5 Home Improvement Projects That Pay Off Big

Not all home improvement projects will reward your time and money equally. While some may pay back big dividends, other remodels could actually reduce the resale value of your home. Choose to make enhancements which are highly sought-after by buyers, so they’ll confer the added benefit of raising the market value of your property.

Consider the five home improvements we recommend below if you’re keen on turning your home into an even better investment.

  1. Front Door Finesse

When prospective buyers check out your building, they can’t help but notice the front door. Installing a new, steel door will not only make the premises seem more attractive, but it will also strengthen your home’s overall security. You may be able to boost the energy efficiency of your house with a new unit as well because old doors tend to leak air through crevices in the molding or the actual material of the door itself.

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  1. Keep the Kitchen Current

Most people spend a lot of time in their kitchens preparing food, eating meals and just hanging out with their close friends and family. Therefore remodeling the kitchen space is something many homeowners put at the top of their list.

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Depending upon budget, you can start off small with new sink faucets, lights and appliances. If you have the budget to do more, consider new cabinetry. Updating cabinetry has proven as a solid investment when remodeling your home. A beautiful kitchen is a surefire way to boost the enjoyment you get from your home as well its overall resale value.

(For more information on upcoming kitchen trends, click here)

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  1. Siding Replacement

Just as your front door sets the tone for anyone who enters your house, so does siding for anyone who looks at your building from the outside. Today’s siding solutions often come with lifetime guarantees, so you’ll get a long-lasting upgrade to your home’s exterior when you spring for new siding. Siding doesn’t demand much maintenance, and it serves as a protective layer atop the outdoor surfaces of your house.

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  1. Boost Your Home’s IQ

The features now possible with would have seemed farfetched just a few short years ago. From lights that turn themselves on and off to wireless thermostats that “remember” to regulate temperatures, smart home technology can make your residence more comfortable and more responsive to your needs. They also cater to security-related concerns, because with the addition of a video surveillance system or doorbell camera, you’ll be able to see who comes to visit you before opening the door.

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These products are more affordable than they have been in the past, but it’s still important to choose equipment that’s secure and reliable; otherwise, the hassles of operating the machinery may in fact decrease the enthusiasm of potential purchasers.

  1. Deck or Patio Installation

Outdoor home improvements provide an expansion of your living spaces at a much lower cost than a custom addition would. With the right deck or patio, you can establish a location for enjoying nature without subjecting yourself to the full force of the elements. Their reasonable price tags and broad appeal among buyers of all kinds make decks and patios some of the most cost-effective ways of heightening the charm and allure of homes.

Almost everything you do to your property will have an effect – either positive or negative – on its market value. Select the home remodeling projects you embark with care, and you’ll thereby satisfy your wish to live in enviable surroundings while also setting yourself up to earn a nice profit when it’s time to sell.

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About the Author:

Beth Kotz is a freelance business writer specializing in new technology and homeowner finance. Beth earned a BA in Communications and Media from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, where she continues to live and work.

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School’s Back and Wellborn Cabinet has your Back

August is finally here, and we all know what that means…BACK TO SCHOOL! Parents are running around stores searching for the required, long list of school supplies. Back to school always means it is time for the kids to see their friends, meet the new teacher, and learn an entire new schedule. Some essentials most families forget to think about are the following: where will the backpacks be stored, where will they do their homework, or where will they sit and read their school readings? Wellborn Cabinet not only wants to provide homes with beautiful cabinetry in the kitchen and bathroom but throughout every room in the home to meet individual needs.

Most parents are excited for the school year to start, and it is important to ensure your children have adequate room to study after the bell rings.

Let’s start with as soon as they walk in the door. A mudroom allows your kids to place their shoes, backpacks, and jackets all in one place. Trust me parents, it will make mornings much more hassle free. Wellborn Cabinet offers mudrooms with storage options to hold all of these items in one room. You can add hangers for the jackets and backpacks or seating areas to hold the heavier book filled backpacks.

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Typically, the parents are in the kitchen making dinner for the family in the midst of homework time, and what parent wouldn’t want to make this process a little simpler?  Our SmartDesign kitchen provides easier access to the kitchen pantry, cutting board, dishes, and other items. Let’s face it, cooking after a long day at work can be tiresome, so cut your cooking time in half by adding a couple of these SmartDesign mechanisms into your kitchen.

This You Draw It Demi Tall cabinet opens freely to help you find the right spice or ingredient. It lights up when opened to give a better visual of all the items stored along with extended drawers to pull out for an easy reach.

