Popular Rooms to Remodel in Your Home
For those that buying a new home isn’t an option for, or those that love the home they’re currently in and just want to remodel, there are a few popular rooms to do makeovers on that can have a profound impact on the home, as well as increasing the value of the home should you decide to sell it down the line.
Arguably the most popular room to remodel in the home is the kitchen, in no small part because of the value it can add to a future asking price. Common remodel targets in the kitchen include cabinets, repainting with lighter colors to open up a smaller kitchen, the addition of an island for extra counter space, and swapping out old appliances with newer, more modern ones.
Depending on your budget, doing one or more of these can be accomplished quickly and without the need for professionals. Repainting your kitchen a brighter color can usually be accomplished in a weekend, while adding an island can take as little time as a visit to your local furniture store, provided you didn’t want something more permanent that would require professional installation. Other options, however, can take more time and money.
Either replacing or refurbishing your kitchen cabinets can be a time-consuming endeavor. While it certainly costs more to replace the cabinets, depending on whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a professional, it can potentially take less time to remove the old cabinets and add new ones that provide more storage space and match the look you’re going for. Getting new appliances doesn’t take much time, but the obvious barrier here is cost, since replacing all of your kitchen appliances (refrigerator, oven, stove, etc) can be quite pricey. Fortunately you can prioritize certain appliances and replace them one at a time as your budget allows.
Home Office Remodels
The key to a home office remodel is to decide how many built-in items you want the room to include, which in turn impacts the room’s ability to ever be converted into something else, such as a bedroom. This isn’t a problem if you don’t plan to move out of the home or if the home already has several other bedrooms, but it’s something to keep in mind if you plan to sell the home in the near future and you don’t have multiple bedrooms in the house.
That being said, popular home office remodels projects include built-in shelving or bookcases, larger, more comfortable office furniture including desks that are built into the walls, and the inclusion of outlets in more convenient locations, including being added to that new built-in desk – internet access may have gone wireless, but electricity isn’t quite there yet.
Many of these projects can be accomplished by a competent DIYer, but the wiring may require the help of a professional to avoid a trip the emergency room and costly repairs to the wiring of your entire home.
If a large, separate home office isn’t an option, look into utilizing space in your home that isn’t being used. Odd nooks, spaces under stairs, or that loft space that’s currently storage can all be converted into a small home office through the inclusion of furniture, some shelving, and a few power outlets that can all make it an efficient work space for when you need it.
Media Room/Den/Basement Remodels
Depending on your goals, and how your home is laid out, there can be a number of options for remodeling your entertainment space – that room where you watch the game with friends, movies with the family, and have people over for cocktail parties.
Remodeling an unfinished basement into an entertaining space can be a time consuming project, but it does allow you to customize the space to what you want to use it for. In addition to the usual addition of finished walls and flooring, adding pre-wired sound systems, bars, large screen televisions or projectors, and even tiered movie-style seating can be added to the space. All of this is dependent on the space, your budget, and whether you’re working with an unfinished space that can be customized completely, or a previously finished room that limits what changes can be made.
Remodeling your home is a great way to tailor it more to your desires, modernize older parts of the home, and raise the asking price for the future. If you’re building a new home and want options like this be sure to work with a custom home builder that can either do the work while building the home, or can at least lay the groundwork for you to more easily make the upgrades later on. Whether you’re rejuvenating your current home or making upgrades to your new home, be sure to weigh the cost benefits before starting your project so you know if what you’re doing will pay off in the long run.
About the Author
George R Perry works for Madison Homebuilders, a Columbia SC Home Builder specializing in custom built on your lot homes in North and South Carolina. Contact them today to learn more, or visit them at MadisonHomeBuilders.com .
Written by: Brinn Miracle