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Getting the most for your home improvement & remodeling spending – The 2011-2012 Cost to Value Report

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Kitchen Remodeling, Windows

Vinyl replacement windows provide a good return on investment
Vinyl replacement windows provide a good return on investment

Everyone is looking for value these days for their hard earned dollars. There may be no place where this is as true as it is with money spent on residential real estate. With home value still declining (although at a slower rate) when homeowners do decide to spend money they are careful where they are allocating their remodeling budget.

 

If you’re looking for some guidance on the right type of remodeling projects to give you the biggest bang for your buck an excellent reference source is the 2011-2012 Cost to Value report. This report is done through a group of collaborative surveys done by Realtor Magazine (who gets estimated resale value data through sales agents, brokers & appraisers), Specspan (an on line marketing and research company which host the on line survey) and HomeTech Publishing (a developer and publisher of construction estimating books and software).  Here’s a recap of the conclusions, trends and some of the top home improvement & remodeling projects bases on their respective return on investments.

 

 

3 Design Tips for an Extraordinary Patterned Glass Block Window, Shower, Wall or Bar

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block, Windows

Colored and frosted glass block shower wall checkerboard design

Colored and frosted glass block shower wall checkerboard design Glass block sizes and colors in a random window pattern

Glass block sizes in a random window pattern

Glass block sizes in a random window pattern

Glass blocks stacked on top of each other – that is the single glass block design known by most people. The cool thing is this building material doesn’t only provide a means for a functional window, shower, wall or bar (with one block stacked on top of each other) – it can create a one of a kind window, shower or wall design through the use of patterning as well. Here’s 3 tips to turn an ordinary project into an extraordinary one.   

How to use 5 decorative window options to stylize a vinyl replacement window

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Windows

Window grids inside 2 double hung windows

Window grids inside 2 double hung windows

Cherry woodgrain window trim
Cherry woodgrain window trim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why have a boring vinyl replacement window when you can have a beautiful window by choosing decorative window options that can make your home stand out? The reality is a vinyl replacement window doesn’t need to have the look of a boring looking white box anymore. Learn below how you can use both decorative and designer window options to improve the looks and curb appeal of your home.

How to Use a Decorative Arched Round Circular Oval or Fan Window

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Windows

Arched window to add light into a 2 story foyer

Arched window to add light and style to a 2 story foyer Interior view of a round top fan window in a living room

Creating style, flair and improving light transmission can not only help to “turn a house into a home” (like Luther Vandross might have said) – but it can create curb appeal and resale value as well. There is probably no better way to improve the look and increase natural light into a home than by using a decorative window.

There are many types of decorative windows but this article will focus on arched, round, palladian, circular and fan windows. You’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, types and uses of these types of decorative windows.

How to Select a Sliding Patio Door

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Windows

3 Panel Sliding Patio Door with Wood Veneer in a Family Room

3 Panel Sliding Patio Door with Wood Veneer in a Family Room 2 Panel White Sliding Glass Patio Door in a Dining Room

Doors are added to a home to provide entry and exit, while windows are used to provide light and air – but a sliding patio door can be used to combine the best functions of both a door and a window (entry, exit, views & air). This type of door glides (or slides) within a track system and uses large pieces of laminated safety glass to provide expansive views to the outside. In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, and options in various sliding glass door styles.

White Sliding Glass Patio Door in a Dining Room
White Sliding Glass Patio Door in a Dining Room

How to Use a Kitchen Garden Greenhouse Window

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Exterior Remodeling, Windows

Interior view a kitchen garden greehouse window above a sink

Interior view a kitchen garden greehouse window above a sinkExterior view of a garden window with side casements windows open

Exterior view - garden windows with casement side windows open

Exterior view - garden windows with casement side windows open

Perhaps you’d like to take advantage of an herb garden for cooking year round – or maybe you’d like to keep some of your potted plants alive during harsh winters….. if so a kitchen garden window may be just the choice. In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, options and places to use garden window.

How to Use Fixed Replacement Picture Windows

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Windows

Living room grouping of picture windows
Living room grouping of picture windows
Family room picture windows in square, rectangular, trianglular shapes
Family room picture windows in square, rectangular, trianglular shapes

Bringing in the beauty of the outdoors inside a home is an important function of your house windows. Choosing the right windows to make the most of this view is where fixed picture windows come into play. In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, options and places to use replacement picture windows.

How to Use Classic Double Hung Replacement Windows

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Exterior Remodeling, Windows

Double hung windows flanking a picture window in a family room
Double hung windows flanking a picture window in a family room
Double hung window with tilt in sashes for easy cleaning
Double hung window with tilt in sashes for easy cleaning

Classic, traditional, bungalow and colonial homes all have one thing in common – the use of double hung windows. In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, options and places to use residential double hung windows.

Using a Sliding Replacement Window for Simplicity, Cost Savings & an Improved View

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Basement Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling, Windows

3 lite sliding window in a family room
3 lite sliding window in a family room
Horizontal slider replacement window with decorative grids
Horizontal slider replacement window with decorative grids

Are you looking for a cost effective option to replace windows in your home that is easy to use, simple in design and will improve your view? If so a sliding window may be the choice for you.  In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, options and places to use sliding windows.

Using a Bow Window to Add Style & Function to a Dining Room, Kitchen, Living Room or Family Room

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Exterior Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling, Windows

Bow Kitchen Window with 4 separate casement operable windows
Bow Kitchen Window with 4 separate casement operable windows Dining room bow window with fixed light panels
Bow dining room window with a woodgrain fnish
Bow dining room window with a woodgrain fnish

Is the interior of your home too dark? Does your master bedroom, kitchen or dining room lack the architectural or design flair you’d like? Jazz up, freshen up and light up your home with the addition of a bow window. In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, options and places to use a bow window.

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