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Creating a Custom Look on a Budget

  With home improvement season officially upon us, I'm often asked what projects provide the best return on investment, and my answer is often "it depends." I know it's not particularly clear, and one of the reasons why I answer this way is because there are so many ways to finish a project. People often focus on the bathroom and kitchen, which is a good idea, and to save money, often go to Lowe's or Home Depot and grab the vanity or cabinets with the best price. Now, I'm all for saving money, the trouble is your project may end up looking generic and today's buyers are extremely savvy and looking for those little extras that make a home stand out.

Which is why I really like this article from Houzz, which provides a number of suggestions to achieve the custom-finished look buyers are clamoring for while working within your budget. The idea of using a single slab of stone to create a custom backsplash or a single slab of reclaimed wood to create a counter is awesome -- I just love that bathroom!

What's your favorite? Or do you have other high-impact, low-cost suggestions? If so, share them on the Suzanne & Company Facebook page!

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