getting the most from your home renovation projectYour renovation project may very well be guided by how much you can spend; however, even with a small budget your home will offer many areas where you can improve the feel, appearance, and value of the residence.

Homeowners with a large budget may choose the kitchen or bathrooms first, since those rooms offer a boost in usability for the average family who spends a lot of time gathered in the kitchen each day. A small budget might warrant a look at cosmetic improvements or replacing features like kitchen cabinet doors, hardware, and fixtures.

Getting a Return on Investment (ROI)

You might be motivated to conduct a renovation based upon the need to improve the home’s value in advance of selling or taking out a home equity line of credit. According to “U.S. News,” some renovations are classic investment projects while other projects are best suited for homeowners who don’t plan to move for several years.

Interestingly, “U.S. News” suggests that attic bedrooms are one of the best places to recoup investment dollars. However, this area of the home also represents a potentially costly project.

…you’ll recoup 73 percent of your investment when turning the attic into a bedroom. However, this also ranks as one of the most expensive projects, averaging $50,148 nationally. But if you have the money, an attic bedroom is a desirable feature among homebuyers.

Secondarily, homeowners who choose to remodel the kitchen or bathroom will recoup a healthy amount of the initial investment. These areas also tend to require a fair level of investment, but one of the best things about remodeling the kitchen or bathroom is that these areas will offer a lot of enjoyment to the present homeowners.

Therefore, if you’re not looking to move immediately, the investment in a new kitchen will offer one of the best investments for personal value of the home. Families today gather and congregate in the kitchen much more than they did a half-century ago, so a nice kitchen is a pleasant feature to have in a home.

Small Projects and Saving Money

If your budget doesn’t allow for a hefty investment and you’re not eligible to siphon equity out of the home for the project, some of the best places to consider renovating will feature low overall cost alongside a significant boost to the convenience and efficiency you enjoy in your home.

According to “This Old House,” all it takes is some “strategic thinking” to find a place to renovate in your home with a small budget. One of the best pieces of advice from the “House” experts features an improvement of overall efficiency, rather than an expansion of the home’s footprint.

If you can reorganize and equip your kitchen for maximum utility, you may not need to blow out the walls to gain square footage.

If you consider changing the present design of your kitchen’s interior, you might be on your way to a completely different space that looks like it cost a lot more than it did. A spacious kitchen will always “look” more expensive, even if the appliances and fixtures within the room are humble in price.

Changing the Surface

In addition, there are several surface-level projects you might consider that will hold you over until you have a bigger budget. A simple coat of paint can transform a room from a bland space into a warm and friendly meeting area.

Some new fixtures on the cabinets in the bathroom, along with new faucets and some hardware for the towels will give your bathroom an instant facelift that doesn’t require a full gutting of the space.

The great thing about simple, surface improvements is that they often don’t take any time to install, and they’re items that can remain in place when you go for the bigger project. Those new fixtures today will look terrific in the future when you decide to remodel the bathroom completely.

Choose the Best Place for Renovation

Would you like to know which renovation will serve your budget and home best? Contact Artisan Remodeling, Inc. today for information on how your bathroom remodeling project can create a welcoming and beautiful new space.

winter remodeling fort collinsYes, it’s the middle of winter, and the colder weather has probably put a stop to your remodeling project —at least the ones that involve working outdoors. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be thinking ahead. Why not get a jump-start on spring? Take time now, to walk around the house, or look out your windows, and dream big….

  • Sure, you’ve got a lovely living room, with a fireplace keeping you warm on these cold evenings, but the linoleum on the floor has developed an unintended—and unattractive—pattern of burn marks over the years. Is it time to consider upgrading your living room…perhaps some beautiful distressed wood floors, with an elegant polished-stone apron in front of that nice warm fireplace?
  • Yes, you have your grill tucked away for the winter, but where does it live in warmer weather? Rather than have it taking over part of your well-manicured lawn, why not construct an outdoor cooking space, complete with a nice seating area or bar your friends can lean against—and set their drinks upon—while you are grilling?
  • Watching your cat stare out the kitchen window, twitching her tail as she sees birds at the feeders, you realize that it might be a lot of fun to see her watching fish swim around in that abandoned backyard fishpond you’ve been carefully ignoring for the past three years. Whether it’s simply a matter of fixing a leak, or replacing the entire system, it would be very nice to enjoy all of your yard, come spring….

