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Which Remodeling Trends Matter Most For Your Rochester Home?

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Aug 1, 2018 @ 08:08 AM

Which Remodeling Trends Matter Most For Your Rochester Home?Every year industry experts talk about the newest trends in the remodeling industry. You’ll hear about these trends on home improvement sites such as houzz.com or on remodeling shows on television. A lot of what you’ll hear or read tends to focus on interior design: What are the “hot” colors this year? What kinds of backsplash materials are “in?” Which hardware finishes are most popular?  Those are all interesting and important items to consider, but which remodeling trends matter most for your Rochester home?

I’d like to suggest that real remodeling trends—ones that have staying power—focus more on functionality and changes that come about in response to homeowners’ changing lifestyles.  Let’s look at a few of these kinds of remodeling trends in some key areas of your Rochester home.

Kitchen Trends

Kitchens have changed dramatically over the years. They’re no longer simply spaces for food preparation. These days, people use them for entertaining, cooking, casual dining, and even family meetings. While color changes and finishes may constantly change, one trend that seems to have great staying power is the use of kitchen islands as a major feature in kitchens because they lend themselves to multiple uses. Take a look at some of the kitchen projects we’ve worked on recently.

Bathroom Trends

Bathrooms are kind of a big deal in today’s homes. There’s a good reason for that. This is a room you use multiple times a day. It’s where you get ready to meet the challenges of the day and it’s also a place you relax at the end of the day. A couple of trends in bathrooms have been to make them more comfortable and functional. That means dual sinks and more space for getting ready in the morning. And when it comes to comfort, many homeowners have replaced old conventional tubs (and even whirlpools) with elegant soaking tubs and spacious showers that enhance relaxation. Here’s a look at some of the things you’ll want to consider as you plan your bathroom remodel.

Interior Trends

Even though open floor plans have been around for a few years they continue to be a popular trend. It’s a way to bring more natural light into your home and it also gives the inside of your home a more spacious feel. Often homeowners choose to repurpose existing rooms to meet their changing needs for things such as a home office, a guest bedroom, or a multi-purpose family room/entertainment room. You can even finish out your basement or convert your garage into extra living space.

Addition Trends

There are also trends in home additions that are worth noting. There has been an increase in the number of multi-generational households over the past few years. Often that requires adding physical space that can be used as an in-law apartment (which can be used for older parents moving in, or for adult children who are still working on getting started in their own careers).  Click here for some inspirational images of how you can add beautiful—and needed—space to your existing home.

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Topics: Kitchen remodeling, Bathroom remodeling, home remodeling, whole home remodeling, Home Additions, Interior Remodeling, Exterior remodeling, Home Design

Rochester-Area Remodeling: Which Projects Make the Most Sense?

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Dec 11, 2014 @ 19:12 PM

Rochester-area-remodeling-which-projects-make-the-most-senseThe winter months are a great time to think about remodeling projects for your Rochester-area home. Normal outdoor construction tends to slow a bit and that means quality builders are more available for indoor projects.

But which projects make the most sense for your home? There may be some projects you have to take on simply because your needs have changed. If you have kids that have gotten older and need more space, a home addition may be the obvious choice. But if there are other areas of the house you’ve been thinking about, which one’s will give you the most bang for your buck? 

The 2014 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvalue.com) provides an overview of what a variety of home renovation projects in the Rochester area cost—and what kind of return they provide on the money you invest (the money you’ll get back out if you sell your home). They cover a wide variety of projects, but let’s look at just a few midrange projects here. Bear in mind that these are average figures.

Project Type  Cost                Resale $         Recouped
Attic Bedroom Remodel $48,792 $25,545 52.4%
Family Room Addition             $79,500 $34,667 43.6%
Major Kitchen Remodel $54,231 $31,667 58.4%
Minor Kitchen Remodel $18,587 $10,500 56.5%
Home Office Remodel             $27,596 9,045 32.8%
Two-Story Addition $152,978 $ 63,636 41.6%

As you can see, there’s a fair amount of variety in costs and in return on investment (ROI). But the ROI is only part of the story.  What it doesn’t reflect is the comfort and enjoyment you receive from living in a newly remodeled home. And while a project such as a home office remodel doesn’t generate as much money at resale, if it allows you to work from home efficiently, it can be worth a considerable amount.

