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Renovating to Age in place? Focus Efforts and Budgets on Bathrooms and Kitchens
Remodeling Your Home – Preconstruction Meeting
SELECTING YOUR PROJECT (continued) …
You’ve put up with an outdated kitchen long enough. Maybe you’ve decided that you’ve taken your last hand-held shower in that vintage ball-and-claw bathtub. If you’re dream of a new kitchen, bath, room addition, or other space, the following will guide you through the exciting process of home remodeling.
Home owners have many remodeling project options that can increase their home’s resale value, and add plenty of enjoyment as well. In today’s economy, uber-luxury renovations aren’t as appealing as they were in 2004-2005 when the market peaked. Today’s budget-minded buyers want a home that is sustainable and energy efficient, so they can have a home that will last a lifetime. As a result of this, it is important to know what improvements will best increase home value without going overboard. Homeowners planning to remodel should concentrate their efforts on projects that are energy efficient and add character and comfort to their home.
FINDING YOUR REMODELER – Other Considerations
Use the following questions to determine whether the remodeler you are considering is appropriate for you and your project:
Interest in remodeling has never been greater. If you are an owner of an aging structure (or you plan to own one), you may be dissatisfied with some aspect of the property. Remodeling can turn your home into the one you have always wanted.
What are some steps for choosing the best remodeling contractor?
Before you start knocking down walls and taking out wiring, the following are important points to consider and questions to ask yourself:
Renovating? Laying a good foundation for home improvement success
Q. Which remodeling projects pay the largest dividends?
A. Home owners considering planning to stay in their home should know about remodeling projects that increase the home’s usefulness and make it better to live in. A 2012 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey of remodelers found the following five most common remodeling jobs.
Housing market data reveals that small, smart remodels reward home owners with better return on investment and can help update and customize a home. Review these top five remodeling projects and begin planning to remodel during National Home Remodeling Month.
TOP FIVE HOME REMODELING PROJECTS
Remodel the bathroom Payback on remodeling a bathroom can reach 65 percent with new fixtures, tile, toilet, vanity and lighting. Low flow toilets consumer less water and can decrease the monthly water bill.
Remodel the kitchen A minor kitchen remodel can improve the look and utility of the space without costing a bundle, and yields a 75 percent return. Consider replacing backsplashes, cabinet fronts, countertops, and flooring. Installing low-flow faucets and energy-efficient appliances can also reduce water and energy expenses in a heavily trafficked room.
Replace windows and doors Updating windows can also return a solid portion of the investment (73 percent for wood frames and 71 percent for vinyl). New, energy-efficient doors and windows also help reduce energy leakage from the home and can bring down heating and cooling bills.
Repair property damage Property damage is a common but unfortunate occurrence. Seize misfortune as an opportunity to customize and upgrade the home. If you are already going to be inconvenienced with major home repairs, take that time to plan and incorporate home remodeling that may have been put off in the past.
Whole house remodeling Repairs and replacements of old components and the desire for upgraded amenities were cited as the top reasons for customers to hire a remodeler. Evaluate the use of the entire home to see if it fits your needs. Home owners are repurposing spaces to fit their families and making more efficient use of their home’s square footage and equity, rather than moving to a new home and mortgage.
Smart remodeling projects for improving the home can make the home more comfortable for your lifestyle.
May is National Home Remodeling Month
Q. With the chilling temps we’ve recently been experiencing, we are wondering if there are any home improvement ideas that help minimize the impact of colder days and long nights?
Homeowners can improve their mental and emotional well-being with the following suggestions. Boost color and mood The color of a room can make a huge impact on your mood. For instance, blues tend to have a calming effect, while reds tend to energize and excite. So yes it’s important to select a color you like, but it's even more important to first decide how you want to feel in the space and then go from there. Brighten your space If your kitchen lacks windows and leaves you feeling shut in and craving sunlight, installing tubular daylighting devices (TDDs) or skylights can yield cheery results for a tiny, dreary room.
Dimmers can ensure just the right amount of light emits from existing fixtures, and, of course, windows are great for letting in natural sunlight. Add warmth Kitchens and bathrooms can be among the coolest, draftiest rooms in the house. Consider ways to add warmth to both rooms. Skylights (just mentioned) create warmth by bringing sunlight into the room while they make it feel larger. Below-floor heating can make bathroom floors barefoot-friendly. And for the bonus touch of warmth and ambiance, consider adding a gas fireplace in your kitchen or bath. Modern gas fireplaces can be installed virtually anywhere, even in rooms that have never had one before or that aren't accessible for a chimney.
If your goal is a professional remodeling project; then yes, your best bet is to hire a professional remodeler. The extra cost will pay for itself in the satisfaction you receive while the project is in progress and during the many years you will enjoy the completed project.
Before Doing-it-Yourself Remodel Weigh Your Options
Q. As a pet owner, I’m wondering what are some of the latest trends for thinking of them when making remodeling choices?
What are some easy ways to save money around my home?