to hire a contractor -- Remodeling
your home is not something you do every day. Here's how to
be selective when choosing a contractor.
cost of luxury -- Just how does the other half improve
its homes? With top-notch entertainment rooms, gourmet kitchens
and massive master suites that cost more than the mortgages
most of us carry on our run-of-the-mill houses.
your home bird-friendly -- Want to encourage feathered
friends to visit your property? There's more to it than just
putting up a bird feeder.
Remodeling, room by room
room -- The old adage that less is more is truly the rule
of thumb in this high-traffic space.
-- Homeowners typically recoup more than 80 percent of their
kitchen-renovation dollars at resale.
bedroom suite -- Add some space to your bedroom, with
sitting areas, big closets, dressing areas and even snack
-- Products once available only in million-dollar homes are
now available to the masses.
bedroom -- Spare bedrooms are doing double-duty as combination
guest room, hobby room, workout room, home office or playroom.
-- It's more than just a place to sit outdoors.
-- Make a profit while you beautify your surroundings.
-- Most people use their garages for storage, so the hot trends
are things that maximize space.
room -- If the garage is full, add space by organizing
and shelving this little-used room.
office -- Think "wireless" to avoid having to
hire someone to rewire your house.