With the current economy, more homeowners are focused on fixing their existing home instead of moving out. Even if you plan to put your home on the market, a little fine tuning may be in order. What can you expect when you decide to remodel?
The most popular rooms to remodel are the kitchen and bathrooms. There are three levels of kitchen/bath remodeling; cosmetic, pull and replace and custom. The option you choose depends upon your goals for the project. If your surface finishes are outdated or showing signs of wear, then a lower-cost cosmetic remodel may be appropriate. If the layout of your current kitchen or bath is working but you want to completely remove the old materials, then a pull and replace could be the way to go. If the layout and footprint size of the room is not adequate and your space is just not working for you, then a full custom design can give you a fresh start.
Once you sort through these decisions, you need to select your project team. Is this going to be a ‘do-it-yourselfer’, are you going to be your own project manager, designer and contractor, or do you want to hire a design/build professional? Obviously budget considerations are paramount, but an experienced design/remodeling firm can help you get the most from your investment and guide you through challenging decisions. Interview candidates based on reputation, capabilities and experience and you’re on your way to a positive outcome.
Expect to continue to see a big trend toward redesigning and remodeling bathrooms. While powder bathrooms and hall baths generally get a cosmetic or pull and replace makeover, many master bathrooms receive a custom redesign and full remodel. We have been installing larger, luxury showers with frameless glass, multiple shower heads and low voltage heated floors. There is also an increasing demand for free-standing tubs (garden tubs are out) that can look traditional with claw feet, or more contemporary. Tower cabinetry on top of the vanity countertop has become a great way to create storage and can look very up-to-date with transitional styling.
The rest of the house continues to trend towards an open, less formal layout. Remodeled lower levels focus on family entertainment areas, with wine cellars, family play spaces, work-out centers and kitchenettes. Again, contemporary design favors an open floor plan with visual cues rather than walls defining spaces.