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Nov 19 2015

Keeping Up with the Joneses

By Jim Zaja, Certified Lead Carpenter
 
You’ve been in the neighborhood for many years or maybe you just purchased the home that you always wanted. Take a look around your home, is it falling out of sync with others on your block? You never want to exceed your neighborhood norm, but you definitely want to keep up with it. Brining your home up to speed doesn’t mean you have to spend six figures to do so. Small scale projects or renovations will do double duty: They’ll make your home more attractive and also make for a more comfortable home to live in. Here are some project or small renovations that will keep you up with the Joneses.
 
Expand or reorganize your closets.Homes built before the 1970s often have very little closet space and usually have one pole and a shelf. Maybe an adjacent room has some space you can use to make the closet more accommodating. Let’s say you have a window that’s centered in the room, adding closets on each side with a window seat is an excellent way to get that space you really need and it also looks nice. Another inexpensive way to make those closets user friendly is to add a closet system.
 
Update your kitchen.Your kitchen is usually the gathering area of your home. Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg; here are a few ways to keep it budget friendly.
1]A simple paint job
2] New countertops and appliances
3]New flooring and woodwork
4] Removing a wall to open up the area into a dining room or family room.
 
Freshen up your curb appeal. Consider adding new flower beds, retaining walls, trees, a new paver side walk, new exterior paint job or maybe that dream BBQ area in the back yard. You can’t go wrong with any of these improvements.
 
Letting your house slip behind your neighbors’ could lower your home value and cost you when you want to sell your house. So, go ahead and take a look around, and see if there are smaller tasks you can take on and we hope you call us for your bigger projects.