January 2013 “Remodeling Magazine” Digital Edition Features “Cost Vs. Value Report”

24 01 2013
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Remodeling Projects: “Remodeling Magazine” Releases 2011-2012 National Averages For Home Remodeling Projects And Resulting “Resale Value”

8 08 2012


April 2011 “Remodeling Magazine” Digital Edition Features “Simply Smart” Kitchen Remodel Designs And Details

15 04 2011


Renovating 1960’s “Custom Ranch” Homes: FHA 203k Renovation Loan Ideal For Replacing Flooring, Windows, Doors, Roof, Electrical And Water Pipes

18 02 2011


  • Carpeted in a smelly, worn-out brown plush, which the dog would sniff in certain places and then roll in it… REPLACED WITH TILE
  • The original central air conditioner and furnace still worked but made noises… REPLACED WITH ENERGY EFFICIENT UNIT
  • The roof had white stones to reflect sunlight but the plywood under the stones had deteriorated…REPLACED WITH NEW ROOF
  • No insulation in the attic with rafters covered with heavy tin foil…INSTALLED 12-INCH THICK INSULATION
  • Original electrical service was 100 amps…UPGRADED TO 200 AMPS TO SUPPLY MORE OUTLETS IN KITCHEN 
  • Water pipes were galvanized iron which were rusting….REPLACED WITH COPPER PIPES AND/OR CPVC PLASTIC
  • Windows were single pain aluminum….REPLACED WITH DUAL GLAZED VINYL WINDOWS
  • Small windows and doors made home dark…REPLACED WITH ENERGY-EFFICIENT FRENCH DOORS

For more:  http://www.mydesert.com/article/20110218/LIFESTYLES1101/102170361/1067/lifestyles11/-Life-Modernism-can-money-pit

The FHA 203k Streamline Renovation Purchase Loan Is Perfect For First-Time Homebuyers

25 01 2011

The FHA 203k Streamline Renovation Loan is an outstanding first-time home buyer loan.  First-time buyers can utitlize up to $35,000 to make renovations or repairs needed for some distressed properties, such as:

  • Buying all new appliances 
  • Modernizing interior plumbing
  • Central Air Conditioning and Heating
  • Electrical system upgrade
  • Remodeling a kitchen or bath
  • Windows and doors replacment
  • New flooring
  • Roof replacement or repair

Recent Survey Finds Homeowners Want To Remodel Homes To Add Bedrooms With Full Baths, Laundry Rooms And More Storage Space

22 01 2011

A Better Homes and Gardens magazine survey of magazine readers taken in late December found that these are the six spaces that homeowners most want to see included in their new home or updated in their existing one:

  1.  Separate laundry room

  2.  More storage and built-ins

  3.  A home office

  4.  An outdoor grilling/living area

  5.  A second bedroom with a private bath

  6. Everyday eating space close to the kitchen

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11022/1119797-30.stm#ixzz1BorRqqRQ

Home Renovation Contractors: San Diego, CA Contractor Opened Up Wall To Expand Kitchen (Video)

21 01 2011