These are just a few of the projects you might consider. You can check out Gerber’s remodeling services that include kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, home additions, in-law additions, and more. And if you’re concerned about remodeling during the cold winter months, rest easy— we’ve developed an approach that allows side, back, and second-story additions to be completed while your family remains in the house throughout construction process!

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Topics: garage additions, Kitchen remodeling, Bathroom remodeling, home remodeling, whole home remodeling, Home Additions, Interior Remodeling, Exterior remodeling, Home Design

Is Moving the Only Way To Get the Rochester-Area Home You Want?

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Jun 21, 2013 @ 07:06 AM

Is moving the only way to get the Rochester area home you wantWhat do you do if you’ve outgrown your Rochester home? Or what if the floor plan and traffic flow of your current house no longer fits your lifestyle? Or what if you simply want a completely new look and feel that will make your house feel more like “home?”

Sometimes when people are looking for dramatic changes in their living situation, they feel like the only option they have is to pack everything up and move to a brand new place. That’s certainly one choice, but what if you don’t want to move? What if you like your Ontario, Victor, Perinton or Webster neighborhood? Maybe you don’t want to give up all your favorite local places to eat, meet others and enjoy the community. And what about the folks who live next door? Good neighbors are hard to find.

Another option is to look at remodeling the home you’re in. You can dramatically change the look and feel of your home—without moving. Maybe a brand new kitchen is what you need to put some spark back into your home. Kitchens today are truly the heart of the home–where most of the social interaction (for both family and friends) takes place. And you’d be amazed at the impact a kitchen remodeling will have on your whole home.

Maybe turning your boring master bathroom into an exquisite escape is what you have in mind. There are lots of things you can do to create a beautiful bathroom in your existing home.

Or maybe you simply need more room. It could be that your kids are getting older and need more space of their own. Or maybe you have an older family member moving in and you need space to accommodate that need. It can be a lot more reasonable to add a room than to sell and move.

If you’re looking for information that can help you decide if building a new home or remodeling your existing home makes sense, download our free e-book, Building a House, Creating a Home. It also contains plenty of ideas on how to make the most out of the space you have.

When it comes to creating the home of your dreams, you have options!

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Topics: Kitchen remodeling, Bathroom remodeling

Four Things To Think About Before Remodeling Your Rochester-Area Bathroom

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 @ 15:03 PM

Ask any professional home remodeler and he’ll tell you that kitchens and bathrooms are the two most popular rooms to remodel. Some people are surprised that bathrooms are so high on the “let’s-renovate-it” list, but it’s really not all that surprising. Part of the reason may have to do with the fact that the return on investment for a bathroom-remodeling project is so high (on average, homeowners recover about 75% of their remodeling cost when they sell). Another—perhaps more important—reason is that our bathrooms get a lot of use on a daily basis. A bathroom is a pretty personal space, so people are kind of particular about how their bathroom turns out.

Like any other significant remodeling project, a successful bathroom renovation begins with good planning. So here are four things to should think about before remodeling your Rochester-area bathroom.

1. Vanities and sinks: Your choices of vanity and sink will shape the whole look and feel of your bathroom. How many sinks do you want? If you decide on two, do you want a vanity that will accommodate both sinks—or do you want separate vanities? Do you have enough space to allow for two vanities? Will you be sharing your bathroom with kids—or is this an “adults-only” area? And what about style? Are you looking for a warm and inviting look, or clean, elegant lines? Will your vanity have storage space, or are you hoping for a more “minimalist” look?

