There are two types of home improvements, renovation and remodeling. These two are often used interchangeably and this is a mistake. To be clear a renovation is when you enhance the existing living space without major changes to the structure. Home remodeling is when you create or improve a new living space. This improved living space can include design and structure changes. Examples of remodeling are additions, In-law suite, kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel, finished basements, finished attics, are examples of new living spaces. As you read below you will discover what is remodeling and learn some helpful tips on planning and hiring, let’s get started.
Types of Remodeling
This occurs when you add additional living space to your existing home, we call that an addition. This can be accomplished by adding another floor or the addition of a structure to the existing home.
A private space for in-laws and parents that is usually attached to or located on the same lot. These types of dwellings can be referred to as “mother-in-law” suites or granny apartments.
The removal of all items from the kitchen area constitutes a kitchen remodel. This work includes installation of all new cabinets, flooring, sink, counter tops, in addition to the possible movements of interior walls.
Removal of all items and installation of all new moisture resistant boards, tubs, commodes, sink, cabinets, mirrors, interior doors and trim with new paint or wall covering.
The installation of a new bathroom with new wall and floor coverings, interior walls, egress windows, electrical outlets, interior and or exterior doors and drop ceilings with improved HVAC duct work.
Provides for a new living space for an office, bedroom or library. It would included insulation, wall coverings, paint and trim work.
The new room design would provide for a comfortable work environment with phone, internet, lighting and new access.
New Siding & Trim
The addition of new siding in the way of colors and insulation properties with new composite trim materials.
Windows can add huge cost savings with the new and improved insulating qualities. Bay windows, can add charm to your home for improved curb appeal.
Roofing can provide a real enhancement to your home. You can apply standard 3 tab shingles, architectural shingles, metal standing seam, concrete tile, wood shake, clay tile, vinyl membrane and rolled roof. These roof finishes come in a variety of different colors.
The old standby associated with relaxation. I often imagine an exterior rocker or hanging swing bench type chair in this area.
The sunroom, is a glassed-in living space. This room is typically attached to the house and accessible from indoors.
I have built many a deck. Most decks are roofless and adjoin the home. Decks provide for a perfect space for cookouts, dining and seating. This space is usually off the existing kitchen.
Questions About Remodeling?
What does remodeling include?
Remodeling can include the complete demolition of the room and relocation of interior walls. This can include new framing, wall coverings, flooring, windows, imagine a whole new room.
Is painting considered remodeling?
Painting is considered a renovation, however, painting is often part of home remodeling.
Is it cheaper to remodel or build new?
When you remodel, you keep the bones of your home. With the bones in place you realize significant savings. In addition, you do not incur demolition costs and additional fees for new home construction.
Four Popular Remodeling Projects
- Kitchen Remodel
- Bathroom Remodel
- Roof Repair
- New Deck
What is considered a major remodel?
Kitchens, bathrooms, basements, additions are major home remodeling projects.
What is the most expensive room to remodel?
Kitchens are usually the most expensive room to remodel. With plumbing, electrical, cabinets, counter tops, flooring, you can see how costs can add up.
How long does a remodeling take?
Remodeling work can take 2 – 8 months
- Addition……………………..$200.00 – $250.00 a square foot
- In-Law Suites……………..$150.00 – $300.00 a square foot
- Kitchen Remodel…………$40,000.00 +
- Bathroom Remodel……..$20,000.00 +
- Finished Basement………$35,000.00 – $50,000.00
- Finished Attic……………..$50,000.00 – $60,000.00
- Home Office……………….$10,000.00 – $20,000.00
- New Siding & Trim……..$15,000.00 – $25,000.00
- Windows……………………$7,500.00 – $10,000.00
- Roofing………………………$10,000.00 – $15,000.00
- Porch…………………………$20,000.00 – $30,000.00
The prices above serve as a guide for the DC Metro Area. If you want a FREE Estimate Contact Dirt Connections.
Is fixing up a house worth it?
Fixing up a house can be profitable, however it may not add thousands of dollars to your home value. Remember, additional value is realized with your improved quality of living.
What makes a home a tear down?
A home tear down is when a home has little or no value. When this fact is evident, a complete tear down of the structure may be your best option. With the tear down, you complete, you can build a new home. The new home will have all the modern amenities, designs and features for comfortable living.
11 Ways to Save Money on Home Improvements
- Have a plan with dates for completion
- Stay focused and on task
- Create and stick to a budget
- Do it yourself with day laborers
- Reuse good existing materials
- Balance high and low end new materials
- Maintain the existing home footprint
- Use credit cards with rewards
- Open commercial credit account
- Ask for scratch and dent materials
- Ask suppliers for discounts
13 General Steps in Remodeling
- Materials Delivery
- Progress Inspections
- Wall Finishes
- Floor Finish
- Final Inspections
- Clean Up
- Connect with Contractor
- Understand pricing
- Get Contractor credentials
- Get everything in writing
Fixing up a home can be profitable. Different remodeling projects offer better returns of investment (ROI). Your ROI is only part of the value you receive with your home remodeling project. Dirt Connections, wants you to have the best possible home remodeling experience. Be sure to check out some of the links for additional information. Thank You.
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