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Better Home and Gardens just released the results of a national survey asking two distinct sets of homeowners what they want to change in their home for 2018. Make achieving thermal comfort with the lowest ongoing operating cost central to your decision making at every stage. Passive heating and cooling is free to operate but upgrading a home to achieve better thermal comfort (more stars under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS)) does cost money but rewards with lower energy bills — particularly in climates with high auxiliary heating or cooling needs (see Design for climate).

You can spend endless cash on anything from redecorating to extending and even redesigning the entire floor plan of the house, but it’s important that whatever you do, you add value to your home so any improvement is an investment, rather than simply an indulgence. Here are some tips to keep your house … Read more

Getting Help With Home Improvement Costs

The images on this page show examples of council homes before and after improvement work. Items that add curb appeal help the property to look good when prospective buyers arrive. While these projects may not add a considerable amount of monetary value, they will help the place sell faster. Curb appeal items include a well-manicured lawn, low-cost landscaping, fresh paint inside and out (at least, the front door), cleaned carpets and new fixtures (even redoing the address numbers). You can DIY these projects to save money and time.

Regardless of the project that you are considering, remember that your primary residence is not just a house, it’s your home. If you plan to live there for many years to come, add amenities that you want to have regardless of their impact on resale. When it’s time to sell, do the basics to get the property up to par for the … Read more

The Best House Improvements To Add Value To Your Home

Better Home and Gardens just released the results of a national survey asking two distinct sets of homeowners what they want to change in their home for 2018. Commonly viewed as a simple way to add value when selling your house, it seems a lick of paint isn’t actually financially rewarding at all, losing you around £500 when selling. In the Home Improvement episode called “Fifth Anniversary” in Season 3 Tim and Al introduce The Man’s Kitchen on Tool Time. The kitchen features a walk in freezer with a butcher, a gas grill, etc.

According to a report published by the National Association of Realtors , a complete kitchen renovation, a kitchen upgrade and a bathroom renovation topped the list of projects that add value to the resale price of a home. Looking to update your home? Kitchen, bathroom or whatever the room we can transform your space to be … Read more

House & Home

From DIY home improvement projects to kitchen remodeling, discover helpful tips, ideas and how-tos for your next remodeling project. HGTV’s lineup relies heavily on homeowners willingness to let cameras into their homes, so it depends on a stream of applications received from viewers. Casting calls on look for people ranging from families needing help getting organized to empty nesters who want to transform their space. Curb appeal is a major reason that siding replacement ranks so highly on the Cost vs. Value report, says editor Sal Alfano. Replacement siding also offers the added value of being low maintenance, an important issue for cost-conscious buyers.

The importance of different maintenance issues varies with geographical location, too. Roof replacement (average cost: $11,376) was very important to buyers in the east, according to Remodeling, where homeowners recouped an average 96.3 percent of the cost. In the Midwest, the average return for the same … Read more

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Designer Felix Guyon shares a penthouse in a 25-storey building on Nuns’ Island in Montreal, with a stunning view of the Saint Lawrence River. For some homeowners, home improvement isn’t about return on investment; it’s simply about making dreams come true. Architect Steve Straughan recently finished work on a $250,000 home theater room with a 12-foot wide screen and an elaborate sound system. “There’s not a home we’re doing that doesn’t have a home theater,” Straughan says. “It’s a common request across the board and typically it’s a big investment.” Most home theaters involve wiring speakers into walls and extensive built-in cabinetry, as well as soundproofing-“it’s not something you can take with you” if you move, Straughan points out. Still, a home theater is likely to have broad appeal, so you may recoup a large chunk of your costs at resale. “A home theater makes sense,” says realtor Ron Phipps. … Read more