Custom Home Remodel
Whether you just want a fixer-upper or you’re looking for a custom home remodel, there’s a good chance you’ve got plans to make home improvements in the near future.
There’s also a chance your renovation might be a major project: Among homeowners who frequent Houzz, a home renovation and design site, 51 percent are planning to spend $10,000 or more on an upcoming renovation, according to Houzz’s 2019 U.S. home renovation report.
There is an underlying force for that growth. It’s the fact that 50 percent of the housing stock today is 37 years or older. Most of these aging homes have roofs, furnaces, flooring and appliances that have reached the end of their lives.
You might be looking to take on a small remodeling project that changes or updates that tackle a larger renovation, which typically is geared toward restoring a place or building to better than it was. Even a small repair or home improvement task, like annual maintenance on your Air Duct System, requires planning and consideration, as far as the scope of the project. Here’s your Boyes & Son guide to home renovations.
WHY A CUSTOM HOME REMODEL?
Before you start drawing up plans for a new addition to your home or a major kitchen re-do, identify the reason behind your home improvement project: Does your kitchen need an update? Are you looking to convert a room to an office? Are you just ready for a change? Understanding the motivation behind your project affects how you work with your budget, how you’ll prioritize tasks during the process and whether you get a general contractor.
Start by getting an initial feel for the project by looking online, says Tim Boyes, leading Oceanside General Contractor, a full-service home builder and remodeling company.
Maintenance. Whether the house is 2 or 52 years old, maintenance is always required to keep everything working smoothly. Especially if you’re house is really old, you’ll probably find the electrical, plumbing and even the foundation may need some love to maintain a safe, stable structure for you and your family.
A Custom Home Remodel might be driven mainly by the need for maintenance will probably mean the majority of the budget goes toward hiring licensed professionals like Boyes and Son General Contractor and replacing old materials. Depending on where you live in Oceanside, extensive work on the structure, electricity or plumbing may also require permits and an inspection.
Bettering rooms. The plumbing may still be OK, but a 1980s kitchen will be an eyesore. Plenty of homeowners remodel to bring a space out of old times past and into current times.
For a kitchen or bathroom, much of the renovation budget will most likely go toward new, state-of-the-art appliances. These updates may also involve high-cost materials like granite, new tile and custom cabinetry.
As a result, consider splitting your budget between function and the appearance of the room. Tim Boyes says many homeowners opt to wait until they update a room to address maintenance problems: “To avoid future problems, you need to address these first and foremost.”
Try out new styles. You may have redone the living room 10 years ago, but those green walls now make your stomach turn. So you may be looking to take on a remodeling project simply to bring your home in line with current interior design trends. In many cases, this is a small remodeling job, so the budget can be focused on paint, furnishings or other fun decorative materials.
Because trends are, by definition, fairly short-lived, avoid taking on a major renovation purely for the sake of embracing a new trend. Tim Boyes, Boyes and Son General Contractor for Oceanside recommends keeping the original style of the house’s architecture in mind: “The mistake a lot of people make is you walk into a Craftsman house, and then you see a 1980s Home Depot kitchen or a modern kitchen.”
Getting ready to sell. Maybe you are Remodeling Your House for the market and may need to make minor repairs, give bedrooms a fresh coat of paint or install a trendy new wall to make buyers feel wowed when they see the property.
When selling is the goal, home improvements are aimed at maximizing the return on investment. There’s no need to install a state-of-the-art kitchen when many homebuyers want to customize it to their needs themselves; stained cabinets and a new kitchen countertop may be enough to brighten up the space for sale.