What do you do if you’re content with your home’s location, but the home no longer meets your needs and it looks and feels a bit outdated? Maybe you’ve considered moving, but you still love your old neighborhood… and moving has many too many hidden costs and risks. In a moment of anxiety, you may have felt threatened to tear the home down to the foundation and build a new home in its place, but you know that would be a huge overhaul and daunting project.
So, is there another option? Many times, whole-house remodeling is by far the best solution. There are two general types of “whole-home” project strategies.
Your home’s layout and space are fine, but the home is archaic and needs major renovations. It may need electrical upgrades to make it work for a 21st-century lifestyle. Or the home might just be tired-looking and out of style with today’s trends. This is when a whole-home update is suitable.
The project can leave all the walls, windows and appliances in the same locations, but focus on style updates to multiple rooms. The kitchen gets new cabinets, counters, and flooring, the bathrooms freshened up with new tile and fixtures, and perhaps the basement is finished to give you more storage and living space finally.
You can also refurbish the exterior of your house to its original sparkle or update its curb appeal. Better insulation, longer lasting, low-maintenance materials and energy-saving heating and cooling systems can make the home more enjoyable and energy-efficient at the same time!
If the home’s layout is not appropriate for your lifestyle anymore, the basic structure can be used to remodel the house into the home you need today. This is what is meant when it’s said a house has “structural integrity.” You can make the house more expansive with a room addition, recompose the layout of rooms, move the location of kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures, and change the look dramatically if you want to.
Tear down and move walls, open up spaces, upgrade your wiring, heating and cooling systems, make your home greener, more energy-efficient and healthier to live in! And even though it’s called “whole-home” remodeling, you can update the rooms that need it while leaving other parts of the house alone.
The absorbent cost and disruption of whole-home remodeling are way less than tearing down and starting all over or moving. In some cases, remodeling also allows you to do things that you may not be able to do if you were to build a new home – because of how zoning, building codes, permits and grandfathering of major-remodeled homes are handled in certain cities, counties, or jurisdictions.
Whole-home projects are more complex than single-room remodeling projects, such as a kitchen remodel or a bathroom update. You don’t want to trust a project like this to just any home remodeler, one who has no experience with major, multi-room remodeling projects. Whole-home projects take more know-how, better planning and more project management than other, smaller types of home remodeling projects.
If you are trying to figure out if you should move, rebuild, update several rooms or remodel and reconfigure your entire home, please give us a call. We have the experience to help you determine the pros and cons of each approach and explore with you some of the possible solutions, so you can love your house again.