New build homes can be great buys for first time buyers, families or investors. But these modern properties can lack the character that many people look for.
If you’re looking to buy a home, sell your property, or just want a little charm added to your house, the following tips could help you add a little extra to your contemporary abode.
Crown molding is an easy way to add architectural interest to your interior and it can be cheap, especially if you do it yourself. But if mitering corners isn’t your thing, a handyman can do the job quickly.
In fact, every trim in your house can be transformed. Wherever floors, doors, ceilings and windows meet the walls, they often have a trim. These trims have changed over time, adding character throughout history. They add a finishing touch and will set your property apart.
There are many styles, so do your research first.
Old homes often have built-in cabinets surrounding fireplaces or charming storage units in dining rooms. It is difficult to find even an older property with intact cabinets, but it is possible to build some that appear authentic.
You don’t need a carpenter to create attractive, yet practical storage space. Cheap shelving can be used alongside trim molding to create a built-in look.
Second-hand shops, antique stores or markets can offer one-off, period lights that will make any room more appealing. A spruced up piece can transform a space.
- Reading corners
A reading space will appeal to any buyer that wants to relax. And for those staying in their home, these areas can create a new lifestyle within your comfortable surroundings.
If you have an awkward space that you don’t know what to do with, build a platform or use cabinets in a bay or box window, using a cushion to make a cosy spot.
A cheap and really easy way to add charm is by finding antique brass, crystal, porcelain or coloured doorknobs. You could use these in the entryway, or add character to bedrooms and bathrooms.