Ask WWGOA: Do Built-Ins Add Value to Your Home?


I like built-ins; window seats, quality shelving and the like. Do these things add or take away from the sale value of a home? Is there a minimum standard: good, better, best for finish vs. paint?

Submitted by lpage


I like adding my own woodworking projects to our home, but I’m not the expert you need in determining how it affects value. My intuition tells me that anything that is nicely built and sets your home slightly apart from others will help increase its value, but that’s just my opinion. Window seats and quality built-ins seem like good candidates for providing a unique appearance to your home.

Finish falls into the same ambiguous category for me. I love wood, and prefer a natural finish to paint whenever possible. However, I suppose paint-grade projects offer a prospective buyer the opportunity to change colors more readily than stained and sealed wood.

Your best bet would be to spend some time with a Realtor. My wife and I put a large addition on our home and as part of the process, had a Realtor walk through and make suggestions. Although we’re not looking at selling any time soon, her direction helped us make design decisions.


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5 Responses to “Ask WWGOA: Do Built-Ins Add Value to Your Home?”

  1. Daniel Johnson

    I am looking at a jointer, planer and dust collection system. I am looking at grizzly compared to powermatic. looking for input

  2. Mike

    Realtor opinion should not be overridding because it’s based on making your home as much not you and not really anything. A well executed built in is more likely to add appeal to a buyer today, especially the young ones who more often have only one tool skill, their phone.

    • John Nau

      This might be a silly question. Perhaps I am in the wrong location. I was hoping that there was a member forum like there often is for most of the Technology companies that I deal with on a day to day basis. A member forum would be an awesome membership benefit. A place where we can ask each other technical questions? Maybe its here and I amjust missing it. I need to build a small work bench for a Drill press.I want to use my fledgling tenon and morties skills. I will have 4 “2 x 4 posts. I want to build out a strong joint for the side rales that will be at a minimum of 30 inches long. The front rail and back rail, as it were, will be 1 x 4 boards, and will be somewhere in the 20-inch range. Where would it be best to place my joints. Or am I way off base? I do not want to simply screw things together. Any thoughts would help. I am not an expert. If what I have written is silly, well, sorry. Let me know of any advise. Thanks

      • John Nau

        I am trying to think how I would process the sides and the front rails with these Tenon and Mortise joints.