There is a value of remodeling a house, the home-owner should consider the cost of the project. That figure should be compared to the amount that the project will add to the resale value of the house. Generally speaking, the more that can be recovered in resale, the better the investment, and the happier the home-owner.
Plans for Remodeling
After a house has been examined and found fit for remodeling, plans for improvement can be made. The type of improvements to be made depend on the condition of the house and the needs of the owner. A serious problem that needs repair-such as a leaky roof-will probably deserve first attention. Work that will make the home more energy efficient should be considered. The homeowner may also want to make changes that will provide more space, add modern conveniences, or improve the appearance of the house.
Types of Remodeling
There are two general types of remodeling. One involves making changes to the exterior or interior without adding to the size of the structure. The other involves making additions that increase the size of the structure. Most projects fall into the first category. A few typical specific remodeling projects are listed below:
- Changing the layout. It may be important to alter the interior layout of the home. Large rooms can be made by removing walls between small rooms. A large room may be divided into smaller rooms by adding a wall. Doors can be relocated to change traffic patterns.
- Replacing windows. Old windows may be replaced with new ones to make the house weather tight. The number, size, or arrangement of windows can be changed to make the house more attractive.
- Adding Closets. If a house does not have enough closet space, the homeowner may need to add some.
- Remodeling the kitchen. Appliances such as modern range and a dishwasher can be built into an old kitchen. Old, worn-out cabinets and counters may need to be replaced. So may the sinks and plumbing. Kitchen remodeling in an older house is often necessary and often extremely costly. (The same is true in the case of bathroom remodeling.)
- Adding a room within an existing structure. An attic, basement, or garage may have space for an additional room. For a room in the attic, it may be necessary to add a dormer, and a skylight. Sometimes a garage can be converted into a room, particularly if the garage is attached to the house. An unfinished basement is one of the best places for expansion. The homeowner should check local building codes, however, to make sure the minimum ceiling height does not exceed the height of the basement. A new entrance to the basement can improve its appearance. A possible problem with a room in the basement is the lack of natural light.
- Adding a porch or a deck. Many older homes have no porch or a deck. Adding one can improve the appearance of a house and make it more comfortable as well.