After suffering a major downturn a few years ago, the US home remodeling industry in 2013 is bigger and better than before. The Times bases this claim on the 15th edition of Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, which says that this year has been a good time to find remodeling contractors due to higher returns on investment for renovation projects, particularly in terms of energy savings:
Since more than 80 percent of the existing US housing stock built before 1990, there is a great deal of data that shows homeowners why replacing old, inefficient doors (No. 1 return for a mid-range project/#6 for upscale) and windows (No. 5 and No. 7 return for a mid-range project/No. 4 and No. 5 for upscale) is one of the best ways to increase America’s overall energy efficiency – with the added bonus of saving money and improving comfort at the same time, both of which are great benefits whether you plan to stay or sell.
Kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects were among the Top 10 most lucrative and important projects homeowners are advised to take up. When it comes to successful home improvement in Annapolis, MD, homeowners would do well to choose a trusted remodeling contractor such as Blair Construction. Considering the benefits, it’s easy to see why these services are sought after by many households.
Remodeling is one of the best ways to create a more comfortable home environment, particularly in high-traffic areas such as bathrooms. With the appropriate design improvements, multiple, large-scale appliances like plumbing fixtures and cooking stoves should fit perfectly. A well-executed remodeling job also enhances a home’s curb appeal by upgrading shabby-looking exteriors, making things more pleasant to look at.
Keep in mind, however, that a home remodeling project requires meticulous planning to ensure compliance with local building codes. Maryland, for example, has specific guidelines for door and window sizes. Meanwhile, the federal government also encourages energy audits to be carried out for projects that involve the installation of brand-new, energy-saving appliances. A reputable Annapolis or Bethesda remodeling company like Blair Construction will take into account your preferences and design specifications in keeping with these practical requirements.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Builder Focus: Remodeling Resurgence, The Times, November 23, 2013)