Every room comes with its own design challenges! I’m here to show you 4 ways that you can overcome these to fall more in love with the home you already own, while appealing to the right buyer should you decide to move.
When we bought our house 2 years ago, we bought it with the full intent of staying put here forever. We have done our share of projects around here – some big like our guest bathroom and some small like painting our kitchen cabinets, but little by little I feel we are increasing the value of our home.
I’m not sure what town you’re reading from, but we live right outside of Charlotte, North Carolina and let me tell you – home prices are INSANE and they’re climbing. As we speak, a house down the street from us just went on the market and in less than 24 hours had an “under contract” sign on it. It really is crazy. If your curious, this is actually a very helpful link to a page to show you how much homes are worth by state!
Are We Moving?
Short answer is no. The long answer is that we have never been more close to moving than we have in the last 2 months. There have been some unexpected things come up with Jordan’s job and a door opened up for us to move about an hour away to Columbia, South Carolina but we just didn’t feel it was right. That’s a long story I’m not gonna bore you with at the moment, but I can promise you it ain’t cute and you can slide in my DMs for deets.
Then why are you telling me all this?
Being a part of this Jeffrey Court challenge has come with its own … well, challenges. However, I wanted to share with you guys how you can turn design challenges (or even life challenges) into value and more importantly love for your own home.
4 Ways to overcome design challenges
One room at a time
Do as we say not as we do, k? In case you’ve missed it, we’re currently working on our laundry room!
If you’re working on a huge project – think anything more than just painting or changing out hardware – then try to only do one of these at a time. This will allow you to take your time and do it just right which will allow you to enjoy it, but will also add value to your home if you do decide or have to end up moving one day.
I almost don’t even want to admit this, but I tripped coming up our outside steps holding our fabulous white wall tile and BROKE THE ENTIRE FREAKING BOX, y’all. THE ENTIRE THING. I was so mad at myself. BUT you know what we did? Since they came on sheets and some were salvageable, we tore off the ones we could use and used those for the edges or we just cut off the broken parts and no one will ever know!
Except me because now I’m traumatized BECAUSE I BROKE AN ENTIRE BOX OF TILE. Gah. I’m still picturing it.
Another way we got creative was to side vent our dryer. It was vented from the back and it stuck out really far from the wall, but by doing this, we were able to gain a couple inches of walking space. Holla!
Call in experts when needed
For this week of work, we have had to call in 2. We called in a plumber to get us started to plumb for the sink and then our crown molding guy.
There are just certain things when it comes to work that we know we can’t/don’t trust ourselves to do. Especially if you’re selling your home – you want everything to pass inspection! I mean, I guess you want it to pass if you’re just going to be living there too, but you know what I mean.
Work within a reasonable budget
Yes, we were so pumped to be getting to use REAL TILE in this laundry room design, but in other rooms like our master bathroom for example and even our office, we didn’t have the budget to do all new flooring so we got creative and used groutable peel and stick tiles and truthfully, I am SO HAPPY with them!
A lot of times the value of your home comes in how you sell it. Meaning if it evokes a feeling of joy in you, more than likely the right buyer will feel that same sense of joy in it too!
What about you guys? What’s your biggest design challenge you’ve had to overcome so far? Timeline? Money? Champagne taste on that beer budget? Let me know!
This post is partially sponsored by homes.com, but of course all opinions are my own.