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Bathrooms

 

Are you trying to decide whether or not you want to remodel your bathroom? You may have been mulling over this decision for weeks or even months. You may not want to deal with the headache of construction in the house or you may have thought it will not benefit you enough. Well, the truth is; there are many different benefits to remodeling your bathroom and here are a few.

The first and most important of all the benefits is the possibility of increasing your house's value. This will mainly happen when you make upgrades to your existing bathroom and not when you are simply fixing up the old bathroom to look relatively the same. Most upgrades to an existing bathroom will increase the overall value of a house, however, the size of the increase may depend on the size of the upgrade. If you are simply purchasing and installing a better bath tub then the increase may be small but if you are increasing shower space as well as redoing the floors and walls fixtures etc, you may see a significant increase in values.

A bathroom renovation may return anywhere from 82% to over 100% on your money that you put into the renovations

Nuvo Builders and their expertise combined with their quality construction, will design with you a perfect bathroom, designed for comfort, and beautiful to look at, making the decision to move forward with your vision, easy for you, all the while giving you a sound investment to your home, that will be recouped at the time of sale of your house.

Kitchens

 

Kitchens remain the heart of a home. It's not only where we cook and eat, but where friends and family gather, children do homework and daily chores are organized and completed. Kitchens provide a sense of comfort and belonging, so it's good news that kitchen remodels can retain a significant portion of their value.

Before you begin, especially in today's shaky economy, it's imperative to select the correct level of remodeling for what you need now, with an eye on your home's future resale value. Critical factors to assess include the overall budget, how long you expect to stay in your home and what type of kitchens are in other houses in your neighborhood.

According to Remodeling magazine's 2011-2012 Cost vs. Value Report, midrange minor kitchen remodels or "cosmetic" changes -- new countertops, cabinet fronts, a few new appliances, light fixtures and hardware -- can get a 72 percent return on investment.

Assess your needs and wants. How do you use your kitchen? How many cooks are there? How many daily meals do you cook? What kind of appliances and equipment do you need? Do you eat there? What other activities occur in the kitchen? What are the storage requirements? Is there plenty of natural lighting? Do you want to display any kitchen items?

  • List all items you would like to replace and establish priorities. If you are a gourmet cook, you will probably want to splurge on professional-grade appliances.
  • Develop an initial itemized budget.
  • Research the latest in kitchen design on the Internet, blogs, decorating magazines and even local show houses or model homes.
  • Organize your inspirations and thoughts.
  • Finalize budget with us at Nuvo Builders, and determine the extent of the renovation. For larger projects, we can work with you to hire a design professional to assist if neccessary.
  • Cabinetry: Most people today are drawn to a sleeker kitchen, which means flat-panel doors such as Shaker-style. These are less expensive than raised panel doors and opulent molding. Also, alder wood, in lieu of cherry or maple, can bring savings on cabinetry.
  • Countertops: Stone countertops are most attractive to prospective buyers. Quartz, such as Silestone or Caesarstone, is a cost-effective material that adds a great look yet has easy maintenance properties. Granite remains another popular choice, with level 1 being the least expensive.
  • Appliances: If you are a serious cook, it will be worthwhile to invest in nicer-grade appliances. You may want to consider buying extended warranties.
  • Flooring: Prefinished hardwood floors, porcelain tile or natural stone remain popular selections. These floors attract prospective buyers.
  • Backsplash tile: There are wonderful glass and/or stone mosaics on the market that are affordable and eye catching. Stay away from decorative accent pieces that are priced per single piece. Subway tile, a classic with enduring appeal, provides a crisp look.

These are just a few of the tips and ideas that Nuvo Builders will help you with during our consultation with you.

Energy Efficiency

Importance of Insulation or updating existing Insulation

Insulation keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There are several common types of insulation — fiberglass (in both batt and blown forms), cellulose, rigid foam board, and spray foam. Reflective insulation (or radiant barrier) is another insulating product which can help save energy in hot, sunny climates.

When correctly installed with air sealing, each type of insulation can deliver comfort and lower energy bills during the hottest and coldest times of the year.

Insulation performance is measured by R-value — its ability to resist heat flow. Higher R-values mean more insulating power. Different R-values are recommended for walls, attics, and crawlspaces, here in the Houston area the correct amount of insulation installed can add up to huge savings each year, that can pay for itself  in 18 months.

Nuvo Builders, can give you an Energy Audit to identify these areas of inneficiency througout your home, and set you on a path to saving money.

To get the biggest savings, the easiest place to add insulation is usually in the attic. A quick way to see if you need more insulation is to look across your uncovered attic floor. If your insulation is level with or below the attic floor joists, you probably need to add more insulation. The recommended insulation level for most attics is R-38 (or about 12–15 inches, depending on the insulation type). Attic fans for evacuation of the heat build up in the attic, are also strongly recommended. Call us for a consultation.

Sealing Air Conditioning Ducts

In houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems, ducts are used to distribute conditioned air throughout the house. In a typical house, however, about 20 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks and poorly sealed connections. The result is higher utility bills and difficulty keeping the house comfortable, no matter how the thermostat is set.

Because some ducts are concealed in walls and between floors, repairing them can be difficult. However, exposed ducts in attics, basements, crawlspaces, and garages can be repaired by sealing the leaks with duct sealant (also called duct mastic). In addition, insulating ducts that run through spaces that get hot in summer or cold in winter (like attics, garages, or crawlspaces) can save significant energy.

Nuvo Builders is commited to helping you, and we are confident these helpful tips will be useful.

We are also experienced with Solar Power, if this is something you wish to consider during a remodel, or addition to your home, let us design a system suitable for your needs.

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