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The electric butcher block helps you to cut all the vegetables at your desired height level. The butcher block is large enough to cut many ingredients up in one place, without taking away countertop space in your kitchen.

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The Electronic Storage Lift brings all your dishes to countertop level. You can grab the dishes off the top shelf without having to climb up on the counter or risking a fall by climbing into a chair. It also makes clean up quick and easy!

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Dinner is on the stove cooking, but it is time to get those books out and start a study session. Today’s children and teens tend to be preoccupied by technology. A good way to keep a watch on your kids is having an open floor plan between the kitchen, dining, or living room. As you are prepping tonight’s dinner menu, you can also watch to make sure your child is really doing his/her homework. Kids, watch out, parents can do two things at once! In addition to making your watch time easier, open floor plans can make family time or dinner parties much more enjoyable and collective.

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After the endless amounts of worksheets are finished, it is time to get started on the assigned readings. Many teachers want their students to read at home to keep their brains working. Add a seating area in the home for a “quiet place” so those who enjoy hearing themselves think will have a place to get away!

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Back to school does not have to be full of dreaded long study sessions, never-ending cleaning, or hassling late night dinners. Wellborn Cabinet provides technology and cabinetry for your home to incorporate a much simpler lifestyle, especially one that allows time for family. Let us be your Whole Home Design Solution.

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Plan Your Second Story Additions with These Expert Tips

These days there is no shortage of information on the theme of residential home renovation. It’s a simple as turning on the TV or browsing the internet, however what most people fail to realize is it’s not even close to the reality of what goes on in the field. TV shows tend to quickly show the phases involved as if they are seamless and it leaves the general public thinking they are just as capable as what they’ve just watched on TV. In the real world residential remodeling is very challenging and requires an experienced contractor to get the job done correctly and on budget. Here are some insider tips to give you that edge when planning your second story addition.

An Experienced Architect/Engineer

This is extremely important when dealing with second story additions. They are unlike bathrooms, kitchens and other construction that require less square footage and engineering. Don’t take the cheapest price or think that a designer fresh out of college is your best bet. These front end plans, planning and execution marry your conceptual ideas and coordinate them into a structural frame that will be safe and signed off by your local governance. An architect worth their salt with be savvy of structural code somewhat and have a healthy relationship with a general contractor to get the project done correctly. When considering design be willing to spend extra where it matters. We’ve seen clients try to save on items such as not blending home to original siding, removing stone veneer walls, and square footage of project to come back afterward with regret. Work with your experienced architect and they will help you greatly in this process.

Stairs in Design

One major component that you will no doubt need to start thinking about for any second story add-on is your stair layout. Where will you put your set of stairs for the new room? You’ll need to sacrifice some area on 1st floor so it’s smart to begin discussing this with your spouse prior to meeting with the architect. The architect will have great ideas as well but it doesn’t hurt to reflect on which areas will be much more difficult than others to place a set of stairs versus areas you are willing to sacrifice.

Utilities May Need an Upgrade

With more square footage starts the conversation of how to appropriately handle the new living area. Items such as electrical for new outlets and new updates in the building codes have required to upgrade old service panels that no longer cut the mustard. Plumbing for the new bathroom is also a consideration, although this is typically something that you will not have too much of an issue with. Your room will also need to have the correct ventilation so keep in mind heating and A/C will be considerations and will most likely have to be upgraded or re-routed and expanding in the cavity of your new ceiling. As second stories take up more square footage you can expect to upgrade the utilities.

Foundation Modification

Due to engineering and carrying a much heavier load that people will be inhabiting you can expect to have some sort of foundation modifications in your phase of construction and planning. Entryways and stairs require new foundations and your architect will scope out areas to pour deep concrete footings in the current foundation to provide the necessary strength.  These will all require an inspection to pass before moving forward with the next phase so you can ensure you aren’t inhabiting a weak second floor that is unsafe in the future years to come.

So there you have it, these are some advice to consider that you likely won’t hear from someone who isn’t directly in the trades. If you do your homework and start thinking about these realities of a second story construction project you will be ahead of the curve!

Plan Your Second Story Additions With These Expert Tips

About the Author:

Cody Bollerman serves as an officer at SJB Construction Incorporated in San Diego. SJB Construction Inc. specializes in room additions and second story addition in San Diego since 1983. With over 3,000 design to build projects to date they are one of San Diego’s most trusted contractors in regards to adding a room onto your residence.

