Putting your family into a “new home” needn’t require a move. Creative remodel ideas can result in a truly new
home though renovation on site. Remodeling your Madison WI home can provide major changes in your lifestyle as your existing residence adapts to your evolving needs.
A renovation can include simple changes or elaborate additions. Each, in its own way, has significant impact on the home and how it is used.
Where To Apply Remodel Ideas
Where do you want to make changes? Which aspect of your existing home needs changing? Ponder the impact of the following remodeling targets.
- A bathroom makeover or a new bathroom
- An expanded, updated kitchen
- Finishing a basement
- Additions to enhance a lifestyle, including sunrooms, screened porches and decks
- Installing skylights or sun tunnels
- Expanding the master bedroom suite
- An addition to include additional living space – bedrooms, dining room, etc.
- Updating a bathroom to make it accessible – remove an old tub and adding a step-in tub or a walk-in shower
When you are really attached to your home, neighborhood or community, the thought of moving is daunting. Consider the pros and cons of leaving or changing your existing home. How far away from your ideal are you? Are your expanded needs drastic or would a few refinements create the home you desire?
Families are constantly changing as people age. The demands they place on a home change as well – you need different accommodations for elementary school age children than for senior citizens, for example. Remodel ideas that impact today’s needs while looking forward to future requirements provide a top return on investment. An up-date and make-over of kitchens, bathrooms, basements and outdoor living spaces immediately increases the value of a Madison WI home. Garage additions also shape and transform a home.
With A Renovation Want Doesn’t Always Equal Need
Before committing to a remodeling plan, documenting goals and options provides a clear understanding of the process. The first step requires defining three concepts:
- What do we need?
- What do we want?
- How are these different?
A fourth could include “what do we wish we had if there were no limitations like time or budget?”
What Do We Need – Make a list of the issues that started your thinking about a new home. What is missing? What must be changed/added if a renovation is practical?
What Do We Want – Make a second list of all the things you want in a new home. These are the things you desire but may or may not be able to afford as part of the final process.
What Do You Wish You Could Have – A third list where you let your imagination loose. If money were no object, what would you include – a “man cave” or home theater, or perhaps a three-car garage?
Work together as a family to create these lists. When you’ve come up with your final document and your own remodel ideas, it’s time to sit down with a professional remodeling contractor. A professional will evaluate your ideas in the context of structural changes, mechanical systems, electrical demands, plumbing concerns and overall finishing.
Remodel Ideas Pose A Challenge
Deciding to take on a major remodeling project is not a simple choice. A renovation is a disruptive process. It challenges every member of the household so the complete vision should be outlined in the planning stage. Once the project begins, there will be dust, disruption and a lengthy period of “making do.”
Agreeing to a timeline for the project is a major first step. False starts and late changes not only frustrate everyone, they cost money.
When you complete the review of needs, wants and wishes, you can avoid falling into the trap of a “what if we…” halfway through the project. Adjustments midway through can have a domino-effect you aren’t aware of. What looks simple on the surface can impact a variety of costly elements in the long-run.
Live Your Dream Right Now
You may be living in your dream home right now without realizing it. A series of remodel ideas brought to life by a professional contractor can transform today’s dreams to realities.
A reliable source of whole house remodeling, Sims Exteriors & Remodeling serves greater Dane County, including Middleton, Waunakee, Fitchburg, Oregon Verona, McFarland, Stoughton, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie and Deforest.
Contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling at 608-825-4500, or email us for assistance in developing the best remodel ideas and renovation plans in Madison WI.