Do you dream of large living spaces, open floor plans and spa-quality bathrooms, but you live in an older, cramped home? The secret to living in your ideal space is to look at properties – including your current home – with an eye toward its future potential.
Add a modern layout to an older home
Homes with unique details, fine craftsmanship and interesting structural features are ideal candidates for remodeling. Don’t try to find a perfect home that fits your budget, instead search for one with great features and character. A certified professional remodeler will have the training and skill necessary to preserve those details while creating the space you’ve been dreaming about.
Limit your search to your preferred neighborhoods
Remember, you can change your home but you can’t change the neighborhood. We can remodel that small or outdated condo on the beach, but you can’t move that suburban designer home closer to the ocean.
What do you have to work with?
Will you be thrilled with a new bathroom or do you need the entire house to be overhauled? The size of your project should affect your decision. It will usually be more cost effective to update your current home. As you consider your options, remember that a professional remodeler can do almost anything with your home including turning a dated kitchen into a chef’s dream or transforming a mildew bathroom into a spa sanctuary. Constructing a new home should almost always be your last alternative.
How long do you plan to live in your home?
Since you may want to sell your home in the future, remodeling a lower cost home will give you a larger return on your investment down the road than buying and then selling your dream home. Consider remodeling projects that not only meet your needs, but will also add significant resale value to the property. To get an idea of the average job cost and resale value take a look at Remodeling Magazine Cost vs. Value report.
Incorporate environmental upgrades
Most older properties were built without consideration for saving energy and sustainable practices. Undertaking a green remodel – installing solar panels, energy saving appliances, composite wood decking – can translate to big savings in future energy bills, resale value and even financial incentives from state and local utilities.
We pride ourselves on maximizing the potential of your living space. We’ve got years of experience transforming condos and homes into spaces that exceed expectations. Contact us today to talk about your project and get a free estimate.