2. Speaking of space: It’s easy to overlook the need for storage. After all, it’s not very sexy or exciting. Of course, there’s nothing sexy about a bathroom that has stuff strewn all over because there’s no place to put it. If you opt for a vanity that doesn’t have much storage space, can you (or your builder) “find” extra space in the bathroom so that it doesn’t look cluttered? Remember, most bathrooms need storage for more than just toiletries. Don’t forget to plan for things such as cleaning supplies and other things that you don’t want in your hall closet.

3. Look at the lights. Lighting in the bathroom needs to take a number of things into consideration. If your bathroom is an area of relaxation and retreat, you’ll want to have nice ambient lighting to set the right mood. But that light won’t work so well when it’s time to shave or put on makeup. And if you have any artwork in the room you may want to consider some accent lighting as well to highlight special areas.

4. Don’t Forget to vent. A good builder or remodeler will obviously take this into consideration, but ensuring adequate ventilation is an absolute necessity when remodeling you bathroom. You’ll want good air circulation to mitigate humidity and to reduce the potential for mold. While newer homes are required to have ventilation built into the bathrooms, many older homes don’t.Make sure you talk about this with your builder before construction begins.

All four of those things are important. But it’s also important to have good design ideas for this very personal room. If you’re looking for ways to create a comfortable, relaxing, and intimate space in your master bathroom, we invite you to download our free special report: The Ultimate Retreat—Designing a Beautiful Bathroom. It’s full of ideas you can use to create the ideal bathroom that matches your lifestyle—and your budget.

Editor's Note: Originally posted in 2013 

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Topics: Bathroom remodeling, Rochester NY, home remodeling, Interior Remodeling, Bathroom Design, Home Design

Remodeling Your Rochester Bath: What Comes First?

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 @ 08:09 AM

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When it’s time to remodel, the project most homeowners tackle after thekitchen is the bathroom. Maybe that’s because they get more out of that investment when it’s time to resell. Part of it, however, may have to do with the fact that the bathroom (whether it’s a guest bath or a master bath) lend themselves to personal touches and can exude their own personality. 

So what’s the first thing you want to do when remodeling your bathroom? Before you get too wrapped up in picking out fixtures, tile, and color schemes, you’ll want to do some thinking. Thought is the first thing you want to put into your bathroom! Here are a few questions to consider before you delve into the “fun” details. 

  • Who is this bathroom for? Will this be your master bathroom—set aside for your exclusive use? Or will your kids be using this space as well. Do you have enough space to comfortably accommodate everyone?
  • How many sinks do you want? Some people like the look of a single sink. Maybe you do, too, but are you going to be willing to share your sink or would you rather have one for your own use. This can be really important if two of you are trying to get ready for work at the same time in the morning!
  • Do you have adequate counter space? Can your builder “engineer” more space without adding on to the house?
  • Bath or Shower? Do you prefer taking baths or showers? What about both options? Have you thought about including a whirlpool or spa? Do you want your bath/shower in the same space as your sinks—or separate?
  • Have you planned enough storage space? Storage may not be sexy, but later you’ll be really happy you thought about it. Consider things like toiletries, first aid, medication, and cleaning supplies.
  • What about lights? You can vary the lighting for different parts of the bathroom according to what happens there: Brighter lighting for makeup and shaving, and softer lighting for the shower/bathing area.
  • Can you add “green” features? Conserving water and electricity doesn’t have to be a Spartan experience. You can still enjoy comfort and luxury in your bath while being environmentally conscious 

Looking for more ideas you can use for remodeling your bathroom? Download our free 5-page guide, Design the Ultimate Bathroom here!

Topics: Bathroom remodeling, Rochester NY, home remodeling, Bathroom Design

Remodeling in Rochester: Getting a Grip on the Scope of Your Project

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 @ 08:07 AM

remodel vise rochesterIt’s relatively easy to come up with reasons to remodel your Rochester-area home. Changes in your family (kids getting older) may mean you need more space. Maybe you and your spouse are tired of sharing a sink every morning and you need to re-do your master bathroom. Or maybe you’re ready for a kitchen that accommodates all the activities that go on there: cooking, entertaining, homework, etc.

