Monday, August 18, 2014

Beyond Builder Grade

A newly built home can be great.  The design is usually open and inviting and there should be no huge maintenance issues.  But sometimes the finishes that the builder selects can be pretty...boring.  They tend to try to appeal to the masses but that leaves your home looking a little sterile or at least looking like every other house on your block.

Today we're going to show you some ways that you can upgrade and customize your builder grade home to make it more to your taste.  Take some ideas and see what you can accomplish in your home.




Can you believe this is the same kitchen?  The new homeowners kept the layout of the kitchen intact which saves a lot of money.  They installed new dark wood floors, replaced all the cabinetry, added granite countertops and new appliances.  They finished it off with a subway tile backsplash and a new coat of paint.  The renovated pristine white kitchen looks completely different and definitely more upscale.

How to Update your Cabinets Using Contact Paper

How to Update your Cabinets Using Contact Paper

This homeowner converted their builder grade upper kitchen cabinets to open shelving using a resurfacing kit.  The result is bright and open.

Can you believe this upgrade?!  Believe it or not, but these are the same cabinets refinished in a darker stain and with an added crown molding at the top.  New flooring and lighting helps complete the look.


Before pic of builder's grade bathroom

Nautical Bathroom Theme

The total transformation of this room was accomplished with very little work.  A new dark stain and satin nickle hardware transformed the vanity to look more modern.  A new lighting fixture, a coat of paint, and nautical decorations complete the transformation.

Builders mirror

bathroom vanity

Simply changing out a builder grade mirror did wonders for this bathroom.

This fun upgrade was accomplished by changing out the light fixture, adding trim to the mirror, painting the cabinets a beautiful cobalt blue, and upgrading the hardware.


DIY Staircase Makeover Before

DIY Staircase Makeover

What a difference removing the carpet makes.  This staircase went from drab to fab with this simple change.

Updated staircase @ Home Remodeling Ideas

Again, removing carpet changes the entire look of this staircase.  A dark stain applied to the rails finishes the look.

Stair Makeover removing carpet from stairs

Stair Makeover removing carpet from stairs

Modifying the last two steps and changing the banister gave this staircase a completely new look.

Trim and Moldings

Update your window trim

Builder grade trim tends to be on the small and skinny side.  Wide trim and detailed moldings make windows and rooms look more substantial and luxurious.

I so want to do this!  Add trim to builder grade windows.  Love how they did theirs.

Source:  Pinterest

No comments: