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Making your dream home instead of buying it…Part 2

By Rikki Cook

The bathrooms

Perfect number of bedrooms, but too few (or too cramped) bathrooms? No problem. Expand and refurbish tiny water closets – or consider adding a master bath to the main bedroom and letting your teenager take over the shared hall bath. When it comes to luxury, switching out a small cramped tub for a vertical shower cabin with surround water spray or a waterfall faucet can provide the feeling of opulence you crave.

The yard

Poor curb appeal can drop the price of an otherwise appealing home. Come in under asking and use the spare cash to completely redo the landscaping. If you prefer to spend a lot of time outside, a smaller house with an incredible garden and gazebo might be your real dream come true. Privacy hedge can add to the mystique of your new paradise, and a new coat of paint can work wonders.

The master suite

Do the homes you love all fail when it comes to the master bedroom? Look at multiple undersized rooms as an opportunity. Consider a home with an extra adjacent bedroom or study as an opportunity to create a master suite fit for royalty. Open up space and reapportion square footage to provide an ample walk-in closet and room for a Jacuzzi in a new master bath. And by simply eliminating even a small portion of a wall, you can turn a stingily appointed four-bedroom home into a luxurious three-bedroom dwelling.

Renovating a home when you are trying to sell it is a balancing act, as you want to get your money back out of the property as quickly as possible. Remodeling a house you are moving into isn’t just in investment in your future should you choose to sell down the road – it also represents a down payment on your current comfort and happiness. You might just find that it’s easier to make your dream home than to buy it!

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