There are lots of valid reasons to remodel (including just wanting a fresh new look). But once you’ve decided to do something about it, how do you get a grip on the scope of your remodeling project before it spirals out of control? One of the big questions of course, is: “What will it cost me to remodel?”  The answer to that question depends on what you want to do—and what you can realistically afford.

Unless you have unlimited resources, you probably need to set some boundaries. Here are a couple of lists that can help you get a grip on what’s really important and on what’s feasible.

You Don’t Have to Do Everything

Remodeling your home doesn’t mean you have to completely re-create it. Create a two-columned list of things you like and don’t like about your existing home. This can be very helpful when you talk to a builder or designer because it will give him some specific direction as he creates a plan. Here’s an example:

Things I Like

Things I’d Like to Change

1. Like the natural wood flooring

1. More natural light

2. Like the built-in shelving

2. Better workflow in kitchen

3.

3. Larger, more useable master bath

4.

4. More open space

Then create a second list that records specific features or amenities you’re considering. Divide these into three categories: Essential, Nice-to-Have, and Dream. Your list might look something like this:

Essential

Nice-to-Have

Dream

1. Separate bedroom for Suzie

1. New hardwood flooring

1. Patio with hot tub and grill

2. Double counter space in kitchen

2. Cathedral ceiling in family room

2. Steam shower in master bathroom

3.

3. New lighting in LR

3. Granite countertops

4.

4.

4.

Don’t get hung up on your lists, They’re not written in stone, but they can help you identify what’s really essential and what you can probably live without if they don’t fit your budget right now. Have some fun with your ideas now and put as much on your list as you want (including in the “dream” category! As you move closer to taking action, you’ll modify your lists (particularly the second one). But you’ll have a good idea of what you really need to do first.

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It’s relatively easy to come up with reasons to remodel your Rochester-area home. Changes in your family (kids getting older) may mean you need more space. Maybe you and your spouse are tired of sharing a sink every morning and you need to re-do your master bathroom. Or maybe you’re ready for a kitchen that accommodates all the activities that go on there: cooking, entertaining, homework, etc.

 

There are lots of valid reasons to remodel (including just wanting a fresh new look). But once you’ve decided to do something about it, how do you get a grip on the scope of your remodeling project before it spirals out of control? One of the big questions of course, is: “What will it cost me to remodel?”  The answer to that question depends on what you want to do—and what you can realistically afford.

 

Unless you have unlimited resources, you probably need to set some boundaries. Here are a couple of lists that can help you get a grip on what’s really important and on what’s feasible.

 

You Don’t Have to Do Everything

Remodeling your home doesn’t mean you have to completely re-create it. Create a two-columned list of things you like and don’t like about your existing home. This can be very helpful when you talk to a builder or designer because it will give him some specific direction as he creates a plan. Here’s an example:

 

Things I Like

Things I’d Like to Change

1. Like the natural wood flooring

1. More natural light

2. Like the built-in shelving

2. Better workflow in kitchen

3.

3. Larger, more useable master bath

4.

4. More open space

Then create a second list that records specific features or amenities you’re considering. Divide these into three categories: Essential, Nice-to-Have, and Dream. Your list might look something like this:

Essential

Nice-to-Have

Dream

1. Separate bedroom for Suzie

1. New hardwood flooring

1. Patio with hot tub and grill

2. Double counter space in kitchen

2. Cathedral ceiling in family room

2. Steam shower in master bathroom

3.

3. New lighting in LR

3. Granite countertops

4.

4.

4.

 

Don’t get hung up on your lists, They’re not written in stone, but they can help you identify what’s really essential and what you can probably live without if they don’t fit your budget right now. Have some fun with your ideas now and put as much on your list as you want (including in the “dream” category! As you move closer to taking action, you’ll modify your lists (particularly the second one). But you’ll have a good idea of what you really need to do first.

Topics: Kitchen remodeling, Bathroom remodeling, home remodeling, whole home remodeling, Interior Remodeling, Exterior remodeling