Perhaps you didn’t want to get your hand dirty is your reason to have a contractor build your home. But the problem with new builds – especially those built by a developer – is that they can sometimes lack character. Fortunately, if you think of your new build as a blank slate, there’s a lot you can do to add personality. The good news? Your new home doesn’t need a drastic renovation. A few super simple weekend new build DIYs can go a long way in making your house a home. Grab your hammer and a paintbrush and you’re just a few hours away from your dream house.
Craftsman style maybe is trending now, but it can also make the cost of your build skyrocket into the roof. It’s okay if you choose your walls free from the woodwork to save costs. Woodwork can seem daunting, but if you have the pieces pre-cut by the lumber store, it’s a quick afternoon project. You’ll need to measure carefully to make sure all the pieces are cut perfectly, but adding crown molding or new baseboards is easy and adds plenty of charm.
One thing that builders do, is to keep their homes as neutral as possible. Erring on the side of vanilla can mean you miss out on architectural details. Some of the biggest culprits are your bathroom mirrors, which are probably unframed slab mirrors that take up a lot of your bathroom wall space. Framing your mirrors is a simple way to add texture, color, and personality to your bathrooms. Just measure, cut and nail directly into the wall for a faux frame look on the cheap. Go for a bold pop of color or stay refined with a wood stain.
Perhaps your builder has a lot of experience to build homes, but in the end, they’ve never built your home. Only you know the way you live, how you like things organized and what makes your life easier. Take a Saturday to go through your new home and reorganize your storage solutions. Maybe that linen closet was specified as such on the plans, but it makes more sense for food storage. Maybe you love your kitchen cabinets, but a few basket organizers would better keep your stuff in check. You’re likely going to spend years in your house, so it might as well be comfortable and convenient for you.
Wallpaper can make a big impact in a room vibe, but unfortunately, your builder is unlikely to give you the option. Paint is always builder’s best friend, but you might find that a house full of painted spaces doesn’t give the impact you’d like. Instead of tackling a huge space with wallpaper, however, try going for a bold pattern in a smaller space. A large floral brings a pop of color to a powder room, or a linear pattern can warm up an accent wall in the master bedroom. Choosing a small space or an accent wall means you score the most impact from the least amount of work.
If you want to add some character to your home, all you need to do is paint the trim. A bold black trim gives serious farmhouse vibes, while wood-stained trim can bring traditional warmth. You can even go for colored trim in smaller spaces, like your kids’ rooms or a fun bathroom. A gallon of paint is around $25 and it’ll make your home look like a million bucks.