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Although you may not be planning to sell your home anytime soon, the inevitable question that arises when remodeling is; how much will this improvement add to the value of my home? There’s no easy answer because some home renovations bring you more bang for your buck than others. The payoff varies since some home improvements are determined from neighborhood to neighborhood and regionally as well.

What one buyer might be willing to pay in one locale depends on many factors, such as the project choice, the materials used and the value of other homes in the area. You do not want to end up being the most expensive house on the block.

The key to adding value to your home is to focus on improvements that will attract future buyers without over-improving. However, it’s important to have some general idea of how your improvements will increase the value of your dwelling before you embark on this expenditure. So, what are the top-ranking home improvements?

Kitchen:

According to HGTV, kitchen and bathroom improvements increase the value of your house more than most renovations. Since the kitchen is the heart of a home, it’s essential that you invest in a modern, fresh and desirable kitchen. If you’ve neglected repairs over the years, an updated kitchen can make your house stand out. Modern cabinetry, under cabinet lighting, backsplash tiling, upgraded countertops, modern faucets and new appliances will all significantly increase the value of your home. Return on investment (ROI) is 75-100%.

Bathroom renovationBathroom:

Similarly, bathroom renovations are the second most important room in the home in terms of return on investment. Today’s trends lean toward people remodeling the space into a spa-style bathroom. The preference towards separate showers and tubs, double sinks, and even seating areas make this area a luxurious retreat. Even if the home has limited bathroom space, there are a number of improvements, such as new faucets, updated lighting, new cabinets and floor that can improve the look of the bathroom and the value of the home. ROI is also 75-100%.

There are other top-notch home improvements that add to a home’s value, such as replacing old elements like doors, windows and siding. These improvement in general yield a better financial return on investment.

Front Entry:

When a buyer or appraiser looks at your house, the first thing that catches their attention and focus is your front door. Upgrading your front entry can give your house the appearance of solidity and quality. This feature has a positive impact on their opinion of the home and increases its value. Adding French doors leading to the back yard or deck can also increase home value. ROI is 96.6%

Windows:

Windows are an expensive proposition, but if your windows no longer enhance the facade of your home, shield it from the elements or filter out noise, then it’s time to update them. Today’s windows are energy efficient and can help you save on heating and cooling costs. They can decrease your costs by up to 25% while improving the aesthetics of your home by complementing your home’s theme and design. They are relatively low maintenance and more durable than wood. ROI is 80%

SidingSiding:

Although siding may not be glamorous, it is one of the best home improvements for adding value to your home. Here is your chance to make a great first impression by updating your old siding, or adding new, because the exterior look sets the tone of what potential buyers will find inside the house. Vinyl siding is an affordable solution to sprucing up the exterior of a tired looking home. ROI is 92.8%

In today’s competitive housing market, renovations offer a relatively affordable means to boost the value of a home. Whether the upgrades are do-it-yourself projects or professionally done renovations, remodeling will make a house not only more appealing to buyers, but also offer a great return on investment.

Contact Ridgeline Renovations to discuss how we can increase the value of your home.

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While basements are generally the last room in the house to get any attention, they offer a wealth of extra living space for many purposes and activities.You can increase the square footage of your entire home by renovating your basement and transforming it into a stylish area. Depending on your family needs, the space can go from being ordinary to extraordinary, and it will increase the resale value of your home.

Basement Renovation with fireplaceHere are five remodeling ideas to turn your basement into a purposeful part of your home.

Office:

Home-based businesses have become routine, but limited space in the upper part of the house can make it difficult to set up a fully functional office. You can resolve this dilemma by transforming the basement into your professional domain and distancing your business away from family noise and distractions. It’s an ideal location where you can arrange your office equipment, such as a desk unit, computer, fax, phone, book units and filing cabinets. You may even want to consider installing a bathroom or kitchenette in the basement to help you stay on track and focused on your business.

Media Room:

Sometimes one family room is just not enough to satisfy everyone’s choice of T.V. selection. If that’s the case, transform the unused space of your basement into a high-tech media room. It can be the perfect home theater entertainment location for the whole family to spend time together for movie nights. You can recess the speakers into the ceiling or walls for a surround sound effect. Design an enclosed unit to hold all of your media components. Mounting the T.V. on the wall provides additional seating area so that everyone gets a good view.

Kids Play Room:

Turning a basement into a playroom is a great alternative for parents because this room will change as the kids grow, so parents do not need a pricey renovation. The basement provides enough open space that the renovation can be designed for imagination, fun and activity. It’s an ideal place to send the kids off because it’s totally secure without access to the outside. It’s also self-contained so the kids can “trash” the playroom and the rest of the house remains intact. Flooring should be of some material that can take a beating, be protective and durable. A mounted flat-screen T.V. is a good addition to keep them entertained. For safety and security, consider installing a video camera in the playroom so that you can keep a watchful eye over the kids.

