Even if you live in New Jersey, or another state with cold winters, home renovation is never out of season. This is one area that’s constantly on the radar of most homeowners, whether you’re contemplating a large-scale upgrade to the kitchen or bathroom, or thinking about smaller renovations like built in storage or new windows. Some projects have more of a structural purpose while others are more aesthetic in nature, and people go in different directions for different reasons. That said, there are certain projects that virtually never go out of style. Here are 5 popular projects to consider for your next renovation.
The kitchen is often considered the center of the home, and it’s the place where people tend to gather most. More time is also spent in this room, on average, than most other areas of the house. And yet, most people are dissatisfied with one or more aspects of their kitchens. Cupboards and appliances may be dated, workflow may be stifled by poor design, and storage may be lacking. Even if you’re working with limited space, clever renovation solutions can give you a surprising amount of kitchen. Most kitchen renovations are major investments, so it’s important to get it done right.
Bathrooms are another aspect of the home that people use a lot and tend to wish they could remodel. But with all the other aspects of owning a home, it can sometimes be difficult to justify a quality bathroom renovation. It’s good to know, however, that levels of satisfaction are very high when it comes to this type of project, whether it’s merely switching out a tub for a shower or giving the space a compete refresh.
3. Open floor plan
Those who thought open floor plans were just another passing renovation fad are beginning to reconsider. The idea of open, flowing, multi-functional spaces is here to stay — and depending on your current layout, it can be surprisingly easy to achieve with some careful demolition and refinishing. If you’re thinking about doing this yourself, be realistic about the kind of results you can achieve, and remember that some walls are load bearing and/or may contain wires or plumbing.
Who should I hire?
Whatever the size or scope of your home renovation project, it represents the dream of a more livable home, a more valuable home, and a home that reflects your personal tastes. It takes many steps to reach this goal, but one of the most important first steps is finding a home renovator you can truly trust and rely on. Depending on where you live, there are probably dozens of home renovation companies in your area, many of them qualified. Finding the most skilled and experienced company —the one that’s really going to give you the best result and the best overall value for the money — will require a little up-front research. But when you see the results, you’ll be glad you put extra thought into which contractor to hire.