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Home Remodel Return on Investment Guide

We love a good remodel. Not only does it spruce up your home and update the interior to your liking, it can also add tremendous value. In general, modest bathroom and kitchen remodels see an 80% return on investment. Follow these four tips to protect your remodel return on investment (ROI).

 

Tip #1: Keep it modest – Follow the 20% rule

Start your remodel planning process by getting a realistic understanding of your home’s value. You can figure this out by comparing sale prices of similar houses in your neighborhood, getting an appraisal, or using a site like Zillow. Once you know your home’s value, apply the 20% rule – spend no more than 20% of your home’s value on a bathroom or kitchen remodel. If you spend over 20%, you’re likely overdoing it and will see a diminished return on your financial investment.

Tip #2: Upgrade with future buyers in mind

When remodeling with a goal of ROI, a project budget should reflect a future buyer’s priorities and not just your own. For example, you might think that your cabinets are good quality and in good condition, but if they are made with a dated wood species, finish, or door style, no matter how many thousands of dollars you put into new countertops and backsplash, you’ll still end up with dated cabinets that aren’t relevant to most buyers. In fact, in some cases, it may make sense to spend less on the countertops and backsplash and prioritize an affordable cabinet replacement.

Tip #3: Design complete – The wow factor

What does design complete mean? Basically, you want visitors to enter your home after a remodel and say, “Wow! Did you just remodel?” If you are missing the “Wow factor,” home buyers will not assign value to what you consider a charming remodel. The key to achieving the “Wow factor” is having the discipline to focus on only the kitchen or the bathroom and allocate a realistic budget. A design complete remodel should fully transform the space. When you try to do too many things, it often comes out looking like the space was updated but not remodeled.

Tip #4: Is it sellable?

Ask yourself the question, “Is this remodel “sellable?” Would a potential buyer happily pay 80% of the remodel cost on top of the normal home price? The goal of the remodel is to create undeniable design improvements with mass appeal, now and in the future. Making remodel choices that are “sellable” can be difficult. Let your designer be your guide to the best, personalized remodel path. At Eheart, our designers provide several remodel paths for your style that all map to financial success.

Find the Best Time to Remodel with 6 Tips

Considering a renovation in your home but want to know the best time to remodel?

 

When planning a remodel, it is helpful to understand the timeline and potential speed bumps that you may encounter. At Eheart Interior Solutions, we are here to help guide our clients through the remodel process while providing tips and tricks that we’ve learned through years in the industry. Every remodel is different, but there are several common customer concerns that we can shed some light on to help make the process as fun and efficient as possible. 

Depending on the scale of your project, expect to have work being done in your home for potentially six to eight weeks. Prior to the in-home work, plan for materials to take up to six or eight weeks, as they are custom made for your remodel.

 

With that being said, here are a few tips to help you plan your remodel to best accommodate your lifestyle.

 

Think twice about summer as the time to remodel.

The common misconception is that summer is the ideal time to remodel because you have an outdoor living space and a grill. Actually, in our northern Colorado climate, there are enough sunny days that any season is perfect for a remodel. The only time that the season needs to be taken into account is for projects that include windows or pouring foundation. The drawback of remodeling in summer, which is usually overlooked, is that a remodel can displace your kids who are home from school for the summer.

 

Do not pick a time to remodel that is prior to an event you would like to host.

At Eheart, we do our best to meet every deadline, but unforeseen circumstances can always arise that lead to delays. For example, if you want to host Thanksgiving, plan your project for an end of October finish. That way, if any surprises or loose ends come up, your project will still be complete in time to set your table for Thanksgiving.

 

Consider planning your in-home work when you are going to be on vacation.

Even though you won’t likely be gone for the entire project, missing the less exciting steps, such as drywall installation, wouldn’t be a bad idea. Talk to your designer about any vacation plans you may have and see if it is possible to align them with your project timeline! Worried about contractors being in your house while you are away? Don’t be, you are in good hands. All of our partners are licensed, bonded, and insured and can certainly be trusted in your home. Just make sure you are somewhat reachable for questions during your vacation.

 

Have you started the bank financing process?

Often times, homeowners don’t realize that getting financing for their project often requires pre and post appraisals, along with other steps that can each take several weeks. Be sure to start this process early so that it doesn’t hold you back once you’re ready to order your materials.

 

It can never hurt to order your materials early.

A perk of working with Eheart Interior Solutions is our capability to hold onto your materials in our warehouse until you’re ready to begin the in-home portion of your project. With this option, customers have more flexibility throughout the scheduling process. The last thing you want is to be ready to start your project and have to wait nearly two months for your custom materials to arrive.

 

Planning a remodel doesn’t take as long as your think.

Often times, it only takes two to four weeks of planning before we are able to schedule a remodel and order materials. Our experienced designers are able to streamline the planning process to help you design your new dream room.

 

 

Planning a Kitchen Remodel – What To Expect

Whether you’re sick of the way your kitchen looks, or an appliance has failed, a kitchen remodel gives you the capability to give one of the most frequently used and highly functional spaces of your house a face-lift. Before taking the plunge into a full remodel, it is important to be aware of the challenges that arise when you renovate your kitchen and the time frame to expect.

 What is the sequence of events during my kitchen remodel?

