Some home remodeling projects do not fit into the standard definition of kitchens, bathrooms, or additions, because they differ in scope or exceed the size of 1-2 rooms. They can include a kitchen or bathroom plus living area, home office, master suite, guest bedrooms, basement, garage, outdoor living spaces or a combination of those areas. Structural changes might be needed in some cases. In other cases, the remodel might be entirely cosmetic. We refer to this fuzzy area as “whole home remodeling.” Learn more about whole house remodeling and our approach below.

Currently VanderBeken Remodel is remodeling whole homes in Edmonds, Marysville, Mill Creek, Mukilteo, North Everett and Snohomish, Washington.

Answering Your FAQs About Whole Home Remodels

What is a Whole Home Remodel?

Whole house remodels typically involve major structural alterations to one or more rooms of the house. However, the scope of a whole home remodel can be defined in several different ways. A whole house remodel could refer to replacing the kitchen, expanding the primary bedroom and finishing the basement. Alternatively, a whole home remodel could involve adding a bedroom, converting an attic or building a main floor addition.

Whole home remodels can be “gut renovations” where the entire house is taken down to the studs. On the other hand, a whole home remodel could be cosmetic in nature. Both updating faulty electrical wiring to make the house safer and replacing countertops to modernize the space are common in whole home remodels. Either way, a whole house remodel could make your older home feel like a brand-new house.

As we note in our post “Are Whole Home Remodels Worth It?,” this type of renovation can make your home “safer [and] more functional." It can also make your home "more aesthetically pleasing and better suited to your lifestyle.” However, most improvements made during a whole home remodel involve a bit of both. For example, replacing the flooring in your living room can improve the appearance of that space while boosting its energy efficiency at the same time. 

Are Whole Home Remodels Worth the Time and Money?

But are whole house remodeling projects worth the time, energy and money? The answer depends largely on your budget, your goals and the design-build firm you hire to help.


Understanding The Cost of a Whole House Remodel

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact cost per square foot of an entire house remodel without knowing the specifics of the project. However, you can assume a starting budget of at least $250k. There are several factors that contribute to how much your whole house remodel will cost. First, how big is your home? The more space and rooms you want to renovate, the more your remodeling project will cost.

It also depends on which rooms you decide to remodel. A kitchen remodel will cost much more than a home office or family room remodel. This is because there are a lot more considerations in a kitchen remodel -- e.g. plumbing, layout, and electrical -- that must be taken into account. A kitchen remodel is not just replacing light fixtures and appliances. It could also involve taking out a peninsula, installing flooring or cutting a new window.

You’ll also need to think about how you want the space to look and the materials you’ll choose for your remodeled area. Our remodels are high quality, designed to meet your custom needs, and managed by professionals. The team at Vanderbeken has years of experience coordinating trade partners, schedules and budgets. When we deliver the finished result, you will have a beautiful home to enjoy for years to come. 

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Which Updates Offer the Highest Return on Investment?

Some of the most common renovations undertaken during a whole home remodel are also those with the greatest ROIs (returns on investment). Of course, not every homeowner updates their property solely to improve its resale value. Many homeowners update their houses to make their living space easier, safer and more enjoyable to live in. 

Fixing Faulty Wiring or Plumbing

The ROI on fixing faulty wiring or plumbing is difficult to calculate. However, many mortgage lenders will not release funds or offer financing if a home inspection turns up major electrical or plumbing issues. 

Certain plumbing and electrical issues render a home unsafe and – in some cases – uninhabitable. While often a huge project, resolving these issues will not only boost your home’s resale value. It will also protect your family and property from injury and damage, respectively. 

Replacing Carpet with Hardwood Flooring

For many homes, replacing carpet with hardwood floors delivers an ROI (return on investment) of 70% or higher. ROIs above 80% are not unheard of! 

Keep in mind that the return on investment new flooring offers will depend heavily on where you live. Your region’s climate might not be the best for hardwood floors.

Updating Old or Broken Windows

Getting rid of broken or leaky windows can make your home look newer and more modern. It can also lower your utility bills. If you ever choose to sell your home, you could benefit from a 70% ROI on window replacement.

Adding a Fresh Coat of Paint

Recent estimates for the ROI of repainting your home’s interior before listing it for sale are as high as 100%. Some actually exceed this 100% estimate. Thoroughly cleaning and repainting your home is one of the easiest ways to update its interior. Not only will a fresh coat of paint attract buyers. It will also make the home feel brighter, newer and – in many cases – more spacious. 

Improving the Flow of Your Floor Plan

Many of our clients opt for a whole home remodel because they hope to age in place. Oftentimes, aging in place necessitates certain home improvements like leveling stairs, lowering countertops and widening doorways. By improving the flow of your floor plan, you could also make cleaning and caring for your home much simpler. This is a must-have as you age in place. 

Refreshing Your Home’s Exterior

Just as painting the interior of your home could boost its resale value, so could updating its exterior. Dozens of exterior home improvement projects offer incredible returns on investment. Pressure washing the driveway, landscaping with native plants, fixing broken shingles, adding a screened porch and replacing the garage door all add value. 

Is a Whole Home Remodel Right for You?

A whole home remodeling project is a serious undertaking. Still, it might be the right fit for you -- especially if you love your home, but it does not fit your lifestyle. Typically, our whole home remodel clients have lived in their home for 10+ years. They have been thinking of and planning for a major remodel for a while. Our clients also have a clear idea about what they want to change in order to make it fit their lifestyle better. Every homeowner considers the return on their investment. However, our clients also consider how their homes can better meet their needs now.

It seems advantageous to gut your whole place and do all of the remodeling at once. Unfortunately, if you do not have another home to live in or a generous relative to stay with, this can seriously disrupt your life. If this is the case, we often recommend you tackle your whole house renovation project in phases. That allows for certain parts of the home to remain livable, while other portions are being remodeled. An added perk: you will have at least one usable bathroom at all times.

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Why Choose VanderBeken Remodel for Your Whole Home Remodel?

With 40+ years in the remodeling industry, we deeply value our client’s satisfaction.  As such, our dedicated team of builders and designers at VanderBeken Remodel work tirelessly with you to bring your remodeled dream home into a reality.

As a Design-Build Remodeler, we provide full-service construction where both design and construction teams work together under the same umbrella, allowing for high levels of collaboration and unified recommendations.  The value to you: priceless!

Another thing that sets VanderBeken Remodel apart from other remodelers is that we work within a fixed-investment model.  This means you can sit back and relax, because what you agree to in the beginning is what it will cost in the end.

If you are interested in remodeling your Snohomish County home, let’s begin the conversation.

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