Posted on September 14, 2011
Green Home Remodeling: Best Home Renovations for Consideration
Green home remodeling has experienced a rise in popularity across the region as many homeowners and commercial property investors seek to improve the appearance and durability of their property structures. I've come to truly understand why as well. Green renovations such as bamboo flooring or implementation of alternative wind energy usage provide long-lasting and favorable enhancements to properties that are sustainable, trendy and eco-friendly. Additionally, earth-friendly renovation and remodeling costs have begun to drop as more green contractors become available on the market.
Best Green Home Remodeling Projects to Consider
Consider green home remodeling for your property when it's time to renovate. Eco-friendly renovations that won't break your budget are not only attainable, but can provide an increased ROI, or return on your investment, with the right strategies. The key to getting a proper return on investment is to consider the types of maintenance and work needed for the house, the best options available and the neighborhood in which your property is located.
Essentially, there are five basic types of home remodeling projects: home maintenance, curb appeal, neighborhood norm, appraisal booster, lifestyle improvement and "green" improvement. For the record, some of these improvements may intersect with others, but overall, the ones that are most important to consider are home maintenance and appraisal booster. Read more...
Posted on April 27, 2011
There's a battle underway in many communities across the country. On one side is the irresistible force of progress - home builders and developers, and homebuyers in a hurry to move into brand-new homes. On the other side is the immovable object of community government and citizens already settled into growing neighborhoods. The combatants are fighting for the right to determine what neighborhoods look like - specifically, how to control "cookie-cutter" houses and assure diversity of architectural design.
The families that occupy the first few homes in a new neighborhood are often quite surprised when they find that a nearly identical version of the home they call their own is under construction two doors down. How did that happen? After all, when they met with their builder they chose the brick color, the siding color, and the roof shingles; they reversed the plan and picked the upgraded landscaping package. But suddenly their vision of home ownership, their biggest investment, their pride, is diluted by similar visions sprouting up all along their street.
Home builders and developers, on the other hand, are under intense financial and competitive pressure. Development starts many years in advance of construction, when land developers purchase and "stockpile" land for future use. It's a speculative game, and developers cross their fingers that homebuyers will desire today the land that they bought ten years ago. The trick is to appeal to a wide audience and buy land in areas now that will be in demand later. Part of that wider appeal is expressed in the design of the homes that are offered for sale or for construction in those neighborhoods. The safest route is always a small number of easily modified designs that can be accurately priced and that will satisfy the desires of the largest number of people. Read more...
Posted on April 12, 2011
A combination of tough times and an aging population have played a part in increasing the number of households with multiple generations living under one roof. In 2000, 5 million households were multi-generational. In 2010, the number has grown to 7.1 million households. Families are sticking together, whether caring for a grandparent or accommodating adult children who want to remain at home until they marry. Remodeling projects are therefore on the rise. People want bigger rooms, more space, and a great kitchen and bathroom.
Areas in the house that need remodeling
Step 1 - Is giving the wall a coat of paint the only thing to be done? Usually if a bathroom is only five years old, it may not need much more. But today's bathrooms have become state-of-the-art and people want to do much more with it now. If you are cramped for space, you might remove the old bathtub and install a shower pan and a shower with glass doors, and a cute little small bath in which your whole body can be immersed. For a bathroom, tiling is better than carpeting as carpet traps hair and other dirt. You want to be able to mop the floor after each shower. Does your bathroom shower have a slip-resistant surface or safety bars to minimize falls? You might be pleased to know that using bright paint colors like lime green, citrus yellow, butterscotch yellow or cream can create an illusion of space and make a small bathroom look bigger. A nice mirror on the wall also helps. Read more...