Home Decor

Upgrade Your Home with Your Tax Refund

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Tax season isn’t always a treat to get through, but when you get that refund deposited into your account, things change for the better! Rather than blow it on a trip or new clothing, why not build equity in your home and do a few upgrades that will add value and appeal? Now that tax season is almost over, here are a few ways to take your refund and upgrade your home.


Make the most of your tax money and put it where you’ll see the most return: the kitchen. You don’t have to make major changes in order to add value and livability to your home. Simple ones like a fresh coat of paint, cabinet facelifts and new appliances can go a long way. Bringing your home up to speed in terms of modern appeal can entail upgrading to granite countertops, installing hardwood flooring, putting in recessed and task lighting, and adding a tile backsplash.

Open shelving is popular now, so open up your space with glass-front cabinetry or even bare cupboards to store anything from plates to glasses. Not only do you get easier access to the things you use every day, but you also open up the look and feel of the room as well. Replacing your old appliances with new ones will lower your energy bills and make cooking and cleaning that much easier.


Mosaic tiles, arabesque patterns mixed with retro, and white subway tile are all the rage in bathrooms now. If you have a traditional shower/bath combo, but want to increase comfort, space and functionality, try a walk-in shower complete with floating bench and rainfall shower head.

Floating vanities are versatile because you can vary their height. They also end up looking like a cool conversation piece rather than a simple vanity, adding increased style to your modern bathroom. Three-dimensional tile in organic waves or symmetrical patterns is another popular choice these days, bringing depth to an otherwise flat wall.

To boost your entertainment while in the shower, incorporate wireless speakers, Bluetooth devices and docking stations into your mirrors, showerheads and vanities. Heated flooring and heated towel racks are also a luxurious choice to increase comfort in the cold months.


It’s not fancy or exciting, but new windows are an excellent use of that extra money. You’ll save cash on energy bills because replacement windows are extremely energy efficient, plus you’ll add some curb appeal to the exterior look of your home as well.


Is your family growing? For those bigger tax returns, add a game room, sunroom, screen porch or farmer’s porch to increase your comfort and entertainment. Looking to downsize? Turn your adult child’s bedroom into a craft room or man cave.

For those of you looking to buy a brand new luxury home, why not consider upgrading the amenities you want? Many of our communities here at Judd Builders come with standard amenities, such as gourmet kitchens or three bedrooms. There are ways to upgrade your basic choices through flooring, kitchen features, extra bedrooms and more. Let us help. Call us now!