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by masspa 16. March 2015 12:28

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This Chart Shows Which Home Renovations Add the Most (and Least) Value

by masspa 19. March 2014 20:52

When it comes to adding on to your home or making a few renovations, it's easy to assume that whatever you invest in a remodel will get recouped on your home's value. This is not necessarily the case. Remodeling Magazine has some stats on which ones are most worth the investment, though.P

The magazine compared the affect of 35 remodeling projects on the resale value of homes in 101 US cities and compared the increase to the cost of the project. Among their findings, they discovered that adding a steel front door, building a deck, or making an attic bedroom were among the most financially beneficial add-ons.P

It's important to note, however, that these changes are still determined by the housing market itself. According to the 2014 report, none of the surveyed additions recouped more than 100% of their cost, but around 2009-2010, adding a steel door could actually add more value to your home than you spent. So, this information is perhaps best used as a guide to determine what buyers value moreso than how much you can justify spending. Also be sure to check out our previous coverage on home improvement projects that are definitely worth more than they cost.


SOURCE: http://lifehacker.com/the-home-improvements-that-are-most-and-least-worth-t-1542102869



Working On Your Home This Year?

by Team Member 21. January 2014 09:38

Home Trends to Get Bolder in 2014


What will be “hot” in home interiors in the New Year? Plenty of designers are offering up their predictions, and here’s one outlook from Neil Kelly Co., a remodeling firm based in Portland, Ore.

Neil Kelly Co. offers up some of the following interior design trends for 2014:

Embellished showers: Showers are becoming more popular than tubs, and one feature growing in popularity is the curb-less shower.

U-sockets: These wall plugs have two built-in USB ports to power up devices, such as iPhones, digital cameras, tablets, and more. U-sockets also have a smart sensor that allows it to automatically shut off when the device is fully charged.

Stand-alone bath tubs: For those home owners who still desire a bathtub, the free-standing tub is growing in demand. It takes up less space and also serves as a structural element to dress up a room.

Seeing blue: Bright colors are “in,” particularly cobalt blue. Expect to see it more in the new year, even in the kitchen.

More modest decor: The industrial modern decor look was big in 2013, but Neil Kelly Co. designers expect that style to be more “relaxed, classic, and modest” in 2014. Stone, metal, and wood will continue to be popular, but the designers expect that rounded designs with earth shades and raw metal finishes to become more prevalent in interiors in 2014.

More multigenerational features: More multigenerational features will be incorporated homes to help better accommodate more people living under one roof, such as aging parents and boomerang kids. For example, features like wall mounted sinks for wheelchairs, walk-in bathtubs, and motion sensing faucets are expected to grow in demand.

Eco-friendly cabinets: Earth-friendly cabinets that are chemical-free and do not have added formaldehyde and non-toxic glues, binders, and finishes will likely increase in popularity.

SOURCE:  http://bit.ly/1cyKuBR#remodeling

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