Remodel Ready?

If you turn on HGTV or the DIY network, house flipping, home staging and fixer uppers are inspiring people every day with interior design and great remodeling ideas. However, when it comes to taking on a home renovation project, you need to ask yourself… Am I remodel ready?

Whether you’re buying a fixer upper to make your dream home or you’re remodeling to sell, there are a few things you need to think about that can make all the difference with your project.

We recently had the pleasure of working with Lindsay Benton and Jennifer Helton of Helbent Properties, an up and coming remodeling team, on a home renovation project in South Huntsville. Together, we’ll share some tips that will help to ensure the success of your project and hopefully make the process a little easier.

1. GET A BASIC PLAN TOGETHER

Whether you’re giving your home a cosmetic face-lift or it’s a complete gut-job like Lindsey and Jennifer took on, you need a plan for the entire scope of the project. Both small and large remodel jobs require lots of decisions like paint colors, flooring, countertops, lighting, and fixtures just to name a few… So, having project plan in place ahead of time will help save time and money in the long run.

2. CONSIDER THE STYLE OF THE HOME

When remodeling a home, you need to take into consideration the style and layout of the existing structure. You want to add transitional styles that both compliment and add to the value of the home without taking away from the original design.

3. DETERMINE A BUDGET

Once you have a basic plan, you can begin putting together the budget. Lindsay and Jennifer suggest setting aside at least 20% of the budget for unforeseen expenses. “We learned that the hard way…no matter how much planning you do in advance.”

4. REMODEL BY THE RULES

They also suggest contacting your city or municipality to determine what permits are required and when you’ll need them. “Most projects require a city permit and you can be fined for doing the work without it, even if you’re the homeowner,” says Jennifer.

5. GET QUOTES

According to the Helbent Team, “When pricing a service, always get at least three quotes and remember that the cheapest is not always the best. Only use contractors who are licensed, insured, have a good reputation, and who always obtain copies of their license and insurance prior to beginning any work.”

6. RESEARCH YOUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE MARKET

Know what local homebuyers are looking for in a home prior to your remodel, even if you don’t plan to sell in the immediate furniture. Lindsay suggests, “Buying the most expensive and trendy lighting, installing the most expensive floors or adding over-the-top amenities, won’t translate to extra dollars in your pocket down the road. Go for functional spaces, maximize storage and choose quality products that make the most sense.”

And of course, when in doubt, consult a professional. DIY projects are a great way to save money, but you’ll save more money in the long run by hiring someone before you make costly mistakes.

For information about the Helbent Team or questions about this article, contact Haley’s at 256.536.8086.

Top Design Trends for 2018

Keeping up with the latest trends and fashions can be a real challenge, so here’s a glimpse into what design experts are predicting.

In 2016, soft whites and crisp neutrals were setting the stage. Bolder and brighter designs made a grand entrance in 2017. This year, you will see a combination of warm earthy tones, natural greens… and yes, even the deep jewel tones that we thought were a thing of the past. Everything from walls, fabrics and furniture to cabinets, tiles and floors, color is making its way to center stage this year. Not to worry if bright and bold are not your thing, there are lots of other trends to choose from as well.

COLOR

Eco-friendly, “go-green” products are the inspiration behind many of the designs and color palettes you’ll see this year. In fact, Pantene’s color, Greenery, is still turning heads and getting the attention of many designers. You’ll find pops of it showing up on walls, floors and accessories just to name a few. Its vivd hue works well with warm wood tones and helps to bring the outdoors in giving life to any space. If you loved the jewel tones of the 90’s, you’re sure to love this year’s designs…mixing past and present with brighter and richer versions of the original palettes. Warm interior colors, eco-inspired accents and cozy room fashions are sure to make an impact this year.

WALLS AND FLOORS

If you’re looking to make a statement on your walls and floors, go bold with glass tiles that are sure to be a showstopper! Bright reds, earthy browns, and nature inspired designs bring color and nature together in a cohesive fashion.

Vintage Retro is sharing the stage this year with the current classic vintage designs bringing personality and creative patterns into your kitchen, bath or any unique space. Of course continuing to trend and making and even bigger impact this year, is the warm rich hues of the wood-look tiles and planks… sometimes even replacing the currently popular subway tiles. Cork, not only on floors, and terra-cotta tiles are also making a big comeback as well.

Look for these nature inspired colors, harmonious textures and eco-friendly designs not only in hard surfaces, but also in luxurious carpets and area rugs this year.

FINISHES

This year, you can expect to see color making its way into your kitchen and bath. Whether your style is sleek and contemporary, or shaker and transitional, colorful painted finishes like navy and green are a sure way to add some spice to your kitchen design. They also pair well with the natural elements of stone and wood making for an inviting place to gather.

Not only is color making a comeback from the 90’s, but so are the gold fixtures and finishes that once adorned our homes. However, instead of the outdated shiny brass finishes that came from that era, these new accents are updated and modern offering a new sophisticated brushed look.

Another metal forging its way into our spaces is the timeless look of copper. Everything from copper pots and pans to copper accents, they’ll bring warmth and bling back to the kitchen. When displayed against a neutral background, they can really shine.

With so many ideas and designs this year, you can decorate with confidence knowing that you’ve created a beautifully lush color palette that incorporates the elements of nature and timeless classics of the past.