  1. Everything is torn out.
  2. Structural, electrical, plumbing or HVAC changes to the space are completed.
  3. Changes to walls are completed, including framing.
  4. Dry wall is reinstalled.
  5. The space is painted. At this point, you’re generally three to four weeks into the process.
  6. Cabinets are installed, which generally takes three days.
  7. Countertop template measurements are taken and sent to be manufactured offsite.
  8. Flooring is installed while the contractor waits on the countertops.
  9. Your sink is installed and electrical is configured.
  10. Counter tops are installed.
  11. Backsplashes are installed.
  12. The faucet is installed, electrical is tested.
  13. Appliances are installed.

How long should a kitchen remodel take?

On average, a kitchen remodel takes six to eight weeks. Obviously, the time frame depends on the scope of the remodel and how drastic the changes are. Be prepared for the process to be extended if you’re moving cabinets, changing walls, or re-flooring the whole level of your home.

Will my kitchen be usable?

No. Once the remodel begins, your kitchen will not be functional until completion. Without appliances and cabinets, there is no remaining functionality to the space. Follow our tips below to find the right way to plan a kitchen remodel and reduce the burden of losing your kitchen!

What can I do to lessen the burden?

Having no access to a kitchen for the entirety of six to eight weeks can cause some frustration, especially if your family cooks often. We want to give you some tips to help you get through this process as smoothly as possible!

The most important thing when planning a kitchen remodel is to set up a temporary kitchen in your home. Find a home for your fridge for the duration of the remodel, whether that is a laundry room or garage. Next, locate the closest “kitchen-like” setup in your home. For some, this can be a laundry room with a utility sink, or a wet bar in a living room or lounge. Use this area for simple cooking, using an electric skillet, crock pot, or microwave. Also, make sure to think about the items you keep in your kitchen cabinets that you want to keep on hand, such as medications or vitamins, so that you’re not having to dig through boxes to locate them.

Next, prepare simple food. As enticing as eating out for every meal for six weeks sounds, it can become incredibly expensive and dull. To avoid that, prepare simple frozen meals that you can store in the freezer prior to the remodel. Lower your expectations, and don’t be afraid to order pizza or make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every once in a while, too.

Dirty dishes can be washed in your bathtub. For most of our customers, their bathtub becomes the substitute dishwasher. If you’re lucky enough to have a utility sink, this is a great place to clean your dishes as well!

Finally, consider scheduling your remodel around a vacation if you’d like to avoid some inconvenience.

Planning a Kitchen Remodel – Don’t Let This Discourage You

Remodeling your kitchen allows you to rethink the look and feel of your kitchen. After the remodel is over, you won’t regret it! Employing an interior designer helps to ensure that you get everything you could ask for, and more. If you want to learn more about kitchen remodels, or how we can help you create your dream kitchen, contact our talented design team!

 

Posted in Kitchens

3 Designs to Create an Elegant 4-Piece Master Bathroom Layout

You’ve probably heard of the 4-piece master bathroom, in this blog we show you how to create a modern and practical 4-piece bathroom layout by removing the bathtub. This master bathroom layout without the tub allows you to exchange the unused area for more creative space. Here are 3 practical ways to re-purpose your bathtub space.

4-Piece Bathroom Layout with Linen Closet

We removed the underutilized bathtub and created a more luxurious and sophisticated shower complete with a granite seat and glass wall. With additional space, we built a spacious, double-door linen closet. This design maintained a compact footprint by only structurally impacting the bathtub and shower areas.

 

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4-Piece Bathroom Layout with Walk-in Shower

We replaced an acrylic bathtub with a large walk-in shower equipped with a waterfall shower head and an in-wall storage space.

 

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4-Piece Bathroom Layout with His/Her Shower

This complete remodel allowed for additional counter space, a seated vanity, and a deluxe shower. The shower features his and her shower heads and a fog free shave mirror.

 

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If you are looking to update your bathroom, we can help you select a practical layout and develop a sophisticated design to match your style.

Posted in Bathroom, Baths

3 Hardwood Floor Trends We Are Over

These days, everyone is experimenting with hardwood floors or using materials to mimic hardwood floors. There are so many styles, finishes and types of wood to choose from. We thought we would share the hardwood floor trends that we are sick of seeing:

What we’re sick of: Grey hardwood

Choosing grey flooring for your kitchen limits you to selecting a cool color palette for everything in the kitchen. We find that our customers select grey hardwood as a reactive decision to make a dramatic change from their previous floor. As a trend, grey hardwood is nearing the end of its lifecycle.

What to do instead: Dune/Drift hardwood

This style has a contemporary look and is made to look like wood that has been washed onto a shore by winds, tides, or waves. It is a color between warm and cool which positions it well for trend shifts. It also plays well with gold and grey color schemes.

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What we’re sick of: Dark hardwood

This style is a nightmare to clean and looks dirty the same day you mop it. You can also see every scratch because the wood is natively a brighter color beneath the dark surface.

What to do instead: Light natural hardwood finishes

Lightly colored finishes are ideal for families with pets and young children as they hide dust, pet stains, and food spills. We recommend hickory, white oak, maple, and light natural walnut as hardwood finishes. Each of these finishes are great at highlighting the appealing characteristics and graininess of the wood.

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What we’re sick of: Glossy hardwood

This style is a little too formal to match the design of most current homes. It can also be impractical for living spaces because it easily shows scratches and dust.

What to do instead:  Matte hardwood

With a handcrafted and artisan feel, this wood offers a wide selection of color choices. Matte hardwood is prefinished for durability to hide scratches, dirt, and other imperfections.

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If you want to know more about hardwood floor trends or would like personalized recommendations for your home, our talented designers are happy to help.

 

Picture sources:

https://www.pinterest.com/eheartdesign/hardwood-flooring-we-recommend/

 

 

Posted in Flooring, Hardwood