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Home improvement: Renovating for Impact

by Miriam McKinney 05/10/2023




You may want to start home renovations to increase your home’s value in preparation of selling the property. Or, you may want to upgrade your space to make it more comfortable.

Regardless of your plans, you can use these tips and tricks for remodeling on a variety of budgets:

Hang stunning new curtains or blinds

It’s a great idea to replace window blinds occasionally. Give the window space a refreshed feel by replacing old blinds with new ones. 

Curtains can shape the aesthetic of a room. Consider adding blackout curtains to add a touch of class while keeping out extra light. 

If you’re aiming for a lighter aesthetic, sheer curtains are the way to go. Sheer curtains can filter light without overwhelming the space.

Remodel kitchen cabinets

A fresh coat of paint will go a long way to spruce up aging cabinets. Neutral tones will give your cabinets a refreshed vibe, while brighter tones will give a sense of energy. 

Want to take remodeling your cabinet doors a step further? Consider adding glass doors. This change can give your kitchen living space a more open feel. 

Hang stylish shutters

Adding shutters to a window will give a chic feel and also help to block out extra light. Window shutters can also reduce the amount of external noise entering the home. 

Shutters help with insulation as well. They can help with regulating thermal temperature. When it’s cold outside, shutters can help block some cold wind from seeping into your house. 

Install beautiful crown molding

Cracks and crevices can start to form as a home grows older. Adding crown molding can help to cover up these flaws. If you’re into DIY projects, adding crown molding is perfect for you! 

Crown modelings add a sense of dimension and character to your space. It will help to enhance the overall design and pull together the appearance of the room. 

Replace or revamp the old front door

Quality exterior paint is an affordable key to giving your older doors a renewed freshness.

Beyond just aesthetics, you might consider additional front door upgrades. If your old door isn’t secure anymore, it may be time to replace the unit. Find stylish options at your local home improvement store. 

Refresh internal doors

Noticing scratches on your closet doors? Internal doors can accumulate wear and tear over the years. For a simple refresher, add a new layer of paint. 

If the damage is more advanced, consider replacing the door. This replacement will be more costly than a new paint job, but will improve the appearance of the space. 

Replacing traditional interior doors with stylish alternatives like sliding barn doors or shelf partitions is another option for upgrading the space without breaking the bank.


There are many minimal cost home remodeling ideas. With the right tools and commitment, you can completely refresh your space.

About the Author

Miriam McKinney

A true native to the Western North Carolina area with family roots dating back to 1810, I am a true ambassador for Western North Carolina with undergraduate degrees in education and music from Mars Hill University and an MBA from Western Carolina University.  As a former teacher in the area my goal is to educate, whether a buyer or seller, by providing the most current, relevant information available and by giving expert guidance throughout. My professional goal is to exceed my client's expectations through a commitment to excellence with their success as the number one goal! Being a trusted advisor and creating lifelong relationships is an honor. The result is that I have been a top producing Realtor providing clients with successful outcomes for 20 years. I am licensed in both North and South Carolina.  

Real Estate is my love and passion, and when I am not helping my clients achieve their real estate goals, I am working on my real estate investment portfolio. I am a seasoned investor who not only helps my clients buy and sell real estate, but I own investment real estate as well. My experience with different investments is extensive - from commercial investments, short-term rentals, single family homes and at times I am even the one with the power tools and getting my hands dirty, which is incredibly satisfying and rewarding!  

“Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world.” Franklin D. Roosevelt 

Giving back to the community and others is what this life is all about.  I volunteer with Big Brother/Big Sisters, Conserving Carolina, travel abroad to help build houses for people without homes, give back to my profession as a past Secretary and Director for Land of the Sky Association of Realtors and serve on the Board of Equalization and Review for Buncombe County.  

I love living in the mountains and enjoy the coast as well. This is the best of both worlds as North Carolina is an incredible state! I feel blessed to call the mountains of NC my home. One of my favorite activities is to hike with my Jack Russell, "Bella". Other favorites include cycling, mountain biking, kayaking, pilates, yoga, and paddle boarding. You will often find me participating in local and regional races. I love to travel the world but most of all I love coming home!  

Experience matters. Real estate transactions are generally the largest transaction that most people ever do. I would be delighted to talk with you about your real estate goals and objectives and put my experience to work for you.