For many homeowners it makes financial sense to stay in their current home, which is why many look to make improvements and remodel. Before you get started on that new addition or remodeling project, take a moment to consider its potential return. You'll find that not all home remodeling jobs are created equal, which is why you should research the best investment for your money. We've compiled a list of some of the more popular home improvement projects to enhance your home's curb appeal and increase your quality of life.
There are plenty of design options when it comes to your entryway. You could start with creating a welcoming walkway to usher visitors to your front door. With concrete, the decorative options for entrance walks are endless. Stamped or stenciled patterns, engraving, exposed-aggregate finishes, colored concrete and concrete staining are just a few of the ways you can enhance your sidewalk design. To give your front entry even more allure, consider widening or flaring the concrete sidewalk or making it circular rather than straight.
To give your entryway the utmost in elegance and grandeur, consider adding architectural accents, such as columns, balustrades, pilasters, wall caps and archways.
When it comes time to selecting your front door, you'll need to decide whether you want a wood, steel or fiberglass door. If your budget allows, a mid to high-end fiberglass door offers the most in design flexibility, durability and efficiency.
Just recently Therma-Tru® and Fypon® teamed up to create flexible entryway solutions that accommodate a wide range of styles, budgets and needs. Therma-Tru's® new Classic Craft Canvas Collection entry door series means you can paint it any color you want and still enjoy the benefits of fiberglass — high efficiency, security, durability and low-maintenance.
While turning your dusty old attic into a functional bedroom is certainly more expensive then updating your front entry, you will recoup on average about 80 percent of your project's cost if you decide to sell your home. When it comes to adding new livable space to your home, building an attic bedroom is a lot easier on your budget then an addition. When you add to the footprint of your house you have additional structural costs like a new foundation, which you don't have with an attic conversion.
If you are looking to extend your outdoor living space, you can do it quite affordably and quickly by adding a deck. Pressure-treated wood is the cheapest solution, but if you're looking to enjoy your deck without the added upkeep, then you'll want to use composite materials. There are plenty of free deck design programs available so you can get creative with your new outdoor project, while staying within your budget.
Another popular home improvement project is replacing your home's exterior with vinyl siding. Your home instantly looks brand new and you can rest easy that you won't have to endure peeling, cracking or fading for the next 25 years or so. Keep in mind that the quality of your siding has a lot to do with its lasting appeal and endurance.
Typically when you remodel a room, you will need to update the windows. This doesn't mean that you have to purchase brand new windows to successfully complement your new design. If your windows are in decent condition, you can simply replace or paint the trim, add new glass and/or dress up your window with fresh window treatments.
Of course if your windows need to be replaced because they are old and broken and no longer energy-efficient you'll want to select the best windows for your home because this is a project that can cost upwards of $10,000.
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