Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,Home Improvement,MD http://www.zillow.com/advice/MD/home-ownership-home-improvement/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate What is the average $/sqft to use for new addition and a new custom home in Maryland http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-the-average-sqft-to-use-for-new-addition-and-a-new-custom-home-in-Maryland/570913/ 1 reply Thu, 01 Jan 2015 19:13:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-the-average-sqft-to-use-for-new-addition-and-a-new-custom-home-in-Maryland/570913/ 2015-01-01T19:13:00Z Adding basement bedroom and half bath? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Adding-basement-bedroom-and-half-bath/560086/ I have a 1700 sq ft single family side split level, I've currently added a 1/2 bath in the basement and was thinking of converting a section of my basement into a bedroom. This would bring the house up from a 3 bed / 3 bath to a 4 bed / 3.5 bath. Thoughts???<br \><br \>6 replies Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:23:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Adding-basement-bedroom-and-half-bath/560086/ 2014-09-21T12:23:00Z Where can I get the floor plans for my house? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Where-can-I-get-the-floor-plans-for-my-house/361011/ 16 replies Fri, 06 Aug 2010 13:31:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Where-can-I-get-the-floor-plans-for-my-house/361011/ 2010-08-06T13:31:00Z If a bath has a sink, toilet and shower without a bathtub, is it considered a full bath in Maryland? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-a-bath-has-a-sink-toilet-and-shower-without-a-bathtub-is-it-considered-a-full-bath-in-Maryland/534411/ getting ready to renovate a bathroom and trying to decide if we can remove tub altogether and just have a shower or will it lower the selling price.<br \><br \>5 replies Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:12:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-a-bath-has-a-sink-toilet-and-shower-without-a-bathtub-is-it-considered-a-full-bath-in-Maryland/534411/ 2014-03-30T16:12:00Z Loose a bedroom for a master suite? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Loose-a-bedroom-for-a-master-suite/535900/ We are in the process of purchasing a property that needs lots of work. We cant decide if we want to loose one of the four bedrooms and expend the master suite to include a walk-in closet/master bath. I want to make sure that from a 'value' stand point im making the right decision. Anyone?<br \><br \>9 replies Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:46:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Loose-a-bedroom-for-a-master-suite/535900/ 2014-04-10T14:46:00Z Can you fence in your yard? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-you-fence-in-your-yard/535074/ Are dogs allowed?<br \><br \>1 reply Fri, 04 Apr 2014 03:20:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-you-fence-in-your-yard/535074/ 2014-04-04T03:20:00Z Where can I buy used kitchen counters? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Where-can-I-buy-used-kitchen-counters/236380/ I've seen on "Renovation Nation" (TV show) that people are buying things from houses that are going to be torn down or forclosed and selling everything in it. It's a great GREEN idea and I would like to know if there are anyone doing this in the N. Baltimore area? Hopfully in&nbsp;Harford County area would be fabulous. I would like to get into this business as well, think it is&nbsp;the best way to recycle and&nbsp;go&nbsp;"green" as well as saving consumers a lot of money!&nbsp;<br \><br \>15 replies Mon, 18 May 2009 21:12:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Where-can-I-buy-used-kitchen-counters/236380/ 2009-05-18T21:12:00Z Fireplace or wood burning insert http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Fireplace-or-wood-burning-insert/519010/ Thoughts on if we should convert a fireplace into a wood burning insert? I know the insert is a lot more efficient however, does that outweigh in re-sale/"charming fireplace"?<br \><br \>7 replies Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:05:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Fireplace-or-wood-burning-insert/519010/ 2013-11-14T18:05:00Z Do I have a case... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-I-have-a-case/518731/ We purchased a home just over 3 years ago and shortly after found out there were asbestos tiles in the basement. The sellers left the asbestos section of the disclosure form blank, even though they had actual boxes of the asbestos tiles in the basement on the shelves that they left when we took possession. Is there a chance/way to make them pay for the abatement?<br \><br \>4 replies Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:05:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-I-have-a-case/518731/ 2013-11-12T16:05:00Z "Walk-in" closet vs. Reach in http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Walk-in-closet-vs-Reach-in/509573/ My master bedroom is about 20" wide and we have a "walk-in" closet that extends the width of one end of the room. &nbsp;I use the " " because you can't really walk in to the closet. &nbsp;It's only about 2.5" deep and has two doors on the front. &nbsp;The wall and the doors are, if anything, in the way. &nbsp;<br/><br/>When we moved in to the house I suggested to my realtor that I might like to cut that wall away and make it either a reach in closet or perhaps install some other type of doors that make the area more accessible--pocket, french, etc. &nbsp;He said that taking away the "walk in" would reduce my home's value. &nbsp;<br/><br/>I'd really like to make this change but will, at some point, need to resell the house. &nbsp;Can anyone give me advice on this? &nbsp;Thank you. &nbsp;<br \><br \>5 replies Sun, 01 Sep 2013 20:40:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Walk-in-closet-vs-Reach-in/509573/ 2013-09-01T20:40:00Z Replace walk in closet with bathroom and build mini walkin closet behind door http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Replace-walk-in-closet-with-bathroom-and-build-mini-walkin-closet-behind-door/507284/ I'm a single mother on a budget. I have placed an offer on a town home that I have falling in love with yet would like to change two things. The master bedroom is a very nice size with a box walk in closet. The closet wall is on the back of the full bathroom in the hall and laundry room in the hall way. So I would like to make this closet a full bathroom and place a mini walk in closet behind the bedroom door. I definitely don't want the closet any larger so that I will have more room with in my room if that makes