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Affordable high design
A look at 14 economical upgrades for single-family homes.
Recycle old fixtures
A one-of-a-kind, salvaged antique double sink is the central design element of this bathroom. In Greenville, S.C., refinishing an old sink typically runs about $250. Such items can be an affordable alternative to new fixtures, but architect John Edwards cautions, “Find a fixture that has drain openings and faucet drillings that match well with plumbing hardware that’s in use and available today.” Before you make a purchase, consult your plumber, interior designer, or local plumbing/hardware store. “They can help you record key measurements that will quickly tell you if your salvage piece is a bargain or a money pit,” he says.
Architect: LS3P | Neal Prince Studio, Greenville, S.C.; Photo: Taylor Architectural Photography
Blow up the trim
Another trick is to upsize major trim components. For example, you can use broader window trim to set off window openings for a dramatic effect. The same rule applies to fascia.
Architect: LS3P | Neal Prince Studio, Greenville, S.C.; Photo: LS3P | Neal Prince Studio