There are many reasons to remodel. Maybe you want more enjoyment from your home or to make your home safer, improve your home’s function, increase the home’s energy efficiency or to increase your home’s value.
Springtime is often the time of year when homeowners begin to think about needed updates and improvements for their homes. The most popular of home remodeling projects are kitchens, no surprise given how much time families often spend in and around this gathering space. Kevin Vick, President of Vick Construction & Remodeling says “Open concept kitchens are a practical design solution, especially in the case of small homes. If you are taking down walls to have an open floor plan using the same flooring though out the home will create a clean, continuous appearance and make the space appear larger.”
Bathroom remodeling can range from updating cabinets, tile and fixtures to a full remodel of a hall or master bath. If you are short on space and wish for a larger bathroom, replacing a tub with a shower with frameless glass doors will give the appearance of more room. Installing brighter light fixtures or adding wall sconces around a mirror is another way to make the room feel even larger.
Staycations are on the rise, and outdoor living projects are becoming increasingly popular. Projects such as decks and patios are becoming full-fledged living spaces with all the bells and whistles, such as TVs, fireplaces and elaborate outdoor kitchens with sinks, refrigerators and ovens. There is more focus on lighting, heating and cooling to extend the outdoor season during various weather conditions.
Whole house remodeling has gained in recent popularity perhaps due to the inspiration gained from home remodeling television shows or because more people prefer to remodel rather than move. Baby boomers are looking down the road 20 years and are considering remodeling possibly to age in place. In addition, homes are becoming more multi-generational and often bringing the extended family under one roof. More homeowners are making a commitment to their house.
If you are planning to improve your world by making your remodeling dreams come true, look for a contractor who has the skills and experience for your particular project, understands your goals and someone you are comfortable working with.
This article was written by Lorraine Hart and published in the Houston Chronicle on Sunday, April 1, 2018.