Architectural Remodeling: Home Redesign With A Pure Beauty Emphasis

For the vast majority of people, their house must be both beautiful and comfortable. Designers throughout the ages have worked to create the ideal balance of these two elements, constantly increasing comfort while simultaneously adding to the beauty element. Now, however, a new player has emerged on the scene. Home additions are increasingly being designed to add beauty into the very foundation of a house, adding a spark before the interior designer ever touches the space.

Why Re-Do A House?

There are many reasons why people choose to dramatically change their living space. In most cases, it starts off as a small project. Perhaps only a kitchen or bathroom is intended for modernization. But once the project is completed, it becomes such a focal point and such a benefit that the scope expands, often including home additions and sometimes becoming a complete re-imagining of the entire property.

Incorporating The Architectural

In the past, the goal was to create a timeless space which would largely gain character from the elements that were introduced inside it. But instead of yielding a blank canvas, it became a template for builders to create identical or nearly identical structures within the same neighborhood. These lacked distinction and lost their luster for the owners.

Today, in cities as diverse as Boston, Dallas, and San Diego, remodelers are seeing a different trend. People who have tolerated their rather uninspiring and basic spaces are now looking to personalize them. They are seeking to synthesize and create a fusion between the functional and the beautiful, adding details that give the space a sense of character without dramatically changing the way it functions.

Architecture As A Basis For Look & Feel

It can be easy to overlook the importance of architecture and dismiss it as something only really feasible at the highest levels of income. In that past, that’s exactly what it was. The most wealthy individuals were able to have custom created residences, and these tended to make use of the most talented drafting teams, who tended to include specialized elements as part of what they created. If you couldn’t afford this kind of personalized creation, great detail was out of reach.

Now, home additions have made it possible to get this kind of workmanship on a smaller scale. Even a single room can add a lot of richness and beauty to an entire home. Intricate beaming or gracefully curved walls in one space can set the tone throughout. Individuals that remember this – and the new generation of creators who bring it to life – are set to lead the charge for new houses throughout the next century.

Kitchen Faucet Buying Tips For Remodeled Homes

If you are remodeling your home it is quite important to get the right kitchen faucet in order to get the best look and feel of the entire room. Many feel that installing a kitchen faucet isn’t a big deal, while others think the world of it. The key though, is to find a faucet that suits your overall theme of the room and functions properly for what you intend to use it for.

Some faucets are arched and have a bigger, taller look and feel to them. These can be quite nice to the eye, but sometimes it’s hard to wash something under it without splashing water everywhere since the water is falling from such a high location. A smaller or lower faucet, might not be the right answer either as they can sometimes be harder to wash things under and if you keep anything in the sink, like many do, it can get hard even just filling a cup of water.

There is a fine line between having a high or low faucet. It personally prefer something in the middle which has a little more all-around usability as opposed to a good aesthetic look. I prefer function over looks, when it comes to the kitchen faucet as it’s something I know I’ll use a lot. If you will not be the one using the faucet or you have somebody take care of some of the kitchen chores that would require a faucet, then maybe consider a good looking faucet.

There are two kinds of occasions to get a new faucet, while remodeling or building a new kitchen, or if the old one is broken. Either way, it is important to line up the style of the faucet with the style of the overall kitchen in order to get a complete look. It would be weird to have a everything in for example Victorian and go for a “casual stainless steel” faucet, so that is definitely something to consider looking into.

Make sure that you talk to a couple of experts and visit many websites before making a final buying decision. There are quite a few different models that might suit your new kitchen and until you’ve seen them all it can be hard to eliminate one or the other as an option. I recommend you have a quick look around some kitchen websites, faucet sites and go for a sturdy brand model that fits your overall style of kitchen.

