Many homeowners who are considering whole home remodeling may also be considering moving or building a new home altogether. But for some homeowners, a whole home remodel simply makes the most sense. Is whole house remodeling right for you? If you find yourself nodding your head “yes” to the reasons below, it’s likely your best bet. But first, let’s discuss exactly what a whole home remodel is.
While it could also be accurately described as a “half-or-more” home remodel, a whole home remodel is what you’re doing anytime you’re renovating or revamping more than fifty percent of your house. Certainly, a whole home remodel could also cover a project where you’re literally remodeling every room in your home, but more times than not it involves something like renovating several rooms, revamping the entire floor of a two-story home, adding on multiple rooms or some combination of these.
Now, on to the reasons you’d want to opt for a whole home remodel instead of buying or building.
You love your current neighborhood or lot but want a renovated home
One of the biggest reasons that you may choose to tackle a whole home remodeling project instead of building a brand new construction is that there are aspects of your neighborhood of your lot that you love and that can simply not be replaced. Perhaps your current neighborhood has all of the amenities you’ve ever wanted—water access for your boat, sidewalks for family strolls and a clubhouse with activities for adults and kids alike—but your current home simply isn’t working well for your needs.
Or maybe your lot is your dream spot for a home, with mature trees, lake views and gardens you’ve carefully tended for years—but your home’s choppy layout and outdated finishes make you want something new. In both of these situations, a whole home remodel will allow you to have the best of both worlds; a virtually brand new home created on the lot and in the neighborhood you fell in love with years ago.
Your floor plan still works for you . . . somewhat
What if you have a floor plan that still suits your needs in one aspect, but no longer works for your lifestyle in another? For example, imagine that your second-floor configuration of bedrooms and bathrooms continues to work well for your family, but the boxed in first-floor layout, with its closed off kitchen and tiny laundry area, need to be adapted to your modern-day life.
In this situation, a whole-house remodel will allow you to continue to enjoy the aspects of your home that you do like while bringing new functionality and life to areas of your home that need an update. And you’ll be able to do it all without the headaches and stress associated with packing and moving.
You bought or inherited a home that can be remodeled to suit your style
No matter how you got your new house, if it isn’t your style, it isn’t going to feel quite like home. Whether it’s tacky 1990s finishes or a harsh, sterile design aesthetic when your tastes run more toward warm woods, living in a house that someone else designed can feel like living in a hotel room; you’re staying there but not truly feeling settled in.
A whole home remodel can help you infuse your new home with your preferences and personality throughout, creating a thoughtful and cohesive design. Rather than choosing to do a room here or there over the years piecemeal, tackling the project as a complete home remodel will allow you to make the most of your design plan and your budget.
You simply want updates on the house to achieve greater efficiency
If you like your current home but you simply wish it was more “green” or that you could reduce your carbon footprint, a whole home remodel can help you achieve those goals while improving your home’s looks and livability. Updating old windows and doors with energy efficient models, as well as installing ENERGY STAR certified appliances will help reduce your overall energy consumption.
Additionally, when you’re performing a whole home remodel, it makes sense to go ahead and consider upgrading bigger systems like your water heater or your HVAC; your Orren Pickell Building Group team will help you select the right system, and your designer will them integrate it into your renovation plans so that everything looks and works seamlessly.
Considering a whole home remodel? Interested in whole home additions? For the most experienced custom remodelers in Chicago, contact us at the Orren Pickell Building Group for a free consultation. We’ll learn more about your current home and will discuss how we can help with your whole home remodeling needs.