Remodeling Ideas For A Country Charmer

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Jan 16, 2013 9:00:59 AM

If you dream of a more laid-back lifestyle you may want to consider remodeling your home with a country feel. As you probably already know, there are many variations when it comes to country design and therefore, there are many home remodeling ideas that can work with any type of home.  Let’s look at some of them.

Butcher block countertops

One of the easiest ways to bring a country feel into your kitchen is through installing butcher block countertops. I like these kinds of counters because they are extremely durable and they are easy to take care of with just soap and water. The natural wood instantly brings a down home feel into the kitchen and works well with other materials such as tile, wood flooring, and cabinets.  One thing that I do suggest is to have it professionally installed. This type of countertop can be really heavy to work with.


 

 

Open the cabinets

Since we’re talking about kitchens, you can really give your cooking area a country look by replacing those heavy looking doors on upper cabinets with glass paned ones. Keep the glass clear and use those cabinets to show off china with large bold farm animals printed on them or other country themed pieces.  These home remodeling ideas don’t have to cost you a lot of money either since you’re only replacing the doors.

Another way to open your cabinets is to simply remove the doors altogether. The only advice I have to offer is make sure that you don’t live in a desert or some other type of environment where you are constantly dusting.

Beadboard

For rooms that appear a little boring, one of the home remodeling ideas that I really like is to install beadboard on the lower half of the walls. Beadboard is a great way to add a touch of country charm to a simple dining nook or family room and it is not that difficult to work with. Typically, beadboard is white but I have seen people soften it with a coat of paint in a complementary shade. However, you want to be careful about the color—it should be eye catching.

Claw-footed tub

Footed tubs were introduced long before the modern version that we use today and you will find that several manufacturers still make them. In fact, many home remodeling ideas that center on the country style will feature a claw-footed tub in the master bath. I think they are also great for children’s bathrooms—especially since they are deeper than a regular tub, providing ample room for ship battles and rubber ducks.

Built-in shelving

If you are feeling especially adventurous, you can take on a larger remodeling project and put in a couple of built-in shelves. This will require you to cut into the wall and create a recessed area, filling it in with a wooden backing, but every time that I see home remodeling ideas that use this project, I want to try it in my own home. Older homes often have this feature and it makes a great place to show off your great-grandmother’s china or other country treasures.

What remodeling ideas have you used?

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