Remodeling DSM Monthly – November 2015by Todd Razor - November 10th, 2015
Posted in: Community, Energy Efficiency, Home Improvement, Remodeling, Remodeling Monthly, Tour of Remodeled Homes
Sort through Better Homes and Gardens’ “21 Projects to Consider Before Thanksgiving.” Get festive with planning for the future of your home’s windows, siding, walks and driveways, along side the publisher’s advice on making this season even more comfortable with holiday lights, programmable thermostats or a home security system.
Check out this video of a Johnston home that was remodeled to include an 800-square-foot basketball court, alongside a renovated kitchen, bathroom, walk-in closet and custom features throughout. The project, completed by Remodelers Council of Greater Des Moines member Compelling Homes, was showcased as part of the 2015 Tour of Remodeled Homes in September. The home was totally reconfigured during the construction process – growing by 40 percent of its original size.
Forbes in October once again recognized Iowa as as a top spot for business due, in part, to a diversified economy that covers an array of industries both in and outside of agriculture. Iowa, coming in at #14 on the magazine’s 2015 “Best States for Business” list, ranks high in the “Business Costs,” “Regulatory Environment” and “Quality of Life” categories. The median household income in Iowa, with a Moody’s AAA rating, job growth rate of 1.5 percent, and low 2015 average unemployment rate of 3.8 percent – is $53,711.
Ben and Stephanie Trannel started a remodeling business after discovering the challenges associated with hiring various craftsman to renovate their own home. The Des Moines Register places a spotlight on West Des Moines-based Red House Remodeling, and the Remodelers Council of Greater Des Moines member’s “hometown remodeler” dreams.
An Angie’s List reporter serves up tips on surviving your home’s teen years, at the same time cutting costs on energy and improving curb appeal. Michelle Dawson suggests an examination of the roof, windows, gutters, heating units and air-conditioning systems while considering the professional contractor’s role in dealing with moody or temperamental spaces – as they age. She covers everything from lawns to landscaping, home décor and more.
A renovation project is set to launch on the International Space Station, which is comparable in size to a six-bedroom house and has been occupied continuously for the past 15 years. NASA has awarded Boeing with a $1.8 billion contract to replace a number of doors while considering potential for extending the station’s service life through 2028. GeekWire asserts that there is nothing too typical, however, about reconstructing entryways on a project site moving at 18,000 mph – and more than 200 miles above Earth’s surface.
The Mortgage Reports presents an interview with Tom Woods, Chairman of the Board, the National Association of Home Builders. Woods, whose firm has built more than 1,000 homes in communities throughout the Greater Kansas City area, talks of representing the professionals housing America’s families while advocating for policies that keep prices affordable. The article explores his outlook on building and remodeling in the coming years, along side an expectation that pent-up housing demand will be unlocked with employment growth and gains in household formation.
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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