Landscape architects, remodelers team up to ensure the outside is as beautiful as the inside March 19, 2014
Too young for Universal Design? Not really. October 9, 2013
Click on the link to see an article about incorporating Universal Design – I like to call it Adaptive Use. https://www.facebook.com/GreenDesignRemodeling
We tend to think of ourselves as forever young, but the years catch up with us surprisingly fast and, before you know it, the stairs take longer, the microwave seems to be higher, and door knobs seem to be harder to open. A remodeling project to get your house ready for aging can be simple and planned. It can be as simple as changing door knobs to levers and light switches to rockers or you can start thinking of changing door widths and entries. There are a myriad of changes you can make to be able to stay in your house as long as physically possible. Why not enjoy life for a very long time!
The Cost of Remodeling October 3, 2013
Everyone wonders what their project will cost. Will I be able to afford what I want to do? If I have a budget, what can I get for it? Will it cost more? Remodeling Magazine provides a great Cost vs. Value report every year that can give you a very good idea of what remodeling projects cost in every area of the country. For instance, a midrange, major kitchen remodel in Portland can easily cost $55,000 according to the Remodeling 2012–13 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com). Take a look at their charts to get an idea of costs vs. what you might recoup at resale. You can also compare your city to the area or the national average.
COLOR – where and what? October 1, 2013
It’s so hard to choose “the right color”, that many default to a version of off-white (including me.) Then I find a color – but is it right? – will I like it? – will it provoke the right feeling for the room?
I found a great infographic on one of my favorite websites – inhabitat.com – from Design55, that shows the emotions of color.
It seems to be a wonderful guide to the use and choices of color in the home. Go to Green Design and Remodeling’s facebook page to see the article: https://www.facebook.com/GreenDesignRemodeling.
And remember (even though it requires more work) – the color can be changed.
Remodeling Now Can Save You Money Later November 20, 2008
I have two thoughts on why you remodeling now is a good idea. First it can save you money in energy costs. An Atlanta paper wrote an interesting article about how clients have saved money in the long run by spending some money up front.
Another good reason to remodel right now is that home improvement retail is suffering, as reported by Forbes. This could mean that you can find really fantastic deals, and perhaps save thousands of dollars on your remodel.
Making a Home to Sell, a Dream to Buyers November 19, 2008
With the current housing market there is an overflow of houses to choose from, so if you are planning to sell your home how can you get an edge up? Do some design work! The first thing a person sees when they pull up to a house is the yard–if it has been sitting on the market a while, why not clean it up. Here is an article talking about what you can do for better curb appeal. Your next best thing is to do some redesign inside. Here is a long list of things you can do to improve your home for resale. You can do any of these things yourself, or you can hire a designer to do it all for you. In the long run, it may keep you from having to drop the price and sell your house faster.
The Housing Market and Remodeling November 8, 2008
I have talked to a few potential clients recently that have decided to place their projects on hold because of the current housing market. I understand their fears, but I just want to comment on some of them.
To start with, if you think your house is worth what it was last year, you’re probably right! Despite the current bubble popping, a lot of houses retained their value. There is an exception to this: those who want out right now! Let me be more clear: if you are planning on staying in your house, then the value of your house will continue to go up. If you need to sell your house, or you just want to move, then you may have to deal with settling for a lower price due to a the banks not lending any money and the small percentage of homeowner defaulting on their homes.
I think most people realize this, but when they talk to friends, or even the banks, the news is that things suck! I believe this is true, the banks are making things tough on everyone. Eventually this will have to change, and the banks will have to start lending money again. However, those who have lived in their house a long time still have equity. Banks are still loaning secured loans, and your house is a security.
If you want to help this economic crisis, then you have to be willing not to place your plans on hold. If you have been planning on remodeling your home, and you can afford it, then do it! Why wait? The world is not ending, the US is not falling into the ocean, and you still need to enjoy life.
I usually always suggest that clients look at the current cost versus value report: http://www.remodeling.hw.net/costvsvalue/portland.html
This is a great place to find out what the average costs of remodeling are, and what the excepted return and investment is. Of course, like the commercials say, happiness is priceless. So, in these hard times, don’t just sit on your money–spread it around and help the economy get back on it’s feet.