Making a House a Home with Sweat Equity

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Putting time and toil into your home isn't just a way to get rooms that reflect your style (and increase your resale value). That work can also give you a deeper sense of ownership and comfort.  

I got to thinking about this idea this past weekend during my first visit to my parents' new house. Before they bought it, I had been opposed to the transition, mostly because I'm deeply attached to my childhood home. (My parents built the rural oasis when I was four.) 

Within my first ten minutes at the new house, I offered to help my mom take up the carpet in the living and dining rooms. The following day I found myself with a box cutter and gloves pulling back shag to reveal original hardwood. After my parents bought the new house I had decided I couldn't remain negative about it, and this rewarding half-day project actually made me excited about the house. It will never replace the one I grew up in, but it feels a little bit more like it belongs to my family.

What about you? Does working on it make you love your house more?

(Image: Alexis Buryk / Eunice's Clean & Well-Lit Place)

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Kim has been sharing creative projects and ideas as a Contributor to Apartment Therapy since 2010. Her writing highlights stylish, budget-friendly solutions to common household problems. Kim is a fluent French speaker and a houseplant enthusiast.