Remodeling, whether just one room or an entire home, is a big and exciting decision. Knowing what to expect before you begin can help make the process easier.
Mickey Elias, owner of Elias Construction in Byron, Minn., says the most common rooms to be remodeled are kitchens, bathrooms and basements. These areas of the home see the most foot traffic and offer the most notable remodels. “You certainly have more return on investment than updating flooring in a bedroom,” he says. For example, finishing off an unfinished basement can nearly double the square footage of your home.
Thanks to reality television, home remodels always seem to include knocking out walls and moving appliances. But Elias says some of the most effective remodels, for kitchens in particular, maintain the same footprint. “They don’t necessarily increase square footage of the kitchen,” he says, they are just better designed and utilize the space in a more effective manner. “Even if it’s a small kitchen, redesigning it to maximize every inch of it so that it functions well can make a huge difference.”
Take kitchen counters, for example. Elias says by rethinking your kitchen sink, you’re able to maximize counter space. An average double bowl sink has two 14-inch bowls. Going from this standard sink to a single 24-inch sink will give you a larger bowl space (21 inches on the interior) and will also increase your counter space. “Technically you have a smaller sink but it’s bigger because instead of a 14-inch bowl you have a 21-inch bowl,” Elias says. Plus you gain valuable counter space. Changes like this are the backbone of why people choose to remodel.
When asked about trends in remodel projects, Elias says he doesn’t see trends in the way we commonly think of them: hardwood floors, paint choices. Instead, he sees a move towards the custom. “Customization, unique to what the client wants, I’d say that’s a trend, not necessarily colors, products, features, just customizing it to their needs, their lifestyle, storage needs.”
With this move towards customization, it makes it easier for a person with any budget to create a remodel that works for them.
Do it the way you want it the first time is the advice Elias gives. The budget will dictate product options but by no means does that mean you’ll have to sacrifice everything you want. “Obviously hardwood floors or tiles are much more expensive than vinyl,” says Elias, but he follows this up by saying: “Vinyl’s come a long way, there are a lot of good looking products out there.” So while you may not be able to afford a custom tile shower with granite countertops and cherry cabinets in your bathroom, you can still find quality products that will deliver the look you are trying to achieve.
Check out part two, 6 things to know before you remodel.