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Hunkering Down With Home Improvement: 3 Projects That Make Sense Today
Homeowners are looking to stick around for the long haul, meaning efforts will be spent on improving not selling.
As Designer and HGTV Personality Lori Dennis explains, “People today are looking more holistically at home remodeling, choosing projects that add comfort, efficiency and functionality.”
Nothing does more to enhance the look and feel of a home than windows — they are visible inside and outside and can add comfort by helping to eliminate drafts and regulate temperatures. They can also pay off as an investment. Advancements in energy-efficient windows are helping homeowners save 30 percent or more on energy bills, not to mention recoup about 70 percent of the cost of window replacement. The latest window designs include a combination of energy efficiency, durability and aesthetics. The Essence™ Series from Milgard, for example, comes ENERGY STAR® rated and features a beautiful wood interior and durable fiberglass exterior.
According to a survey by the American Institute of Architects, more than 60 percent of architects say they have seen an increase in outdoor living space requests. Since owners are thinking long-term, patios, decks, sunrooms and other spaces contribute to both the experience at home and its property value. It’s possible to earn back 50 to 75 percent of the cost of your outdoor addition.
The kitchen is the heart of the home and an opportunity to set the tone for style and functionality. Two of the most popular ways to expand kitchen work space are to add an island/peninsula and natural lighting. Modern kitchen solutions feature cabinets and drawers that open, organize and spin in convenient ways. Homeowners can recoup about 70 percent of their kitchen-remodeling costs.
For more remodeling tips and window-replacement budgeting tools, visit www.milgard.com/