Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,Home Improvement,Richmond- VA http://www.zillow.com/advice/Richmond-VA/home-ownership-home-improvement/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate lanscaping a haf acre backyard - 3500$ is it too much? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/lanscaping-a-haf-acre-backyard-3500-is-it-too-much/368753/ We have a 1/2 acre backyard which slopes upwards towards the end. the result is grass is all gone and the soil is also rushing down when it rains creating a puddle where the slope ends. We have built a 12*6 wooden deck in the middle of backyard with stairs where it slopes down. we are trying to get a proposal to lanscape around that deck, have a water feature and trees near the back fence. Is 3500$ good budget for this kind of work ?<br \><br \>7 replies Mon, 04 Oct 2010 18:29:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/lanscaping-a-haf-acre-backyard-3500-is-it-too-much/368753/ 2010-10-04T18:29:00Z Budget Conscious Kitchen Remodel (for starter home) http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Budget-Conscious-Kitchen-Remodel-for-starter-home/362087/ <p>My husband and I purchased our first home last year for 138K and we have done some small changes and spent about 2K on bathroom remodel (new vanity, new vinyl floor and granite countertop/faucet). The kitchen cabinets are builder grade oak -with thin plywood doors. Wondering if it would be better to 1.) Replace cabinet doors with oak&nbsp;shaker style real wood-&nbsp;total cost approx $1200&nbsp;OR 2.) Reface cabinets with Maple or Painted Maple with glaze- total cost approx $3900...I can live with oak, but absolutely love cream coloured Painted Maple with chocolate glaze- But I don't want to invest $3900 into a home for nothing when it could go towards my next home or a new roof when the time comes...(We plan to live here for 7-9 years). Home is approx 1000 square feet and while we live in a nice neighborhood I am not sure what resale value may be 7-9 yrs from now. Should we do a small upgrade or complete reface?...Do you think the creamy beige maple cabinets with glaze are only a 'trend'?<br/><br/>I know $3900 is only pennies to some people, but we have college loans and would like to use our money wisely so it is not chump change to us...Thanks!!</p><br \><br \>9 replies Sat, 14 Aug 2010 03:01:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Budget-Conscious-Kitchen-Remodel-for-starter-home/362087/ 2010-08-14T03:01:00Z Does a finished basement/rec room (walk out) get included in the square footage description? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Does-a-finished-basement-rec-room-walk-out-get-included-in-the-square-footage-description/272210/ We have a contract (ko) on a home built in the 70s. It's is a ranch style rambler with a huge finished basement rec room (walkout level).&nbsp; The tax descriptions shows 1700 or so square feet.&nbsp; The listing agent shows 3700 square feet.&nbsp; It's quite obvious neither is correct.&nbsp; So, before I get an answer from the listing agent - do finished basements count?&nbsp; (I'm from the West Coast - we don't have basements!&nbsp; Earthquakes would make that a bad deal)<br \><br \>4 replies Wed, 26 Aug 2009 01:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Does-a-finished-basement-rec-room-walk-out-get-included-in-the-square-footage-description/272210/ 2009-08-26T01:57:00Z how do you get a remodeling quote? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-do-you-get-a-remodeling-quote/255086/ 1 reply Sat, 11 Jul 2009 15:30:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-do-you-get-a-remodeling-quote/255086/ 2009-07-11T15:30:00Z Does one include a finished basement in the square footage of the home? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Does-one-include-a-finished-basement-in-the-square-footage-of-the-home/181926/ 5 replies Sun, 28 Dec 2008 14:45:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Does-one-include-a-finished-basement-in-the-square-footage-of-the-home/181926/ 2008-12-28T14:45:00Z