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How do I know if I'm really ready to update my home?

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Are you ready to update your home

For many of our clients, remodeling was on their radar for a while but other things got in the way. While sometimes it takes an old appliance breaking down or an upcoming family event to get a project rolling—most people have thought a lot about renovating their home and have specific ideas and dreams. After an initial meeting with us, it is easier to grasp what is possible and what is involved in terms of budget, timing, and next steps.

While updating your home adds value and helps resale, more importantly, it should support the way you want to live now and for years to come. We want clients to keep resale value in mind when they renovate, but more importantly, they should respect their own desires. Whether their ideas are still evolving or are fully formed, most homeowners have a wish list and we work with clients to take the leap from wish list to reality.

Updated bathrooms and kitchens are at the top of most homeowners’ wish lists. While the old bathroom still functions, it often lacks desired features or is inconsistent with the quality of the rest of the house. A new kitchen can really change the way a family enjoys their home, providing a gathering space for family and friends. Some renovations address updates throughout the home such as new windows and doors and opening up walls to create more flexible living spaces. Additions add badly needed living space or may provide a home with the missing features that the homeowners would want if they were buying a home today. Clients often love their home and their neighborhood, but want a master suite, a better layout or larger living spaces and more storage.

As custom homebuilders, we do custom renovations that create a high level of quality by addressing our clients’ specific ideas and concerns. While owners of custom homes and historic, Bucks County homes love their unique living spaces, these homes can lack the features that the current homeowner wants. A quality renovation integrates new ideas while respecting the original concepts that make these homes special. Other homes may lack a high level of design integrity but enjoy a great location or are spacious and solidly built—with renovation, an ugly duckling can be transformed and offer livability and charm. The quality finishes and features that make custom homes so appealing can be achieved in a renovation while also addressing the energy efficiency and value of your home and the products you select.

A renovated home not only looks and functions better, it personalizes the home, not for some future homebuyer but for the family who calls it home right now. For families who are harboring a wish list,—and who isn’t?—and a desire to make their current house a custom-quality home, renovation should be on their to-do list for 2013.

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