How to Increase Home Value

Add a Sunroom

Add a Sunroom

If you want to increase your home’s value it is not always just about “keeping up with the Joneses” but enhancing the exterior of your home.  Sometimes, even though your home’s exterior is in perfect shape, and the landscaping is superb, there is always that something extra that can be added for improved curb appeal and increased value to your home.

A trending word these days is “repurposing” – taking what you already have and making it into something better.   Remodeling your home is akin to repurposing it, only you don’t turn it into another object, just a better version of the prior home … think of it as upgrading.

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Sometimes the smallest addition makes the biggest impact.  For example, a new, beautiful wood front door with an ornate stained glass inset could “make” the front of your home.  Likewise, plopping a porch pot with a bounty of seasonal flowers near a two-seater bench by that front door will most definitely lend ambiance to your home. A rocking chair on the porch adds a touch of hominess and says “welcome friends” that sometimes supersedes any type of remodeling efforts. Continue reading

Trends in Roofing Materials

health benefits of poolsIs it unusual or frivolous to purchase a new roof for your home simply for aesthetic purposes rather than because your roof is aging, has deteriorated or is leaking?

Indeed, a leaking roof will send you scurrying to the internet or thumbing through the Yellow Pages to find the name of a good roofing contractor posthaste. You might be conflicted as to whether you need a new roof, a re-roof, or if you should consider a repair by a residential roofing contractor in Orange County to just fix the problem.

But, what if you are looking to replace your roof strictly to enhance the beauty of your home, i.e. merely for aesthetic reasons? Do you need a motive to justify the expense if your roof appears to be in relatively good shape, and, especially if you covet a costly roofing installation for expensive roofing materials such as slate, cedar shake or a metal roof, as opposed to the less-expensive, and perhaps more-practical, alternative of asphalt shingles? Well, even if you are fortunate enough to be unscathed from leaking or damage to your present roof, you might want to take into consideration the longevity of your roof and how many more years of life it has first. Continue reading

Trends in Residential Roof Design

health benefits of poolsIn keeping up with the current overall remodeling trend with an eye to green living and conserving energy, the roofing industry has certainly done its part. In an effort to appeal to younger homebuyers, the roofing industry has kept pace with up-and-coming green technology i.e. its emphasis is on earthy, nature-inspired roof shingles, but it also has created roofing styles which arches and curves to allow for different architectural finishing textures. Although these trending concepts in roof design are admirable, they are more than just a beautiful facade. Today’s roofs don’t just look more eco-friendly, they are comprised of materials including laminated asphalt, sustainable roofing like cedar shakes and shingles, or roofing tiles. Contemporary trends in roof colors will be on the light side, perfect for this warm-weather state. Even though buying a roof, solely for energy conversation and being kind to the environment is a driving force with current roofing trends, fashion now pays a bigger role as more homeowners seek stylish roofing that has character as well as architectural interest. Continue reading