Remodeling Homes for Fun and Profit – Part 1

Buying and remodeling homes for profit can be a very lucrative business. If you’ve ever seen the shows on television dedicated to the home flipping industry, you know that it can be a great way to make tens of thousands of dollars almost instantly. As long as you have the credit or capital to buy your first home and sink enough money into it to make it more livable and luxurious than it was before, you can get started. Any real estate agent will tell you that location is a key ingredient to home flipping success. If you buy a house in the ghetto and turn it into a mansion, it’ll be difficult to sell because nobody wants to live in the ghetto, even if they’re staying in a magnificent home.

Another key to remodeling homes for profit is having a network of people to help you out. If you’ve found a good contractor, keep his or her phone number handy. It’s hard to find reliable people who do good work at a decent price, and when you do it’s almost like winning the lottery. Building a good business relationship with contractors and construction workers is extremely important. If you aren’t sure about which contractor to hire, start asking for letters of recommendation. Any contractor worth your time will have a trail of happy customers behind him, so talk to them and avoid making the costly mistake of hiring the wrong person.

When it comes to remodeling homes, there’s nobody more important than a good real estate agent. They can help you find the properties that you’ll want to flip, and they can also objectively tell you which changes to make to improve the value of your new house the most. Remodeling a kitchen, for example, can make you a ton of money on your investment. They can also tell you which adjustments are going to be most affordable. Real estate agents can help you to get the greatest return on your investment, which is what remodeling and selling houses is all about.

Are Low-Voltage Technologies Going to Rule New and Remodeled Homes?

The fact that more and more new and remodeled homes across America primarily rely on low-voltage systems to control the facilities within the homes is revealing. Of course, high-voltage 110Vac is and always will be required. However, low-voltage technologies are already embedded in millions of homes. No doubt everyone has heard that in the coming days of our civilization that items removed from the refrigerator and pantry will automatically be added onto the next week’s shopping list electronically.

Security At the present time automatically reordering food items is not on the menu. However, many other security and convenience related technologies are becoming the norm. Let’s just take security as an example. A quality security system in today’s world is expected to accomplish multiple tasks. During the day, while the home owners are away for the day, low voltage tri-tech motion detectors peer over the landscape looking for intruders. This highly evolved electronic device looks for heat variations, Doppler shift movements, and also compares the differences in temperature variations over long periods of time.

Lighting Control Systems There has certainly been a shift towards low-voltage in lighting control. Most really high-end lighting control systems no longer have high-voltage wiring installed within the walls at the light switches. Instead there is a small gauge, low-voltage cable run to each button at a given switch location. In fact, the cable run to a given switch location is likely to contain many individual wires so that multiple light loads and lighting scenes can be controlled from that one location.

Whole-House Stereo How about whole-house entertainment, is it controlled with low-voltage wiring? You bet it is controlled all over the house with low-voltage wiring. In fact, most of the main units of whole-house multi-source, multi-zone systems are conveniently located down in the home theater room. Low-voltage keypad controllers are installed within the walls in each listening zone and make control inputs to the main unit.

Access Control Systems Just to be fair I will include one other low-voltage technology being installed regularly in new and remodeled homes all across the country. That technology is the access control system which identifies people at the front door. The capability of swiping a card in front of a reader is nothing new. However, unlocking the front door of a residence, disarming the security system, activating various lighting scenes, and turning on one’s favorite music is a new spin on that old technology. Yes that’s right, the system can differentiate between various family members, household personnel, and intruders.

I suppose the jury is still out on whether low-voltage will rule as the primary power source in new and remodeled homes of the future. As previously mentioned, high-voltage 110Vac is and always will be required. However, there is no doubt just by examining four of the multitude of controlled systems, that this technology is already the controlling authority.

Buying Drapery For Your Remodeled Home

You’re a newcomer to the area and have just spent a massive amount on remodeling your home but realize you’re missing an important detail that you may not be able to go on without, which is buying draperies for your home. Picking out drapery for your family home takes a lot of planning, but it’s planning that you shouldn’t have to do on your own.

