Remodeling Projects to Re-Energize Your Home!

remodeling-1241040_1280Are the flowers in bloom and warmer weather inspiring you to tackle a few home improvement projects? Remodeling your home can payoff in personal enjoyment and comfort while improving the value of your home. A professional remodeler can provide guidance on home improvement projects that will increase your homes resell value.

As the home building and remodeling industry celebrates National Home Remodeling Month in May, many home owners are taking steps to transform their current homes into a personal oasis. High-impact projects that can revamp your home include curb-appeal enhancements, kitchen renovations and bathroom improvements.

 Improve Your Home’s Exterior

The color scheme of your home’s exterior and cleanliness of your yard make a big impact on curb appeal. If needed, consider purchasing a new garage door to give your home a face lift. Your front door also makes an important first impression. A fresh coat of paint, new window trim or siding is a simple way to make your home stand out. Remove old awnings from the windows and doors and swap out damaged wrought iron railings for new wood railings to provide a more inviting look.

Landscape and clean-up your yard. Garden centers offer information and tips on plants that will thrive in our climate; some garden centers even offer free design services. A mixture of different colored plants and heights will enrich your yard. If your home walkway is cracked or dated, replace the path with new flagstones or outdoor lighting. Adding a fountain or water feature is another way to take your lawn to the next level.

The most important part of all renovations but especially exterior renovations is to ensure the improvement fits your home’s style. For example, do not put Craftsman style trims on a Victorian. Keeping the original style of the home is important for continuity.

 Renovate Your Kitchen 

A modern kitchen is not only a space for cooking, kitchens are a central hub for home entertaining and sharing meals. A professional re-modeler can make recommendations on finishes that will boost your home’s resale value. Your re-modeler can also provide you with advice on what to consider when replacing counter tops, creating custom cabinets, flooring and appliances. For example, energy-efficient appliances are among the popular features home buyers seek out when considering purchasing a new home.

Not all kitchens require an extensive remodel. Sometimes new counter tops and a back-splash can transform a kitchen. Granite counter tops have come down in price and can be a great centerpiece for any kitchen. Cabinets may not need to be replaced; a professional painter can transform dated cabinetry into a more modern feel with just a coat of paint.

Bathroom Improvements

Freshen up your bathroom by installing new flooring and fixtures. A white tub, sink and toilet is a popular color choice in bathrooms for home buyers, according to a recent National Association of Home Builders survey. If you have a smaller bathroom, a pedestal sink is a great way to bring some extra space into the room. Adding a wainscot can give your room an educated feel and is a simple way to add value. Adding a fresh coat of paint, similar your kitchen or home exterior, makes a difference in brightening up your bathroom. Light colors can really make your bathroom feel bigger and more inviting. A professional remodeler can also add storage with cabinets or shelves.

Hiring a professional remodeler will not only help you with design, but also provide you with a detailed quote to help you plan financially for your remodel. It is important to have a budget and to spend a little time making sure that you can recoup the money your investing in your home if the house is sold.

Anthony Brooks is the owner of Brooks Home Renovations LLC, a member of the Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association. Our Blog Posts are often submitted by members of the Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association. For more information please call 715-835-2526 or email jen@cvhomebuilders.com.

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