NAHB Best In American Living - Winter 2018 - v2 - 27
Tools & Techniques
DEMONSTRATE LIVABILITY AND SCALE
The way you furnish your home also
goes back to knowing your buyer.
"You want to demonstrate a realistic
lifestyle of the way they want to live, only
prettier," DeWalt says. "They want to be able
the proportions are off, it throws
the style off. While the customer may
not be able to put their finger on why,
the house won't feel right to them.
furniture sizes [within the plans] before
they even start. If the furniture doesn't
fit, they need to redraw the plan."
"The view you see first is your money
view and where you want to make sure
you invest some money," says Lita Dirks,
chief executive officer of Lita Dirks & Co.
LLC in Greenwood Village, Colorado.
Sometimes it's a wall, a fireplace, or a
view to the outside.
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One example is framing out wallpaper
to add pizzazz to a great room accent
wall. She adds that one mistake is
forgetting the "behind-me" view, which
is what you see as you exit a room.
Of course, paint is always a costeffective way to make a statement. "For
example, if you have a white headboard
in the master bedroom, paint the wall
behind the headboard black or navy
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One dramatic piece of
art sets off this room-
and does it affordably.
PHOTO: LITA DIRKS & CO. LLC
blue, both of which are incredibly
popular right now," DeWalt says.
Another tip is to take the standard
backsplash tile above the cabinets
to the ceiling in the kitchen and the
ceiling in the master bath shower
and secondary tub areas. "This
increases the perceived value of the
home without adding a lot to the
to visualize themselves sitting on the sofa,
putting their feet up, and having a place
to put their glass of wine while watching
television. That feels right to them."
Both DeWalt and Dirks recommend
using one larger piece instead of several
smaller pieces. It's the new trend, and
larger accessories can be found at a
reasonable cost both in stores and online.
"One mistake often made in design
is overdoing it by trying to make every
single item special," Dirks says. "If you
make everything special, then you lose
your focal point that creates the real
'wow' within your space."
Another way to demonstrate livability
on a budget is knowing where the eyes
go first. "Don't worry so much about the
dining room table itself," Dirks advises.
"Instead, pay attention to what the eye
can see-the top of the dining room table,
the light fixture hanging over it, the