Your Building Blog for the Rochester Area

What’s the Value of a Home Renovation Project?

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 @ 08:12 AM

Gerber-Homes-Rochester-NY, Home-Renovation, home-remodeling, Remodeling-Rochester-NY, Real-Value-of-Home-RenovationBefore jumping into a home remodeling project many homeowners want to know the value of what they’re getting. That’s smart thinking, but it’s a little bit tricky because you really have to consider value from two points of view. 

On the one hand, you have to evaluate how much enjoyment and comfort you’ll get out of the project. This isn’t just an investment we’re talking about—it’s your home, and you shouldn’t underestimate the value of feeling comfortable, secure and happy in the place where you spend a lot of your time.

On the other hand, your home is probably your single largest investment. If you decide to sell your home in the future, you want to be able to get the most out of it that you can—and that means making improvements that will increase resale value. Here are a few remodeling projects that generate the best return on the money you’ll spend to complete them.

Remodel Your Kitchen. Because the kitchen is the heart and hub of the home, it’s the room that potential buyers pay most attention to. Some reports show that homeowners can recover between 70 to 80 percent of the money they spend remodeling the kitchen. But guess what? You’ll be spending a lot of time in your newly remodeled kitchen as well and you’ll get to enjoy it. So even if the financial payback isn’t quite what the reports project, it will be worth it!

Add Some Living Space. Generally speaking, when you add functional living space to your home, you increase the value. People may have differing tastes when it comes to style, but space is something everyone values. Projects that add useable space hold their value better. If you turn your unfinished basement into an entertainment room or convert your attic into a spare bedroom you may be able to recoup about 75 percent of your cost. Again, think about the benefit you’ll get from this project. What is that worth to you?

Build Out Your Bathroom. Bathroom remodels remain the second most popular remodeling project, partly because these rooms are used frequently! A full remodel of an existing bathroom can pay back approximately 65 percent of the cost. And if you’ve got a growing family, having a fully functional bathroom for the kids (instead of having them share yours) is priceless!

Do a Deck. Many homeowners are surprised at how much value a well-done deck adds to their home. And yet, homeowners who add decks generally recover as much as 85 percent of their investment. One of the nice things about putting on a deck is that it doesn’t disrupt your normal routine as much during the construction process. It’s fairly quick and painless to do. And it’s like adding another “room” to your house at a greatly reduced cost.

So what’s the value of a home renovation project? First and foremost you need to decide what it’s worth to you. How much enjoyment will you derive from it? Will it improve your quality of life? Will it relieve stress? Then consider which projects are most likely to retain the value and appeal to someone who might want to buy your house later. 

Click me

Topics: Gerber Homes Rochester NY, Remodeling Rochester NY, home remodeling, Home Renovation, Real Value of Home Renovation

Planning Your Rochester Remodel: Organizing Your Ideas

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Nov 1, 2012 @ 08:11 AM

Gerber-Home-Rochester-NY, Remodeling-Idea-Notebook, Remodeling-Rochester-NY, remodeling-tipsPlanning the remodeling of your Rochester area home can be a lot of fun. At the beginning of the process the sky is the limit. And once your mind is tuned in to the remodeling process, it seems like there are new ideas everywhere you turn.

There are online decorating sites that are chock full of new ideas. Newspaper and magazine ads catch your eye in ways they never used to. And even when you watch television, you find yourself looking at how some TV family has designed their kitchen or family room. Ideas seem to come from everywhere.

That’s part of what makes the remodeling process fun! But it can also be overwhelming.  That’s something we’ve observed as we’ve met and talked with clients during the past 30+ years we’ve been building and remodeling homes in the Rochester area. It’s hard to remember all the good ideas and then sort out the ones that really fit your plan.

How can you remember all those cool ideas—and how can you organize them so that you can access them later? Here’s a tip. Create a Remodeling Idea Notebook. If you’re more of an “analog” person, it can be an actual notebook where you collect ideas and images. If you’re more “digital,” you may want to create a folder on your computer, tablet or smart phone. At this stage, you don’t have to eliminate any ideas. Anything that strikes you as interesting or useful should go into your file.

However, you’ll want to organize your ideas into three categories:

  • Must Have;
  • Nice to Have;
  • If Money Were No Object.

Then when it’s time to create your remodeling budget, you’ll have an easier time deciding which ideas you can act on and which you’ll need to let go. 

Here’s one reason why you don’t want to let go of your ideas too early. You can share your ideas with your designer or builder. We’ve been around the remodeling block a time or two. If you have an idea that you think is too expensive or impractical, we may have a more cost-effective way of making it happen.

If you’d like to talk to someone about your remodeling ideas, call or contact any one of our professional staff. We’ll be happy to help you turn your ideas into reality!

Download-our-free-ebook-remodeling-a-house-creating-a-home

Topics: Gerber Homes Rochester NY, Remodeling Rochester NY, remodeling tips, Remodeling Idea Notebook

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.

Download-our-free-ebook-remodeling-a-house-creating-a-home

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: Remodeling Rochester NY

Lake Front Cottage Story

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, May 21, 2012 @ 13:05 PM

lake house13People build new homes for a variety of reasons.

Sometimes it’s to get a tailor-made fit for their family or because a new home is energy efficient and saves heating and cooling costs.  Sometimes it’s location.

Location was the motivation to build for Jeff and Lou Ann Kane of Bristol, NY.

Jeff and Lou Ann bought lake front property on Honeoye  Lake about eleven years ago.  They loved the beautiful view, the peaceful surroundings, the neighbors, and a place to “get away from it all.”

What they weren’t in love with was the cottage.  The existing home was built in sort of a log cabin style.  Perfect in it’s time, and OK for it’s seasonal use, but over time the cottage began to be less that ideal.  The Kanes did enjoy the property’s modern barn which became great for storage.

The Kanes used the cottage in nice weather, enjoying the many activities Honeoye Lake offered.  Family would gather for holidays and weekends.  But over time Jeff and Lou Ann knew they had to make a decision.  Either sell the property or build a better, year-round, home.

The final decision came down to the Lake.  They loved their neighbors and having a peaceful place to relax.  Having town gas and water didn’t hurt their decision.

Next step was to find the right builder.  Jeff and Lou Ann talked to different home builders, and explored housing options.  Either wrong estimates were given or details lost.  The hunt continued.

That’s when they met with Gerber Homes and AdditionsJohn Graziose and Sharon Steck came to the lake front location and listened to what the Kanes had in mind.

Jeff and Lou Ann wanted a two bedroom home, that could be used year-round.  There are many winter lake activities they would love to enjoy, if they could be in their home during those months.

Three weeks ago, Gerber Homes began removing the old “Black House” which had been a neighborhood eye sore for so long.  The foundation has just been laid for a beautiful new year-round home.

Jeff and Lou Ann wanted to preserve some of the former cottage feel but take advantage of the energy efficient options.  Gerber Homes and Additions allowed the Kanes the flexibility of designing a home that will meet their needs.  In coming years it may become not only a get-away spot but also their year-around home.  Living and Vacationing, everyday.

If you would like to find out more about building a new home or adding an addition, give Gerber Homes a call.  (888) 437-2373 or email ghinfo@gerberhomes.com. Click here to see what others are saying about building with Gerber Homes.lake house gerber homes

Topics: home builders Rochester NY, Remodeling Rochester NY, Lake front property homes, New Home Construction

Subscribe via E-mail

Latest Posts

Posts by category