By Shawn Vacek, Remodelers of Houston
Although most homeowners remodel their homes for their own enjoyment and functionality, we all would like to know that our projects will also result in an increase in the value of our homes. Following are some of the ways you can increase both your enjoyment and your home value.
When it comes to the value of a home, square footage is key. Bigger is always better, and anything you can do to increase the size of your home is a good idea. From room additions to garage apartments to home offices to patios and sunrooms, there are a multitude of projects to consider. If the majority of homes in your area have three bathrooms and you have two or three, the addition of a bath or half-bath would be a good investment.
It is no surprise that kitchens carry the highest return on investment when compared to other remodeling projects for your home. When your remodel adds square footage, then you can expect an even higher return. Style, form, and function are the three main ingredients in approaching a kitchen remodel. Ensure the materials you select work together for the overall style result.
The form of each element used should reflect the overall style you want to achieve. Think through the function of your current kitchen; keeping the things that work and changing or improving the areas that are problematic. Focus on the features that can be incorporated in your new kitchen such as pull out trays, cutlery dividers or opening up a wall.
Bathrooms go hand-in-hand in desirability factor for those looking to renovate a home. As with any addition or remodel, careful planning is critical. There are many issues with regard to power, water supplies and drains to consider, so it is extremely important to consult a professional.
Outdoor design encompasses outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and pits, golf putting greens, tennis courts, play courts, patios, decks, swimming pools, cocktail pools, water features, landscape lighting, sculpture gardens and ecological water management. All of these have a tremendous impact on the look and value of your home.
The easiest solution is not always the most obvious. If you’re looking for a quick fix and don’t want to spend a whole lot of money, paint will definitely get you the most for your money. A fresh coat of paint, done properly, makes a significant difference in the look of a home.
When it comes to home remodeling, more light means more value. Consider adding some windows or possibly augmenting those you have with a more modern or interesting design.
Energy Efficient Appliances
Nobody wants a big bill, and energy efficient appliances impact not just your wallet, but the environment as well. Going green with new Energy Star appliances adds value to your property.
The Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association is an organization of remodelers and industry professionals. We are dedicated to the promotion of excellence and professionalism within the industry, and public awareness of the Remodelers Council. We achieve this through education, certification and service to the membership, industry and the community. Members of the Remodelers Council give back to the Houston community by participating in an annual charity project. The Remodelers Council holds an annual Garage Sale at the September Texas Home and Garden Show with proceeds going to their local charity project. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit the GHBA website.