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The hypocaust is an underfloor heating system that was used throughout the Roman Empire in villas of the wealthy. He is said to have become wealthy himself by buying villas at a low price, adding spas and his newly invented hypocaust, and reselling them at higher prices. Energy-efficient thermal insulation, replacement windows, and lighting. Boost curb-appeal in one day.Invest in a garage door made from solid wood and decked in stunning hardware — especially if it sits at the front of your house.

  • The most important thing to remember when installing grab bars is to find the studs and mount the bars directly to them.
  • Your choice should balance aesthetics with practicality.
  • While there is a fairly large ‘grey market’ of unlicensed companies, there are those that have membership in a reputable association and/or are accredited by a professional organization.
  • Next, sand the wood with sandpaper, and you’ll be set to begin staining.
  • Buhr says this kind of resourcefulness is part of the new normal, finding alternative sources for material, finding workarounds and just doing more with less.

Placing a ceiling medallion around a fan or light fixture is another way to add architectural flair overhead. Decorative ceiling medallions are available in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Installing a hardwood floor can take longer than a weekend, so choose a material that’s less time-consuming. Start with anything that comes in a roll, such as sheet vinyl, which looks better and lasts longer than it used to.

If you go this route, your cabinets will need to be meticulously organized, but ditching doors on overhead cabinets can really open up your kitchen. Put recessed lighting under kitchen cabinets to illuminate the countertop and reflect light into the rest of the room. “Rich colors make a house feel small,” explains Phoenix, Arizona, agent Andrew Monaghan who has nearly two decades of experience selling properties of all sizes. Rich, warm colors include dark shades like orange, red, and yellow. These colors, while pretty in certain contexts, make elements of any room appear closer than they actually are. If you’re looking for a quick way to change the look of your room, hanging a new light fixture is your best bet.

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Shop your existing inventory of accessories and display a few on your mantel for a quick, no-cost refresh. Beaded board lends a traditional touch to kitchens and bathrooms. Cut holes in the boards or sheets for outlets, phone jacks, and other wall necessities.

Upgrade Flooring

Replacing carpet or repairing flooring is an improvement that 26% of homeowners make, according to Zillow. If you’ve got lots of rooms with many types of flooring, you might want to bite the bullet and invest in new flooring for all, to create a seamless feel throughout the house. Wood floors, or even faux-wood floors, are preferable to carpeting even though those options can be more costly, Matke says. If, however, you can’t afford to upgrade to wood, new carpeting is still a major selling point. And just like with painting walls, a good neutral color is best.

Hang Outdoor String Lights

“It actually makes the house feel bigger,” Monaghan explains. Neutrals are always a good idea for walls, but cool-toned neutrals in a small home makes walls look further away than they are, visually expanding the square footage of a space. Make boring cabinets sing by replacing the door inserts. Stainless steel, stamped tin, wrought-iron grillwork, glass, and wood painted to match your flooring or countertops are all possibilities.

Get the latest This Old House news, trusted tips, tricks, and DIY Smarts projects from our experts–straight to your inbox. This means that a $5,000 bathroom renovation would yield a bump in home price of $8,550, perhaps more. The cost of a mid-range bathroom remodel averages between $3,000-$12,000 according to Zillow. Professional landscaping can cost anywhere between $500 – $3,000 according to Matke. Not sure what he’s going on about, so instead, head to Blackwater to meet with Sadie to start the next quest, An Honest Day’s Labors. After tearing it down, Uncle tells you to go to a place called “Cakes Hardwood and Timber” to buy a house…