Get expert decorating ideas, watch H&H TV, see inside celebrity homes, find how-to tips, DIY projects, small spaces and kitchen makeovers. The more money we save on one home improvement project, the more we have left for all the other ones we want to do. In addition to knowing the remodeling projects that offer the most bang for your buck , know which elements of a project you can splurge or skimp on ‘”spend more on items that are hard to replace, such as the bathtub, but skimp on the faucet, for example, or spend more on a professional range if you’re a gourmet cook and save on the decorative tiles and flooring that look like premium materials.
A 1980’s kitchen seems to symbolise the style of the decade – lots of visual clashes! If you are planning to renovate the kitchen as well, opt for a simpler colour palette and stainless steel appliances as part of your kitchen improvements. Kitchen storage has also become smarter too – while basic cupboards and drawers might have satisfied the 80’s chef, today’s gourmet kitchens feature smarter storage solutions to accommodate specific appliances and gadgets – it’s best to as your Design Consultant how you can achieve this in your renovation.
My wife and I spent roughly 15 years getting our house exactly the way we wanted it, yet as soon as the paint was dry we both thought, hey, let’s move! Home renovation can induce a form of temporary mental illness similar to what happens to people on roller coasters: You think you’re going to die, but the moment the ride is over you want to go again. Luckily, by the time we had finished the house we were too broke to do anything drastic, and in a couple of months we’d both calmed down. Now another 15 years have passed and we’re still here.
Kitchens used to be hidden-away work spaces, but today they’re rooms in which we spend huge amounts of time, even in period properties. Not only do they need to offer the preparation and cooking facilities that suit all the home’s occupants, but they must also be stylish space we want to enjoy being in. Often, they’re a zone in an open-plan kitchen diner and living space , so the kitchen’s decor must work harmoniously with dining and relaxing areas as well.
Older homeowners who have felt the sting of escalating energy costs tend to be driving the interest. But there are some early adopters among younger buyers, too, especially in regions of the country with more extreme weather. My millennial buyers usually ask for two years’ worth of utility payments,” says Joe Rivellino , a real estate professional in the Buffalo, N.Y., area. They want to know the R-Value on the insulation and whether the windows have low-E coatings,” he says, referring to two important efficiency measures.