Tuesday, January 27, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Proper planning is key to enjoyable home remodeling

By
From page D3 | April 11, 2014 |

After years of biding their time, waiting for the economy, job stability and home values to improve, many homeowners are ready to get their remodeling projects rolling. MAK Design+Build reports that new client contacts have increased significantly over the past few years. Clients often call with a long list of projects they have been putting off and are now ready to tackle.

While deferring home improvements can make some homeowner’s over-eager to get started, MAK’s project assistant Juliana Tadano stresses that the first and most important step in remodeling is to create a game plan. Tadano provides suggestions for moving your project from a “someday” daydream to a “let’s do this” reality in a smart, efficient manner.

* The most important step in remodeling is to establish a plan. Will you be staying in the home long-term or remodeling to improve real estate interest? How does your home compare to others in your neighborhood, in terms of condition, improvements and value? This can help you establish a realistic budget for investing in your home. While you can’t recover all of your remodeling costs through selling your home, a smart remodel can make your home more desirable on the market and more enjoyable to live in.

* Next consider where the most positive impact could be made. Are your kitchen cabinets falling apart? Bathroom tile falling off? Or are the kids outgrowing your small footprint? Consider your kitchens, baths, roof and HVAC system, as well as the additional space that most people long for.

* Many homes in Davis have original components that are reaching the end of their useful lives. Update the hardworking rooms and systems in your house that you use every day to enjoy the maximum value of your project. You can often improve the traffic flow, storage and enjoyment of your existing home without adding space — which keeps costs down and shortens the time you will be living through your remodel.

* Determine priorities, an overall budget, and a budget for each room or section of project. Be sure to factor in timeframes that works best for your family as well as your home and neighborhood’s value.

Then head to inspirational websites such as Houzz.com and Pinterest.com to explore what sorts of possibilities excite you. Be sure to discuss your project ideas and goals with everyone in your family — not only does everyone have different needs, but everyone will need to live through the planning, dust and disruption that remodeling brings. Engaging your whole family will open up opportunities for everyone to be excited about the project ahead.

When you are ready to contact remodeling professionals, having done this research and prioritizing will make the interview process smoother, and will help to kick-start your design process once you select a team to work with.

Be sure to look for licensed, local professionals who specialize in remodeling and have experience in your area. Don’t be afraid to discuss budget, as this will help your remodeling professional make suggestions on prioritizing your list of projects. A responsible remodeler will help you maximize your investment and prioritize your needs. Proper planning will help you manage costs, minimize headaches and maximize the enjoyment of your project.

— Juliana Tadano is a project assistant for MAK Design+Build.

Comments

comments

Special to The Enterprise

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Interfaith event focuses on justice

    By Fred Gladdis | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    In vino veritas: A criminal case and intrigue in Napa Valley

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Parking lawsuit may be more than meets the eye

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

     
    Share your love (story) with us

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Pets of the week

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Workshop offers tips on GoPro cameras

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Sutter Davis Hospital seeks volunteer doulas

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    Winter produce, treats available at Wednesday market

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Have a ‘Heart to Heart’ with Dr. G

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Apply now for Soroptimist service grants

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Vote for your favorites in Readers’ Choice poll

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Learn nature photography from an expert

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Thorp receives UCD’s Distinguished Emeritus Award

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    Innovation opportunities on the agenda

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Apply now to be on Davis’ coop crawl

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Seed swap set Friday at Davis Cemetery

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    VFW post plans Valentine’s Day Heroes Breakfast

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    Storyteller relies on nature as his subject on Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Gerber nominations open now

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10

     
    .

    Forum

    Taking turns as the halfway house

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

    A family was torn apart, but we survived

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6 | Gallery

     
    Locals will join march for climate change

    By Michelle Millet | From Page: A6

    .

    Sports

    Anatomy of a hoops collapse: can Aggie men handle the pressure?

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Four DHS wrestlers soar at McClellan Air Force Base

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Aggie women almost get a sweep of Portland tennis teams

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    UCD women need to get in gear for a basketball road trip

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    UCD swims past Santa Barbara

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    Sports briefs: Eat ribs for the Davis Aquadarts

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8

    .

    Features

    Name Droppers: Lea Rosenberg leads Odd Fellows

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    .

    Arts

    DHS Idol finals will be a tough competition

    By Krystal Lau | From Page: A9

     
    Wynonna Judd will perform Feb. 13 in Vacaville

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    ‘Ideation’ a funny, dark, thrilling farce — and more

    By Bev Sykes | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: B5

     
    Comics: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7