5 Things to Consider When Re-Designing Your Kitchen

“Make me a list,” said my husband.

“A list?!” I asked. “Make a list for YOU?!”

“Yep,” he said. “Make me a list of the necessary things that you want done around this house before the babies get here. And we’ll knock it out. But that way, there are no surprises or last-minute panic situations.”

The above conversation ensued after a lengthy discussion about calling the painter and having him come paint the entire interior of the house…instead of just the baby’s room. That thought led to the ideas of several other projects, and I think I may have hit the “done” point with the hubby.

So, a list is in progress. And while there are several practical things that really do need to be taken care of before the arrival of the twins, there are also those fun little dreams that I’ll have to put off until later. Like my kitchen remodel.

I DO love dreaming about redoing our kitchen. I have no idea when that will ever actually happen, but it sure is fun to dream about it! So when Zoe Clark contacted me with a post highlighting things to consider in the midst of a kitchen redesign, well. How could I resist?!

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The kitchen may not be a part of the home you and your loved ones spend most time in (unless someone in the house is a would-be sous chef), but its layout and functionality still count for increased property value and happy family life. As a general rule, the kitchen should be updated at least every 10 years, but securing the funds to cover project costs is only the first step toward remodel success. Before you launch the redesign, you need to take into account your kitchen’s potential and limitations, and have a clear idea as to the works duration and best direction to take in the process. Kitchen remodel funds are all up to you to provide, but the work gets a bit easier once you know which questions to ask yourself before you grab a power drill and sledgehammer and Hulk out on your outdated kitchen.

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Which Remodeling Projects Are Worth Their Cost?

color swatches and plans isolated on white, with Clipping Path

We’re coming down to the end of the year, and in the midst of all the holiday planning and celebrating, something else that happens around this time of the year at our house is BUDGETING. Big time! Because in January, we suddenly feel a lot richer around here…due to our tax return and bonuses that both my hubby and I receive at our jobs! (And I say “richer” in jest…because some of you, I’m sure, would laugh at what we term that as!) Either way, it’s more money than we normally have, and, lest we be irresponsible, we start this time of year making a plan and a budget for those funds. 

Normally somewhere on the budget is a large home improvement project. Last year it was having the house painted. The year before that, it was having the back yard fenced in. We haven’t decided on what this year’s project will be as of yet. I would LOVE for it to be some new wood flooring! But I have a feeling it’s going to end up being a new air conditioning unit…which, living in Florida, I am also okay with! HA!

However, during all of our home improvement discussions, we are always trying to figure out: which projects add to the value of our home? And which projects are even worth doing?!

So when Thomas contacted me to see if I was interested in an infographic on remodeling projects that increase the value of a home, boy, was that some perfect timing! Great info in this one! Here’s what Thomas had to say…

Did you know that replacing vinyl siding on your home will on average cost you $12,013 while increasing the resale value of your home by $9,694? As a home owner, you may be interested in knowing approximately how much a specific remodeling project will cost and what you can expect to recoup once you sell your house again. If you know you’re more likely to get the money back you spent on a remodel, you’ll probably also be more likely to want to undertake the project.

To give you a better understanding of which kinds of remodeling will be worth the money, Contractor Quotes has made the infographic 14 Remodel Projects That Increase Home Value. By studying it, you’ll see that replacing a garage door will increase the value of your home by almost as much as the cost of the project, while you’ll see that you may not recoup as high a percentage of your costs by making additions to your home. On top of that, the infographic also goes through the most important things to be aware of with the different projects. This infographic will hopefully help you make up your mind next time you’re considering upgrading your home.

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7 Bathroom Design & Remodeling Ideas on a Budget – A Guest Post!

These days, I’m almost finished with the redecorating of our Master Bedroom. (I can’t wait to show it to you!) And while I’m almost finished with that, it’s starting to dawn on me that I need to get to work in our Master BATHROOM design. Mercy. I know for sure that new light fixtures are needed. Although I’d love to change out the vanity and add glass doors to the shower…I think those things will have to come later. In fact, if I make a list of the DREAM Master Bathroom, I think LOTS of my ideas will have to come later! HA!

So when Tim from JVPartnersNow contacted me to see if I was interesting in learning about budgeting when it came to bathrooms…I was all about it! Let’s see what he can teach us today…

interior hand drawn perspetive of an apartment bathroom

interior hand drawn perspetive of an apartment bathroom

There are a couple reasons why remodeling your bathroom is a good idea. The first is obviously to make your family more comfortable. The second is that having an updated or better looking bathroom can make your home more appealing when it comes time to sell it. However, if you have a tight budget, you might think that a bathroom remodel is out of the question. After all, it would cost $10,000 to $20,000 to do, right?

That isn’t necessarily the case, especially if you or anyone you know has experience with construction and plumbing. If you can do the work yourselves, you will save tons of money. Of course, you can also save money by choosing your remodeling changes wisely. Here are 7 fantastic ideas to get you started.

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