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Remodeling and Renovations on the Rise

diy053aA new survey of remodelers from NAHB Remodelers tells us that whole house remodels and additions are regaining market share. That means more homeowners are investing in major updates to their home according to the remodeling arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

“While bathroom and kitchen remodels remain the most common renovations, basements, whole house remodels and both large and small scale additions are returning to levels not seen since prior to the downturn,” said 2016 NAHB Remodelers Chair Tim Shigley, a remodeler from Wichita, Kansas.

In the survey, remodelers reported that the following projects were more common than in 2013:

• Whole house remodels increased by 10 percent
• Room additions increased by 12 percent
• Finished basements increased by 8 percent
• Bathroom additions increased by 7 percent

Bathrooms topped the list of most common remodeling projects for the fifth time since 2010. Eighty-one percent of remodelers reported that bathrooms were a common remodeling job for their company while 79 percent of remodelers reported the same for kitchen remodels. Window and door replacements decreased to 36 percent from 45 percent in 2014.

For more information about remodeling, visit nahb.org/remodel. To find the cost of hundreds of improvement projects visit us at www.diyornot.com to compare the cost of doing it yourself with hiring a contractor.

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Fixing Up the Bonus Space in a Basement

Gene and Katie Hamilton
Gene and Katie Hamilton

In many homes a basement can be found space that’s ripe for remodeling to expand the living area in space that’s already under roof so an addition isn’t necessary. If you have a basement and want to tap its hidden possibilities get started by evaluating the space and how you want to use it. Snoop around and look for signs of moisture and condensation, water marks and signs of seepage on the floor and walls. If you find moisture marks take steps to eliminate them before going any further; at the ceiling look for pest infestation in the exposed joists.

Use an online design tool or clipboard with notepaper to walk around the basement and create a rough sketch marking the locations of the following. Then use this checklist as a guideline for what to consider and the scope of the work involved. All of these elements of the space are important to consider.

*stairs, windows, doors, and support poles
*heating and cooling systems like a furnace, heat pump, hot water heater
*utility area with clothes washer, dryer and wash tub

Visit Pricing Out Basement Fix Ups for job cost information, worksheet and things to consider.