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2013 Remodeling Trends

Attic bedrooms is a cost effective, home remodeling project ( came out with their 2013 Cost vs Value report in January, so we wanted to give you an update. The big news is homeowner confidence is up, and that’s reflected by rising home prices and a corresponding uptick in the returns you should get for home improvements you make to your house. All 35 projects included in the report had higher Return on Investment (ROI) that the previous year.

Similar to previous years, the exterior renovations (windows, doors, siding and roofing) are at the top of the list with respect to ROI, taking 7 of the top 10 positions. This... 

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Custom Houses: Matching Exterior House Style with Location

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Custom houses are something we all dream about, yet few people turn those dreams into reality. What if you want a contemporary, custom house but most of the custom houses on the street are traditional? This happens a lot in New England if you don’t want to move into a development of all new homes because they look too much alike.

An experience architect will help you explore different exterior home styles and design a home that meets your taste and fits your  neighborhood. You see, it’s not just the shape of the house, but also the windows, siding, front door and... 

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Designing With A Home Architect & Builder

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 A home architect provides a rich set of skills to help you design your dream home but who else should be on your team? Ideally you, as the homeowner, will save time and money by including both your home architect and home builder on your design team. That’s because it’s easier to make design changes on paper, than after you’ve expended labor and materials and don’t like the result.

You’ll work with your home architect or home designer to pick an exterior style along with window and door placement. Inside there will be decisions about room sizes, floor plans, and finishes.... 

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Building a Garage Addition: A Smart Investment?

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Building a garage addition can be an expensive home addition project. Building a garage addition might be cheaper than other home additions but the question is whether the value justifies the cost, for space that will only be used to store cars and/or stuff.

The latest American Housing Survey (2009) showed that 66% of homes have a garage or carport. This number might be skewed by new construction because most new homes include a garage, where costs for excavation, foundation, framing and roofing are shared across the entire house. When building a garage addition, the new structure must bear all these... 

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Understanding the Cost & Value at Resale of Home Additions

home additions start with a foundation, then framing the walls

Home additions vary in cost across the country so “average costs”  costs in any area can be higher or lower than the national average. The yearly Cost vs Value report from Remodeling, breaks the data down for  9 regions (and 81 cities) across the USA to reflect regional differences for home additions. These differences are based on weather patterns, building codes that reflect weather variations, and the cost of labor and materials which vary based on the cost of living for each region.

Regions for  Variations in Cost/Value of Home Additions East coast regions – includes New England and the Middle Atlantic... 

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Add Space With a Home Addition

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Home additions are the perfect solution if you need more space but  love your home and don’t want to move. If you’ve got enough land and town zoning, they provide a great alternative to moving. Sometimes you need a  a family room, so when you’re cooking, you can also watch young children playing or supervise homework, or maybe it’s a master suite you’re looking for.

Once you know that adding onto your house is your best choice, it’s time to research which type of home addition will help you meet your goals. One approach is to identify your family’s activities at... 

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