When you move into a new place, it’s kind of fun in a way because you get to go out and buy everything you need to make you feel right at home. You may even choose to feel more at home if you duplicate the house that you’re living in now from the house you were living in before. It’s hard for a lot of people to deal with change. You just may deal with it differently than other people.

Picking out draperies doesn’t involve as much planning as anything else in your house would take, but it is fun to get everyone in your family involved after all they would be living with those same drapes you pick out too.

Before you’re able to pick out any draperies, you must first decide the texture, color, and you want to make sure that it’s going to look good in your home. The only way you’re going to be able to decide on set color or texture is if you do all the researching. Now you wouldn’t necessarily need to do any researching online, you just need to do the researching around your house meaning looking around to see what color of draperies would be a good match in your home.

You can do the researching online as well, but it’s not recommended because only you know what’s in your house. The only way you would do researching online is if you have settled on what kind of draperies you want to get and you want to check to see if your favorite store has them, which also would be included in your planning.

You might also have to take measurements because you could have a window that might not work with draperies. In your case, let’s hope that’s not the issue. If you’re the kind of person who gets all crazy when it comes to matching everything, then you might also want to take a picture of the color scheme in your house and take it to any store and get some color samples to take home and browse different colors whether their unusual or not.

It may occur to you that you are so protective of what you want and only you know what you want that you only have anyone else help you. That’s fine if you want to do it by yourself, but you also don’t want to be putting a lot of stress on yourself. Having help is a good thing. It’s not like you have to do everything everyone says to do, but it’s a good way to listen to each other and discover what works best.

Buying drapery in your remodeled home could be the last thing on your agenda that you have to get done. You could have seen a neighbors drapery and liked the way it looked, so you decided that you have to get one in your home. Whatever the case may be, planning and having help on picking out draperies is a good strategy.

Small Kitchen Remodeling

Small kitchens are a reality of life in many homes, especially apartments or older houses. If expanding the kitchen isn’t an option, that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to spend every meal time feeling that the walls are closing in. There are things you can do with the colors, appliances and layout to make even the smallest galley kitchen feel cozy rather than suffocating.

Widen the Windows, Lose the Doors

Unlike the door in a bedroom or bathroom or closet, the door to the kitchen is optional. Opt out. Widening the doorway and taking out the door, will make the kitchen feel less like a sealed-off box and more like an open nook connected to the rest of the house. Larger, taller windows will give even a very small kitchen feel bigger; go easy on the window treatments to let in as much light as possible. If you can raise the ceiling, do.

Colors and Decorating Materials

Use light-colored decorating materials to make the room feel less closed-in. Avoid large ceramic tiles on the floor or walls–they’ll only accentuate the smallness of the room. An off-white or yellow motif, accented with small mosaic tiles on the floor and/or wall, will go a long way toward visually pushing back those walls.

Appliances and Furniture

Think small and retractable when designing the furniture and buying the appliances. Find a refrigerator that’s thin but tall. Instead of a free-standing oven taking up valuable floor space, have a wall oven installed, and have the stove-top set into the counter-top. If possible, have your cabinets set, or partly set, into the wall. Instead of a table and chairs, design a counter-top so that a few stools can slide under it.

Getting Started on Home Remodeling For Beginners

Once you decide you’re going to have your home remodeled, you might be simultaneously overwhelmed and really excited by the prospect. You immediately scan the brochures and the home remodeling portfolios online and imagine how the proposed designs would look in your own home. But wait! Don’t get too rushed and exhilarated. Here are some home remodeling starters you need to address before you formally begin with all the destruction and reconstruction.

Clean Up

Clean your home before you remodel. In fact, clean it up before you even finalize the design for the remodeled home. Clearing it up and letting the dust go will make it easier for you to see things in a lighter view. The actual space that your home covers will show up by itself, and you will have an easier time figuring out where to put things, what to remove, etc.

