5 Home Remodeling Options To Consider

Home remodeling is something that every homeowner tackles at least once in their lifetime.  Whether you’ve recently purchased a home and you’re bored with your home decor, or you’re simply looking for a fresh start, a well-thought out renovation can do the trick.  Below are the most common interior and exterior areas of the house that you may want to consider updating.

Interior Home Remodeling

The Kitchen

Kitchen remodeling is very popular because it’s one of the first things people notice when they set foot in your home, and it’s also either the spot or close to the location where people spend most of their time, typically the living room.  Renovating a kitchen is especially popular among homeowners with an open floor plan because everything is visible, and the kitchen feels closer to the other living spaces.

The first thing you need to consider when designing your kitchen is its function.  If you’re looking to save space, you might consider a one-wall kitchen layout.  If you’re looking for visual appeal, you could install a nice island instead.  Our best advice is to keep it simple.

Hop online and do some research on popular kitchen layouts; HGTV is a good place to start because that’s one of the primary focuses of their channel.

Other design elements you’ll want to consider are:

  • Contemporary or modern design
  • Size and color of the cabinetry
  • Lighting
  • Countertop

The Bathroom

Although it may sound funny, our days begin in the bathroom.  We shower, shave, bathe and prepare for the day from this one spot that the whole family shares.  And the most common reason for wanting to remodel a bathroom is lack of space.  We spend a lot of time there, but we bump into things and there’s never enough storage to fit all the amenities we need. Here are some things to consider updating during your bathroom remodeling project:

  • Lighting
  • Faucets and shower head
  • Tub and shower
  • Cabinets
  • Tile
  • Paint scheme
  • Windows

For a simple, modern look, simply updating the lights to white LED’s and adding more natural light from windows can have a huge impact.  If your bathroom remodeling budget is a little larger, you can create a walk-in shower, put up a wall-hanging toilet, and install under counter cabinetry to give the illusion of more space.  A light color paint scheme can help as well.

Exterior Home Remodeling

The Garden

Treat your family and guests to a welcoming garden with colorful flowers and plants.  Flowers like the Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile, and ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ roses are great additions for a stunning look of natural beauty.  Although it’s not quite as visually appealing, you can also plant fruits and vegetables in the garden as well.

The Fire Pit

Consider developing a creative outdoor living area with a fire pit, where you can sit and relax for hours.  This type of setup usually involves a grill and lots of seating, allowing you to cook for your guests and host parties.

The Roof

Roof remodeling is typically only used when a roof has been damaged.  However, consider for a moment, two other possibilities – (1) energy savings with solar panel installation and (2) creating a space for star gazing.

The average electrical bill in Portland, Oregon was $113 in 2017.  Solar panel installation can be expensive, but there are also government incentives to encourage solar use.  Instead of relying on the electrical grid, cover your roof with a solar panel array.  They use photovoltaic technology to collect and store energy that your home can use.  Not only will you be “going green” and minimizing your environmental impact, but you’ll save money on your bill too.

You can also remodel your roof for vanity-based reasons, such as a flat space on the back of the roof to stargaze.  This option isn’t a DIY project; you’ll need a professional roofing company.  But, consider the benefits.  On a warm summer night, when the sky is clear, you and a guest or two can lie back on lounge chairs above the trees and watch the beautiful starry sky.