Whatever you’re envisioning, we can help you make it happen. Believe it or not, midwinter is an excellent time to contact us and begin the planning process. We would not want to get between you and your fireplace, but once the weather is warm enough to enjoy time outdoors, we can be ready to step in and transform that outdated living room floor. If you contact us now, we will be primed to “spring forward” with your remodeling project, be it your outdoor kitchen or abandoned pond, the moment temperatures remain high enough for us to pour the concrete. So contact us about your midwinter dream, and we will help you make it come true.

Home Remodeling Company in Fort Collins COIt seems like the trend these days is do-it-yourself. Home improvement shows on television make everything look easy, and the commercials for hardware stores say they will help you get things done. But to be honest, not everyone has the time or the skills to DIY, as this story we came across will show. If this sounds familiar to you, let a home remodeling company in Fort Collins help you out.

A young, ambitious couple just moved into their first house, and decided they wanted to install a set of pull-down steps to provide easier access to the attic. They cut the hole for the stairs, and couldn’t believe how well their first major project was going. The husband went up in the attic to secure the stair frame to the joists, while the wife stood underneath the stairs holding it in place. Once the husband finished securing the frame, he called down to the Mrs. to pull on the cord and release the stairs so he could get out of the attic. The cord wouldn’t budge for some reason, and after a minute she discovered that the stairs had been nailed shut to keep them from coming open during shipping. Panic set in as they realized the husband was trapped in the attic with the only hammer they owned, so there was no way to pull the nails out and let the stairs down. Now, this couple could have borrowed a neighbor’s hammer or even run to the store to get another one, but th ey ended up calling 911 to have the local emergency squad rescue them from their first home improvement project.

Some people just aren’t handy, or don’t have time to tackle the projects they would like to do around the house. Whether you have some little jobs that need to be taken care of, or you’re planning a big project like a bathroom or kitchen remodel, contact us. We’re licensed, insured, and we guarantee you will be satisfied with our work, without any embarrassing stories to tell.

sun room design fort collinsAs temperatures start to drop across Colorado, we can look forward to spending more time gathering with friends and family in our homes for holiday parties and festive meals.

But of course, with our extra guests comes the need for extra space, which is why a sunroom could be the perfect addition to your home.  Here are a few reasons why:

  • Sunrooms add valuable square footage to your home, as well as much-needed space for when guests gather at the holiday season.  For large meals like Thanksgiving, you can use your sunroom as a bonus dining area.  That way, you’ll be sure to comfortably fit in every single person on your guest list.
  • Sunrooms (not surprisingly!) let in a tremendous amount of natural light, which you’ll appreciate even more during the shorter, darker winter months.  More sunlight also means added natural warmth in your home, and for those who miss getting to spend more time outdoors, a sunroom can be a relaxing spot to soak up some rays.
  • Sunrooms can be the perfect place for a homework area, reading nook, or home office.  Because it’s a flexible space, your sunroom has the ability to grow and change with the needs of your family.

As with any remodeling project in Fort Collins, you can count on the experience and expertise of Artisan Remodeling and Repair to build you the sunroom of your dreams.  Contact us to learn more about our family owned and operated business, and to see examples of our work from throughout Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor.

 

basement finishing in fort collins

Have you got one of those basements that is kind of dark and creepy?  Maybe you use it for storage, but the only thing that goes down there and stays for more than a minute are the spiders that are leaving the cobwebs in the corners.  Maybe you’ve never given much thought to finishing your basement in your Fort Collins home, but it could be the square footage you’ve been looking for to create your media room.

Media Rooms Gain in Popularity

As families look for ways to cut down on entertainment costs, a movie night at home is often the solution.  Some candy, microwave popcorn, and a movie rental are a good substitute, but some families still miss the feeling of a theater.  A media room can provide that special ambiance that makes a movie night something special.  In addition to watching movies, families and friends enjoy playing video games and watching sporting events on a big screen in a designated media room.

Basements Transformed Into Media Rooms

Unfinished basements may be the perfect solution to families looking for a space for a media room.  The underground space is inherently dark, which means windows won’t be causing any problems with viewing the screen.  A reputable remodeling company can finish the room with drywall and incorporate wiring for the sound system at the same time.  This is also the perfect time to have special lighting installed for the space, including sconces, recessed lighting, or whatever you prefer.  Finish it off with the flooring of your choice (that’s easy to clean!) and you’ll have a dream media room.

If you’re in Northern Colorado and ready to remodel your basement into a media room or some other family space, contact us.  We would be happy to look at your basement and give you an estimate.  We strive to provide exceptional customer service and top-quality workmanship so that you can start enjoying your basement (instead of the spiders).