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What Home Improvements Will You Make In 2020?  These 7 Are Worth Considering.

  1. Take out a wall  An “open” floor plan might be simpler than you thought.  The big question is Which walls are load bearing?  Both load bearing and non-load bearing walls can be removed.  Removing a non-load bearing wall is much easier.  Either way taking out a wall has a dramatic impact on your home’s layout.
  2. Upgrade the windows  Specifically, consider new, dual paned windows.  Window technology has really come a long way! New windows can improve your home’s appearance, lower energy cost and reduce noise coming in from the outside.  Plus, there’s potential for more natural light.  Everyone likes that (vampires excluded).   
  3. Outdoor Kitchen  The National Outdoor Kitchen and Fireplace Association estimates the average outdoor kitchen is between $12,000 and $15,000.  If you're in a warm weather area, this can be money well spent.
  4. Bathroom 2.0
    1. Replace the vanity with a new model, but keep the same footprint
    2. Add a new mirror and faucet
    3. Improve lightening and ventilation with new combination light and exhaust fan
    4. Add a set of sconces on each side of the mirror or medicine cabinet
    5. Update towel bars and cabinet hardware as well as toothbrush and toilet paper holders
    6. Add matching shelves for your towels and toiletries
    7. Switch out your showerhead with one of many amazing new options.
    8.  Keep your towels toasty with a heated towel bar.
  5. Clear the Clutter  Built in book shelves and organizing systems will make you feel like your home grew extra space.  You can tailor your closet, office, pantry, or garage to fit your “stuff” needs.
  6. Exterior Improvement
    1. Paint or power wash the exterior
    2. Install a new garage door
    3. Install a new front door
    4. Paint or install new trim 
    5. Install new exterior hardware (door kick plate, mailbox, house numbers, etc.
  7. Prepare to Stay  Here are a few options for aging in place.
    1. Level all entry ways.  No steps
    2. Doorways a minimum of 36’ wide
    3. No slip flooring 
    4. Curbless showers
    5. Grab bars
    6. Much, much more 

It’s good to “Go Big” on your home renovation, but don’t overlook the Big benefits of these small projects. 

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