sense. I live in the PG county Maryland area. I wonder if this would cost me more then 6k? I don't want anything super fancy. Just standard. Any advice would be great. &nbsp; &nbsp;<br \><br \>2 replies Sat, 17 Aug 2013 04:38:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Replace-walk-in-closet-with-bathroom-and-build-mini-walkin-closet-behind-door/507284/ 2013-08-17T04:38:00Z Improving to Sell: Question http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Improving-to-Sell-Question/502486/ My wife and I are just outside of DC within a mile of metro rail but in&nbsp;the less than spectacular school district of&nbsp;Prince George's County. We are likely going to sell in a couple of years and are looking at improvements. Our house is a 1936 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath with a 1994&nbsp;addition that created an open kitchen/dining room and master suite above. The fourth "bedroom" is only a bedroom in the sense that it&nbsp;meets the closet and window criteria. It's barely 60 square feet and would barely accomodate a twin bed and a dresser and the closet is tiny. Since it is adjacent to the master suite we are looking at a few ideas for this "bedroom."<br/>1. Improve the less than spectacular master bath to overtake the "walk-in" closet that is not really walkable except sideways while swimming through hanging shirts. We would likely do a large shower with a block glass window. We would then&nbsp;bust the wall to the 4th "bedroom" and make that a large walk-in with natural light. <br/>2. Keep the room as is and add a door from the master suite and call it a nursery. (Obviously the cheapest route) ...Ideal for a young family looking to have more than two kids.<br/>3. Turning the room into an upstairs laundry as&nbsp;laundry is currently in the (nicely finished) basement which interrupts the ability to turn that basement space into an entertainment space.<br/>All three have some&nbsp;advantages and disadvantages.<br/><br/>Sorry it took so long to get to the question! Which one do any of you think would be the best way to help us sell the house and earn a little extra equity?<br \><br \>5 replies Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:55:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Improving-to-Sell-Question/502486/ 2013-07-18T15:55:00Z How do i appraise my property http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-i-appraise-my-property/499907/ I have done a lot of work on my house after it was purchased in 2005. How do I go about getting an appraisal of the property<br \><br \>2 replies Mon, 01 Jul 2013 20:03:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-i-appraise-my-property/499907/ 2013-07-01T20:03:00Z Is it worth adding a half bath to my house (in the basement)? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-worth-adding-a-half-bath-to-my-house-in-the-basement/481150/ I have a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath house. &nbsp;3 bedrooms on the second floor with 2 baths (one hall and one master). &nbsp;The half bath is on the main floor (powder room).<br/><br/>I believe I have a rough in in the basement for the ability to add a half bath (maybe 5x5 ft or slightly bigger 7x5 ft). &nbsp;I'm not sure how much it would cost just yet; I just started reaching out for quotes, but the range I've seen online is $3-6k. &nbsp;Is it worth it or would it not make up for that in the value added to my house?<br/><br/>Thoughts? &nbsp;<br/><br/>Thanks in advance!<br \><br \>5 replies Sun, 03 Mar 2013 22:10:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-worth-adding-a-half-bath-to-my-house-in-the-basement/481150/ 2013-03-03T22:10:00Z If I blacktop a rock driveway, how much will that add to the value of a home? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-I-blacktop-a-rock-driveway-how-much-will-that-add-to-the-value-of-a-home/368815/ 8 replies Tue, 05 Oct 2010 02:27:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-I-blacktop-a-rock-driveway-how-much-will-that-add-to-the-value-of-a-home/368815/ 2010-10-05T02:27:00Z Has anyone had problems with painted kitchen cabinets seams separating? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Has-anyone-had-problems-with-painted-kitchen-cabinets-seams-separating/428508/ I am renovating my kitchen. When I went to order white painted kitchen cabinets the kitchen designer discouraged me from ordering them. He said the seams and joints separations are more noticeable and may bother me. Has anyone had any experience with this?<br \><br \>8 replies Thu, 12 Jan 2012 18:33:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Has-anyone-had-problems-with-painted-kitchen-cabinets-seams-separating/428508/ 2012-01-12T18:33:00Z I recently renovated my lower level of my split level home. I turned about 75 sq feet of unused/unf http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-recently-renovated-my-lower-level-of-my-split-level-home-I-turned-about-75-sq-feet-of-unused-unf/462813/ 2 replies Fri, 05 Oct 2012 17:25:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-recently-renovated-my-lower-level-of-my-split-level-home-I-turned-about-75-sq-feet-of-unused-unf/462813/ 2012-10-05T17:25:00Z I am looking to add an exit/entrance to my basement in the state of Maryland. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-looking-to-add-an-exit-entrance-to-my-basement-in-the-state-of-Maryland/461031/ Just looking to some kind of way I can have my dogs exit the house with out having them going threw the house.&nbsp;<br \><br \>3 replies Sun, 23 Sep 2012 01:17:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-looking-to-add-an-exit-entrance-to-my-basement-in-the-state-of-Maryland/461031/ 2012-09-23T01:17:00Z Where do the "public facts" come from? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Where-do-the-public-facts-come-from/455546/ I am looking at a home built in 1994 with 2 baths. It now has 3 baths. The owner claims that the renovations were done in 1996, but the "public facts" still show it as 2 baths. Where does that data come from and wouldn't it have updated if a bathroom was truly added 16 years ago?<br \><br \>4 replies Tue, 14 Aug 2012 21:22:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Where-do-the-public-facts-come-from/455546/ 2012-08-14T21:22:00Z need redesign work done http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/need-redesign-work-done/342684/ We need some redesigning done to our 1941 Master Bedrm and bathrm (and possibly the back end of our home). Can anyone recommend someone they have used. &nbsp;Would we use a designer or an architect? &nbsp;Thanks<br \><br \>11 replies Sat, 10 Apr 2010 04:43:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/need-redesign-work-done/342684/ 2010-04-10T04:43:00Z