How ready are you to remodel? Asking yourself the following questions may help you organize your next remodeling project.
Q: Which remodeling projects are you most likely to recoup the cost of?
A: A minor kitchen remodel: 92.9 percent; siding replacement: 92.8 percent; a midrange bathroom remodel: 90.1 percent.
Q: What would make my kitchen easier to use?
A: A lot depends on how you already like to use your kitchen. If you like to bake, you may benefit from a lower counter or island. If you buy in bulk, you’ll need extra storage space. If more than one cook will use the kitchen at one time, you may want to create separate work stations.
One must-have in the hardworking kitchen is a range hood. Because cooking churns out airborne contaminants like nothing else in the home can, you need a ventilating solution, preferably a high-performance, HVI-certified, ducted model.
Q: The area around where I iron always seems to get messy, no matter how hard I try to keep it clean. Is there anything I can do to help prevent this from happening?
A: Consider an ironing center that can recess into the wall.
Q: What about temperature control?
A: Bathrooms can benefit from up-to-date ventilation fans. Ventilation fans can prevent steamy mirrors, fogged windows and damp walls. More importantly, they can circumvent much deeper problems such as mold, mildew, peeling paint, warping, ruined insulation and wood rot.
Q: I live in a really small house. Are there any new ways to save space?
A: Medicine cabinets are always a great tool for homeowners looking to create extra space around the house.