Top 3 Trade Secrets to Add Luxury for Less

MtDora Exterior luxury home

No matter what the size and style of your home, there are strategic enhancements that you can do to enhance your living space. You can create a custom look on a budget by investing a few hundred dollars in key, high profile areas of the home. Today, I’m going to share with you one of my Top 3 Trade Secrets to add Luxury for Less.  Be sure and check back each day for more affordable design ideas. An architecturally authentic home doesn’t have to break the bank. Let u show you how to achieve touches of the same curb appeal and interior style for less.  For more ideas, be sure and subscribe to our video series Trade Secrets by Jorge on YouTube.

Here is Trade Secret # 1

Embellish the Look Above

One way to create a high-end look at minimal cost is to add detail to the ceilings. Florida Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri  suggests several affordable options. “Create a barrel ceiling in a hallway or small space. It is very original, adds a lot of character and offers several choices of finishes including faux painting, travertine, or even brick.”

Jorge also recommends faux wood corbels and faux wood beams on the exterior or interior of the home. These faux wood products cost significantly less than real wood  (about $100 per beam) and create a timeless look. For more information on adding faux wood architectural details check out the Trade Secrets episode “How to Create Curb Appeal with Faux Wood Accents.”

Tongue and groove ceilings add warmth and elegance within a budget  when installed in small, highly visible areas for elegance and warmth.  Toungue and groove ceilings cost approximately $8 a square foot.

Another affordable dramatic look is to create faux painted barrel ceiling and add in faux wood beams.


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