Design Touches That Can Help A Home Sell At A Higher Price

Dated: 08/05/2016

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by TJ Anderson

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I don’t always love every home design trend that comes into focus. But classics always get me, so I’m all for the fact that timeless touches like shaker cabinets, farmhouse sinks and subway tiles are staying at the front of homebuyers “I want that” lists in 2016.

According to a new study, those design items, along with fun and rustic barn doors, are popular enough right now that they've been helping homes sell at higher prices. The study looked through more than 2 million listings, and properties that dropped those terms sold an average of 13 percent higher than expected. An interesting thing to note, for sure — and to me, not a surprise.

With that in mind, I focused this week’s Open House roundup on homes on the market in Middle Tennessee that boast some (or many) of those price-lifting items.

First, the bigger picture:


And then, my picks:

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1120 Mcalpine Ave

Nashville, TN 37216


The renovation of this 1938 cottage in Inglewood is on point — deep paint colors accentuate the historic vibe, to-the-ceiling subway tile, open shelving and butcher block in the kitchen and hex tile in the main floor bath give a timeless feel. The attic master suite couldn’t be more stylish (bath has a clawfoot tub and huge tile shower too). And, of course: a beauty of a farmhouse sink. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.

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823 Brook Hollow Rd.

Nashville, TN 37205


There are unique and creative designer touches throughout this 4-bed, 3 1/2 bath Hillwood home — handpainted wallpaper, floor-to-ceiling closet doors with upholstered interiors, antique hotel door knobs… Then, how do you turn a stairwell entry into a pop of wow as you walk into the room? A weathered, arty barn door. Open Sunday 2 to 5 p.m.

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1907 Electric Ave

Nashville, TN 37206


Builders certainly don’t ignore the logic in that study — take this upscale new construction in East Nashville’s Shelby Hills. The kitchen is total timeless style: white subway tile all around the walls, classic gray shaker cabinets. These are the touches that buyers love now, and with their sleek simplicity, they’ll never go out of style. Open Saturday 1 to 4 p.m.

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202 Everbright Ave.

Franklin, TN 37064


Here’s new construction in downtown Franklin that embraced the aesthetic of the area’s historic homes. The dining area is a particular stunner, from the ceiling detail to the almost greenhouse-level expanse of windows, and the master bath tile work and outdoor living space are a big wow too. The kitchen takes a kind of modern farmhouse approach — clean and cool, with upscale finishes that bear a little bit of country homeyness. (And we have subway tile, and a beautiful farmhouse sink.) Open Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.

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1308 Duncanwood Ct

Nashville, TN 37204


This kitchen in Green Hills is every bit a million-plus-dollar space — if you’re a passionate home cook (or hey, a pro), the range is definitely going to grab your attention. It’s classic luxury all-around, style-wise, including white shaker cabinets and a farmhouse sink in the huge island. Open Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.

Any of these homes catch your eye? If I can help you make one yours — or help you find a property that suits you better — please reach out and tell me about what you need.

Properties are listed with their own respective real estate firms, and not under agreement with TJ Anderson and/or Benchmark Realty, LLC.

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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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