7 Ways to Take Your Home from Builder Grade to Custom MadeDecember 21, 2021
If the past two years have shown us anything – aside from the importance of good hand hygiene – it’s that our homes are a place of refuge, somewhere we can go at the end of the day and feel relaxed and comfortable. However, many people also came to realize that the style or functionality of their builder-grade home was lacking, which has spawned what might be the greatest renovation boom in recent memory.
So, what is builder-grade anyway? The term commonly refers to homes built with budget and profit in mind. They are typically characterized by basic finishes and inexpensive materials. That’s not to say that there is anything inherently wrong with builder-grade; they simply won’t have the same level of customization and quality of finishes one would expect from a luxury custom home builder in Vancouver.
But the good news is, you can get a lot of custom style added into your builder-grade home without having to invest in a luxury custom home builder in Vancouver.
Here are 7 renovation ideas that can up the wow factor in any home.
You probably have never given your interior doors and trim much thought; they are just kind of there. But switching out your hollow core doors for solid-core doors can have a significant visual impact on your home and really add to the lux factor. While you’re at it, don’t forget to complete the look by replacing your door trim.
If you are going to tackle your interior doors and trim, you may want to consider updating all the baseboards, crown mouldings, and door and window trims at the same time. Take a few minutes to look at examples of luxury custom home builds in Vancouver. Something that they will all have in common is high-quality, consistent trim and mouldings throughout the house. It’s a small detail with a major impact.
Lighting is a crucial, yet often overlooked aspect of home design. Once a lighting plan has been laid out, basic pot lights and fixtures tend to fill the spaces.
Upgrading your lighting is a fast, easy way to make a statement that can change your home’s entire look and feel. Consider the type of light you prefer, warm or cool, and think about features you may enjoy but don’t have, like dimmers and app-controlled smart lighting systems – and don’t forget to update your switches!
One of the most distinguishing features you’ll see from a luxury custom home builder in Vancouver is custom built-ins. Built-ins in the family room, office, pantry, mudroom, and laundry room; custom-built-ins is a visually impressive and functional way to make your home look and feel more expensive.
Luxury custom-built homes are often designed with statement staircases. Typically situated prominently at the front of the home, a staircase upgrade is a perfect way to set the tone for the rest of your home. Swap out a builder-grade railing with bespoke wood, brass, or glass, and you’ll never look at your basic stairs the same way again.
The biggest difference between builder-grade and a luxury custom build is in the details, and one way to capture that feeling of a custom home is by installing a statement wall. Paneling, plaster, wallpaper, or even just an eye-catching accent paint are all inexpensive options that will have a dramatic effect.
Want more? Make a statement on your ceiling with boxed beams, tongue and groove paneling, or unique trim detailing; just make sure the overall look is cohesive with the rest of your home.
You don’t need to invest in a new kitchen or bathroom to add a lot of wow factors to your home. With these tips, you can feel like you’re living in luxury – on a budget.
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