Adaptive Reuse is a process that adapts buildings for new uses while retaining their historic features. We have seen this in an urban setting for many years, as in the example above. A condo community in NYC.
We are now seeing more of this re-use in residential homes. As in shipping containers being used for room additions. Check with a progressive architect in your area to discuss your options. It could cost you much less than you think for an extra 700 sq feet of living space. Or maybe you can afford to do something with that lake lot you have been holding onto.
Let's face it- the fancy kitchen or the desire to have one will never go away. Beauty is why we fall in love but functionality goes beyond the honeymoon. When I update my kitchen I most certainly will explore this option with Blue Star. Here are some reasons you should consider Blue Star too.
Martha has found a way (once again) to bring herself into our homes. This time it's through our kitchens. Updating a kitchen is still a wise bet for homeowners who will recoup about 70% return on investment for a mid-range kitchen. If you are staying put for a while and are considering updating your kitchen check out Martha's line at the Home Depot. It's a modern twist on traditional.
Spark modern fires are enegry efficient, eliminate the smoke, soot & ash released by most wood-burning fireplaces. You don't need a chimney or hearth to add efficient heat to any room. You can even qualify for atax credit by installing an eco-smart fire. Choose cabinets from modern to traditional at homclick.com
If you are thinking of making a minor improvement to your home that will have a big impact, adding a fireplace is a great choice. You and your family will enjoy it from the chilly autumn nights that are upon us through the lingering winter evenings in March.
If you haven't yet taken the time to check out House Logic you should. It is a wealth of information. From how to better your home, take advantage of tax credits or strengthen your commumity, it is a site worth visiting. Check out the seasonal maintenance guide for the upcoming season.
.. review the Cost vs Value report in your region by Remodeling Magazine. It will give you an idea of the cost you will recoup on a given project. Bottom line is, consider how long you will be in the property before doing any major project.