By George DeMare, Vice President Business Development

Remodeling a home should be a treat, but can, unfortunately, sour quickly. Renovations can go awry, but one way to ensure your vision becomes a reality is to look at examples of recent remodeling jobs through a home tour.

Local professionals who showcase their work are usually on hand to answer questions and highlight trends and tips for you to think about in preparation for a potential project.

Here are some things to consider when looking to improve your home:

Use What You Have

With a lack of houses on the market and land being a premium, many homeowners are adapting their existing square footage. Reconfiguring a kitchen layout to add more storage space, enclosing porches to create mudrooms, or knocking out walls are examples of how people are using their space more efficiently.

Homeowners are also expanding their square footage instead of moving to a bigger house. A second-story addition, a garage, an enclosed porch, a small kitchen addition, or finishing an attic are all ways homeowners are maximizing their space, especially if they love their current location.

Kick Up The Kitchen

Add some style to your kitchen with some color. In recent years, kitchens have followed the all-white trend including white cabinets. Designers are now moving towards using woods like walnut or sapele, painted cabinetry, or a creative mix. Statement light fixtures above kitchen islands are being used to accent color and provide illumination promoting mood and convenience.

Trust – a forever trend

The biggest key to a successful renovation is choosing a remodeler with whom you are comfortable doing business. Homeowners must pay careful attention to the tradespeople who work with area remodeling companies. You want consistency throughout the entire project, and someone who answers the phone shows up on time and responds when there is a problem.

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