Remodeling DSM Monthly – January 2016by Todd Razor - January 31st, 2016
Posted in: Bathrooms, Design, Interior Features, Kitchens, Real Estate, Remodeling, Remodeling Monthly
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The renovation of a 4,800-square-foot, 1970s-era home has drawn the attention of the Des Moines Register, which produced a two-minute video showing off features that include travertine tile floors, an AGA stove, a formal dining room, and an all-marble shower with a custom seat. The home – with three bedrooms, three full baths and a powder room – is owned by Johnny Danos and Teresa Vleet-Danos, who is the owner of Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines-member Rowat Cut Stone and Marble.
Strong preferences for energy efficiency and smart home technology, alongside comfortable, working kitchens and a greater number of casual spaces, are impacting the millennial generation’s outlook on home design. The results of a National Association of Homebuilders survey show that buyers of all ages are fans of exterior lighting, patios and ENERGY STAR-rated appliances. In the under-35 age category, 54 percent of homeowners said they use at least one of the 16 smart technology features measured as part of the study.
The Des Moines Register takes a look at 10 homes that sold for $1 million or more in 2015. Demand for million-dollar homes has been increasing. From a tree-house mansion in Urbandale to a Johnston cul-de-sac, Jordan Creek acreage and Story County spread, reporter Joel Aschbrenner draws attention to luxury homes that traded hands in Central Iowa last year.
Thinking like a buyer is one way to help figure out which remodeling projects could lead to the greatest cost recovery, or increase an owner’s “joy score,” regardless of whether you are planning to sell a home. Bathroom and kitchen renovations have been highlighted in a new “Remodeling Impact Report” by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) stating that those tend to deliver the the most happiness. Envision yourself, as a potential buyer, walking into your house for the first time. Eighty-two percent of owners said they have a greater desire to be home since completing an upgrade, according to the NAR. Fifty-seven percent of Realtors surveyed report that they have suggested a kitchen upgrade.
Realtor.com offers some advice to warm up your home with “ridiculously easy” tips that won’t require a lot of heavy lifting. From turning around fans to rearranging furniture, using books as a barrier and making vents work to your advantage, author Angela Colley suggests that there are six relatively easy ways to begin winter-proofing your home right now.
Harmony Medical Journals is encouraging people to consider the ins-and-outs of aging-in-place as they relate to creating safe, comfortable and independent spaces that “achieve both clean, architectural style and functionality.” The article outlines ideas associated with future planning, home design, and remodeling – in light of mobility, equipment and supplies – and from the viewpoint of universal design. Via the San-Diego Union-Tribune.
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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