, easy to clean paint and tiling will also make your kitchen stand out.
Kitchens are the heart of the home, but living rooms are its lifeblood and it is for this reason that many interior decorators begin there when revamping a property. To give your living room a more expensive look there are many possible sources of inspiration. In addition to a more simplified styling that enable the remaining furniture and elements to shine, consider including tasteful vintage pieces and decorating with a mix of interesting textures and textiles. Other ways to increase value include incorporating sculptural items, large scale art, and beautifully-framed and well placed mirrors.
Open Plan Designs
Open plan living is one property design trend that is sought after feature in homes. With clever designing, open plan spaces can give a home many benefits and drive the value of your house up because of it being a requirement on many peoples’ lists.
While open plan designs can be achieved cheaply, if you want to go all out, you may want to consider putting some money aside to create a really elegant and well thought out space. Property experts The Open Property Group have a lot of property conversion advice on their site to help prospective property developers upgrade their home.
To get the best look out of an open-plan design consider using lighting and floor variation to visually separate open spaces up, while cladding and split-level layouts are also a good way to organise your home and give it a more sophisticated look.
Whether you are thinking of selling your home, or you are looking for ways to increase the value of your property while upgrading your house at the same time, hopefully the ideas above help to get you started.
From open plan living to simple touches such as adding artwork or a lick of paint that go a long way to improving your homes look, -making your home look more expensive is indeed possible at a fraction of the price you will achieve.
Convert your Bathroom into a Wet Room
Another interior décor trend that is becoming more popular is the addition of wet rooms, or renovating your existing bathroom into one. Whatever your style and budget, a wet room combines the best of both worlds by providing bath and shower facilities in a modern way.
It is important to remember that installing a wet room is a job for experienced professionals as many factors such as cost and technical requirements have to be taken into consideration.
From giving the floor the right gradient for efficient water drainage, to priming and tiling the floor and lower wall areas to waterproof them, everything including the finish has to be just right to ensure your home gains true value.
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