Remodeling DSM Monthly – February 2016by Todd Razor - February 10th, 2016
Posted in: Building Materials, Community, Energy Efficiency, Home Improvement, Interior Features, Kitchens, Real Estate, Remodeling, Remodeling Monthly
From routine maintenance to whole-house makeovers, Time draws attention to celebrity Ty Pennington’s view on improving the look, feel and energy efficiency of your dwelling place. Starting with a laundry list of “honey-dos,” the article considers Ty’s take on projects ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 and on up the home improvement ladder. “At this price point,” Ty says, “you’ll want to consider the projects that may require professional expertise or more expensive materials. Maximize your dollar by focusing on specific rooms or spaces and really taking care of the problems that are stopping you from enjoying that room.”
Des Moines Register videographer Scott Morgan takes a spin around a four-bedroom, six-bathroom home situated on a 1.3-acre lot in the western suburbs. Listed for more than a half-million dollars, the real estate features granite countertops in the main kitchen, a second full kitchen in the basement, two patios, double sinks in the upstairs bathrooms, whole-home audio, and balcony off the master bedroom.
Home Show Homework
Denise Groene, director of the Kansas Better Business Bureau, offers some advice on preparing to attend and getting the most out of a home show. Regardless of whether the project you have in mind is big or small, doing your homework will result in the best outcome or experience. In addition to uncovering the exhibitors list (Des Moines), checking references, writing down your questions in advance, understanding your budget, and getting clear on goals, Groene points out that selecting a reputable, trustworthy contractor is the best way to ensure that your next remodeling project goes well.
A new NAHB study of American Community Survey data shows that, in the United States as a whole, over 48 million households are headed by someone age 55 or older – accounting for approximately 42 percent of all U.S. households. The original study, completed by HousingEconomics.com, reveals that in Iowa, out of an estimated 1.23 million households, 433,649 are owned by persons aged 55 or older. The state ranks 22nd in the nation with a 42.8 percent share.
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry is predicting double digit growth in 2016, as owners who have postponed projects in the past are coming out of the woodwork amid strengthening conditions in the housing market. The drivers, according to Chris Herbert with Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, are “encouraging owners to invest in more discretionary home improvements, such as kitchen and bath remodeling and room additions,” in addition to necessary replacements or repairs.
We Read You Houston
The Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association touches on the importance of planning ahead, conducting research, and communicating both wishes and needs to your home improvement contractor. From upgrading exteriors to the renovation of kitchens and baths, the ideal approach goes beyond a consideration of resale values. The smart money is on thinking through how remodeling fits with both current and future lifestyles.
The Remodeling DSM Monthly features a collection of articles, images and blog posts geared toward the maintenance and beautification of homes and commercial businesses. Each publication is intended to instill confidence in local homeowners while reflecting the best practices and highest standards in our industry. We set out to inspire, build trust and provide credible sources of information to those who are in need of a home improvement or beginning their search for a professional remodeling contractor.
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