One of the first questions homeowners ask about a bathroom remodeling project is “How much will it cost?” Costs will vary depending on the extent of the project. Some remodels are updates where a homeowner many want to replace flooring, tile and fixtures within the existing floor plan of the bathroom and all mechanicals (wiring, plumbing and heat/ventilation) are in working order. Other remodels involve gutting and reconfiguring the bathroom, updating mechanicals and upgrading fixtures, cabinetry and other elements.
McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog
Each year we look forward to the publication of REMODELING Magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report” and to reviewing industry trends both nationally and within our geographic region — the Mid-Atlantic region. One of the most significant changes in the 2013 report is that the expected return on investment (ROI), which measures the difference between average construction cost estimates and estimated resale value, increased for almost all projects.
If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, you’ve probably started gathering ideas and advice. It’s fun to look at “before” and “after” kitchen photos but have you considered what steps lead to the final outcome? Kitchen remodeling projects take time to plan and can range from $10,000 to more than $100,000 depending on the scope of the project. Where do you begin?
If your kitchen needs updating, a minor remodel may provide the solution. According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report for 2011-2012, the average cost for a minor kitchen remodel in our area will range from $13,000 to $20,000 and will provide a payback of about 65 percent at resale of your home. What is included in that estimate? Remodeling Magazine’s report uses the following criteria in reviewing costs:
Scott McClurg was recently interviewed on NewsChannel 9's “Bridge Street” about home remodeling projects that provide the best (and worst) return on investment (ROI).
A kitchen remodeling project can add value, function and enjoyment to a home. Yet it is one of the most expensive and detailed construction projects. When I talk with homeowners about remodeling their kitchens we discuss the way they use their kitchen, what they like about the current layout and what they want to change. Design is critical to the success of the project, as is the selection of durable cabinets, countertops and appliances. And cost is almost always a consideration.
Today's guest blogger is Lauren Szczygiel. Lauren is a graduate of Cazenovia College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Interior Design. She began work at McClurg Remodeling and Construction Services as an intern. After graduating she was hired as a Project Designer. She is presently preparing to be certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association and for the National Council of Interior Designers' Qualification. She was promoted to the position of Project Consultant in May 2010.
We’re often asked how much should be budgeted for remodeling a kitchen? The answer, in our view, depends on what you plan to do with your home and over what time period. Some remodeling “experts” suggest your budget should not exceed a certain percent (e.g., 15 percent) of the current value of your home. While that may be a helpful guideline for someone planning to sell their home in the near future, it doesn’t apply to all situations.
If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen you’ve probably looked at magazines and books, visited home shows, visited showrooms, talked to friends and searched the Internet.