If your purpose is to create a fresh look with your remodel, or to prepare your house for sale, you might be able to achieve your goals with cosmetic changes rather than major structural renovation or an addition. There are a number of relatively simple and inexpensive cosmetic changes that can dramatically change the appearance of your home. You might consider such changes as these:

  • Repaint with lighter or brighter colors
  • Replace light fixtures
  • Add trim such as chair rail or crown molding
  • Add or remove wall paper
  • Replace existing toilets with newer water-saving models
  • Change or upgrade window treatments
  • Convert plain ceilings to tray ceilings
  • Replace paneling with drywall
  • Replace kitchen and/or bathroom countertops with stone or butcher block
  • Replace vinyl floor covering with ceramic tile
  • Replace carpet with hardwood floors
  • Replace exterior doors
  • Replace windows
  • Replace carpeting
  • Upgrade shades or blinds
  • Enlarge windows


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