How to Determine When to Remodel a Whole Home
Whole home remodels can be both exciting and overwhelming. The investment of time, energy, and money for a whole home remodel is significant, but so are the results. While careful planning and considerations are imperative throughout the remodel, the first step in the process is to determine when to remodel a whole home.
It Might Be Time For A Whole Home Remodel If You Have Recently Experienced A Lifestyle Change
Sports injuries, workplace accidents, or just feeling the rub of getting older? As the average home was not designed to accommodate such instances. Steep staircases, narrow hallways and doors, and small bathrooms with slippery bathtubs found in many homes can be hazardous features. If you desire to stay in your current home for the foreseeable future, you would be well served to work with a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) design/build remodeling firm, such as VanderBeken Remodel, to implement universal design features for your whole home remodel.
There are many things you can do to make your home a safer place to live if you have experienced a major lifestyle change. Options such as (but not limited to) constructing attractive ramps, removing that old bathtub to install a curb-less shower, replacing carpet with luxury vinyl plank flooring, and installing better lighting can help significantly.
Universal Design features in a Kitchen
- A turning radius minimum of 5 feet which allows for people in wheelchairs and scooters that require more space to turn around
- Side-hinged ovens
- Cooktop and vent controls on a front panel (accessible and easy to read)
- Microwave oven under-counter placement (min 15″ – max 46″)
- Cooktops and sinks with knee space
- LVP flooring
- Lighting should be from multiple sources and adjustable
Universal Design features in a Bathroom
- A minimum clear floor space of 30″x48″ centered at each fixture plus space for maneuvering, including approach and turning for a person using a wheelchair
- Curbless showers
- Shower chairs
- Handheld showers on height adjustable bars
- Grab bars
- Comfort Height Toilet Seats
It Might Be Time For A Whole Home Remodel If You Dream of More Space
Maybe you love everything about your home – but you just do not have room to grow! Reorganizing, converting and/or adding to the existing footprint of your home can make a world of difference.
Working with an experienced design/build remodeling firm, like VanderBeken Remodel for your whole home remodel will ensure that your home addition is completed safely, with the proper permits, and in a way that honors the original style of your house.
In the meantime, here are a few ideas to help create the feeling of more space within your current footprint.
- Paint the walls a neutral color. Did you know there are over 900 shades of white out there? Some of our favorites are Pure White (Sherwin Williams), Cloud Nine or White Dove (Benjamin Moore). A white with a yellow or red undertone can warm up a space (like a living or dining room). We like Alabastar (Sherwin Williams) or White Sand (Benjamin Moore). Another great neutral color that goes with everything is Amazing Gray (Sherwin Williams).
- Use mirror to reflect natural light. An added perk: it creates the illusion of space.
- Choose furniture that can serve multiple purposes. Think nested tables or ottomans that double as extra storage of those books, puzzles or blankets.
- Hang your curtains just below the ceiling instead of close to the window. You might be surprised at how this simple design trick will help draw your eye upwards and enlarge the feeling of space in a room.
- Get rid of clutter. Too many pieces make a space feel crowded. If you ended up with a myriad of heirlooms you are not especially fond of, consider donating some. You know what they say, one man’s trash is another treasure.
It Might Be Time For A Whole Home Remodel If You Want to Return Your Home to its Original Charm
Older homes are filled with charm and history, but they can also be a source of ongoing headache. Like an onion with many layers, the historic home can have layer upon layer of needed upgrades necessary to make the home enjoyable to live in. We often remodel old homes that have: cracking foundation, no HVAC, lack of insultation, lead pipes, asbestos flooring, and outdated electrical. Maybe past owners throughout your home’s lifetime have renovated different sections and therefore the home lacks continuity. When you invest in a whole home remodel you can return your home to its original charm all while making it a perfect fit for your needs today.
It Might Be Time For A Whole Home Remodel If You Plan To Sell Your Home
Whether your home has some cosmetic issues or major fixes that need attention, a whole home remodel can help you increase the value of your home and make it easier to sell. You would be surprised what a dramatic impact new flooring, millwork and paint can do to transform a home from old and dark, to new and bright. A cohesive design that will appeal to future buyers can be a part of a master plan to both recoup the costs of renovation through a higher asking price and you get to enjoy the upgrades in the meantime.
Working with a Premier Design/Build Company for Your Whole Home Remodel in Snohomish County
Finding a remodeling company that you “click” with is well worth your time investment on the front end of a project as large as a whole home remodel. We believe that the design/build approach to remodeling provides the homeowner with the best of both worlds: quality design and construction services, all within the same company. As a design/build remodeling company, VanderBeken Remodel can see your project through from start to finish, keeping design, engineering and budget in mind throughout the entire project duration. If obstacles pop up during construction (and they often do) working with a talented team of architects, designers and project managers like those at VanderBeken Remodel, will ensure your whole home remodel stays on track while you receive a superior client experience. Learn more about the VanderBeken Remodel process for your whole home remodel and don't forget to download our FREE Cost Guide for Remodeling your Snohomish County Home.
We get it, you are busy, and honestly we are too. Schedule a time for an introductory call and one of our team members will give you a call at a time that works best for your schedule. Typically the call will last 15-20 minutes. During this call we will try and answer your questions as well as gather information about your unique project, such as the location of your home, the length of time in your home and the aspects of your space(s) that are not working for you.