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Low-Cost Ways to Add Special Touches into an Affordable New Home

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 06 December 2017 16:30

Choose Attractive Colors

When you choose great colors inside and out it can add significant value to a new home. Attractive colors don’t cost extra.

Octagon Windows

Octagon windows add to street appeal.

Octagon Attic Vents

Octagon vents, just like octagon windows, add to street appeal.

Curved Front Walkway

A curved front walkway adds character to the front of a home.

Extended Fireplace Floor Hearth

A brick or tile floor hearth that’s the same width of a fireplace is common but extending the floor hearth to an end wall gives it a built in look and a place to stack fireplace logs.

Chair Rail

Horizontal chair rail in a dining or living room adds character.

Crown Moldings

Crown moldings at the ceiling perimeter line add a special touch. An affordable way to create your own crown molding is to nail a 1”x6” board around the perimeter. Then nail 2 ¼” colonial trim (wide side on top) over the 1”x6” board.

Picture Frame Moldings

Rectangular picture frame moldings add a special touch in a dining room or living room.

Interior Stained or Etched Glass Windows

Installing a stained glass window on an interior wall can add a beautiful touch and you can view it from two different rooms. An etched glass window is a good alternative.

Extended Garage for Extra Storage

If your home design has a garage with a gable room line you can widen the garage by four feet, bringing the roof line down on the outside wall, which gives you plenty of extra storage. The added four feet in width running the length of the garage is a great feature and it gives you room in front to add an octagon shaped, or special shaped window that creates more street appeal.

The above tips, and many others, are featured in my book, Presale Home Concepts 101, with actual construction detail photos. The book is leaded with useful tips for marketing and selling unfinished homes. It is available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or other book sellers for only $13.95. FREE excerpt pages available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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