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HouseWorks: Remodeling is simply surviving


HouseWorks: Remodeling is simply surviving

HouseWorks: Remodeling is simply surviving
News from Lincoln Journal Star:

Sometimes this do-it-yourself remodeling stuff is simply about surviving it.

After many years and MANY projects, you’d think I’d have some great tips, wouldn’t you?

You’d be wrong.

My best advice for surviving a bathroom remodeling, for example, is … have another bathroom.

My best advice for surviving a kitchen remodeling is … eat out.

(Actually, it’s “have another kitchen,” but I’ll get to that.)

My neighbors set out as summer was turning into fall to refinish their living room floor.

That doesn’t sound too bad, does it?

Some sanding, some patching, some cleaning, some varnishing. It’ll be work, sure, but nothing intrepid do-it-yourselfers can’t handle.

Until they were standing there looking at those cabinets and chairs and couches and big-screen TVs and realized every room in the house already was full.

And the basement was full, and the shed was full and even the garage was crammed to the rafters with stuff they couldn’t bear to part with.

Luckily, their neighbor not only could park in his garage, but he had room to spare. Even luckier, he was a kindly sucker and fellow do-it-yourself survivor.

I had to leave the car in the driveway for a couple of weeks, but I harvested a lot of good-neighbor points.

Surviving any remodeling project takes a lot of planning and preparation. continues on Lincoln Journal Star

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How to remodel your kitchen without sticker shock
News from New Haven Register:

Be sure to sit down when you meet with a designer in the kitchen department of a big home improvement store — otherwise the price might knock you over.

According to Remodeling magazine, the national average for a full kitchen remodel is $ 54,909. I have never been able to get my mind wrapped around this, considering that the national median income is only around $ 51,000.

The average full kitchen remodel is defined as:

“Update an outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with a functional layout of 30 linear feet of semi-custom wood cabinets, including a 3-by-5-foot island; laminate countertops; and standard double-tub stainless-steel sink with standard single-lever faucet. Include energy-efficient wall oven, cooktop, ventilation system, built-in microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and custom lighting. Add new resilient flooring. Finish with painted walls, trim, and ceiling.”


Remodeling magazine also reports that a major kitchen remodel returns an average of $ 40,732. My average kitchen remodel usually comes in at less than half this national average cost. Here’s how you can save money on your kitchen project and turn your effort into a positive gain in home equity witho…………… continues on New Haven Register

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