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Thomas Richard's Advice
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Thomas Richard wrote:
Is it real estate suicide to remove a bathtub/shower?
Hi MBCUBE, Definitely not suicide, but as you already suspect, it may put of a few of the potential homebuyers in the future. Of course the area, the homes in that area, and the typical demographic (all things you've already thought about) will vary as to what people will want and/or prefer. The main reality is you are just buying it now and will get to enjoy it for years to come. Your enjoyments should be your primary focus. If/when the time comes to sell, MANY people will prefer the exact thing that you are considering. As a Kitchen and Bath Professional, I'd highly recommend that you seek out a local designer to help you rearrange the space and assist you with material and fixture choices... We've done and seen it all, and our experiences are what bring value to your project and ultimately save you money. Good luck with your reno!Thomas Richard TRS Designs, Inc.
Pre-fab tub/shower surround or tiled walls?
There are some pros and cons to each... Surrounds offer simple, quick installation and are often MUCH easier to clean and keep clean. They are only available in certain sizes though, so not much in the way of options. Tile offers a much more diverse look and feel with so many patterns, textures, and materials to choose from. Tile can also offer so much more in the way of high end look and finishes with the added benefit of more customization for size and storage. Grout lines are always a concern as far as keeping them clean and water tight, but with modern day advances and the new sealers on the market, this concern has virtually been eliminated. My vote: TILE - because it offers a lot more and looks better when finished.
October 28 2013
If I have builder grade oak cabinets and want to update to sell, what is the best low-cost solution?
Best and Low-Cost do not fit well together in the same sentence, but for lowest cost... Paint them white (or off white) just before you put the house on the market, but then be very careful when opening them so you don't mar the pretty new finish. Make sure you have attractive hardware on them too! Good Luck!
April 14 2013
Small Studio with Built-In Murphy Bed - Should I Remove It?
Hi there, Murphy Beds are quite unique and if it of really good quality, my question is what are the reasons you considering removing it to begin with? If you don't want to use it, you can just leave it closed/up all the time without loosing that feature/value. And if in the future, should your needs of the space ever change, it's still there.Thomas Richard
September 19 2012
Anyone have experience with kitchen cabinet refacing?
I can't directly answer your question, but I would like to offer you some food for thought. As a kitchen designer, I haven't found "refacing" as a good option for very many clients. It costs more than most people would think and often imposes to many limitations in direct opposition of what the homeowner is trying to achieve. With that said, if you want to try it... You can order almost any finish and/or doorstyle from Rockler.com. They sell everything you could need including how-to-guides and matching, self adhesive, wood veneers for covering the exposed sides of your cabinets and "refacing" your cabinet frames. Their vendor is Quality doors... Lowes also sells this product thru their kitchen departments, as does Home Depot (I think). I'm pretty sure Rocklers pricing will be better, you might feel better about ordering it from one of the big box stores, since (as almost everyone knows) the homes centers will take back almost anything, especially if you scream loud enough... As i mentioned above, refacing does have many drawbacks and I'd strongly encourage you to think about these factors before moving ahead with refacing:1) You are pretty much locking yourself into the existing layout.2) More often than not, the cabinetry that is being refaced is "builder grade", which is akin to putting a new paint job on a 20 year old car.3) A major percentage of the cost of new cabinets is the doors and drawer fronts (the pretty parts), which is what you are buying when you reface. At least look into the costs of new cabinets before putting out several thousand dollars or more for new doors to go on old cabinets.4) Refacing is usually a do-it-yourself only type of project, and if you can afford to pay someone to do it for you, you are much closer to being able to afford the whole new kitchen than you might think. I have seen a limited few project where the limitations didn't apply, and those have turned out pretty nice. Good luck with whatever direction you decide to take.Thomas RichardTRS Designs
August 21 2012
What is the most popular Home Improvement after buying a home?
I would venture a guess that Painting it the first thing most people would do because it's relatively inexpensive. My next guess would be floor coverings, but that would be for an older/existing home. For new homes, second place would probably be split between outdoor decks and finished basements.
August 16 2012
Is home remodeling cost tax deductable?
I am also not an accountant and you should consult yours before taking any of this info as fact: Other than energy savings and rental properties as previously mentioned, there are in fact a few other scenarios where remodeling may be tax deductible or provide some type of tax break:1) Home offices are deductible if you work from home all or part of the time.2) A kitchen remodel may be partially deductible if you run some form of baking, catering, or other food service out of your home. 3) A bathroom remodel may be deductible if it is to meet the special needs of yourself, a family member, or someone you are caring for in your home.There are a ton of variable that play into these scenarios and again, check with an accountant or financial planner BEFORE making any decisions. Hope this info helps.Thomas RichardTRS Designs, Inc.
July 13 2012
Is there a rule of thumb for figuring a budget for a kitchen renovation?
Somewhere between 10-25% of the homes value is a realistic budget range. Keep in mind that these budget range figures account for alot of variables and this doesn't mean that you will spend these actual amounts. This is a rule-of-thumb based on data from the NKBA and is also based on National Averages for these projects. The breakdown for budget is something like this:Cabinets (36%)Counter Tops (10%)Appliances (12%)Lighting/Electrical (9%)Wall Covering (3%)Flooring (7%)Plumbing (3%)Labor/Installation (20%)
July 01 2012
I need to have the tile replaced around my standard size bathtub (3 walls). I got an estimate for j
This is a guestimate base on my experiences, prices and materials in your local area may be higher or lower.Demo: Remove all existing tile/drywallInstall: New Greenboard/Wet use Drywall New tile @ 45sq' Grout ThinsetEstimate: $1200 for standard tile pattern. Higher if you pick more expensive tile and/or want any kind of interesting tile pattern or application.Options/Recommendations1) New shower/bath fixtures (makes sense to upgrade/replace these now) $200-500 plus labor2) Tiled in niches to hold shampoo/conditioner/misc bottles - $2003) Replace the bathtub. (with all this new material, is the existing bathtub worth keeping?) $200 and up depending on desired level of quality
June 13 2012
WHERE CAN I FIND COPIES OF PERMITS THE ARE FROM PREVIOUS WORK DONE TO MY HOUSE
Start with your local Township or Borough office. They should be able to direct you to whomever keeps their records.If they don't have anything, you might need to go a level higher which could be County records.I hope this helps you some.Thomas RichardTRS Designs, Inc.
June 12 2012
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