How to Turn a Problematic House into Your Dream Home – Today’s guest blog is by DIY Guys. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Ocala Restoration and Remodeling.
How to Turn a Problematic House into Your Dream Home
Sometimes a savvy home purchase means buying a diamond in the rough. With a bit of elbow grease, it can be a great way to stretch your home-buying budget and create the place you’re dreaming about. If you find the right home that requires a few upgrades, an addition, or significant renovations, planning and expertise can make your dream come true.
It’s not unusual for homeowners to wish they had more elbow room. You find a great house, with a beautiful yard, fantastic view, the right commute and school system, and so forth, but you’re bursting at the seams. Maybe you packed the garage so full there is no room for vehicles, or maybe there isn’t a garage in the first place.
When space is an issue, adding an outbuilding, whether to house the riding mower and snowblower or for parking your car, can be a great solution. If you go this route, be sure to select appropriate materials. You want the structure composed of products that will be durable enough to stand up to the elements, yet economical enough to not eat up what you saved with the home purchase. Howstuffworks notes steel can be an ideal choice, as a steel structure can be built quickly and is attractive and strong. If you have a pretty good idea of what you want, you can design your own garage, although you should check with local authorities about zoning and other regulations, and to see if a permit is required.
Heart of the Home
A dated or poorly designed kitchen is more than an eyesore; it can weigh heavily on your home’s resale value. Issues like poorly completed renovations, stains, and dated or broken cabinetry can make it hard to sell your home, as well as hard to live with. If your kitchen could use an upgrade, think about what your project will look like. If a new layout is in order, make some sketches and contemplate how you will use the space. Also consider the lighting in the room, since poor lighting can make a space feel cramped and affect how comfortably you can work.
Another feature that influences both beauty and performance is your countertops. Think about the material that will fit your budget and needs. For instance, engineered quartz and honed granite are extremely durable and easy to care for, and laminate gives you terrific bang for your buck.
So long as they are fully functional and laid out well, cabinets can be given new life with a coat of paint or by refacing them. Be forewarned, although these are DIY level fixes, they are labor- and time-intense. You’ll want to use quality products for the desired results and expect to dedicate many evenings and weekends to your project. If you take the plunge, finish them off with great hardware.
A small, poorly laid out, or ugly bathroom can reflect poorly on an otherwise perfect house. In addition to the kitchen, it’s the other room buyers often say “no” to, and you can often snag a great deal as a result. However, that doesn’t mean you want or need to live with it as-is. Whether it’s a powder room in avocado green or a master bath that’s dark and dated, there are ways to renovate for a stylish and pleasing space. Consider materials, colors, and things like whether a tub or shower suits you best.
For average homeowners, significant building projects and renovations are best left to the pros. For all your remodeling, roofing, and restoration needs, connect with Ocala Restoration & Remodeling. We can take your plan, add our expertise, and make your dream come true.