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Transform Small Spaces into Charming Places

In home listings across the country, the word small is often replaced with a far more marketable and appealing word: “charming.” But what makes a home charming compared to small? How does a homeowner transition a cramped room into a space with unique and appealing character?

desk2Create special spaces and storage

Carefully consider the functions of any space, such as TV viewing, reading or computer use, so that only the items needed for those specific functions are stored there.

Understanding how this space is utilized will make it easier to establish dedicated zones and supplies for each activity. Be sure to also create proper storage to manage and maintain a clutter-free home.

Make it larger with lighting

windowsClearing a small home of its clutter will automatically make it seem larger. However, the illusion of more space can also be enhanced with proper lighting.

The right lighting will also play a big role in helping create a more charming feel.

kitchen2Recessed lighting is visually appealing and perfect for small spaces. You can also affect a room’s lighting with low-cost or no-cost solutions that make the most of the space’s built-in features. For example, highlight windows instead of covering them, or make the fireplace a focal point.

Add charming details

chairrail2Woodwork is another simple embellishment that adds instant character and charm without affecting usable space. A chair rail, crown molding or even baseboards can help take a standard room and outline it with interesting architectural elements.

By managing clutter, using lighting to create bright and airy spaces and incorporating simple architectural elements, you can easily transform a cramped area into a charming and inviting room that you – or a potential buyer – can enjoy.

Source: ClosetMaid

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2014. All rights reserved.

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Small Renovations with Big Impact!

by Courtney Soinski

When it comes to remodeling your home, cost and time invested are always very important factors to consider.  If you’re like most people, you may feel overwhelmed at just the thought of home renovations or you’re unsure of where to even start.  Fortunately, there are several ways you can give your home small tweaks that make a huge impact while keeping your wallet full.

Here are 5 simple remodeling projects to get started on for a great first impression on your next home tour.

painting-wall1. Paint. 

Applying a fresh coat of paint is a great way to add some fun flair to the rooms in your house.  If you don’t want to change the color completely, go for a different shade or even consider painting one of the walls in a bright color. This will add some nice depth and brightness to the room as well as some pops of color.

lighting2. Lighting. 

This is a small tweak to your home that can make a huge difference, and can really improve the overall feel and comfort of the house.  You can remove shadows from work spaces by using under-cabinet lights.  Install dimmer lights at a low cost to create a nice ambience.  Also, replace the fan blades on your ceiling fans for a subtle but updated and trendy new look.

switchplates3. New Fixtures. 

Updating fixtures in your home is another simple, low-cost way to remodel in a small but big way.  Replace door handles, hinges, faucets, and light switch plates for an updated look throughout your home. Keeping up with new home design trends will resonate with new home buyers because you’ll have all the latest styles.

crownmoulding4. Trim and Mouldings. 

Installing crown moulding, baseboards or wainscoting is a sure-fire way to create a more refined look.  Your new trim and moulding will add beautiful detail and elegance to your home as well as appeal to all types of home buyers’ senses.

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5. Flooring.

Last but not least is your home’s flooring.  Although it tends to be easily overlooked, updating your hardwood floors as well as carpets makes a world of difference to your home’s overall feel.  Replace any carpet that looks worn or matted and refinish your hardwood floors for a polished look that can dramatically improve an entire room.

Whether or not you’re getting your house ready to sell, these remodeling tweaks are easy, cost-effective, and will result in a great new look. They may be small, but these renovations make a huge impact, making your home feel like new!

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Are Closed Kitchens Making a Comeback?

9868f680e65e1e9d3e0fa39f5867841d (1)by Courtney Soinski

For a while now, there has been high demand for open floor plans, in which the kitchen and dining room are not bound by any walls or doors.  I wouldn’t get too comfortable, though – We may now be faced with a turning point in buyers’ home design preferences.

Recently, builders and architects are featuring separate kitchens in new homes due to higher demand.  According to a New York Times article regarding floor plans with formal dining rooms and closed kitchens, a broker explains “They offer charm and they’re better for entertaining. For a certain demographic, they’re a definite selling point.”

f23de27328f42abd197feb26285f355cThere is also increasing popularity of what architects are referring to as “hybrid kitchens,” which have pocket doors so home owners can have either an open or closed kitchen.  Having this option is a huge benefit.

A closed kitchen does not mean it’s shut off from the rest of the house, but it does mean that home owners can have some privacy when they need a little break from noisy kids or need to concentrate on cooking dinner.  Closed kitchens are also great at hiding dirty dishes or a messy kitchen when guests are visiting, which means less stress for home owners.

2e5b21e679a20e9e6e6b00a43930b1abCompromise is the key to achieving the perfect kitchen.  Home owners can get the best of both worlds with a kitchen that closes off smells and food prep mess, while also not isolating the cook.  Ways to achieve this dream kitchen are simple, and can range from adding a pass-through window or a raised bar and eating counter to installing pocket doors or a peninsula with upper cabinets.

 

Source: RealtorMag, HouseLogic

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