Thinking Of Remodeling? Start With These Home Upgrades First

Thinking Of Remodeling? Start With These Home Upgrades First

Whether you've just bought a home that needs some personalization or you're looking to make some changes to a place you've lived in for quite some time, you should know that not all renovations are created equal. To get the biggest bang for your buck, you'll need to choose a project that pays you back. Start with these home remodeling ideas to make your property a real standout — and to boost your home's future resale value.

Replace the Windows

This is a project that pays big dividends. New, energy-efficient windows will instantly cut your home heating and cooling bills. With better R-values and professional installation, wintertime drafts will become a thing of the past. Today's windows come in a range of finishes, so you can choose something that blends with your current style or pick a new accent color for a fresh look.

Update the Kitchen

A kitchen remodel is one of the top investments you can make in your home. The best kitchen plans have a well-designed layout that blends the work of cooking with the fun of entertaining — so, work on the footprint first. Once you have chosen the layout, you can select the finishes and materials you like to complete the project. As you shop, remember that efficient appliances and good task lighting are also important to incorporate into your design.

Modify the Bathroom

It's easy to neglect the humble bathroom, but remodeling your bathroom can greatly improve your quality of life. Consider adding new tiles and fixtures, which provide returns on your investment of up to 78 percent. If it's possible to enlarge the space by just a few feet, you may be able to incorporate a hot tub or separate shower stall. However, simply replacing your outdated tub and sink will go a long way, too.

Fix the Basement

If you need extra room for a growing family, a guest apartment or a place to work on your hobbies, finishing your basement is a cost-effective way to get it without the expense of a new addition. To make a comfortable space, be sure to choose waterproof materials and add appropriate climate controls to contain underground dampness. You'll also want to consider adding built-in storage that looks great and hides all your extra gear.

Ready to get started? If you live in the Chicago metropolitan area, call Proeh Construction at 847-826-0000 to speak to a professional. You can also visit our showroom for inspiration to see how these home renovation ideas can turn your dreams into reality.