Increasingly, Portlandians prefer to relax, socialize and work at home. As you become financially secure and build up equity in your home, your housing decisions will be motivated less by need and more by lifestyle considerations.
Renovation offers tremendous opportunities to create a home that reflects the way you like to live and contributes to your enjoyment of life. Working with a professional renovator ensures that you get the knowledge, the technical expertise and the commitment to customer satisfaction necessary to take your renovation from idea to successful completion. Lifestyle renovations often involve major renovations to create attractive, open areas that suits today’s living, working and entertainment needs. Professional renovators can assess the potential of your existing space and suggest ways of enhancing its effectiveness. Small living and dining rooms may be combined or walls pushed back or eliminated to create a “great room”. When extra space is desired, additions are carefully integrated into the design of your home.
The kitchen is often an informal gathering place for family and friends. Professional renovators will work with you to maximize the use of the space you have available, open it up and work it into the flow of house. Perhaps a sunny breakfast nook can be added, or the entire kitchen may be relocated to another part of the house. When it comes to the actual design of your new kitchen, trained specialists can help you to develop the layout and the features that work best for you within your budget.
One of the latest trends in renovation today is the home-based office. Portlandians are opting to work out of their homes in record numbers (currently close to 35% of all households include a member who operates a business from home). Whether you want to transform an existing room or incorporate a work area in a new addition, professional renovators can help you to create an efficient and pleasant work environment.
A built in computer desk, shelving and cabinets maximize the use of the available space and help you to maintain a tidy work station, while pre-wiring for computers and faxes keeps you plugged in without a mess of wiring everywhere. Good lighting and ventilation are essential to any work environment.
Home entertainment areas are growing rapidly in popularity. Again, professional renovators can provide valuable suggestions for built-in cabinetry for your equipment and a room design that is the most conducive to your listening and viewing pleasure. Proper sound insulation ensures that family members in the rest of the home are not inconvenienced.
Like many home owners today, you may want to open up your home to the outside. Professional renovators can offer ideas that suit your home, your neighbourhood and your budget. You can enjoy the natural beauty surrounding your home by installing larger windows and glass doors and letting skylights bathe your home in natural light. Screened-in porches mean pleasant summer evenings outside, even in the height of the insect season. Sun Rooms can offer many hours of exquisite, quiet enjoyment.
When easy maintenance is important, your renovator can suggest a wealth of renovation products and materials aimed at reducing the time you spend on regular upkeep. Outside, you want to minimize painting and working on ladders. For instance, if you’re old windows are drafty and require regular painting, now is the time to install new energy-efficient and low-maintenance windows. Ideally, you should be able to clean them, inside and out, from the inside of the house. The marketplace also offers an unparalleled selection of vinyl, aluminum and brick alternatives to your maintenance-intensive exterior cladding and trim. Inside, low-maintenance products are available for all areas of the house, from counter tops to flooring.
If you intend to stay in your home for many years to come, renovators suggest that you consider “renovating for a lifetime”. By making a few simple changes to your plans for instance, levered handles on doors, larger light switches and wider doorways you can anticipate needs that may arise in the future. If someone in your household has special mobility challenges, contact your local Mortgage and Housing Corporation for information on barrier-free housing.
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