6 updates that transform any builder-grade home into a custom work of art

May 1, 2020 - By marketing@allentate.com

Adding unique details to your home like trim work, new hardware and lighting can easily turn your cookie-cutter house into something truly custom. If you’re itching to turn your home into a show-stopper, choose any of these amazing DIY projects to transform your space. 

Update skinny porch posts

A relatively inexpensive way to update your home’s exterior facade is to wrap skinny porch columns, making them appear larger and like they belong on a craftsman-style home. Boost your curb appeal and instantly add that custom look to your home when you easily take on this weekend DIY project.


Instal funky lighting

You don’t realize how boring and blah the typical light fixtures that come in a home are until you swap them out for something fun and lively. One of the quickest ways to add character and make your home stand apart from the crowd is to add some funky lighting to the mix. Online retailers like Wayfair and Birch Lane have a ton of affordable options. 

Add board and batten 

One of the easiest ways to make your home look like a custom-built home is to add interest to your walls through trim work. Board and batten is very popular and can quickly transform any boring, dull space. The best thing? You can do this yourself and save a ton of money.

Add custom trim to windows

Replace boring, builder-grade window trim with chunky trim to really elevate the look and feel of your windows. Paint the window trim to match your baseboards in a satin finish for the best look. 

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Change out hardware

Tired of the boring silver or brass hardware throughout your home? Give your space a new, sophisticated look when you update your hardware. Black and brass hardware in a matte finish are very popular choices for today’s homeowners looking for a much needed change.

Update your fireplace

Turn your fireplace into a focal point that everyone won’t stop talking about and transform the look of your living room when you update it for a more custom look.

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