How to Get What You Want In Your Existing Home

After you’ve made the decision that you won’t or can’t sell your house in the next five years, and want to upgrade or improve your existing home by adding value but not over improving, here are a few guidelines to begin the process.

  1. Prioritize the spaces within your home that need the most attention.

For example, if the threshold tile in your son’s bathroom is so cracked that it may leak through to the ceiling below that goes to the top of the list!  The “needs” may have to be addressed before the “wants”, but this will help you establish an “order” for you renovations.

So the list may look something like this:

  •  Replace Paul’s bathroom floor tile and shower threshold.
  • Repair drywall and paint touch up ceiling below Paul’s bathroom.
  • Install bigger sink in kitchen.
  • Replace kitchen counter.

List everything you can possibly think of in every room.  The list of “needs” may then overlap into “wants”.  If you have several needs in your kitchen, a practical remodel can establish both your practical and aesthetic desires for that space!

  1. Fill up your file with magazine pictures that illustrate ingredients in spaces that appeal to you.
  1.  Hire Camille Gracie.  Now that you know what you need to do and what you want to do, an expert will help direct and implement the process.
  1. Establish a Budget.  It’s hard to know how much to spend, but when you start looking at the ingredients for each project, you will know if you’re headed in the right direction.  If you don’t want to spend five thousand dollars on the boy’s bathroom floor, an expert can calculate the square footage, plan the size and layout of the tile, and estimate the cost of installation which are all necessary for completion. Then the variable, which will drive the budget, is the cost of the actual tile selected.  Tile can range from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars per square foot, and that is where an expert selection can give you the look you want at the value within your budget.

~adapted from article by Terri Taylor

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This post was written by Camille Gracie