Don’t Skimp on These 6 Things
With lifestyle needs evolving as families continue spending more time at home, the interest in remodeling projects is notably on the rise. Whether it’s creating more livable space or upgrading older and worn finishes and materials, homeowners desire beautiful and high-performance homes that complement their changing lifestyles. When considering a remodeling project, it’s important to prioritize the products and materials that are worth the extra investment, particularly those that can stand the test of time, withstand normal wear and tear, increase comfort, and positively impact a home’s resale value. We’re taking a closer look at design and construction features that are worth the splurge in a home remodeling or renovation project.
1. Inspired kitchens
It could be said that 2020 was the year of the sourdough starter. With families spending more time at home together kitchens saw more foot traffic than ever before. A complete kitchen renovation is at the top of the list in overall homeowner satisfaction and project cost recovery in a joint study from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and National Association of Realtors. And as the heart and central hub of a home, the kitchen should offer plenty of comfortable space for everyone in the family.
When budgeting for a kitchen renovation, consider spending more on layout changes to increase size and comfort and the features that will be touched and used the most. Cabinets should be high quality to withstand constant use over a long period of time. Invest in the best countertops you can afford because not only are they a functional surface but often a lovely focal point of the space. To that end, also consider an extra-large center island with room for barstools that can accommodate more people as well as smaller informal meals. It’s about maximizing the space you have to provide timeless and stylish comfort for everyone in the family.
2. Great lighting
An often-overlooked element, lighting is so important to establishing the look, feel, and functionality of a space. A balanced combination of ambient, accent, and work lighting should all work together to illuminate a space, highlight specific areas of interest, and allow for the comfortable completion of tasks, like reading or meal preparation. And never underestimate the power of a standout light fixture to create a dramatic focal point to a room and round out your interior design.
3. Expert installation
When taking the plunge on a large remodeling project, it’s important to know when to DIY and when to call in the pros. It’s your time and money, after all! One of the biggest misconceptions homeowners have when planning a remodel is underestimating the cost and how long a DIY project can take. You may need to purchase several expensive specialty tools depending on the job, and if you’re not planning to take time off from work, it could be many weekends or even months before the project is complete. There are many benefits to hiring a professional, including their years of experience installing similar jobs, trusted relationships with vetted contractors, and detailed knowledge of products and construction methods so your project looks exactly the way you envision. DIY projects can be fun for smaller weekend tasks, but it’s best to leave the larger renovations to experienced and licensed contractors so you can begin enjoying your home much faster without sacrificing your weekends.
4. Seamless outdoor living
Stay-at-home orders means more time at home and no spring and summer vacations, so we’re seeing more homeowners take a greater interest in their outdoor spaces. “Pool’ was the most-searched term on Zillow in 2020, with families looking for ways to create the vacation experience in their own backyards. Design features that are worth the spend are decks and patios for comfortable seating, outdoor kitchens for al fresco dining, and fire pits and lighting for cozy evenings under the stars. It’s natural to want to establish a meaningful connection to the outdoors, and homeowners can create lovely transitional spaces that allow for better views and the easy movement from the home to the backyard. The installation of larger property-facing windows, large bi-fold sliding glass doors, or ultra-luxe moving glass walls systems can help bring more of the outdoors in and seamlessly connect both spaces.
5. Master bath retreats
Expanding on the ‘homecation’ theme, homeowners continue to embrace opportunities to create a resort-style experience at home. Master bath renovations are high on the list of remodeling projects, and it’s easy to understand why. After a long day of Zoom meetings, helping the kids with schooling, and everyday chores, people are looking for ways to de-stress, relax, and recharge. Areas to splurge are a large soaking tub, preferably with a view, an oversized curb less walk-in shower, and heated floors to elevate everyday morning and evening rituals.
6. Energy-efficient design features
Treat your home to the gift that keeps on giving when you invest in high-quality products and materials that are healthier for you, your family, and the environment. Creating a more airtight home will help maintain interior air temperatures to reduce a home’s energy consumption and your monthly heating and cooling bills up to 30 percent. Investing in energy-efficient features can also help your home’s resale value. There’s an increase in demand for these features among home buyers, according to the National Association of Home Builders. More than 80 percent of those surveyed said a home’s Energy Star rating is important to them when considering a home purchase. Consider splurging on better insulation, high-performance doors, and dual-paned low-e (low emissivity) windows to reduce unwanted drafts and to keep your home’s temperature consistent. Appliances can account for nearly 20 percent of a home’s electric bills, so investing in Energy Star appliances can also go a long way in reducing your home’s energy requirements. The extra money you spend on these features now will pay off in added comfort and cost savings in the long run.
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