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Tag: Renovations

Pros And Cons of New Build Vs Renovations

Should We Renovate Our Home Or Tear It Down and Rebuild?

We often get asked “how do we decide if a renovation or a rebuild is the best decision for us?”

Well, first of all, let’s examine the difference.

With a rebuild, your chosen contractor will demolish the entire living area and rebuild it up from the foundation. A renovation, sometimes called remodeling, is more focused on a specific area of your home, like your kitchen or basement.

Secondly, for the purposes of this article, we are under the assumption that you love your location and absolutely insist on staying where you are.

So, with that in mind, how does one decide which path to take?

The two main factors will be the age of your home and your budget. Typically, if your home is approaching 70 years old – i.e. built before 1950, and your budget can absorb it, … Read More

DIY Home Exterior Cedar Look Renovations Considered

Cedar siding installation is not easy, but when it’s done, wow does it look good, perhaps better than any other type of siding. Oh sure, you can buy imitation cedar shingle siding or cedar shake vinyl siding fakes, but there is truly nothing like the real thing, especially when you are up close and personal. You can smell the cedar, feel it, and you can experience it, much different than the non-organic imitation plastic vinyl cedar shake facades. Even steel siding or aluminum siding made to mimic a cedar siding home is suspect as you get up close.

A true cedar shingle siding or cedar shake installation lets your visitors know you are the real deal, that your home is as authentic as you are. And they can feel the difference. It often takes a real craftsman to do a cedar shake installation or install cedar shingle sidings. However, if … Read More

Home Renovations That Are Illegal to Do on Your Own

It doesn’t matter how handy or knowledgeable you are, there are some home renovations that are against the law to do yourself. There are many reasons why these projects are illegal to “DIY“, but it is mostly due to the fact that they involve complicated codes and procedures, which require specialized licensing, training, and equipment. Examples include water heater replacement, plumbing work, lead paint removal, framework construction, and more. Aside from being legally prohibited, performing these types of projects on your own can also void warranties, jeopardize insurance claims, lower property value, and even hinder resales. Continue reading to review some illegal DIY home improvement projects, so you can better protect yourself, your home, and all that’s in it, from trouble.

DO NOT Do This at Home

There are many home improvement projects that are not permitted to do on your own, and for good reason. These include … Read More

How to Go About Home Renovations Successfully

Your home is a sanctuary where you should feel happy and comfortable. Unfortunately, most homeowners wait until their houses start falling apart to start remodeling. Home renovations are essential to maintain a home’s stylish looks, to improve the existing structure, and to modernize it. Here are some pointers on how to go about renovating your home.

Know the Extent of the Renovations

Before commencing home remodels, it is important to consider the age of the house. This will determine the extent of the renovations because older houses may require more renovations. Your intended length of stay in the house is another factor. In case you plan to sell the house immediately, there are key areas to focus on. These include the bathroom and kitchen. Many buyers concentrate on these areas.

Consider Your Budget

Whether you are renovating the whole house or some specific areas, you need to have a budget. … Read More

DIY Home Renovation Tips – A Step by Step Guide to Home Renovations

When it comes to investment property renovations the question I always get asked is – “how much work should I do”? The answer to this question will change dramatically depending on each person and their current situation. Are you the kind of person that loves DIY (do it yourself) home renovations? Do you love researching cheap renovation ideas? Or does the thought of a month’s DIY home renovation make you feel sick? Only you can answer these questions but believe me there are huge advantages of doing minor renovations let alone a full month’s work on a property

So let’s assume that you have 2-5 weeks to complete your DIY renovations, what is a realistic goal to try and achieve? To a certain extent this will depend on your budget but you would be surprised at how much you can get done if you find some good cheap renovation ideas. … Read More

How To Make The Best Kitchen Renovations

A lot of decision making and creativity is required for a successful kitchen remodeling project. This is because there are unlimited options that one can choose from. Failing to make careful decisions or budgeting can make the overall process a waste of time and resources, and this comes in a costly way. Nevertheless, with proper guidance and workmanship, the project should be a success. Here are some tips to help you through:

Have a concrete budget for the renovation exercise

The cost of renovating the kitchen should be determined before anything else. The budget should govern all expenses required and fulfill all till the renovation exercise is through. To make this work, important aspects in the renovation process needs to be determined and prioritized. Always stick to what you can afford without affecting the budget. A budget gives you a rough estimate of how much you would spend on each … Read More

Home Renovations That Will Increase Your Property Value

Remodeling your home is all about increasing your quality of living and your property value. If it doesn’t do both, then consider rethinking your plans for a renovation. Finding the best outdoor and indoor remodeling to do on your home can be tricky, especially if your sole purpose is to recoup the cost once you sell the property.

The good news is there are experts who can help you figure out what updates to do to your home. The following are some of the most popular ideas you can use to improve your home and increase its value.

Get Rid of Small Dark Rooms

Prospects looking for a home to buy like properties with lots of space and light. If your home is dark, then consider adding more windows throughout the house. Then for the small dark rooms you may have, you can open them up and install more windows. … Read More

Small Bathroom Renovations

Just because you have a small bathroom doesn’t mean that it can’t be renovated into a light airy space that will feel luxurious. Depending on your budget there are many ways to make your small bathroom into the bathroom of your dreams.

Paint is the cheapest and most effective way to make a dramatic change to any space. You should stay away from darker colors and instead choose a light color or white for a small room. Choosing these colors will make the room appear larger and more open. You can still use bright, bold, and darker colors for accent pieces or for the bathroom linens during your renovation. In a small space too much clutter can make one feel claustrophobic, so clear it out. You’ll be amazed at what it will do for your space.

Updating your mirror and light fixtures can go a long way. Often the bathroom … Read More

Ideas for Attractive Kitchen Renovations

If you are planning to renovate your home, the only part of your home that allows you to be more creative and innovative is your kitchen. You may find hundreds of different designs at your friends and family homes but it is hard to find 100% similarity between two different kitchens. This is because there are lot of variations available in kitchen cabinets, accessories, sink styles and other usable items. As you have to deal with a good number of accessories while renovating your kitchen, you may find it as one of the most expensive renovation project in your house.

Taking Inspiration

Finding different designs and styles on internet is a good way to take some inspiration for your own design. There are lot of websites and dedicated blogs available on internet with images of unique and attractive designs. Are you looking for a modern touch? A classic style or … Read More

Great Ideas for Kitchen Renovations

Are you looking for some fresh ideas for kitchen renovations? You might have given this project a great deal of thought. Maybe the kitchen paint or wall-paper needs brightening; or the flooring and the cabinets need to be revamped. You might also know about various options that are available to you as far as kitchen renovations are concerned: you can choose to keep things inexpensive and simple, or you can go in for large, full-scale projects. While every kitchen is different, this article can certainly help you start thinking in the right direction.

To start with; think of the budget you are willing to put aside. Then, make sure that you stick to it. Many homeowners would argue that they do not even know how much to set aside for such projects. The simple answer to this problem is to consider the state of your kitchen: If it is in … Read More