A Handy Cheapskate's Guide To A Luxurious Home

    A Handy Cheapskate's Guide To A Luxurious Home

    Jan 17, 2020

    Home improvement is expensive. Everyone wants to live in a home that feels luxurious in one way or another. Most people prefer a light and airy vibe, some prefer dark colors and a warm, cozy feeling. Scanning around the internet for design ideas is unlikely to produce any attractive plans that won't cost you tens of thousands of dollars to execute. I figured I could list a couple of cheap alternatives that can easily upgrade the look of your home. If you're selling a home, these may not improve the value of the home, but they very well could help the house make a good impression on potential buyers

    1. Number one has to be fresh paint. No home improvement project is free, but the cost of DIY painting compared to the cost of new cabinets or a new bathroom is fractional. Painting the walls of a room can really make the whole place feel newer, but it doesn't have to stop, or for that matter, start, with the walls. People spend tons of money on new cabinets, but you can make dreary or dated cabinets look much newer with a simple coat of paint. There are tons of great YouTube how-to videos on the subject, and unlike repainting a room, there is a lot less heavy lifting moving around furniture.
    2. Changing out doorknobs is a great idea, and is not as hard as you might think. When someone approaches your home, they first notices the general curb appeal and then various landscaping features as the walk towards the door. But the first smaller detail that they come into physical contact with is often the doorknob. Whether you opt for a clean modern look or a more classic, ornate feel. You can get some good looking knobs for as little as $35, but even if you spent $200, it is not a huge price considering how important first impressions are.
    3. Instal beaded board in your bathrooms. It adds a textured dimension and a certain cottage charm to a bathroom and it costs around $20 for a 4' by 8' panel. The paneling can be installed in a day or two and has a look of quality that does not betray the actual cost of the project.
    4. Shelves! Putting up decorative shelving can improve the look of a home. If you have an open area of a wall, one alternative decorative touch to hanging a painting is to put up shelving and decorating it with attractive knick-nacks or collectibles. Do not clutter the shelves. a stuffed bookshelf can look nice, but make sure all the books on the shelf match each other in size, age, color, and style. A random assortment of books creates a cluttered look. If you choose to display collectables, take great care to put space between them. The goal here can not be stated enough, avoid the cluttered shelf look. Utilizing negative space between whatever being displayed is imperative. Make sure whatever is on the shelves matches the rest of the room as well. Star Wars figurines on s half add to the look of a room with clean straight lines and lots of bold, solid colors, and other Star Wars memorabilia. Next to an antique chair and a kitchy kitty Kat clock, the room will feel like a musty antique mall.
    5. Less is more. Approach your house like a home stager, ask: "does this need to be here?". If it isn't absolutely necessary, it is probably just cluttering things up. A couch and a love seat is much better that two couches. If it is a small living room, maybe get rid of the couch go with the smaller furniture. Getting rid of things is much cheaper than buying things (stop the presses) and decluttering is one the most effective methods for decluttering.