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Upgrade The Value Of Your Home: Ideas Set In Stone

/ July 11, 2015

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You should be able to sit back, and enjoy the beauty of your home with the knowledge that your upgrades are only adding value to your life’s investments.  Adding stone is certain parts of your home not only adds financial value, but it adds visual appeal to future buyers.  Homebuyers love bells and whistles.

If you have the ability to add these simple upgrades, then you should.  Allow your family to enjoy them for year, and when you’re ready to sell, you will find you made the right decision all those years ago.  Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Upgrades in your home

There are a few specific spots inside of your home that you can spruce up with a natural stone.  Because stone ages exceptionally well, you won’t have to worry about replacing these upgrades anytime soon.

  • Moldings: Limestone, cantera stone, and travertine are some of the materials used for stone moldings. You can add simple depth and dimension to the design of your home with this modest upgrade.

  • Floors: Choosing to upgrade your bathroom and kitchen floors or even all of your floors with a natural soft stone is a great decision to add value to your home.  The stronger and more resilient the stone, the better.  These are areas of high traffic in the home, so they deserve the very best material.

  • Fireplaces:  If you don’t already have a functional fireplace in your home, you should.  If you have an old nonfunctional fireplace in your home, you should upgrade it with stone, rather than just painting or resurfacing what is already there.

  • Backsplash: Adding a backsplash to your kitchen or bathrooms will add quality and warmth to your home.  A room can go from plain to perfect with one subtle (or strong) statement.  You can use a well planned backsplash to tie in the floors and make the room complete.

  • Exposed Stone Walls: Allowing for one wall in your home to be composed of exposed stone will add an elegant and rustic feel to its charm.  You can choose to keep the design simple and uniform, or you can spice it up a bit by composing the wall of many different stones like porcelain or marble.  This will add color and art to your interior design.

Upgrades in your yard

Don’t be afraid to get creative in your yard.  Build a rock garden, or a small feng shui spot around the back of your home.  Whatever you choose, stone will stand the test of time and weathering.  Design a bird bath, or smiling gnome if you must.  Just remember to do it with stone!


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