Choose a home remodeling project that best fits your needs. Taking on a large-scale home remodeling project can be a daunting task, both in terms of expenses and time management. Conversely, a small remodeling project can simultaneously increase the value of a home and stay within a realistic budget. Before committing to a large project, consider the following ideas for smaller renovations:
Accentuate the architecture. Tasteful architectural accents, such as crown molding or a dining room chair rail, can add appeal and value to a home. Also, try dressing up a ceiling-mounted light fixture with a medallion or adding molding to any room.
Add a fireplace. A fireplace adds warmth and creates a focal point for the room. Dress up the firebox with a tasteful surround and classic wood mantel. If you opt for a gas unit, upgrade to one with realistic-looking logs.
Install bay windows. Changing standard windows to bay windows makes rooms feel larger, creates focal points and lets in more light. To call attention to the new windows and add function to the rooms, consider adding built-in window seats with benches that open for storage.
Replace your windows. Trade in older windows for new, high-performance units that swing in for easy cleaning. Energy Star windows can cut fuel bills by as much as $340 per year over drafty, single-pane units.
Upgrade kitchen countertops. Durable granite is one of the most requested countertop materials in the remodeling industry. If granite is beyond your budget, however, consider laminate countertops, which offer the look of natural stone at a fraction of the price. Add a beveled edge to laminate countertops for an even more authentic stone look.
Create a pantry. A shallow pantry can be added to most kitchens. Have a professional frame the space between two studs and finish with cabinet doors. If you have room, consider adding a walk-in pantry.
Change the backsplash. Choose inexpensive ceramic field tiles and add sparkle with glass or metal decorative pieces, or install a checkerboard pattern of several hues.
Change your showerheads. Consider installing a pan-style model that simulates a rain shower.
Install a second sink. If there’s room to install two sinks within 30 inches of each other, they can share drainage and supply lines to decrease costs.
Upgrade bathroom materials. Change the faucets and fixtures on the sink, bathtub and shower to stylish models in finishes like satin or brushed nickel. Then upgrade your cabinet hardware, lighting fixtures and mirror to complete the fresh look.
Add a porch. Be sure to check building codes for setback requirements. Also, if you plan to entertain, make sure your porch has at least 12 by 24 feet of space.
Replace siding. The most affordable option is vinyl siding, which is available in a wide variety of colors and styles, including scalloped and square-cut shingles. If your vinyl siding is in good condition but looks worn or faded, consider using a product that cleans and restores its original color and sheen.
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