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Remodeling without demolishing the budget


Remodeling without demolishing the budget

Remodeling without demolishing the budget
News from Philadelphia Inquirer:

Kitchen and bathroom renovations top the list of improvements for increasing the value of a home. But this labor-intensive remodeling can get expensive. Even without changing room layouts, the simple job of replacing finishes and fixtures can cost more than the price of a new car.

What builders call “pull-and-replace” remodeling can run $ 12,000 to $ 22,000 for the average 5-by-7-foot bathroom and $ 29,000 to $ 52,000 for a 12-by-12-foot kitchen, estimates Rick Matus of Case Design/Remodeling Inc. in Bethesda, Md. “As soon as you start moving plumbing, electrical wiring, and walls,” he says, “the costs go up substantially from there.”

Budget-minded homeowners are finding cheaper solutions in the $ 10,000-$ 20,000 range by making do with existing appliances and fixtures, refinishing kitchen cabinets, and shopping for bargains. Suppliers and builders, in turn, are responding to the recession-driven demand for cost-conscious kitchen and bath remodeling with package deals aimed at guaranteeing the costs of materials and labor.

“At first, there was no way I was going to spend $ 18,000 to $ 25,000 to remodel a bathroom,” says homeowner Hannah Laufe, a lawyer in Vienna, Va. “But to get what we wanted, my research showed that was the amount we needed to spend.”

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1950s rambler remodel turns focus on kitchen
News from Pioneer Press:

An open floor plan that blends the kitchen with the living space is practically mandatory in today’s home design, but does it have to mean never again letting the dirty dishes wait?

This 21st-century dilemma was architect Bruce Knutson’s challenge while remodeling a 20th-century Edina rambler.

“The kitchen is adjacent to the dining room, so a 43-inch breakfast bar separates it from the working counter, which is 36 inches high,” Knutson says.

This was important to the homeowners, a professional couple.

“I didn’t want the dirty dishes showing,” says the woman, who asked not to be named. “Little tricks made it so my staging area isn’t really visible. Like, choosing a deeper sink so I can hide the dirty dishes that way, too.”

The major remodel — planned by Knutson and undertaken by Pineview Builders — started because of some minor issues with the 1950s rambler.

“I’ve always loved my house, but I always knew it could be better,” says the homeowner. “What I was looking to do was to open it up, to use all the space in a smart way. To open it up so that we had more room for entertaining or just for us, so it felt like we lived in bigger rooms. To take advantage of the views of the back yard. Just to make it more inviting. At the same time, we wanted to make it more energy efficient.

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