Home renovation has become increasingly popular these days because it can do more for your home than you realize. Whether you are looking at the renovations as an investment towards overall value, following the “fix it and flip it” route, or you are looking to make your house a more enjoyable home, there are all kinds of projects to immerse yourself in.
There are a couple of major home renovation projects that you should know about. Today we’re going to discuss these five and give you some ideas on how to get the most out of every renovation.
Know The Basics of Home Renovation
Aside from renovations being based on location, the kinds of changes you want to make fall into four categories: repairing and replacing the basics, adding curbside appeal, adding overall value, and remodeling based on personal preference.
The basics include things like dry basements, roofing that doesn’t leak, functional downspouts and gutters, plumbing, solid floors, and operational fixtures and appliances.
Next, curbside appeal refers to the aesthetics of the house, such as landscaping, fresh paint, new fixtures, a manicured lawn, and carpets without stains.
Projects that add to the overall value include kitchen renovations, siding, windows, and so on. You can also consider adding skylights and other energy-efficient additions as adding value.
Lastly, personal preference renovations are about adding amenities, like ponds, game rooms, offices, tennis courts, pools and spas, and so on. These don’t necessarily add value unless the person who is buying your home next has similar tastes.
Types of Home Renovations
Here are several types of home renovations that you can do with or without professional help:
The most popular type of home renovation is the kitchen. While investing in a pro-level deluxe kitchen might not always be the smartest move if you want to sell your home in the future, there are many projects you can do to make your kitchen much more functional and spacious.
Some kitchen renovations are simple, like adding a professional coat of paint and some granite countertops. Fresh paint that compliments the color of beautiful natural stone counters will add value and also make cooking and entertaining more enjoyable.
Also, while you don’t have to completely redo the kitchen and remove all character, you should consider getting more energy-efficient appliances. Energy Star-rated stoves, refrigerators, and dishwashers, for example, save you money and are better for the environment.
More people are realizing the potential of finishing their basements. There is so much space that often goes unused. Change your basement into extra space to entertain. Build a basement bar with gorgeous stone counters, create a home cinema or man cave. Separate parts and have a home gym or meditation room. There are so many options—too many to list here—so you can let your creativity take control.
Bathrooms can undergo all kinds of transformations. You can use space to make a full bathroom or choose another size, like a half bathroom or a ¾ bathroom. Depending on your budget and space, you can increase or decrease the size.
A full bathroom has everything—a sink, bathtub, shower, and toilet. While you can have more than one of these in any bathroom, a full bath will have at least one of each. Typically, these are around 40 square feet in size, but full bathrooms can be much larger.
A ¾ bathroom has either a shower or tub and a sink and toilet. These save space because you can combine the shower and tub in some cases. Layouts are often different from full bathrooms, and the overall cost of renovating a ¾ bathroom is much cheaper, too.
Half bathrooms have just a toilet and sink. You often find a lot of ½ bathrooms being added to homes that need more toilets, especially ones that have finished basements or room additions.
When the family grows but you can’t afford to move or are unable, it may make more sense to build another room or addition to the house. Sometimes, additions are small, like offices or even an extra parking spot in the garage. Depending on how the internal structure of the main building is affected, the cost of the home addition will change. The more you need to change, the more costly.
Upgrades refer to things that add something to your home but might not be considered a remodel or an addition. For example, your whole home might need some new windows or energy-efficient insulation installed in the attic. You might want to add new doors to the porch or finally close in the deck to make a solarium. Adding a deck also counts as an upgrade—a time-consuming and expensive one. However, all these add value and aesthetic appeal to a building and can have a return of investment that makes the whole process worthwhile.
There are multiple options for changing up your home and adding value. Simple changes to the basics, like improving fixtures or swapping out old countertops for granite and stone, are just the beginning. You can add rooms and bathrooms, reshape the exterior, and add carpets. Overall, upgrades are what you make them to be—within the limits of your budget, of course.
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