After a long busy day, everybody wants to go home. Everybody. No exception. Home is the place to be and it can be described in a number of ways. A home can be warm and inviting, posh and sophisticated, demure and impressive, comfortable and lavish or so much more. Regardless of the type of home owned, a home carries that x factor that cannot be imitated or duplicated.
Adding aesthetic and economic value to your home is always a good idea whether it be a simple remodeling, a needed renovation, or a touch of character and warmth.
In this article we look into elements that add value to a space and the home in general.
But first, what spaces can we use to elevate the value of a room?
When entering the room, what is the first thing that grabs attention? The walls? The ceiling? Perhaps the windows? Ah, the door itself, right?
All these are places where accessories and elements are added to give a home that pizzazz. The options to actually use are as many as your creative juices flow.
Value-add element 1: Use trim
Any good molding has the capacity to add value to a home, whatever the architectural structure, while also beautifying and making the home pleasant to live in. Good molding increases a home’s value and gives the owner a good return on their investment.
Different types of molding fit into varying sections of a room. Baseboards cover the lowest part of an interior wall while crown molding rests upon the highest part of an interior wall. Chair rails are placed horizontally to the wall around the perimeter of a room. Flat moldings are designed for either interior or exterior applications.
The best part about any type of molding is that it is fairly easy to install and can even be a DIY project with a few handy tools. Trim is available in different materials, sizes, styles and designs.
Molding made from plaster usually goes well with plaster walls because they are made of the same material. Such trim can be manipulated into elaborate designs, some of which may be difficult to create on other materials such as hard wood. It can however be costlier than other options like polyurethane, heavier and cracks easily.
Polyurethane molding offers all the benefits of wood molding but without its disadvantages. For starters, it is less expensive. The material is light and pliant, and will be easy to install. Our molding pieces come already pre-primed and ready to paint.
The material is impervious to moisture and does not rot or grow mold and mildew. It does not warp or crack as temperature changes and will maintain its quality for a good long while.
Polyurethane is more durable than others such as medium density fiberboard and carpentry moldings. A longer life span translates to low maintenance fees.
Other tips when using molding include:
Add crown molding to the exterior of the home
Crown molding added beneath the roof line gives the exterior of the house a touch of elegance that matches the beauty of the interior. Given the resistance to moisture and temperature changes, you are assured that the trim will add value to your home with little worry about decay.
Pair different trim pieces to create a finished look
Crown molding is exceptionally amazing when it is paired with baseboard molding. As the crown molding frames the room from above, so will the baseboard from below. Chair rail and wainscoting are great additions if you would like to have more trim within a space.
Value-add element 2: Use paint
Painting is the easiest way to add value to a home. Choosing a good quality paint brush and a good quality paint for walls and trim can make a home look brand new while saving a ton of money to a home that is well maintained.
Use paint to create an accent wall
Accent walls are artistically thought out as they will draw the focus of every eye and stand out from the rest of the room. Paint is perhaps the easiest way to create such a wall. Simply paint the chosen wall in a hue that is different from the rest. For a subtle yet noticeable effect, paint the wall a shade darker or lighter than the other walls. For a more colorful effect, consider hues that are different but which complement each other.
Paint the trim
Traditional white trim is a classic option. Such molding can be made to pop by considering a color that is eye-catching and complimentary to the wall. Black, blue, gray, and wood-brown are common trim color substitutes.
For a contrast effect, use a dark color to paint trim. For example, black paint on molding sitting on white walls.
Value-add element 3: Use medium density fiberboard (MDF) or polyurethane sealed doors.
These are sleek, modern, and an affordable alternative to natural wood that come in a wide variety. They are a step up from molded doors. Medium Density Fiberboard doors can be made in traditional stile and rail or as one solid piece. Polyurethane sealer can be applied externally or internally to any door.
Adding value to your home is as good an investment as any. Not only do you get to enjoy the aesthetic improvement that these additions make, but also increase the monetary value of your asset.
Key: Remember that while these tips should add value, they also have the potential to lower the overall quality of your home. Avoid substandard trim material and poor paint quality in an effort to cut costs. Such short-cuts are only likely to present a shabby look and damage the value in the long-run.
For the overall gain of a home to grow steadily or remain constant, effort must be made to continuously maintain the space. After all, an elegant home, an efficient house and a good return is a great deal if not a perfect one.