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Unique ideas for a unique home.

Everybody loves unique, cool things in homes like indoor pool slides, hidden libraries and table tennis doorways.

While it is fun to imagine living with these amazing features, often they are too expensive or impractical for the average home buyer. To help avoid breaking the bank, we have compiled a list of five fun and inexpensive ways to change up your home to create a unique design that is also practical!

1. Herb garden in the kitchen

There is nothing quite as wonderful as being able to pick fresh herbs from the comfort of your own kitchen. Herbs smell beautiful and create a clean, fresh look in the kitchen. Choose a couple of your favourites and grow them in small pots you can keep in the kitchen. If you have the space, hanging baskets kept on the pantry door are a great way to store plants. For a step-by-step process on growing your own herb garden check out this blog.

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2. A chalkboard wall

Whether you use it in the kitchen for your shopping list or in the kid’s room for entertainment, a chalkboard wall can be both practical and unique. Chalkboard paint can be picked up at your local hardware store, and can be applied directly to the wall you want to draw on. Alternatively if you are not daring enough to paint your walls, cut an MDF board to the size of your wall, paint it with the chalkboard paint, then mount it to the wall of your choosing.

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3. A bar for your guests

A bar in your home is a good way to entertain your guests and create a great atmosphere. There are quite expansive ones available that include counter tops, built-in taps and sinks, or, you can go as simple as a plank of wood across two pillars and a couple of bar stools. Perfect!

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4. Convert your staircase to a wine cellar

If you are a connoisseur of fine wine, this is the tip for you. The space under your staircase can often be wasted – so why not turn it into a wine cellar! Add shelving, a textured wall and some appropriate lighting to really make the space feel special. This space can also be changed to store other items like shoes or clothing. The key to this tip is to install storage units to help avoid the general mess you would normally get under a staircase.

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5. A dog bath in the garage

Anyone who owns a dog knows the pain it can be to bathe them. Save yourself the trouble, and arrange for a doggy bath to be built right into your garage! It only takes up a small corner of space, and it is especially good for bigger and heavier dogs. Your bathroom will thank you!

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