Planning Your Upcoming Home Improvement Projects for the Coming Year

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Planning a remodel includes sitting down and making a list of home-improvement projects. This first step will save you money, reduce unexpected headaches, and prevent project delays. Depending on the size, details, materials, and unexpected changes, you could be looking at 90 to 120 days from start to finish.

kitchen remodel, home renovationGet ready to ask questions about your home remodel—do you need a spacious addition, does the bathroom need some updating, or is the kitchen in serious need of modernizing? Each of these home renovations adds more comfort to your lifestyle and increases the value of your home if you decide to sell.

Next is the budget—how much do you have to spend? Before you set your limits, make a list of the must-have items and be realistic with your goals to avoid costly overruns. The size of the project will decide whether you need a contractor, versus doing it yourself as a weekend(s) DIY project. Traditionally, cosmetic changes work as DIY projects—room additions, conversions, or major updates require a contractor. Let’s look at the upcoming trends for planning a home remodel.

Room Additions

Home remodeling projects that add square footage increase the value of the home. In most cases, if you are selling, you can expect to recover over 50 percent of the cost. If lifestyle changes or a growing family are driving the need for more space, added square footage increases the home’s current market value.

Home Renovations

Room conversions are a popular home improvement for turning attics and basements into much-needed living space. Updating these old drafty areas and unused spaces can create amazing family rooms, additional bedrooms, or home offices for years to come. Both add value to the home; keep in mind, floor space above ground has a higher real estate value than below-ground space. 

Kitchen Remodel

It’s possible to make-over a kitchen on a budget with open layouts, center islands, deep sinks, and new countertops—changing the room’s appearance and adding value to any home. Deep-drawer cabinets and open shelving offer more storage styles and keep countertops clear and uncluttered. Consider upgrading the appliances with energy-saver models and finish with some personal touches of new hardware, lighting, or paint.

kitchen renovation, home remodelBathroom Improvements

This home improvement makes better use of the space—from cramped to minimalist or glamorous retreats. Here are some inexpensive remodeling ideas for transforming outdated bathrooms. Consider replacing stand-alone sinks with furniture-style vanities and open shelving for extra storage. Wall-to-wall vanity mirrors create the illusion of a bigger room. Use the same concept for a small shower with large tile patterns. Complete the look with new lighting and trendy fixtures.


When you’re planning a remodel, think about your family’s lifestyle and the traffic patterns in the home. The biggest headaches come from failed communication—whether you’re working with a contractor or your family. Before you start any project, be sure everyone agrees with the changes, the exact materials used, and the time frame to complete the job.

Iris M. writes blog content for real estate; research, region and community information for the purpose of providing information to the reader, helping them with decisions when selecting a home. She writes content on a variety of subjects, pertaining to client specifics, industry related, research and informative studies, including "how to" for mass market and social media.