The biggest investment anyone can make in their lifetime is the investment into homeownership. Owning your own home is the bottom line, whether you plan to live in it for the rest of your life, or you plan on selling it at some point during your journey. However, the real estate market can sometimes resemble a game of strategy; the best course to take is to buy at the right time. The name of the game is to get the most house in the best neighborhood for the best price and to sell at a time in the market when you can make the biggest profit. One of the best ways to increase your home’s value is through improving it, not only its outward appearance, but improving it from within.
“Architectural details have been proven to not only increase a houses value, but also have been known to sell houses more quickly than houses without them,” said the designer. “This fact in conjunction with the reality that you actually live in the house is all the reason any homeowner needs to invest in these architectural details.” This concept becomes true to life when you consider the realities: imagine what you hear when you walk through an empty house; you will probably hear some sort of echo. These sounds created by the reverberations of unabsorbed sound waves bouncing off of barriers tend to have a very lonely, cold quality to them. And when you are selling your home, an empty home with a lonely, cold depersonalized quality is going to be a much harder sell than an empty one with a warm, inviting quality, due mainly because of its architectural details.
The most basic of all ways to add architectural details and a layer of warmth to your naked interior is through the use of moldings. Moldings are the tried-and-true salvations of the naked house; they are like the classic t-shirt and favorite pair of jeans: completely indispensable to the home’s look. Once moldings are installed in the home, appearances become clearly defined, and the eye can suddenly differentiate between spaces. Moldings have a range of uses and applications: crown molding, baseboard molding, chair-rail molding, panel molding, and the ultra-decorative frieze molding.
Moldings are also a vehicle for creativity; experimenting with paint treatments and finished can really amp up the homes look to one that is distinguished and fashionable. A great look can be achieved by applying a textured or graphic wall paper inside the panels created by panel moldings; a homeowner can create a design accent that is sure not to be found anywhere else.
Moldings are often used to create optical illusions or to disguise flaws or other unsightly elements. By installing a crown molding that extends more along the ceiling rather than down the wall, an illusion is created to make the ceilings appear higher than they really are. Other specially designed moldings can cover plumbing pipes or odd gaps in the houses structure.
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