So your looking for ways to put your own spin on your Beacon Hill condo for sale and maybe there are some specific ‘problem areas’ that could use some more love than others. Well we’ve gone ahead and looked into 2018’s hottest renovation trends and found five of our favorite ideas for you to make your own.

1. Everything but the pipes

Looking to renovate your bathroom? Cut down big time on your costs by leaving those pipes untouched while everything else gets torn up. Design and build around them so you can save time and money in your Beacon Hill condo renovation process. Boston condo Renovation always brings about unforeseen obstacles, so take advantage of this tip to cut down on risks as you recreate your bathroom.

2. Cork those floors!

Is the flooring in your Beacon Hill condo getting less and less flattering with every passing day? Want to go for something fresh and unique without splurging on materials? Corked floors have become one of the latest renovation trends to hit in the last year, and you won’t believe how good they look until you see them for yourself!

It is actually crazy how good they look for the money, and they’re extremely durable compared to some of the more expensive flooring options, such as traditional hardwood. According to “The Benefits of Cork Flooring” on, the softness and give of the cork creates less wear and tear from normal everyday foot traffic, giving it a longer life on average. Also, cork does not absorb water, so mold and moisture won’t be an issue as long as you’re using glue-down cork tiles. One benefit of cork that often goes overlooked is that it’s a natural thermal and acoustic insulator, making the environment warmer and quieter. Want to handpick your floors to suit your vision for the room? Cork comes in tiles and planks in a wide variety of colors, styles, and sizes, so you can find something different to set your floor apart from the others you’ve seen.

3. Add some ceiling beams

Ever thought about adding some decorative ceiling beams to your house? While exposed ceiling beams have historically been used for structural purposes, there’s nothing stopping you from adding them just for show. Whether you’re looking to make an environmentally conscience choice, or just keep the price tag low on the project, faux wood beams also make an excellent option. You can keep the wood raw and organic looking, or sand and paint it to fit the motif of the room. The possibilities are endless and the choice is yours!

4. Get rid of that shower curtain!

The shower curtain is one thing that isn’t likely to make a comeback anytime soon. Aside from the discoloration and the smell, they aren’t exactly the most aesthetic addition to any bathroom, hence their impending disposal. The shower tub combo is as outdated as it gets, so why not spice things up a bit and go for one of the other? If you decide to go for the shower, glass doors are an elegant option for any bathroom set-up (as long as you don’t mind using the squeegee every time you shower). If you’re up to the challenge, go ahead and ditch that shower door altogether! Just make sure that the angles are working to your advantage when it comes to water flow and splash from the shower or bath. And last but not least…

5. Don’t be afraid to forage!

Certain projects allow for some resourcefulness when it comes to finding your own supplies. Whether you’re laying a pathway up to your front door or building a hearth for your fireplace, make sure to look around your property for stones before buying some. In addition to cutting cost, they’ll also make a great conversation piece for you and your guests when they come look at your newly renovated space.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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