The real estate market is not what it used to be – it does not take an expert to figure that one out. But if you have a house you like that requires a few tender loving care for a bathroom, kitchen or basement space how should you renovate it with today’s real estate values in mind? In 5 simple words – think smaller, wiser and nicer.
The late ’90s and early to mid-2000s (when residential property was good and money was flowing) were all about big – big houses, big bathrooms, big kitchens, and big vehicles. Today the average new house is being built with less square footage and more efficient floor plans. Car manufacturers are hitting the showrooms with an unprecedented variety of compact, subcompact and the smallest minivans seen to date. What is this got to do with your home renovating task? Everything. If you want to improve rooms in your residence (and maximize the prolonged market valuation of your home) you can not spend like a drunken sailor or like a pauper. Follow these 7 kitchen bathroom remodeling ideas by garagedoorrepairsierravista.com to create cool rooms on a market-driven budget.
Idea 1 – Renovate in, not out – Do not blow out the back or side of your home with a huge fancy enhancement (unless you want to live there a very long time). Search for ways to reconfigure your existing space to make it work better. Think about a new kitchen layout. Eliminate a rarely used tub and convert it to a stand-up glass shower. Remove a formal dining room you use yearly with a larger kitchen or family room.
Idea 2 – Combine small with trendy – One of the wonderful things about not creating big spaces is you will be able to spend lavishly on features that you (and your friends, family, and neighbors) can truly enjoy. Do not remodel if you are not excited about what the accomplished product may resemble. Search for features that can make the room pop – maybe it is granite counter tops, a walk-in shower, a glass tile backsplash, etc. Install key focal elements that show your style, styles and make you delighted to enter into your new room.
Idea 3 – Remodel with the end in mind – Steven Covey (an inspirational speaker/author) made famous the line “begin with the end in mind” to help people set goals and improve their lifestyles. The question is why shouldn’t you use the same thought process when it comes to your home? More extensive preplanning and thinking may cause a home that is both useful and enjoyable over a longer span of time. If you intend to get old in this home why not design it so it might be used by people of all potentials over a long period of time. Applying universal design principles (or a contractor familiar with these ideas) think about adding features like wall backer behind shower walls if grab bars may be required in the future, a zero step entry (to help someone with a temporary or permanent mobility challenge), and equip your renovation with a good number of light sources (to help anyone whose eyesight might be a problem in the future).
Idea 4 – Go Green Save Money – Energy efficiency is not just buzzing in the market – it makes dollar and cents for the short and long run. Energy efficient windows, doors, appliances, insulation are not only smart decisions for the earth they are smart investments for your wallet (and can add resale market value to a house).
Idea 5 – Open up rooms- Remove living rooms, dining rooms or seldom used areas. Trends today are about open spaces which give you the capability to entertain and use your home to its fullest. If you have got a tiny bathroom beside a seldom-used guest room think about knocking out the wall to make a luxurious master bath. If you have got a living room no ones dares to go into (it is too fancy for everyday use) – repurpose this space into a den or TV room that will be used.
Idea 6 – Try to pay with cash- Banks have made it a nightmare for the average person to get money to perform projects. Save up your money and try to pay for the majority of the project with cash. This will allow you to enjoy the space and not have to panic about payments down the road.
Idea 7 – Do not hire Billie Ray Bob’s Cut Rate Contracting Company- Cheap does not typically equal quality. If you are tempted to hire the cheapest bid proceed with care. Organizations like Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau get the highest number of concerns on house improvement/remodeling contractors. Want to know why? It is because there are millions of uninsured handyman contractors with uneven levels of skill just dying to perform work affordable for you. If you do not understand or understand much about constructing techniques will you know if corners have been cut and the task has been accomplished right? Be careful. Take a look at your prospective contractor. How do they screen their employees and/or subcontractors? Who will be managing the task? Will they be securing any required licenses?
Now that you are equipped with these 7 smaller kitchen and bathroom remodeling ideas you are ready to get started on your renovation journey.