Summer is typically when most folks start thinking about home renovations. Qualified Class A contractors are actually capable of any type of remodeling year round- barring weather delays for outside work. So why not start planning your next project now? Here are a few projects to consider during the winter months – they aren’t all glamorous but they are going to increase the value of your home and give you a great return on your investment.
Garage to kitchen conversion One of the easiest ways to get the kitchen of your dreams with space for the family to spread out while staying together is to convert a garage to a functional kitchen. Many older homes tend to have small galley or u-shaped kitchens that can be cramped or dysfunctional for medium to larger families. The kitchen is the heart of the home so if you have a garage that is filled with ‘stuff’ instead of cars – maybe a new kitchen is in order.
Flooring- especially hardwood Winter is a great time for installing hardwood products as they have to be installed in properly conditioned settings to avoid issues. The drier winter air and decreased humidity means there is less of a chance for water damage and also helps to prevent gaps in the newly laid flooring.
Weatherization When the cold winter temperatures begin to show themselves and the electric bill starts to rise- that’s when the importance of proper insulation tends to become a priority. You can have your home evaluated to determine where most of your energy is lost- then determine what the best type of insulation would be for that area. From batt to sprayed-in foam to blown-in cellulose – all the different types of insulation have benefits. If you feel drafts in your home that is a clear indication that you may need new, better, or additional insulation. If you own an older home you may also need to consider upgrading to energy efficient doors and windows. Energy loss through windows and doors can be significant so an update may save you money on electric bills every month. Talk about a return on investment!
Basement remodel An unfinished basement can be a very cost effective way to add additional & functional living space to your home without having to spread out which is sometimes impossible due to lot size or zoning regulations. Basement remodels are indoor work which means weather will not affect it for the most part. If you have aging parents or recently graduated children briefly returning to the nest, a mini-apartment in the basement keeps them near without sacrificing their or YOUR independence.
If you’re not sure the best route to go then seek a qualified Class A Contractor that can provide the service in addition to certified interior design services.