The BBB Eye - Inexpensive Ways to Upgrade Your Home

December 06, 2010
tool belt Even though we’re not in the best of economic times, that doesn’t mean you can’t give your home a makeover - economy style. This month on The BBB Eye we’re going to cover five areas of improvement that go a long way toward beautifying your home.

A well-designed home starts with a solid foundation and well-built shell. You can transform the entire look of a home depending on the type of trim, molding or other woodwork you choose. Here to give us some tips in our segment, Inexpensive Ways to Upgrade Your Home, are Carol Odell of your BBB and Dennis Kugizaki of Knotty Moon Designs.

Is it time to give your home a new look? It is not that hard to do.

Start with the wood in your house --- the trim, doors, cabinets, etc. You can go from a Victorian look and go modern, or vice versa. Choose from such rich and warm woods as mahogany, cherry, walnut or maple. Oak is overused.

What rooms should you tackle first? If you are going to be selling your house, the kitchen and bathroom upgrade costs are easier to recoup in the price of your home.

For higher-end remodeling projects consider new cabinets, granite countertops and new lighting. Think about upgrading the hardware on the cabinets, too. There is European hardware available that sucks the drawers in the last two inches when you push on them.

For middle to lower-end remodeling projects consider cleaning up the dings on the cabinets, adding new pulls, and refinishing or painting your cabinets --- and painting the walls in a welcoming color.

Whatever changes you are making to your home, think about enhancing it with wood.

The BBB Eye airs on PPLD-TV, Channel 17 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and then again on Saturdays at 6:00 p.m.