Also, take this opportunity to declutter your home (and your life). Throw away the things that take up space but for which you have no use. And as for the things that you realize you still need, keep them and put them to good use.

Kitchen and Bathroom First!

When you think about remodeling the kitchen, it may appear to be a very daunting job. But in truth a complete kitchen overhaul will pay huge dividends when you put up your home for sale. Purchase new cabinets and appliances. If you cannot afford to do that, at least replace the cabinet doors. Replace hardware. Repaint.

Aside from the kitchen, also remember that the bathroom is a key place to remodel. Replace boring tiles with attractive ones. Install custom cabinets. Redecorate. If you can’t afford a total bathroom makeover, at least replace the faucets, taps, and shower head. And yes, don’t forget the shower curtain, too!

Also, there are now a lot of bathroom and kitchen fixtures that come in beautiful and contemporary designs. Take your pick from them and, with the help of an expert, purchase a beautiful piece for your home.

Why Make a Remodeling Budget?

“A budget tells us what we can’t afford, but it doesn’t keep us from buying it.” (William Feather)

When you bought your last car, you went through the process of defining what you wanted, and exploring what was available in your price range. Then you went to showrooms, to get more information, and test drive each vehicle to find the one that suited you best – emotionally, physically and financially. Preparing for a building or remodeling project is very similar, but most people don’t understand the concept.

What did you pay for your newest vehicle? If you’re remodeling your master bathroom or your kitchen, you can expect to invest at least twice the amount that you paid for your last new car. The good news is that your home will appreciate while that new car is depreciating at a rapid rate. Even in today’s economy, your home is still your best investment.

So how do you go about creating a remodeling budget? The first step is to make a comprehensive list of everything you want included and prioritize your list. This is important because it will help you talk with design professionals and contractors, to help them understand your goals. The first chapter of my e book explains how to determine what you want to do, set priorities about the scope of your project, and specific products you may want to include.

The next step is to establish a reasonable, realistic investment range. Yes, investment — not price. You’re investing in your home, and your future. A good remodeling (or building) project will give you years of personal enjoyment, and a high rate of return on your investment if and when you decide to sell your home. Statistics verify that you will get a 45% – 85% return, depending on the size and scope of your project, and your physical location.

After you determine your target budget, test reality by talking to design professionals and contractors, to get their opinion about your project based on their professional experience. This process determines how much of your wish list you’re going to achieve, i.e., the more you pay, the more you’ll get.

When you go to a car dealer, their goal is to sell you a vehicle that day. Design professionals and contractors want to sell you their services, but you should not feel pressured by them. Allow yourself enough time to make an informed decision: Interview them, review their proposal, check their references, and ask questions. This is also covered in detail in the e book (down to the specific questions to ask).

There are some things that you can do during the design process to help you achieve the best results:

Verify dimensions for aisles and passageways, to confirm enough space has been allowed for comfort and safety. Carefully select products that fit your needs, and your budget. Shop online at manufacturers’ sites to see the features you want. Visit showrooms to physically see and feel the products – you can’t determine this while shopping on line.
Obtain comparative prices. Enter information into a spreadsheet (manufacturer, model number, price, and showroom/salesperson).

Pride of ownership lasts a very short time after you’ve purchased a new car. The satisfaction you feel in your new or remodeled home will be there every day, and will last for years.

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Top Reasons to Remodel Your House

If you are living in Maryland and your house has considerably “aged”, a “facelift” is definitely needed not just to bring out the aesthetic appeal of your home but also to protect your home from becoming unsightly. Here are some very good reasons why you need Maryland home remodeling:

As mentioned above, signs of home aging become apparent particularly in the bathroom and kitchen area where molds, peels and cracks appear on any surface. When taken for granted, this can eventually lead to more damages. Thus, remodeling your bathroom and kitchen serves as a protection against natural wear and tear.

