How to Add Value to a Home With DIY Projects

I’m back at another remodel site to show you a cool example of how you can add some serious value to your home without hiring a contractor. In this case, the homeowner paneled their ceiling and added decorative trim and beams for just $1,400.




We’re going informal again today as we’re shooting from another remodel job to talk about making your own ceiling.

The ceiling you see in the video above needed a face-lift really badly—it was what I call a cake frosting ceiling. It also had a couple big ceiling fans that just weren’t very flattering. The whole ceiling needed to come down, so most of the work was just demo work to rip down the old drywall.


From there, we had a choice of going with drywall again for the ceiling or to do something that really grabbed the imagination. We ended up choosing a cedar ceiling for this house. It’s just tongue and groove cedar strips that you can find at Home Depot or Lowes along with some pre-finished white trim. The white beams you see are actually just white two-by-fours that are bracketed to the ceiling and boxed in with more pre-finished trim.
Of course, this was detailed work that took a lot of effort working overhead with a nail gun and other tools. However, this was done by a homeowner, not a contractor. If you’re thinking about doing some work in your house and you have just a little bit of skill, there’s no limit to what you can do. Since this ceiling was a homeowner job, the cedar, the trim, and the beams were only about a $1,400 DIY job.
If you have any questions about these kinds of projects to lift the value of a home, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I’d love to hear from you!

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