How to Transform Your Boring, Builder-Grade Home

How to Transform Your Boring, Builder-Grade Home
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    The home-buying process is odd.

    Entering the housing market means you have limited options, a budget, and a deadline to find a new roof over your head.


You would love to hand-pick the ideal house, but that’s not reality. If you end up with a builder-grade house, you may look around months after moving in and wonder, “Why did I choose this bare-bones place?”

While choosing a home feels random, the beautiful thing about setting down roots is you slowly turn the place you are into where you want to be. Even a stark builder-grade house becomes your home.

To keep making it more and more yours, read how to transform your boring, builder-grade home.

Invest in Custom Millwork

First, delve into the many benefits of custom millwork for your home, including its ability to raise your home’s aesthetic and value. Think through where installing custom wood pieces would improve your house’s look and feel. In a builder-grade dwelling, you’re likely to find more places than you’d expect.

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      some moulding ideas to consider      

  • Mirrors

    The bathroom is a good place to start. Too often, builder homes don’t frame out mirrors with trim. These mirrors are purely functional slabs of glass. They blend in with your bathroom walls rather than taking on a distinct, stylish appearance.

    Adding custom trim isn’t a difficult DIY job, and it allows you to nudge the room’s look in the right direction. Be sure to consider who uses the bathroom—a wide, dark hardwood makes your personal bathroom look elegant, while lighter or more vibrant shades accommodate your kids’ tastes.

  • Hallways

    Your hallways could also use some TLC. With a builder-grade house, you likely don’t stop and look at your hallways because they lack details.

    That’s because they too are primarily a functional feature, guiding you from room A to room B. In the spirit of creating a cohesive interior style, add trim along your hallways as well, with detail-rich corbels to accent the space nicely.

Paint in Some Character

Those not ready for drastic changes can bring out the paintbrush instead.

  • Moulding

    Painting moulding with any color other than the ubiquitous builder-grade white distinguishes your home from similar models. You’ll be surprised how painting it a darker shade immediately quiets the feel of the entire room and makes you more comfortable.

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      some parisian styles to consider      

  • Vinyl Floors

    Another increasingly common strategy for transforming boring, builder-grade homes is painting existing vinyl floors. It may sound odd and impractical, but you can execute a solid paint job if you follow these steps.

    After cleaning thoroughly, use deglossing solution to provide a more secure application surface for your paint. Then apply two coats of primer followed by several layers of dedicated porch or floor paint. The beauty of this change-up is you can paint whatever pattern and colors you like.

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Build a Beautiful Plank Wall

Incorporating an accent plank wall is another popular, modern way to revamp things. In the sea of bare features, white paint, and uncomplicated textures, a plank wall stands out nicely, affording a valuable focal point.

Whether you go for a natural wood look or decide to paint and finish it, let the inherent depth and pleasant color contrast of your wood pieces shine through. Also, don’t be shy about trying an interesting plank pattern. A diagonal or zig-zag pattern can make your builder-grade home much more your own.

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