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On-Trend Transformations

 

Although they’re often the smallest rooms in the house, they’re also among the most essential and most commonly remodeled spaces. When you approach design with both function and style in mind, you can elevate your bathroom to be much more than an afterthought.

While the bathroom is a space where function matters greatly, that’s no reason to skip adding personal touches to the space. From fixtures and decor that reflect your personality to accessories and features that fit your lifestyle, you can incorporate details that make your bathroom as much about you as the rest of your home.

The focal point of many bathrooms is the cabinetry, and the array of products available today make it possible to create nearly any look you can imagine. With an option such as Wellborn Cabinet Inc.’s Elegant Bath Collection, the possibilities are endless. The extensive collection of designer vanity suites, basic vanities and accessories fits a broad range of design aesthetics with an array of popular door styles and finishes.

If a remodel is in your plans, consider these in-the-now design trends to help create a bathroom retreat that blends your individual style with everyday luxury.

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Contemporary style

Whether it’s a desire to capture the classic Zen spa style at home or simply a growing penchant for modern interiors, the bathroom is no exception for those who gravitate toward contemporary design. Cabinetry featuring clean styles, sleek hardware and full overlay doors lend well to a contemporary look. Add complementary lighting and fixtures, and keep accessories and decor simple and clutter-free to round out the look.

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Painted cabinetry

Many a bathroom has fallen victim to monochromatic monotony. Fortunately, these days more bathrooms are getting a fresh look filled with colorful expression. If you’ve considered the cabinetry off-limits before, now is the time to brighten up your bathroom and make a statement with boldly hued woodwork. For a more subtle look, glazed richly toned stains may be the answer. Take another step toward this color-friendly style with neutral painted finishes and paints with glazes. Or go all-in with fully custom painted cabinetry, with Wellborn Cabinet Inc.’s ColorInspire program, that draws from the broad selection of shades from the extensive paint programs of well-known brands such as Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore and Valspar.

 

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Floating vanities

In keeping with the trend toward modern motifs, floating vanities provide a clean, minimalistic appearance in a contemporary design. Particularly in a smaller room, this open, airy look is a stylish alternative to the pedestal sink as it lends an illusion of space while bringing expanded flooring into view. Paired with the proper cabinetry and color scheme, the floating vanity can work equally well in a transitional design.

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Storage solutions

From pull-outs, tilt-ups and roll-outs to hidden outlets, simplified storage is in big demand, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s 2016 Design Trends Report. Keeping clutter off the counter is easier than ever with clever storage solutions such as Wellborn Cabinet Inc.’s accessory base pullouts or toe kick drawers that create an extra place to stow your bath essentials in the space below the cabinet. Another solution to a common problem, the U-shaped sliding shelf wraps around the sink plumbing to hold towels, soaps and hair accessories, providing easy access to stored items while maximizing storage space inside your vanity.

Choose Your Door Design

The type of door overlay you choose for your bathroom cabinetry can make a big difference in the overall look of the room. Determine which door style fits best with your design:

Full overlay doors span over the frame and have a concealed hinge for a clean look.

Traditional overlay doors reveal some of the frame for a classic design.

Inset doors are placed inside the cabinet frame. Some brands, such as Wellborn Cabinet, Inc., offer options like beaded or non-beaded face frames.

 

Find more inspiration and planning tools to create your ideal bathroom retreat at www.wellborn.com

 

Monday Morning Blues

Monday Morning Blues aren’t a bad thing but a design thing.

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Blue is a natural color to pull into your home and designs – from the sky to the sea  – it’s a perfect choice for your cabinetry.

Where could you use Blue?

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Bath Spaces – Bridgeport Maple with a Bleu Bronze Vintage Finish
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Laundry Spaces – Vienna Maple with our Bleu Finish
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Antigua Baking Center: a must have for 2014

Every attendee that came into our booth at KBIS went straight for the big, bright doors on our baking set – it’s like our designer Karen Salyer could read minds at this years KBIS show. People wanted to see something different but they also wanted something that felt authentic, nostalgic…….  a relatable design….. or maybe they just wanted to feel excitement about something they already loved… baking…..

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I personally love good design and with good design in a kitchen  – a cook can do wonders – your steps become almost that of a perfectly choreographed dance and you are the star  – with your extras (interior accessories planned perfectly) stealing the spotlight only for a few seconds here or there…. but in the Wellborn booth this year  – Antigua was the star.

An eye-catching exterior that beckons you to the beach or our booth  – the Antigua door style is a lovely faux louver style door but with Antigua there’s no faux style – it’s all real!

