Monday, December 29, 2014

Small Changes, Big Impact.

In our house the days before New Year's Eve are always a flurry of packing up Christmas decorations, organizing the junk drawer, cleaning the linen closet, and reorganizing clothes closets.  For me, the New Year is a time to get everything in order so that we can start the year off right.  It may not sound like a lot, but you might be surprised at how several small projects can have a big impact on your homes overall organization.

The same can be said for home remodeling projects, which many people often get the itch to start around the New Year.  As I mentioned above, small changes can create a big impact.  Here are three options from Sarah Susanka's book to remodel your home using the same theory that small changes can create a big impact.

  1. Work Within Your Existing Footprint:  Remodeling doesn't always mean you have to add on to your existing square footage!  There are many options such as removing or opening up a wall, adding some storage, or even rearranging the flow of the room can solve spatial problems without resorting to adding on at a large cost to you.
  2. Bump Out:  If you've determined that you aren't able to work within your existing footprint, then you may want to consider a bump out.  This minimal modification is worthwhile and adding just a couple of feet can make a big difference to the utility and aesthetics of the room.
  3. Add On Just A Little:  This is the last step if you have decided that even a little bump out won't give you the space you need with a remodel.  Typically home owners assume you should start with a big addition, however a small addition can still achieve your goals while being cost effective when compared to the alternative of a substantial renovation.  
If you're thinking about some remodeling projects you'd like to tackle next year, call the Projects team to learn more about how we can make your dreams a reality!

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