To reap the rewards, homeowners have to do their groundwork first.
If you want to be part of the hottest trend in remodeling, make over your kitchen. But don’t just put in new stuff willy-nilly: Let your new kitchen reflect your personality.
At least, that’s what the National Association of the Remodeling Industry – a trade group – finds that homeowners are doing. Kitchens just aren’t a place to cook and eat anymore; in many you’ll find an entertainment center, computers and desks.
And yes, even places to cook and eat.
While kitchens are the favorite remodeling target, bathrooms are close behind but for opposite reasons. Modern kitchens are a place for people to come together. Bathrooms are seen increasingly as a place to escape.
The third-most popular remodel is that of any interior room in the home other than the kitchen or bath. Fourth is a room addition.
Remodeling your home can be rewarding, but it can also be stressful. Just about any remodeling company, home builder or industry trade group will tell you that homeowners usually make the same mistakes over and over. Here are the top 10 mistakes cited by the association.