Improvement Projects For Your Malibu Home That Pay Back

by ritasimpson on February 15, 2014

in Home Owner Reference Guide

​Before you spend money on remodeling your home either to prepare it for resale or to maximize your own enjoyment try to balance your wishes with the concerns a next owner may have, and don’t underestimate the power of the garden. Gardens expand your enjoyment and are powerful spaces that trigger emotional responses to the property, and that might be the thing to bring it to the next level at a much lower cost than other projects.
Find ways to integrate the outdoor into your living spaces and the house will expand in an astonishing way. If you can’t imagine it, hire a design consultant to walk you through the possibilities and implement the ones that are reasonable to you. Do not overlook curb appeal. That is how your house greets you and everyone that comes to see you.
 Moving to the house itself, the trend is focused on Energy Efficiency, Low Maintenance features, and well-used space.

 1- ​Maintenance-free Exteriors

Fi​ber-cement siding is one of the fastest-growing products on the siding market. It’s a combination of cement, sand, and cellulosic fibers but looks like wood. It won’t rot, combust, or become prey to termites and other wood-boring insects.

Fiber-cement siding is more expensive than paint-grade wood, vinyl, and aluminum siding, $5 to $9 per sq. ft., installed. It returns 80% of investment, the highest return of any upscale project on Remodeling magazine’s latest Cost vs. Value Report. Maintenance is limited to a cleaning and some caulking each spring. Repaint every 7 to 15 years. Wood requires repainting every 4 to 7 years.

2- ​Kitchens are the Heart of the Home

According to the American Institute of Architects’ Home Design Trends Survey houses are getting smaller but kitchens are getting bigger.

The best kitchen remodels have open space, maybe incorporating the rarely used dining room, and feature recycling centers, large pantries, and recharging stations.
Modern is in, with white or gray cabinetry, simple countertops, glossy finishes and minimalist designs.  Appliances are more likely to be blended into the design or hidden away from view entirely to give the kitchen a sleeker appearance.​ Prep space is important as well as hard-working storage solutions like cabinet organizers.


3. Updated Bathrooms

In the Hanley Wood survey, bathrooms came in second to the kitchen with 58 percent of remodelers planning to do bathroom remodels in 2014. As far as style,  resort-style bathrooms that feature amenities such as large walk-in showers with multiple shower heads, heated floors or towel racks, and jetted bathtubs are in.​

For coloring and style, glass tiles will be a popular feature as well as neutral and cool colors like ash gray, light blue and off-white.


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4. Vibrant Colors

While the kitchen may be getting the modern single-shade treatment ​in 2014,  designers have a different idea for other rooms. According to Pantone, the international authority on color,​ designers will start featuring vibrant accent walls, main paint colors and flooring throughout bedrooms and main living spaces.

5. Sustainable Materials

Going green is nothing new and builders are getting greener including more renewable materials such as bamboo, energy-efficient appliances and additional designs that incorporate the local climate.



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