A Gym:

If you like to work out, but getting to the gym is a hassle, than a home gym is your answer. Turning your basement into a fitness center gives you the luxury of convenience, privacy and it’s tailored to your own needs. If your basement is large, you should not encounter any problems in moving around safely when fully equipped. Rubber flooring is good, but rubber flooring under carpet is better for comfort, warmth and absorbing sound. If the basement is not climate controlled, install ceiling fans for better air circulation. Adding a mirror wall and additional recess lighting will create a bright and attractive environment.

A Game Room:

A basement games room can incorporate many different types of entertainment activity such as ping-pong, billiards, air-hockey, cards, darts, board games or video games. It can become the most popular and enjoyed room in the house. Adding the billiard table may require some design considerations because of structural support beams, plumbing and room dimensions. You may also want to consider adding closets or cabinets to store gaming equipment and accessories. To make your game room complete, add a flat-screen T.V., some overstuffed chairs and even a well-stocked wet bar with high backed seats for adult entertaining.

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Now that spring has arrived for residents in the Ancaster, Dundas and Burlington area, it’s time to start thinking about some projects that can morph your backyard into a functional and alluring retreat. Regardless of the size or shape of a backyard, a makeover can turn a lacklustre yard into an appealing oasis of relaxation and entertainment.

Creating a striking environment may seem like a challenge (especially if you’re on a budget), but with planning and creativity, you can turn your backyard into something special and increase the value of your home.

Here are three backyard renovations ideas that can turn your yard into an exterior paradise.

Patios:

Patios play an important role in most backyards. It’s the perfect place for relaxing with family and friends. It’s an engaging outdoor room and entertainment area where grills, fire pits, outdoor furniture, a hot tub, planters and décor are all combined. To have the best and most functional patio design, you need to consider exposure to sun and shade, proximity to the house and outdoor views. Enhancing a patio area can be done easily and very economically.

Landscape Lighting:

One of the best ways to turn a dark environment into magic is by installing low-voltage landscaping lighting. Landscape lighting adds interest and intrigue to any backyard setting. The lights provide a soft ambience for guiding people along your garden’s pathways. They’re used to accent special trees or plantings. They can add additional light to brighten a patio area for outdoor entertaining. The lights are an important feature to improve safety and security near steps. Low-voltage lighting is economical because it consumes about one-third the electricity compared to high-voltage systems, and it is far less expensive to install.

Arbors:

Back patio arborAn arbor is a great renovation idea for the backyard because it enhances your outdoor living space with a beautiful garden structure. It can define an entrance, guide a visitor through the garden, provide purely aesthetic beauty or be a functional part of the landscape by supporting a gate, a bench or a climbing plant. You can even install arbors in your vegetable garden. Metal arbors are reminiscent of the Victorian era, while wooden arbors make an entrance feel casual and inviting. In a cottage garden, a simple wooden bench arbor can give you a beautiful place to sit in your garden. Arbors come pre-made and ready for installation or you can buy an arbor kit and put it together yourself.

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To Whom It May Concern:

We recently had two bathrooms completely dismantled and renovated by Ridgeline Renovations. There were many challenges as the rooms are not overly large. We were looking to relocate all the plumbing, electrical and windows as well as add functionality with the addition of a shower unit while creating an attractive and relaxing appearance.

We very highly recommend Rob and his team for any project. Rob was very knowledgeable when discussing the feasibility of the project. We were very impressed with his suggestions and solutions when some of our ideas were not viable. When the project was completed, we definitely appreciated his input as the final product was everything we had hoped for.

Now that the bathroom renovations are complete, the basis for our recommendation includes the following:

  • Very high skill set of Rob and his team Mike and Brian
  • On schedule, start to finish of complete overhaul of two bathrooms – 3weeks, one bathroom at a time, with no inconvenience to us.
  • On time everyday, always tidy work environment at the end of the day.
  • Open cross communication as the project progressed
  • Flexible to adjustments in the design, particularly once the drywall and ceiling were removed and any issue identified
  • Very professional in all aspects of completing the project
  • Reasonable and acceptable pricing
  • Assistance in the selection of cabinetry, countertops, shower/tubs, hardware etc. with vendors.

Again, we have been very satisfied with Ridgeline Renovations and highly recommend them for any project. The only issues is that our bathrooms are now so appealing that Rob will need to renovate the rest of the house in the future.

Our sincere appreciation,

Nancy and Joseph Sferrazza

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