Maximizing Your Living Space

Almost all homeowners are looking for more livable space, whether it’s to accommodate a growing family or make space for a new hobby. Almost all homeowners are also sitting directly underneath (or above) unfinished usable spaces. The most common unfinished areas in homes through the country include attics, basements and garages. What can you use these spaces for once they are finished by Finer Remodeling? Attics Many property owners spend their entire tenure in a home avoiding the attic unless they are putting away Christmas decorations or looking for an old yearbook. However, attics are surprisingly flexible spaces that can be transformed through finishing. Finished attics are the perfect spot for a game room, exercise room, play room, movie room, craft room or reading nook. Depending on the size of your attic, it could even become an additional bedroom. Basements The basement is often the biggest single room in a home, so why do homeowners waste such a huge livable space? This common remodeling project will add tons of new space to your living area. Some of the most common uses for a finished basement include: Adding a home office Creating a playroom for the kids Installing a home theatre Adding an in-law suite Creating an apartment or large spare bedroom Transforming the room into a sports bar Making a home gym Additional storage Since finished basements are so large, homeowners often combine uses to suit everyone’s tastes. Garages Did you realize that your garage could become a finished area and add square footage to your home? Most people never do! A small garage can become a home office or study area. Medium-sizes garages are often converted into bedrooms or guest rooms separate from the house. If you are passionate about your classic car collection, a large finished garage can […]

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Bathroom and Kitchen Remodeling can Dramatically Increase Your Home’s Value

If you are looking to put your home on the market in the next few years or if you just want to add more value to your home, a gorgeous remodeled bathroom or luxurious remodeled kitchen is a great place to start. Kitchens and bathrooms are typically the first areas prospective homeowners want to view, and the value added by remodeling these areas can pay for itself. Kitchen & Bathroom Projects Pay for Themselves When choosing a project to add value to your home, pay attention to the average percentage of return on the money you will invest. Many projects that add value for you, like a home office or a pool, are only worth about half of the amount you spend. However, a bathroom addition or bathroom remodel typically retains over 80% of its value a year later. Even more impressive, a minor kitchen remodel ($20,000 or less) can retain an amazing 87% of its value! What to Look For When committing to a kitchen or bathroom remodel, keep in mind that you are building a space that you and future homeowners will love. Stick to traditional styles in the kitchen like well-crafted wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, hardwood or stone floors and marble or granite countertops. In your bathroom, skip the deep whirlpool tub in favor of a spacious walk-in shower. If you only have one bathroom, consider using the money you would spend on a remodel to build a second half or full bathroom instead of upgrading the only one in the home. Minor vs. Major As stated above, minor kitchen and bath remodels can have similar impacts value-wise to major kitchen and bath remodels. Minor remodeling can be as simple as revitalizing your cabinets with new hardware, a fresh paint job or even as much as […]

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