Remodeling DSM Monthly – October 2015by Todd Razor - October 26th, 2015
Posted in: Energy Efficiency, Fireplaces, Home Improvement, Remodeling, Remodeling Monthly, Tour of Remodeled Homes
September’s Tour of Remodeled Homes attracted hundreds of people looking for ideas, inspiration or conversations with the 12 professional remodeling contractors who put 16 Des Moines-area projects on display during the two-day show. The renovation of a kitchen and master suite stuck out among those voted to select a winner for the Tour’s first-ever People’s Choice Award, inaugurated by the Remodelers Council with appreciation to Pella Windows for its sponsorship in 2015. Thanks to everyone who attended the Tour and cast a ballot online. Congratulations to Fleming Construction on bringing it home this year.
An open-concept kitchen that blends cooking, eating and living areas into one highly livable space can add beauty while increasing the functionality of your home. A Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association member serves up tips on how contemporary flooring, paint colors and an investment in high-end appliances fit into the mix.
A new report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University shows that spending on residential home improvements is expected to increase next year. Harvard’s Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity in October projected that annual spending growth for home improvements will accelerate from 2.4 percent last quarter to 6.8 percent in the second quarter of 2016. Owners, amid strengthening housing conditions, are investing more in improvements that include kitchens, bathrooms and room additions, as well as replacing exterior components such as roofing or siding.
AARP concluded its seven-part series on Livable Communities with a look at aging-in-place through the eyes of an occupational therapist living in Florida. The blog post explores facets of a four-month renovation project with an emphasis on the entry, laundry room, kitchen and bathrooms. “Remodeling to design for a lifetime always has its challenges,” the author writes, “but working with the right professionals can eliminate common mistakes and ever having to say, ‘I wish I’d have known that.’”
Habitat for Humanity of Central Iowa has been honored with the reception of a 2015 HousingIowa Award for its work on a handicap accessible duplex project in Ames. The not-for-profit organization built the home in a strategic location to accommodate the disabilities of two individual owners, while at the same time providing proper space for needed equipment and the work of caregivers alike.
Warm up to a guest post by Remodelers Council of Greater Des Moines member Kaufman Construction, a residential design-build firm with some autumn-esque advice on adding or refurbishing a fireplace in the home. From gas and electric to highly efficient wood-burning models, the article speaks to the ability of a new or refaced fireplace to transform a room, save on energy bills, and improve your real estate at a reasonable cost.
Below-freezing temps already experienced in Miami Valley, Ohio, helped inspire John North with the Dayton Better Business Bureau to pen 14 comprehensive tips for preparing the home and vehicle in time for old-man winter. In addition to having the furnace checked annually by a trusted heating and cooling professional, North suggests inspecting roofs, gutters, downspouts, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors – alongside everything from testing snow blowers to building an emergency kit for your car. Citing the U.S. Energy Department, North notes that Americans using natural gas and electricity can expect to pay 3 percent to 10 percent less than last year.
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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