Remodeling DSM Monthly – June 2015

by Todd Razor - June 30th, 2015
Posted in: Community, Home Improvement, Real Estate, Remodeling, Remodeling Monthly

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.

Love or list it?
Today Home asked HGTV’s Hilary Farr and David Visentin to suggest which renovations are best for those planning to sell, as opposed to owners who wish to stay in their current homes. Improving the kitchen, remodeling a bathroom and adding “bonus square footage” by building out unfinished spaces were among the top three renovation tips for people with no plans to move. Those ready to go may wish to consider sprucing up the kitchen, upgrading the flooring and de-cluttering the overall space.
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Houzz and Home
Four in five owners that renovated their homes last year chose to do so with the help of a professional, such as a general contractor or kitchen and bath remodeler, according to the results of a new survey published on Millennials in 2014 were just as likely to renovate their homes as those in other age groups, while more than half of households in the 60-and-over category were focused on improving accessibility or renovating bathrooms with aging-in-place in mind. The annual study of residential remodeling, building and decorating activity also took the temperature of owners in regards to the importance of health, integration of green materials, and smart technologies in the home.
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Mature Excellence
The Hartford Center for Mature Excellence shares its expertise on aging in a new guide to “Remodeling Today for a Better Tomorrow.” The study conducted by The Hartford and the University of Southern California (USC) reveals that 40 percent of Baby Boomers are expected to remodel their homes in the future. Kitchen and bath updates rank high on the list of most popular beautification projects as the majority of owners over the age of 45 say they desire to stay in their current homes for as long as possible. With a focus on “Universal Design,” The Hartford also shares its findings on flooring, thresholds, cabinets, cupboards, lighting and more.
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Protect and Ensure
Americans spent more than $300 billion dollars on home improvements from 2012 to 2013, according to estimates offered by the U.S. Census Bureau. reports that protecting your investment in a home remodeling project begins with ensuring the adequate insurance coverage is in place. Beyond asking your contractor of choice to produce proof of both of liability or workers compensation coverage – before the construction process begins – it is also wise for a homeowner to consult his or her own insurance provider.
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Modern Day Bradys
The New York Times features the renovation of a 1950s ranch-style home in an article about a modern-day Brady Bunch living in Bel Air. The 3,000-square-foot home was transformed to accommodate two single parents and six children in various stages of life. An open floor plan and plenty of natural light flowing in now allows residents to convene in the kitchen and living areas or simply retreat into their own private spaces. Ms. Maguire: “We really needed to find something that could accommodate everyone. I think we achieved it.”
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Jobs Restoration
A jobs program in Louisville, Kentucky will put ex-felons along with unemployed men and woman to work restoring the childhood home of the iconic humanitarian and former heavyweight-boxing champion Muhammad Ali. WLKY Louisville reports that the “Jesus and a Job” program, which assists men and women by providing work for those who might not be hired by other employers due to previous felonies or substance abuse, is backing the $250,000 remodel. The Grand Avenue property is expected to become a historic tourist site and attraction.
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Homes for Heroes
Homes for Heroes, conceived in the wake of 9/11 as similar initiatives popped up around the country to assist veterans and volunteers, has grown into the largest real estate related savings program in the United States. Rachel Harms shares the benefits of the Homes for Heroes program, which provides discounts for military, veterans, firefighters, emergency medical professionals, law enforcement, teachers and healthcare workers when buying, selling, or refinancing a home.
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