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Organization cuts down on Frustration: A well planned space is a joy to prep, cook, eat and clean in.
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The Little Drawer That Could: A single drawer can do multiple tasks – from storage to prep work (cutting board) you don’t skimp on ingredients so don’t skimp on your space.

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Kitchen Remodel of the Day

This beautiful 1930’s Tudor home had charm throughout but the kitchen just wasn’t functional for them. The kitchen had been remodeled in the 50’s and updated in the 80’s and didn’t provide the storage, countertop space or flow they wanted. But with this age and style of home they wanted something that fit the home well and looked like it had always been there. We got to work!

Problems/Challenges:

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  • Kitchen was tight cramped.
  • They couldn’t fit a full size fridge in and didn’t have any countertop space around the range.
  • Not enough storage.
  • Lighting was poor throughout.

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  • The eat in nook while full of character – was too small for their family of 4 and closed off the space. They still wanted an eating area in the kitchen.
  • They loved the leaded glass doors and wanted to find a way to incorporate that into their new kitchen
  • Wanted pantry space.

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  • It was important to keep with the character of the home during the remodel.
  • The kitchen houses 3 doorways, all of which felt very tight and cramped especially since it is a major thoroughfare.
  • A place for a built-in microwave off of the countertop and for wine.

 

Solutions:

  • Opened up the eat in nook to the rest of the kitchen making both spaces feel larger and bringing more light into the kitchen.

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  • Modified the depth of the built-in in the hallway to allow for the range wall to recess, effectively expanding the kitchen.
  • Expanded the openings into the dining room and the hall and repeated the arches seen in the rest of their home.
  • Hanover Cherry Light cabinetry provided a rich warm wood that compliments the style of the home well. Simple Shaker details and crown were used to complement existing woodwork in the home.

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  • A narrow, furniture island provides a great work space and extra storage while not looking too bulky
  • Removed the soffits to bring the cabinetry to the ceiling providing more storage in the space
  • Leaded glass door cabinets on either side of the window retain the character of the old kitchen

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  • Added a shallow pantry with open display area for extra storage that doesn’t look heavy.
  • An angled pantry between the kitchen and nook provides extra storage without infringing on the dining space.

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  • Efficient storage space was important in this kitchen – we added blind corner pullouts, spice racks on the doors, pullouts, a wine rack, garbage pullout and even a compost bin on the back of the sink cabinet door. Tray dividers above the refrigerator organized their trays, platters and casserole dishes.

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  • Under cabinet lights and recessed can lights throughout illuminate the entire area.
  • Messouri Black granite countertops and hand-made subway tile finish off the classic look in their kitchen.

When the project was finished the clients were thrilled with the feel and function of this new kitchen in their old home!

Designer: Crystal Kennedy
crystal@pnwcab.com
503-652-1268

Photographer: Shannon Butler
photoartportraits@gmail.com
503-891-9354

2013 Design Contest Winner: Matthew Adler – Other Rooms – 2nd Place

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Congratulations Matthew!

Matthew Adler
Schell Brothers, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Design Goals and Details: 

There were a number of goals to this space. We need to create a study that could accommodate
both her and him, provide lots of storage and allows him views out the back of the house towards
the water even when privacy is needed.

The study was designed with built ins flanking each of the shorter walls while leaving space in the center for a desk for him. On the side walls we created a desk area for her, lots of file drawers and storage for all the items they have. This was finished with light rail and bullet lighting to provide undercabinet lighting for the countertops.

The ceiling was lined in stain grade v-groove wood boards in a barrel so we added Wellborn
crown to each wall run and hid ambient lighting behind it to illuminate onto the ceiling. The rich,
Sable finish offered a nice contrast to the knotty cedar on the ceiling and let the cabinets stand
out. The client wanted a desk to match the cabinets so a freestanding desk was created with base
cabinets and a Wellborn wainscot panel. We finished off the desk top with a Wellborn top and
applied the edge molding in the field giving the whole room a cohesive look.

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Wellborn Cabinetry in the Houzz

Not sure if my Houzz Addiction has reached the “Pinterest Level” but it’s pretty close….. One of the most enticing aspects of Houzz is how beneficial of a marketing tool it is for our industry and our dealers. More and more of our dealers share with us how actual leads are generated from the site, and that’s refreshing news for us all to hear.

So here’s our salute to a few traditional projects that caught my eye this week.

Enjoy.

2013 Design Contest Winner – Bathroom – Honorable Mention

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Crystal Kennedy

Pacific Northwest Cabinetry

Milwaukie, Oregon

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