Remodeling can add up more functionality – if there are spaces that become available during the process, you can perhaps create a new room that will suit your preferences. And lastly and most importantly is that home improvement projects, no matter if they are major or minor, can add considerable value to your home. If you are planning to move out and sell your old house, a “facelift” will enhance the look of your home and make it appear as brand new.

Next to bathroom, the kitchen area is also one of the places where improvements should be done in order to make it sellable. If you are planning to sell your house which has aged for more than twenty years, you may need Maryland kitchen remodeling. Selling this kind of home as it is will only attract unwanted or inexperienced contractors who would want to offer their services.

In the light of the recent recession where multitude of industries suffered major losses including the real estate business, remodeling or renovating an old house can be the only way to sell a property. When everyone is afraid to spend money on building a newly-constructed house, people are ready to take their chances on buying old yet renovated or remodeled homes. It probably doesn’t cost as much as a newly constructed one. So if you’ve got an old house that you think is inhabitable, you may want to resort to a major home improvement project to bring back its elegance and make it sellable to prospective buyers.

In selling your old home, bear in mind that most buyers would want to purchase it at a price that can accommodate minor repair for themselves. For instance, if the walls need to be repainted, then it can be a sure sell. But for major repairs such as holes in the walls or excessive roof leaks or faulty pipes, the seller has the responsibility for spending on those improvements unless the buyer agreed to buy the house at a price less the cost of repair. For instance, if a wall has holes and cracks on it and needs $20,000.00 for its repair and the selling price of the house is $120,000, then the buyer can pay only $100,000 and shoulder the cost of repair. On the other hand, there are buyers that doesn’t want to go through the hassles of making the repair by themselves and would opt to pay the whole selling price and oblige the seller to make the repair.

Know All Important Things About Home Renovations

Most people go for home renovation to change the look of their homes. They upgrade their kitchen, add a bathroom or even build a deck. This not only helps in making the house look different but also makes day to day living more enjoyable and practical. But something more important is the role that investment remodelling plays in all this. It is an important consideration from finance point of view for all home owners.

Today, the market is very uncertain and therefore it is important that you monitor all the possible consequences of remodelling. The former belief of investment remodelling paying for itself has been proved wrong. So, whatever investment is done in remodelling must be justified properly in the property value.

Investment Remodelling – Home Maintenance

Even from the financial point of view, it does make sense to keep your home well maintained. If you take care of problems when they are small they will never be any need of expensive repairs. Small problems, when ignored grow into large problems and require huge amount of money for repairing. Like a clog in the gutter if not treated at the right time can lead to big problems like wet basement and even bigger problem like pest infestations. This can severely hurt the sale value of your property.

Wise Choices for Home renovations & Return on Investment

Something like remodelling the kitchen or creating an even better master bedroom definitely adds to lifestyle improvement and the comfort levels, but any idea how do they add up to your property value? Many magazines keep publishing articles on how remodelling each room fares up in your return on investment.

Well, the reality today is very different from what it was in the past and the same goes for the future also. The prices may rise or may fall further. But if you go by current rates, then the return on investment has gone down by 2 – 3%.

Neighbourhood and Investment Remodelling

Though, the neighbourhood property value is not directly proportional to your property price, it will definitely have some relation with the rate of your property. If your property has the lowest rates in the whole neighbourhood, then investing in remodelling may be a good idea. It will help in increasing the rates of your property.

Home Remodelling or Home Restoration

Sometimes, due to accidents like fire or catastrophes, you have to renovate a part of your home. In such cases you may have two options. Either you upgrade the damaged part or just replace them. But on comparing, you will see that restoration will only recover the value of what was damaged but renovating will help you add value to your property. You can upgrade and get funds from insurance. At least a part of it can be recovered from insurance. So, it is always better to go for up gradation instead of restoration.

For all people who are not planning to sell their house, all the words of wisdom written above would not seem appropriate. And for people who are planning to sell their homes in the near future, these simple suggestions will definitely get you a better idea about renovation.