Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Time Tidbits: The Busy Mom's Guide to a Home Remodel

Courtni Wisenbaker-Scheel

A lot of families put remodeling projects on hold when the housing bubble burst several years ago. Thankfully, those days have now passed, and many are looking to make some changes. Here are the top 2017 remodel projects to help give you and your family the home you’ve been dreaming about for so long.

Sleek Vintage Kitchens
The first room most homeowners want to tackle is usually the kitchen. Tired, old appliances and peeling laminate countertops are never going to inspire a creative meal, let alone merit a classy dinner party. Retro is king of 2017 with a return to classic whites and soft greys accented by butcherblock countertops and geometric tile backsplashes. For those homeowners who love to entertain, be sure to incorporate a long seated bar ledge and built-in shelving to house all your cocktail necessities. Your brand new kitchen will not only get you excited about cooking again, but will boost your home’s property value significantly, too.

Luxurious Walk-In Showers
Let’s face it. Most of us don’t spend hours relaxing in the master-bedroom tub anymore, so what’s the point of having one? It’s time to rip out that worn-out grimy tub and replace it with a roomy walk-in shower. Glass walls will provide you with ample natural light and help the bathroom still feel spacious. As with most remodels, there’s a fine line between what your renovation dreams are and what future buyers will want if you plan to sell, and it’s important to keep both in mind when designing your new bathroom.

Altering a current bathroom isn’t the only remodeling project that is sure to improve your quality of life. If your family is always fighting over time in front of the mirror, give your home— and your property value—a boost by adding on an additional bathroom.

Refresh the Exterior
You’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression. Make your house feel like a home by giving the exterior a much needed facelift. Renovations like new siding, garage doors, and front door will provide you with increased safety and insulation, as well as a phenomenal return on your investment. In fact, these renovations have the potential to recoup upwards of 92 percent of their renovation expense whenever the homeowner chooses to sell down the road. Don’t forget about outdoor living, too! Grilling out on your new deck while the kids play in the yard is a great way to spend any Friday night in!

The In-Law Suite
Whether you have senior parents or children moving back in after graduating from college, an in-law suite is a must-have. By including a small kitchenette, bathroom, bedroom, and living space, you can give your family members a bit of autonomy while still being under the same roof. Better yet, if you have the room, upgrade the suite to a separate shed-quarter in your backyard. Though this will definitely up your budget, you have the potential to turn this renovation into a moneymaker by renting it out later on.

Regardless of which renovation project you choose, you are virtually guaranteed to have a greater desire to be home enjoying it with family once the dust settles.

About the author:

Courtni Wisenbaker-Scheel is a mother of two, and lover of all things Danish modern. She enjoys writing professionally for Home Improvement Leads  with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence and to connect them to qualified remodel contractors.

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